Archive for January, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday to Jamba Juice

Birthday balloons for nine-year-old Jamba Juice

On Wednesday, January 28th, I was surprised to see these balloons sitting in the middle of the Jamba store in downtown Honolulu.  A place that coworkers and I visit frequently, this location is very convenient for us and quite popular.  I remember when they opened; I just didn’t realize that it was so long ago.  Nine years sounds like such a long time but it has certainly gone by quickly!

And, yes, that is a Jamba surf board hanging on the wall next to those balloons!  🙂

PB n’ Jamba is my favorite.  If you’re avoiding dairy products, you can ask them to skip the yogurt and add more of one of the other ingredients if you like.

Jamba’s website describes this particular drink like this:

PB and Jamba for lunch“The Chunky PB ‘n Jamba is blended with soymilk, vanilla yogurt, peanut butter, strawberries, blueberries and organic granola into a thick smoothie and then topped with whole blueberries.”

I never knew blueberries tasted so good until I got to taste them fresh like this.

Jamba Juice
Financial Plaza
130 Merchant Street #110
Honolulu, Hawai’i  96813
Phone: 808-585-8359

Terroristic Weather Report

Why am I writing this?  I have no idea.  Well, I had all of these pictures to start a blog post or two and I just have to talk about things that annoy me.  I have to admit, this all took some thinking on my part because the series and sequence of events all blended together at some point.  Let’s go back a few weeks and take it from the start.  Back on December 26th, Oahu’s power lines were hit by lightening.  They say lightening doesn’t strike twice but Hawaiian Electric Company took it in the electrical wires five (5), yes five times that day.

Kahe Point Power Plant

HECO Finds the Cause

I’m glad that Hawaiian Electric Company was able to pinpoint just how this calamity happened.  I will agree that nobody likes a company that sends them bills in the mail.  But, oddly enough, I’ve felt the need to jump in and back HECO up on this.  Mother Nature does what Mother Nature wants and I’m afraid HECO was outflanked this time.  Most people were out of power for something over 12 hours — it was 20+ hours for us.  I have no problem being without power for a while but I really hate throwing away all of that food.  Ugh!  In spite of it all, HECO still offered to provide financial restitution to those who apply for it.

Mother Nature the Terrorist

We’ve been through a sufficient amount of natural disasters recently that have left some areas a little shell-shocked.  there have been heavy rains causing some very damaging flooding, we’ve had high winds taking the roofs off houses, and there have been combination storms that have kept us in the dark for several hours.  Now that these events are over and we’re sufficiently on edge, what happens when the weather service warns of a windy storm on its way?  State officials and the Department of Education decide to close all public schools.  “They what?!?” They never did that when I was in school!  We always braved the wind, rain, waves, mud, etc.  It did not take long for the private and charter schools to follow suit.  Fine, whatever.

Wait, it gets better.  All State and City & County offices are closed!  “You have GOT to be kidding me!”  Let’s see, Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day so the general consensus was that they all wanted a four-day weekend.  Fine, whatever. What happened on that Friday?  Nothing.  No hurricane.  Maybe a drizzle, maybe not.  Traffic was a lot lighter.

A Trashy Day Off

Road Work Ahead sign

Absolutely amazing.  Road work?  It’s a holiday; what are they talking about?  Who put that sign there?  I’m nosy, I need to know.  I don’t see any road work, they must have forgotten to pick the sign up during the week — maybe they left in there on Friday when they were suddenly closed for the day.

Surprise!  They were indeed on the road side, on a holiday, picking up somebody’s opala (trash) that was dumped unceremoniously on the side of the road.

This stuff fries me!  It’s bad enough when people dump garbage and abandon vehicles in obscure locations, but when they dump it on the side of the road in a residential area, especially a rural relief area (that’s what I call them) that exists so very close to the city but is still so very peaceful and simple, it absolutely makes my blood boil!  Dump it in your own damn yard, you slobs!  Grrrr!

When I saw what was going on and successfully checked my temper, I realized that I needed to talk about this.  It took me all of about thirty seconds to turn my car around and head back to take these photos.  Doing so rattled the City & County workers.  Does that make me the terrorist?  🙂  I think I’ve mentioned before that people are afraid of cameras.  But, when they heard my snarky reaction to the whole thing, they happily joined my rant and understood the intent.

