Archive for June, 2008

Summer Speeds Up at the Carnival of Aloha!

Welcome to Chapter 11 of the Carnival of Aloha! I “borrowed” a race car to take us around!

Race Car

We may obey the speed limit but, then again, we might not!  😉

With the ever-increasing cost of gas we’re going to have to save money where we can.

Ryan Suenaga joins us with Frugality in Practice: A Cultural Activity that’s Frugal posted at Uncommon Cents.  I never thought about it but I suppose you’re right, Ryan.  I know it’s addicting.  I’ve never been to one myself but I had friends who used to go again and again and again!  I do know that it’s one of the most colorful cultural activities.  I have three places within walking distance and I still haven’t been to one.  Shame on me!

Skeet tells us all about A visit to Waimanalo posted at skeet’s stuff.  This is another part of the island that I don’t get to very often.  The little shopping areas have their charm and Skeet also managed to find her way to a couple of very beautiful beaches!  Skeet is gifted in that area!

Cheryl tells us all about Hawaiian Lauhala Baskets Make Popular Gift Baskets posted at Hawaii Vacation Gifts Blog – Hawaiian Blog.  I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who has a love for these baskets!  Cheryl also tells us all about the process and the tree the provides the leaves to create these beauties.

Mel sent in a post about the King Kamehameha Celebration that’s posted at Mel’s Internet Universe Weblog, saying, “OK, it is not a perfect post, but has a lot of color.”  I think Mel is wrong.  I like this post and, as always, Mel’s photos are wonderful!

Angie is in charge of our food for this Carnival as she takes us Behind the scenes at Food Network Challenge: Part 1 posted at True Aloha.  Angie said, “I know the date for the re-airing will have passed by the time the next carnival rolls around but it might be fun for people to see what went on behind the scenes.”  I say that it’s never too late to share and it’s certainly never too late for food!  🙂

Andrew Cooper at A Darker View has moved from telescopes to diving gear!  Andrew tells us all about Mahukona Harbor where he says you can find some of the best diving in Hawaii.  That’s makes three diving bloggers now!  I’m keeping track.  🙂

Leslie Carbone shares a little about her visit to Downtown Honolulu posted at Leslie Carbone. Some things didn’t work out just right for Leslie but she got some great pictures in spite of it all.

Evelyn (me) just had to share this story posted right here at Homespun Honolulu. I had to return our transportation to the Car Show that Heightens Awareness. It was important to me and I can only hope that others have seen and heard the need felt by so many in the community.

That’s a wrap! I enjoyed the articles very much and thank all of you for your participation! Be sure to submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Aloha using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Car Show Heightens Awareness

Car shows are not normally my area of interest but this one was special and I had to be there to capture the scene a couple of weeks ago at Aloha Tower Marketplace. What was so special about it? The Oahu Motorsports Advisory Council put together this show to highlight the “Build the Track” campaign to provide a place for the different motor sports to enjoy their sport.

Car makes the best sign

Right at the edge of the mall’s main entrance sat this race car. That’s what it’s all about — Build the Track! Since I found out about this campaign I have heard several comments. One of those comments was that there is a lack of interest. Well, let’s look through these pictures and you tell me if there’s a “lack of interest!”

Attendees taking in all the sights and colors

There were trucks, cars and even a couple of motorcycles parked all over the place. I didn’t know where to turn first. With so much to see that it was hard to stay focused while trying to take in every corner of this automotive pageantry.

HulkTruck

There were trucks with added character, truck-like coverings with a patriotic flair, and organizations whose specialty is, well, trucks.

Hawaii 4X4 Association booth

I gave up trying to get perfect, clear pictures — there were just too many people walking around and too many balloons to get in front of the camera. Suddenly, it dawned on me that I should just take those shots so that I could show everyone how there’s such a “lack of interest” in this venue. Lack of interest my foot!

Patriotic colored racers

There was a truckload of representatives from several automotive firms and there were a few vendors sharing their ideas. In addition to those sponsors, there were others as well. This brings up another comment that was made to me recently about the track project. “They need big sponsors to make it happen.” The translation of that is that they need money. Oddly enough, there were no booths collecting donations. This was to raise awareness and to gain support of the community.

