Archive for December, 2011

New Year’s Carnival coming soon!

Calling all Bloggers!  Don’t forget to send in your posts about Hawai’i to the Carnival of Aloha!  Let’s blast into the New Year!

Cannon to shoot us into the New Year!

Feel free to share your articles about any island, any topic, any reason — if it’s Hawai’i specific, you’re in!  We will post it the week after New Year’s  so you can send in your posts about your New Year’s celebration too, if you would like!

The deadline is January 7, 2012 so be sure to send one in now or tickle your calendar so you don’t forget!  Submit a link to your post of choice using this Blog Carnival form and help us all kiss a another not-always-so-wonderful year good-bye!

Is it open season on O’ahu’s bloggers?

It certainly seems to be open season on our health!  Oddly enough, separate and apart from each other, we have had unexpected health issues catch several of us by surprise.  I put off sharing mine to see where things were going to go but when I saw the other ladies having issues too, it seemed that now might be a good time.

In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will tell you a bit about my drama and then share my take on the wonderful local businesses that helped me get through the beginnings of what will be an ongoing battle.  A few regular readers may remember this horrible post about my bloody incident.  Yes, I tripped and fell but the reality is that my left foot wasn’t fast enough to recover and catch itself, and the rest of me before it was too late.

Apparently I have “Drop Foot” (or “Foot Drop” — I’ve seen it called both) that causes my foot to not snap back the way it is supposed to when I walk.  Hence I trip a lot.  Those five stitches from that bloody incident were the last straw.  I did a Google search to find out what runners do if they have drop foot.  Sure enough, I am not alone.

Allard USA lets you “Get Your Life Back!Several people spoke of an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) device called “Toe Off” made by Allard USA.  Exciting news!  I made a long distance call to their offices and they told me all about it.  They then told me they couldn’t sell it to me directly.  I would have to work through a company that works on orthotics and prosthetics since they do not sell these things retail. Irritating, yes, but they do that to be sure you get fitted correctly.

This little darling that helps you “Get Your Life Back” is actually manufactured in Sweden.  Hey, they have mountains to climb over there!  One of their flyers actually shows a gentleman wearing this while mountain climbing.  I can run with this, too!  Right?  Allard says yes you can.

Okay, so who do I know in Honolulu?   Where do I go?  Mom always depended heavily on CR Newton so that name was very familiar to me.  While they do have a reputation for being a bit pricey, they also know what they’re doing!

The side of a van makes the best advertisement!

The conversation went something like this:

“Yes, you can get one through us.  Do you have a prescription?”

“No.  Why, do I need one?”

“No but you’ll have to pay for it out of pocket otherwise.”

Long story short, my medical coverage has no DME (durable medical equipment) rider so I was on my own.  “Okay, how much?”  I braced myself for what I assumed would be a 3 or 4 hundred dollar quote.  It turned out to be about three times that amount.  Gulp!

I know what you’re thinking but, knowing that this was going to be my own out-of-pocket expense, CR Newton matched the lower price of a competitor.  “Really?”  Did I cry when I heard that?  You bet!

I got my Bluerocker Toe Off!

So, I got it!  Randy at CR Newton got the Toe Off over here, fitted it for me, and tweaked it for me about a week later.  He kept in contact with me and asked that I call him and report on any developments, problems, etc.  He asked that I keep him informed. 

Sending out a huge “Mahalo!” to CR Newton and Randy Pang for their assistance with this, er, development.

Now I wear it almost every day and I have gone running with it.  The Great Aloha Run is going to be very interesting this year.  Last year I could barely make it back to my car, the pain was so severe.  I have an appointment with a therapist who is in the know about these things over at Kaiser right after Christmas.

Not the prettiest fashion statement but who cares?I sort of need to teach myself how to walk correctly again.  Sigh.  My body was compensating too much and has taken on very bad, pain-inflicting habits.  

Okay, so this device is not the greatest fashion statement but when you need to walk without cracking your head open or causing other related leg injuries, it really doesn’t matter!  For this, vanity flies right out the window!