City & County of Honolulu truck

This is what was left after they filled their trucks the first time.  They reassured me they would be back for the rest but this gives you some idea of just what a big pile it was.  A comment was also made that citizens like us hire people to do a job, pay to have the trash hauled away, and this is where it ends up.  It’s hauled away alright but I’m sure the homeowner did not have this kind of disposal in mind!

Opala tossed on the side of the street

You know, if you’re doing a job that requires this kind of heavy hauling and disposal and you do not want to pay the fees at the dump, I suggest that you find some other line of work.  Those fees are part of the cost of doing business.  They are a legitimate, tax-deductible, business expense.  But then again, maybe you don’t pay your taxes either?  There was something else that troubled me — there seemed to be more than one line of business here.  There was a lot of flooring debris making up this pile but there were also several cans of paint.  Those paint cans do look old.  Alright, I suppose a homeowner could have done this themselves.  Auwe!

Opala sliding down towards the river

The City & County workers were the ones who pointed out that I “should see what’s over the wall.”  The river is right below this and we wonder why there are so many signs about dumping and cautions about contaminated water?

For the record, later that same day I saw a State employee leaving the Capitol and I said, “Don’t tell me you guys are working?”

“Yep, only half-day though. Since we had Friday off we came in to work half-day.”

Aha!  So they guilted themselves into working on the Monday holiday to make up for what didn’t happen on Friday.  Okay, you guys are forgiven.

Shore breaks off Maile

There may have been a storm but this is where it really went.  The only real evidence of any storm that I saw was the kicking shore breaks on the west side of Oahu, a nice 30+ miles away from where the City & County was taking away all of that trash.  The water looked so inviting but the warning signs and little orange flags kept everyone out of the water.  Just watching the water and smelling the salt air is enough to make us forget the problems and focus on the beauty that is our home. Why did I write this?  I don’t remember.

A Shattering Experience

We all know how to find someone to help us repair things and we can figure out pretty easily how to get various materials — a piece of wood, a sheet of drywall, some sheet rock, a roll of screen, etc., etc.  But, where do you get a piece of glass that’s not for your car?

Mom’s tenants messed up her house pretty badly. One thing they did was remove the air conditioner and leave a gaping hole in the window, with no covering whatsoever. Okay, we’ll just cover that with a piece of glass.  That sounds good, don’t you think?  Good luck!

I know the size I need.  “No it’s not for my car. I just need a piece of glass. Do you have any?”

“No, we don’t do that.”

“Can you cut this to fit?”

“No, we don’t do that anymore, we got rid of that equipment.”

Auto glass? Yes. Shower doors? Yes. Jalousie windows? Sure. A piece of glass cut to the size I want? Hell no! “But it’s such a small thing; why won’t anybody help me?!? Aaargh!”

Pearl City Glass sign

Breathe. Pearl City Glass Shop to the rescue! Hooray!  A huge “Mahalo!” goes out to Ace Auto Glass on Ward Avenue for that recommendation!

The sound of breaking glass makes me cringe and the sight of broken glass is not much better — I hear danger and see pain. When I take bottles or cans to a recycling location I can’t stand the sound of the beer bottles being dropped off. I stand back and wait for that person to be done and for the sound to stop. Clearly, glass and I are not the best of friends.  I love to look at it but I don’t like to mess with it.  Glass belongs stationary or framed in some way. I also prefer keeping my blood on the inside of my veins. If there’s a way for me to cut myself, trust me, I will find it!

Glass cutting in action

The staff at Pearl City Glass Shop is very comfortable and skilled at working with this stuff. No matter the size or the reason, if you need glass and you need it cut to fit, Pearl City Glass Shop is there to help.  Oh, and if you think you’re stuck with whatever size mirror you are able to find in the department stores, think again — Pearl City Glass Shop can cut one any size you want!

Very small cut of glass

They’re located in one of those places that you pass all the time but never really see, or try not to.  You can find them at 659 Kamehameha Hwy in Pearl City, between the Sears Distribution Center and Leeward Community College.  If you still can’t find it, call them and they’ll tell you how to get there!