Bridgstone's big tire

It wasn’t just the automotive places or tire stores who took part in this event! At least one of our radio stations, HOT I-94 (93.9 if you want to be picky), was there. There may have been other stations but I was focused on the automobiles.

National Guard corner

There was at least one branch of the armed services in attendance. The National Guard even had their own vehicle there!

Sheriff's car

It’s quite obvious that this project was not completely without some governmental support! Even the sheriff’s office was there with their vehicle all pretty and shiny for the occasion.

Officials from the Sheriff's office

Relax, they weren’t there to serve anyone with papers. They were there, I think, to show support while probably hoping “The Track” would come to fruition. They would have less drama with the freeway racing that we have seen so much of recently.

This brings up another statement that was made to me a couple of months ago. The statement went something like, “Those are not experienced racers doing that!” I know that. We all know that. What we have is young people wanting to race and having no place to do so.

When I was hanging with friends in the late 70’s and early 80’s, people went to Hawaii Raceway Park every weekend! Teens had something to do, something that captivated them and kept them out of trouble. They closed Hawaii Raceway Park. It’s gone. There is no place for them to go.

Youth of all ages love racing, they love anything with a motor that they can ride. That adoration doesn’t die with age.

Keiki Motor Track

There is no age limitation for the fascination with auto racing. The organizers of this show knew it too!

Young game observers

There’s just something about it that draws out the excited smiles of our keiki!

Keiki Cars

This really was a family event and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The real focus though was on the automobiles.

Admirers walking around the displays

People were making their way in and out and around the vehicles on display.

More Cars

There were many exhibitors enjoying the opportunity to share their hobby with others.

Sharing information with inquirers

The vehicle above was my favorite drenching of colors but the intensity of conversation was even more interesting to observe. The passion, like a lot of things we involve ourselves in, is very intense for this activity!

More shaing of information

I was hard-pressed, a few times, to figure out who was enjoying things more — the visitors or the exhibitors!

Classic Car

There was a lot of information to absorb and a lot of vintage vehicles to see and examine — inside and out.

I will continue making my point as we move down but I just couldn’t let any of these pictures be left without sharing them.

This way, everyone can get a better feel for just how important this event was to the organizers, and just how important this sporting venue is to so many.

Cobra under the hood

We’ve got cobras under the hood and engines that are as clean and shiny as the car’s exteriors!

Mustang

Purple Vintage machine

Beautiful colors and classic models glistened around every corner.

Vintage Cars

More Vintage Cars

Old-time memories of vintage cars

Racer just like the video game

These racers have the traditional look of those race cars in the video games! Wow, they really do look like that! 🙂

More racers like the video games

Why do I care? I don’t race, I don’t like loud noises, I don’t like smoke, screeching wheels, or the smell of burning rubber. So, what’s it to me? I grew up on the West side of Oahu and every weekend there was almost always someone who was not home because they were reportedly at Hawaii Raceway Park. It was a life’s passion for many and a fun hobby for others. It was a place for youth to go and to burn off their energy instead of getting into trouble.

As I mentioned, they closed Hawaii Raceway Park. It has never been replaced. Nobody shared a place for the racers to go. They’re working on it!

Place to sign the Track Petition

There were no booths collecting donations but there was this booth to sign their petition with room for comments. Yes, I signed it and yes, I left a comment!

THE Message -- We Just Wanna Race

This says it all in a nutshell. “We Just Wanna Race!” The best argument that I have heard was that every other sport or hobby has it’s place to go. Basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, golf, bowling, running, swimming, shooting, and just about anything else you can think of, has it’s own place to happen — it’s own field, it’s own course, etc. Everything, that is, except for racing. Good point!

Priceless Awe

This was the best photo! Isn’t he cute? He was so amazed at the sight of all those trucks! Oblivious to all else, I think he was just amazed that his toy trucks had become reality. 🙂 Right along the sidewalk too!

Motorcycles race too!

Okay, we couldn’t let the bikes go unnoticed. There were a couple of them there. 🙂 They too need a place to race. We all know the dangers of motorcycle racing. It would be better for all if they had a place designed just for that purpose.

