Archive for March, 2011

*~* Happy Birthday to Twitter.com! *~*

Twitter BirdThis is just a short little note to say, “Happy 5th Birthday!” to Twitter. My goodness time goes by quickly, especially when you’re having fun! You’ve got to love the little bird that has connected so many of us across so many countries, in so many ways, and for so many reasons! A huge “Mahalo!” from Homespun Honolulu and @HonoluluSprite!

If you’re on the fly (no pun intended, or maybe it is intended), drop a Tweet for others to know what’s got you going.  Others can look it up in more detail if they want or need to. Drop a quick line to complain or rave about happenings, or your favorite business or restaurant. Provide other tweeters with a link, if you so choose. Share a quick announcement. Set your blog up to map over to Twitter. Then set Twitter up to map over to Facebook. I did! Saves me time, lets me share, makes me happy!

Happy Birthday little bluebird and thanks for singing my songs!

Honolulu Festival in full swing!

You’ve go to love a huge cultural exchange like this one!  If you can get in just a piece of it, it’s worth it!  I was lucky enough to catch just a bit of it yesterday at Ala Moana Center’s Center Stage.

Hula halau from Japan

Halau Hula O Moanikeala performs on Center Stage at Ala Moana Center yesterday afternoon.

Sharing different cultures and traditions

It was wonderful to watch the cultural exchange and the intensity with which the performers were into the task at hand!

Sharing a bit of Middle-Eastern culture

Then there was Habibi Hawaii Ensemble sharing Middle-Eastern dance.  Be still my heart!

Habibi Hawaii Ensemble

You don’t see this stuff everyday!  There’s more to the Honolulu Festival going on today so catch it if you can!

The sun shines over our Hawai’i Carnival!

Morning sunlight peaks through the trees over Nu’uanu PaliGood morning and welcome to Chapter 36 of the Carnival of Aloha!  There is something to be said for vog — you may not be able to breathe all that comfortably but the color refractions off those air particles make for great pictures!  Just thought I would mention that.

I also need to mention that in recent months I have been a bit hard on sites that send in random links to blog carnivals for advertising purposes.  That hasn’t stopped them but I thought it might be more useful to let them slide if they provide useful information and if they represent something worthwhile, like education.

I am guessing that most of these submitters are students, although I don’t know that.  So, let’s get started and you can see what I mean.

Elizabeth Wright tells us all about how It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year! The Top 25 Spring Break Hot Spots in the U.S posted at Education Degrees.  Obviously Hawaii is not all of those 25 Hot Spots but we did make two! Thanks, Elizabeth.

Our Internet educators do not stop there.  Here is another submission talking about facts that may or may not be so well known.

Tricia Adams shares a few Little Known Facts About Big Island posted at PhD Programs.  Now, for those of us familiar with some of these, and the State as a whole, we know that “Big Island” was probably not the best thing to put in the title.  Tricia’s article is about more than just the island of Hawaii — it includes a lot more of the State of Hawaii than just one island.

The next one is another one of our educational institutions but this one is a great link for travel aficionados!

Debbie Owen suggests that people Skip the Slopes: 20 Creative Staycation Ideas for Winter posted at Online Doctorate Degree, saying, “With rising gas prices, freezing snow storms, and a still tough economy, many families are trimming their vacation budgets in response. Instead of purchasing expensive airfare, lodgings, and more, many have opted to take their vacations closer to home.”  Debbie’s article may not be Hawaii-specific but it does include much of our attractions in the process.

Are these three ladies students?  I’m going to guess that, yes, they probably are so I’m letting it slide and sharing the links with everyone cause I think they’re at least mildly interesting.

Education is important and you’ve got to love what comes of it!

Biotunes shares Hiking the Alaka`i Swamp – Part 1 posted at Bioblog by Biotunes, saying, “This is an old post, but still seems appropriate.”  Going hiking on Kauai can’t possibly ever get old!  Cool blog.

The ecosystem is always something great to focus our education on.