Something so small was so stressful.  Did I mention that Mom’s house is about 33 miles outside of town and gas prices hadn’t gone down yet?  “Ka-ching!”  One more huge “Mahalo!” goes out to Pearl City Glass Shop for saving the day and for solving an otherwise impossible problem.  Thanks you guys!

Pearl City Glass Shop, Inc.
659 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI 96782

Phone: 808-456-4502

February Carnival Reminder

White Ginger I love white ginger!  It’s such a welcome sight to see these flowers.  You just know that when you get close enough, the smell is going to be 0h so sweet!  They make leis out of white ginger but they don’t last very long.  They’re more expensive than most but they can fill an entire room with their sweet fragrance.  White ginger that you see growing and looking so pretty today will be wilted, at best, tomorrow.  At least a hint of the scent will still be there.  🙂

The good thing about blogs is that the sweet scent and taste of what’s written will still be there tomorrow.  They’ll still be there so that readers can savor the words again and again!  Unlike our plant life, a blog’s growth sometimes slows to an unnatural pace, usually when life gets in the way, but they’re still as alive and full of color as before — just waiting to be read.

We could say the same thing about a blog carnival.  The stories will still be there for us to read again and again as we watch each other grow as bloggers.  So, let’s all write “gingerly” and get those stories in by the deadline, this coming Wednesday, January 28th!  The Carnival will go live on Monday, February 2nd.  For the guidelines, go here.  To submit your posts, go here!

Women!  They start out by talking about the sweetest things and then end up telling  everybody what to do.  Tsk!  🙂

Hawaii Well Represented At 2009 Inauguration

I knew I was crazy about this shining light that left me in tears one Sunday morning a little over a year ago but I had no idea that so many Americans had their eye on Barack Obama quite some time before I even knew he existed.  Having never heard of him, or about his speech in 2004, I was, much like the rest of the Nation, taken by storm.  The polls would confirm this time and time again as we moved through 2008.  Hawaii’s vote count during the Primary Election was a resounding 76% for Obama.

Make no mistake about it, we will be well represented tomorrow at the inauguration.  Our media is there, Punahou School, of course, is there, Le Jardin Academy is there, citizens, friends, family, I could go on all day.  Anyone who could figure out a way to be there is there!

Punahou High School sign align=

It’s a proud moment for the students and staff at Punahou and it’s a proud moment for all of us here in Honolulu.  The Punahou High School Band will be participating in the festivities.  Accustomed to tropical weather and sunny beaches, the students are having fun but they’re doing so with the shivers.  They’re freezing, but they’re there!

2009 InaugurationHawaii is excited and so very proud to be even a small part of this historic event and I’m glad I was around to witness this important part of history in the making.  While we’re excited and a little giddy, we’re certainly not alone. There’s no surprise that so many across the Nation have something to say or a story to share about the 2009 Inauguration.  Thank you, Examiner.com, for such a fun and multifaceted compilation.

Happy Birthday to Homespun Honolulu!

Birthday cake with sparklers Homespun Honolulu is two years old today!  I hope that doesn’t mean we’re going to have to deal with the terrible two’s.  🙂

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of YOU!  Many thanks and much aloha to all of those who read, to those of you who leave comments, and to those who interact with this blog on a regular basis.   Without all of you the personality and overall atmosphere of this blog would not be what it has become.

To all of those who participate in the Carnival of Aloha, I thank you for that too!  You’re all a part of the fabric that Homespun Honolulu is made of.  So, put on your birthday hat and blow your horns — welcome to the party!

Honolulu Says Aloha to President Sue Wesselkamper

Chaminade University sign

Chaminade University of Honolulu has suffered a great loss that is felt in the hearts of many in the community.  Sue Wesselkamper, President of the college, passed away on January 3rd.  Cancer has taken yet another victim and left a community and one of its educational icons to mourn.

While I didn’t know her personally, I knew her name.  I’m feeling the twinges of sorrow from those community members who did know her.  The Honolulu Advertiser published a wonderful article about Dr. Wesselkamper and the Catholic college she helped to revitalize.

Memorial services were held yesterday, January 10th.  Aloha, Dr. Sue, may the Lord welcome you home.

Happy New Year, Carnival Visitors!

Peach colored hibiscus flowerWelcome to the first Carnival of Aloha for 2009!