My heart goes out to the racing community and I can comfortably say they have my full support. I would rather put my support behind TheTrack than that stupid rail! If you feel they’re right, watch them, follow their progress and support their efforts. Our community needs a track to replace what we lost. Let’s support them while they Build the Track!

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Summer Off To a Bit of a Rocky Start

So, let’s fix it!

King Kamehameha Statue on Kam Day, 2008

I know everyone is busy so I am extending the deadline for the upcoming Carnival of Aloha to midnight this coming Friday.

For anyone who has been ill, overworked, or who just plain forgot, come join us and share in some of the fun that makes always makes a Monday just a little bit better!

The statue of King Kamehameha was draped beautifully this year for Kamehameha Day! I caught it at a bad time of the day for picture taking but the flowers looked beautiful! There was a lot more greenery sharing the stage this year which added a nice touch.

I’ve missed talking to all of you and chattering about things and events.  I certainly didn’t anticipate getting sick and being so out of sorts at the beginning of what’s supposed to be the season of summer fun and activities.

Things are better and I’m in the mood for a Carnival!  Perfect timing!  🙂   I have asked if anyone would like to have themes for our monthly carnival and I’m more than happy to entertain any ideas or thoughts any of you may have!

Here are some thoughts for themes:

  • Hawaiian Nights (evening events or natural evening occurrences)
  • Back to the Aina (nature posts about hikes, scenery, flora and fauna, etc.)
  • Politics (useful for the upcoming season)
  • Water! (beaches, waterfalls, etc. for fresh or salt water… or even swimming pool posts)
  • Roads and vehicles (traffic-related, automobiles, motorcycles, etc.)
  • Sports (any kind — football, paddling, running, parasailing, horseback riding, whatever)
  • Hawaiiana (cultural and historical posts about our home)

Let me know what you guys think.  Don’t worry, we will always accept submissions, even if they missed the theme, so it wouldn’t be exclusive.

Anyway, let me know if you have thoughts and send in your submissions by Friday at midnight (HST) for the Carnival going live on Monday!

The Winds Tell the Tales

No, not the trade-winds. The winds I’m referring to here are those winds that carry the fairy tales to the ears of today’s youth and the ears of those who choose to still believe. Recently we were treated to a production of “Wind of a Thousand Tales, Folk Tales from Faraway Places” by John Glore with Music and Lyrics by Diane King

Mid-Pac Sign

The Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts pulled together this production and, under the direction of CoCo Wiel, pulled the Winds together to tell three tales in an attempt to show protagonist, Kimberly-Kay, the value of fairy tales.

Kimberly-Kay had already decided that bed-time stories and the like are a waste of time. The “Winds” were on a mission to change her mind!

Banner for Performance

Just that abstract notion alone — that the winds are going to guide Kimberly-Kay into the world of the literary fiction — was enough to pull at my heart strings. I couldn’t wait to see if they would be successful.

The play was performed in a small theater inside the charming little building seen below. The building has obviously been around for a long time but it was equally obvious that there has been some recent repairs done to the building while maintaining it’s historic appearance.
Kawaiaha'o Recital Hall

Meet the Winds

Brisa, Wind Telling the Mexican TaleThis tree, seen here on the right, is Brisa, the first animated “wind” to share a bit a folklore with the audience.

Played by Julie Comstock, this wind leads everyone through an unusual Mexican love story that actually manages to peak Kimberly-Kay’s interest.

There’s nothing like the anticipation of hearing what ‘s going to happen! After following the storyline for a bit, Kimberly-Kay can’t wait to find out what happens next. That was one bedtime story that was not going to put anyone to bed any time soon!

Carlos the Mexican character puppetThe most humorous part of this first tale would have to be the narcissistic Carlos, seen here on the left. He is more concerned with his hair and his collection of combs than he is with the young girl who is very much in love with him.

It is not until Carlos loses his sight that he is able to “see” that the same little friend from his youth has loved him all along.

The puppetry and the character of Carlos were created and played by Matthew Conners.

After the story is told, Kimberly-Kay wants to know, “Is it true?”

Her question is answered with another question: “Is it?”

I was waiting to hear the answer to Kimberly-Kay’s question but what I heard raised my eyebrows and made me start thinking. “Is it?” I think it was.