Raising Islands always has well-educated, intelligent articles.  Most recently, Mr. TenBruggencate spoke of how the Humpback whale range extends into Papah?naumoku?kea.  The articles you find on this blog are probably not going to be found in too many other places and they are always educational.

We need education and parents know how important this is.  We also need good food to keep our brains functioning.  Our O’ahu Mom, Lisa helps us with this!

Lisa tells us all about Lanikai Juice in Kailua posted at Oahu Mom.  I have not been there but look forward to doing so!  Thank you, Lisa!

We can take our juice and go relax with Pua as we view and discuss our favorite beach photos!

Pua asks, Which Hawaiian Beach photo do you like best? posted over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “We invite everybody in our Hawaii blog ohana to vote for the Hawaii Beach photo they like best.” I like nature photos and the beaches give us some of the best.

That concludes this month’s chapter. Thank you, everyone, for sharing what’s on your mind, or your plate!  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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Foundationally Plantastic!

The Hot, Loud and Proud meme is up for this month.  You can check out a beautiful garden and get the instructions on how to participate in this meme by following that link!

I have been increasingly fascinated by the foundations of our local flora so this month I have included a few, kind of fun, photos to share.

Sometimes what holds up the plants and trees can be very mesmerizing.

Sometimes the foundations of plants are just as fascinating as what grows on their branches.

What hangs under those trees can be interesting.

Sometimes what hangs from underneath a tree can be just as fascinating.  I love banyon trees and things of that nature — anything that looks even remotely like it has vines is the coolest!

How can you not marvel at this fascinating network of roots?

As much as you might think the photo above is a painting, it is not.  It is an actual photograph.  The roots of that tree do indeed look that awesome!  The ones on the right side come up to about half a calf in height — about ten inches.  Amazing!

Older roots can look like fossils!

Then you have the interesting roots like those above that look like fossils, but they are obviously still functioning.

That’s not to say they can’t look strange!I don’t know what to make out of this tree trunk over here to the left that looks like it has the elephant man’s disease.  I’m not sure what kind of trauma could have caused the strange bulby-looking growths on the bark.  Anyone in the know is welcome to comment on this!

I was very puzzled — it  looks like the tree has massive warts or something.

Most people would just walk right on by without giving it a second glance and not find anything interesting to say about it — I just couldn’t stop staring.  I guess when you have your camera in hand it makes you more observant.  If anyone needs that, I do!  As a general rule, I am not observant at all!

The barks and roots of these trees and plants seem to have quite a mind of their own.

Catch a tree before it falls!Survival of the fittest?  This little darling on the left caught my attention and pulled at my heart.  This little root seems to have reached for the ground to hold up the tree that actually does look like it’s about to tumble down the hill.

I actually found my mind wandering and wondering if they really can contemplate such a thing — “let me put a hand down here before we fall.”  I do that.  It even looks like little fingers!  I’ve gotta keep an eye on that one!

When they fall, they look like what’s pictured in the photos below.  The City & County has to come and cut them up into smaller, movable pieces.  In some cases they have to move them off the middle of the road so traffic can continue on its way.

The pieces of this fallen tree seen below look like coffee and end tables just waiting to happen!  They are so beautiful and natural.  It broke my heart to see the tree fallen but my oh my.  I hope a wood carver or two get their hands on some of these pieces.  I wonder if they would have to pay for them.  Hmmm…

What happens when a tree falls.

Look at the grain!  These are just natural pieces of wood.  Nothing has been nothing done to them except to cut them into manageable sizes.

Here’s a coffee table waiting to happen!

The one above looks like a beautiful table-to-be to me!  I wish I could put that in my living room!

It’s larger than you think!  A human foot just makes a mark on the edge.

Just to gauge the size of the trunk of this fallen darling, I took a picture of my foot to get an idea of the size of this thing.  This was certainly no twig, far from!

Plants are great, and they can continue to be great!  There is a craftsman that works on the fallen trees at Moanalua Gardens.  What beautiful work he has done!  I’ll share some of those pictures in a future post!