I think starting off the New Year with a Carnival is a great way to kick-start the year and get us off and running. We’ve got some interesting additions and a few chuckles to move us into 2009.  Thank you to all of the participants who continue to make our monthly Carnival a fun event!

The first thing we need for the New Year is some fireworks.  I think all will agree that it helps when those fireworks come naturally!

Pua shares the great fireworks with Hawaii Volcano Videos 2008 posted over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “Keoki and I submit this month’s Hawaii article with warm wishes for a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year to all our Hawaii blog friends and visitors. The Big Island’s volcano invites all of you to its special fireworks by Madame Pele! Come and see for yourselves.”

The next thing we need to do is look ahead into the New Year and how things are looking for the coming year.    We need to look at ourselves and I can’t think of a better way to do that than through the eyes of one of our biggest fans.  Sheila over at GoVisitHawaii.com, whom I will label our Ms. Congeniality, always sees us in the best light.

Sheila shares the 2009 Hawaii Travel Trends and Predictions posted at her blog, Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “I was fortunate enough to get some Hawaii tourism experts to share their insights and predictions for 2009 Hawaii travel. From everyone’s input, it’s clear that 2009 is going to be a great year to visit Hawaii. I thought I’d share this article to help get the word out – 2009 is going to be a “buyer’s market” for Hawaii vacationers.”

I’m very glad to hear that!  There’s a definite draw here in the Islands and I can’t imagine leaving home.  Even for those who have migrated away from home, their hearts are still right here.

Lovena Harwood joins us to let us know that there is Hawaiian Culture Throughout The World – Jan 2009!  Lovena tells us all about it at her blog, East Coast Wahine, saying, “Hawaiian music and culture have spread far and wide beyond the shores of Hawai’i.”

While we’re still wiping the fireworks out of our eyes, Andrew is here to tell us that there is so much more to the night sky than just man-made sparklers.

Andrew Cooper tells us all about Family Astronomy Night at Thelma Parker Library – A Darker View that he posted over at A Darker View.  I still love that name!

Since we’re talking about things that are naturally made, we need to share another post from our scientific girlfriend talking about us from

GrrlScientist presents When is a Honeyeater not a Honeyeater? The Tricks of Convergent Evolution posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Every once in awhile, I will read a scientific paper that astonishes and delights me so much that I can hardly wait to tell you all about it. Such is the situation with a newly published paper about the Hawai’ian Honeyeaters. In short, due to the remarkable power of convergent evolution, Hawai’ian Honeyeaters have thoroughly deceived taxonomists and ornithologists as to their true origin and identity for more than 200 years.”

I’m just going to share the latest news of the future that just came to light a few days ago.  I’m not sure where my heart is with this at the moment but it’s worth sharing.

Evelyn lets us in on the news that the NFL Goes on Vacation, posted most recently here at HomespunHonolulu.com.  While looking forward to a visit from the NFL this year, 2010 will be a year without them.  Hopefully the NFL will be homesick while they’re away and come back home after 2010!

On a lighter note, while I was perusing Lovena Harwood’s blog I found an interesting little sight listed in her blogroll.  This site is not a very busy blog but I got a kick out of one of the posts and wanted to share it because it gave me a good chuckle.  I don’t know if the story is true but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if it was, and that’s what made me laugh.

Unco (Uncle) Delbert tells a story about Cruel and Unusual Punishment!!! This crack-me-up story was posted by Unco Delbert over at, um, well, I’m not sure. I like the web address which says “nevamine” (never mind) in the address, but then Lovena labeled the link to this blog as “I jus’ sayin…” and I like that too.  But, this blog’s headline says, “Ramblings of one keiki o ka aina …why bodda you?” so I think we’ll just go with that.  K’ den, Uncle, so what?  Thank you for that nice touch of humor!

That concludes this chapter of the Carnival of Aloha.  Don’t forget to submit your blog articles to the next chapter using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Technorati tags: , .

NFL Goes on Vacation

Every year Honolulu anxiously sets up to welcome the NFL, its players, cheerleaders and mascots for the Pro Bowl.  We have been doing so for several years now.  It has become a tradition — one that the community looks forward to every year.