My own affectionate view of the world of fantasy fiction in general, and the fairy tales we grew up with, in particular, was certainly not jeopardized by this collection of tales. I have always seen fairy tales as one of the great teaching tools of early childhood and, while not really aimed at “early” childhood, these yarns being spun had stories to tell, lessons to teach, and left you with things to think about.

Nushi, Wind Telling the Japanese TaleNushi, played by Todd Aquino-Michaels and seen here on the right, is what I assume to be something of a Samurai wind. Nushi tells a Japanese tale of a girl who secretly dances for a spirit and whose secret is eventually discovered. She is later reunited with the young man to whom she was forced to disclose her secret.

Now, with this one, we were leaning more on the fantasy side of things — my kind of story! The magic of romance and the realities of what a woman is willing to dedicate her life to always makes for a good tale! Ah, the insufferable romantic that I am! Sigh. 🙂

In case you hadn’t noticed, the costumes for each of the stories in this play were a combination of clothing, make-up and puppetry.

Bluster, Wind Telling the European Tale

Bluster, played by Zak Lathrop, was probably my favorite from a theatrical point of view. Quite the blustering, gasconading goofball, this peculiar breeze shared a European tale about a cranky princess who needed a suitor who could make her laugh, or lose his head trying.

This windy character, as you can see here on the right, was very appropriately styled — with the look of a court jester. Kudos to CoCo Wiel, the show’s director, for her creative puppetry!

In addition, there were some very appropriate sounds effects that were used to get a few points across. Bluster had a spring, or a “boing” in his step and the sounds of heads hitting the floor spared us the need for any visual confirmation — thank goodness!

The useful application of these sound effects for this segment was a nice addition and quite an effective touch.

Kimberly-Kay

At least twice I picked up on what I thought was a suggestion to Kimberly-Kay, played by Kellianne Cadavona and seen here on the left, to determine in her own mind if the stories were true.

Aren’t they all true for us at any given time in our lives? Certainly some of the emotions evoked by these stories are things we can all relate to — discovering the people who really do care for us, finding out that there really are people who can bring us happiness, and seeing the useful lessons and charm in the artful gift of storytelling.

The cast seemed to enjoy sharing these tales and as you can see below, they were very happy to do so!

The Cast of Wind of a Thousand Tales

No, these “Winds” were not our beloved trades but I must say that these Winds did carry some wonderful messages as they blew across the stage. The Wind of a Thousand Tales also carried the message that upcoming productions put on by the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts may very well be worth seeing. I’m counting on it!

Bringing Supporters Together!

It’s just too early on a Saturday morning to be in tears, again. This time, it wasn’t Barack Obama talking that brought tears to my eyes, it was the sound of sincerity from Hillary Clinton as she spoke to her own supporters and constituents to support Barack.

She encouraged a huge room full of her own supporters to direct “our energy, our passion, our strength” to help elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States.

My eyes were glued to the crowd for facial expressions and to the sounds of the cheers. If there were any negative responses, they were certainly drowned out.

“Today, I am standing with Senator Barack Obama to say, ‘Yes we can!’

Yes, we can. The battle starts now!

Mahalo to MSNBC’s camera people for a job well done and to their news people for the great coverage. Mahalo to BarackObama.com for giving us a place to think out loud!

Supporters or just those who are curious about the Democratic candidate, go here and check it out!

Citizens of Hawaii are being encouraged to join in and write to our Super Delegates this evening at 6 pm.  Follow this link for details. We gave Barack 76% of our support in February, let’s take 100% to November!

Carnival Takes Closer Look at Hawaiian Life

 

Chapter 10 of the Carnival of Aloha takes a fascinating look at what makes Hawaii tick by getting up close and personal!

Shoes to go walking!

I know some people wait to see what method of “transportation” our Carnival will take in every chapter. Trust me, I thought of a couple of things that I could work in but, this time, in honor of our new friend and “Terror Suspect,” Chris Damitio,we’re going on foot! Chris did it — all the way around the island of Oahu, on foot!