Royal Hawaiian Bank welcomes the NFL

Our local residents, businesses, and the tourist industry as well, are all touched by this event in some way — the impact is more far-reaching than you may think.  In addition, those lucky athletes and staff members who are selected to participate in the Pro Bowl get to enjoy a vacation to Hawaii in the process. Here is the 2009 Pro Bowl roster of lucky players.

In 2010 NFL Takes Vacation Away from Hawaii

NFL Cheerleaders in Honolulu in 2007

The cheerleaders and mascots will be dancing to a different drummer in 2010 — the Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played in Miami next year, a week before the Super Bowl, which will also be hosted in Miami, on the same field.

Yes, it’s confirmed, next year’s Pro Bowl will be played at Dolphin Stadium a week before the Super Bowl.  Make no mistake about it, Dolphin Stadium is a quality venue.  I’m not sure how receptive or comfortable Miami will be overall but I’m sure we will hear all about it.

Philadelphia Eagles mascot, Swoop

This is going to be the first time since 1979 that Hawaii has not hosted the Pro Bowl.  At a time when we needed this event, and others like it, this decision by the NFL did not come at a very good time for us.

Don’t worry, Swoop, the NFL has got to let you guys come back!  I’ve no personal attraction to the Philadelphia Eagles but you’ve got to love a bird with attitude!  Apparently SportsRant.com thinks so too!

I’m still going to be happy to see them this year with all of the cheerleaders and mascots.  Losing them, however, will be nagging at the back of my mind every minute and with the snap of every photo.  Good luck guys, have fun and, above all, hurry back!

Chevron Puts My Rant to Rest

There have been some quiet things happening at our Nuuanu Chevron.  The signs are new and more brightly colored.  The new pumps are not only installed, they’re turned on.  You can see their little screens all lit up in the evening.

Chevron's Now Hiring Sign

The sign changed from telling us that they were renovating to serve us better to let us know they’re looking for people to hire.  Now, if you’re going to hire people, you need to have a place that’s open for these newly-hired people to work in, right?

Coca-Cola Truck parked at Chevron station

Okay, this is a dead give away if ever I saw one!  CocaCola would only be there if they were processing a servicing agreement or delivering products.  They would only be doing either one of those things if they had an active business that was going to sell those products.

Then, I got more than a hint in an unexpected place.  The new force taking ownership of this station left us all a comment right here!  This is what was said:

Aloha Evelyn:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

GOOD NEWS!

NUUANU CHEVRON: Your favorite Chevron station located on Nuuanu Avenue will be opening on FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009.

NEW, IMPROVED STATION! We’ve refreshed Nuuanu Chevron: brand-new gas pumps, bright lights, new signs, freshly painted new color scheme, colorful landscaping, and stocked with your favorite hot & cold beverages and tasty snacks. (We even have your favorite Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts in stock, waiting for your first visit to our store.)

NEW OWNERSHIP & MANAGEMENT: We are a locally-owned family business, honored to provide our customers with outstanding, friendly customer service and the highest quality gasoline and other automotive products and services in Hawaii since 1985. We are excited about opening our new location at Nuuanu Chevron!

AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SERVICES: Watch Nuuanu Chevron install automotive repair equipment as we get ready to offer top-quality automotive services at realistic prices. We are hiring only the best ASE-certified technicians, and licensed Safety Inspectors to handle all types of automotive services for you, your family, friends and neighbors.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: Our goal at Nuuanu Chevron is customer satisfaction that exceeds your expectations. We strive to earn your loyalty and business by simply providing each customer with outstanding customer service every time.

Please come visit us at NUUANU CHEVRON. And when you identify yourself to the Customer Service Representative on duty, you get a FREE Pop-Tart of your flavor choice, with our compliments.

Aloha Pumehana,

Nuuanu Chevron

What can I say?  I did not expect that but I was very happy to see the announcement that they are opening up on Friday the 2nd of January and I was pleased to read through the other details about the services they plan to provide.  It will be so good to see it open again tomorrow morning!  I can’t wait!

Mahalo for your Business sign

Mahalo to you, Nuuanu Chevron, for getting things back up and running!  That chain-link fence was really beginning to get old!  Oh, we do need to get a vacuum installed again.  They took it out last time and never put it back.  I have my own theory about why you should have it there — I’ll talk to you guys about that later.  🙂