Chris Damitio shares his Big Walk Update for the last few days of his journey. I have to take this moment to express how much it meant to me to hear Chris say how the West side of Oahu is where he found the warmth and aloha. Chris found that, “People on the West Side are perhaps the friendliest and most open people on Oahu.” What can I say? 🙂 I won’t get into it but suffice it to say that it warmed my heart to read those words.

Isabella Mori submitted, at just the right time, her post about mental health week: empowerment in the workplace posted at change therapy, saying, “an interview with Dr. Matthew B. James about the Hawaiian spiritual system of huna.” Thank you for submitting this, Isabella! This is something that still exists, in its unspoken way. Chris Damitio can correct me if I’m wrong but I think he got a very strong influx of it during his journey.

So, grab your shoes and let’s go! Now, I know a lot of you are groaning at the thought of such an expedition but we do have a back-up plan! If the long walk scares you, Sheila has horses for us to ride — seahorses! Okay maybe we can’t ride them but they can be our little tow trucks.

Sheila gives us a Review of Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm Tour posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “If you’d like to see a pregnant male or have a seahorse wrap their tail around your finger, you’d love this tour of the seahorse farm in Kona. It’s one of the few seahorse farms in the world and a great example of aqua-culture.” I wondered about them and their survival. They seem so fragile. Thank you, Sheila, for sharing that with us. I had no idea!

Angie reminds us to be careful — The stings of paradise, posted at True Aloha, are definitely a snap back into reality. The Man-O-War are almost as bad as the traffic-filled intersections on our walk. One of the true obstacles of the sea!

There are other obstacles for our walking carnival. We need clean air!

Bobbie tells us more about the Vog in Hawaii: Information and Resources posted at Virtual Scratchpad. Bobbie says, “I wrote a few earlier articles about the vog and they were getting a lot of search traffic from people looking for information — so, I compiled a lot of information into this one post so that it could be used as a community resource.”

Now that we’ve got the air down, we need to cover the soil we’re walking through too!

HawaiiVacationGifts asks the question, Do You Know the Name of Your State Soil? Hawaii’s is… posted at Hawaii Vacation Gifts Blog – Hawaiian Blog, saying, “I can’t wait to see how you weave in my dirty post.” Well, HVG, it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it! 🙂

Something that has happened to many of us recently is the injection of politics into our lives. Life goes on as usual but politics has suddenly become a big part of what’s grabbing our attention. So, in keeping with this closer look at our lives, it will interject itself here too!

Lynn Vasquez presents Hawai`i Democratic State Convention Part II posted at Auntie Pupule. I was very happy that Lynn shared this pictorial coverage with us! I know I have been fixated on the political scene since February. Lynn also says we can “See the Hawai`i Democratic State Convention Part I.” Kudos, Lynn! Thank you very much for your coverage!

Evelyn (that’s me) will join Lynn and take the political scene a step further as she realizes that My Country Lied to Me! This post, while not a very happy one, presents yet another look of our community that most people never see. Ahhh, the politics of the Word — nothing ignites us more.

Praveen presents, just in time, a Dog in Hawaii posted at Tao of Simplicity where we can see how it’s best to chill out, take it easy and just go with the flow! One little doggie on Kauai showed Praveen the light!

After all that exercise, we’re going to need a drink!

L.P. “NEENZ” FALEAFINE shares Wine Tasting: Putting A Bit of Culture Into Our Lives with us! Neenz sent in this post, posted at From the Mind of NEENZ, saying, “SWAM (Shiroma Wine and More) is owned by kama’aina Jill Shiroma. Centrally located in Waimalu, every Thursday features different tastes from different vendors. Consider this an invitation!”

Ron joins in with adding culture to our lives as he presents Museums on the Big Island of Hawaii posted at Your Aloha Connection. This is quite an array of museums. I love museums! Thank you, Ron, for sharing these cultural finds.

Pua provides the ultimate relaxation at a Big Island Secret Beach posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “A Big Island beach not everybody knows! Spend a day on the beach with the green sea turtles as company and no people around (or just a few)!”

This was definitely a closer look at some of the unusual things about our home that people don’t always see or talk about. I continue to be amazed at how the Hawaiian blogosphere had become a niche of its own. Mahalo to all the participants for a job well done, for stepping outside the box when appropriate, and for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

That concludes this chapter. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Aloha using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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