I decided to share this because two other local bloggers have run into even scarier health issues where vanity is the least of their worries.

Gigi over at Gigi-Hawaii says, Enough of this Sad Story! Gigi, like me, is dealing with a uncooperative nervous system.  We’re irritated, no doubt about that, but we are fighting arduously against this nonsense to maintain both our lifestyle as well as our quality of life, no matter what!

Kay, in her Musings, says it’s One of Those Days as she deals with the threat of one of my worse nightmares.  “At least let me keep the one beautiful body part that I have?!?”  There goes the vanity thing again, sorry.  The reality is, I don’t like those call backs to the doctor’s office and I don’t think Kay does either!

Gigi and Kay, I will keep both of you in my prayers and, no matter what, we will keep “talking” until our fingers stop working!  There’s hope on our highways too!

Keyboard where blogging happens.

We should check in on each other from time to time and see how we’re doing — hold cyber hands and hope that it all stops here!  

I know, Gigi, that we have residual left overs from these things but I want them to stop here and not get any worse, and maybe even get a little better!   Please?

We bloggers need to get out there and share our island’s fun and craziness, therefore, we need to be healthy and mobile!  NO MORE DRAMA!  Come on ladies, let’s get our lives back!

Sharing with the Keiki

2011 Toy Run
The Street Bikers United Hawaii – Oahu Chapter shared information about the 2011 Toy Run on December 4th.

The following is a list of the charities that received toys from Toys for Tots Hawaii: 

Alu Like
Adult Friends for Youth
Agape Assembly of God
Armed Services YMCA
Banyan Street Manor
Catholic Charities Maililand
Central Samoan Assembly of God Chursch
CFS Healthy Start Oahu
Congregational Samoan Christian Church of Maile
Cup of Water Outreach
DHS First To Work Downtown
Domestic Violence Clearinghouse And Legal Hotline
Drug Addiction Services of Hawaii
Emmanuel Temple Church
Family Programs Hawaii
Family Services Center Preschool
First Judicial Circuit
First Lap
First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal Church
Friends of Foster Kids
FSCCC-Maili
FTS The Salvation Army
Good Samaritan Church
Graham Builders Inc.
Hale Kipa
Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
Hawaii First Samoan Assembly of God
Housing Solutions Inc.
Honolulu Church of God
HCAP Leahi District
HCAP Leeward District
442 Head Start
HCAP Central
HCAP Kalihi-Palama
HCAP Windward
Honolulu Samoan Assembly of God
Ho’omau Ke Ola
Hope Chapel Kahuku
IHS Women and Families Shelter
Jesus Is the Way Church Of God
Kahana Community Association
Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Waianae
Kalihi Valley Homes
Ke Ola Mamo – Ko’olaupoko Unit
Kokua Kalihi Valley Family Services
Kukui Tower
Ku I Ka Mana Program Coordinator
Life Foundation
Lighthouse Outreach Center
Linapuni Elementary School
Makakilo Assembly of God
Mauga Olive Assembly of God
Mutual Housing Assn – Palolo
Naval Reserve Center Honolulu
North Shore Mental Health
Oahu Salvation of Souls AG Church
Once a Month Church
One Love Ministries
Pacific Gateway Center
PACT Family Center
PACT Respite Care
PACT Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter
PACT Teen Program
PACT Intensive Support Program
PACT EHS / HS
PACT Administrative Offices
PACT Kaneohe Community Family Center
PACT CPS Program
PACT Hana Like Visitation Program Waianae
Palama Settlement
Palolo Valley Homes
Papakolea Community Development Corporation
Poly USO Productions
Puuwai Momi Resident Assn
River Of Life
Solid Rock Fellowship AOG
St. Patrick’s Outreach
Sts Peter & Paul Outreach
Star Program
The Salvation Army Leeward Corps
The Salvation Army ARC
The Salvation Army ATS
Vietnamese Catholic Community
Voice Of Christ
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
Waipahu Assembly of God
Wings of Love Samoan Assembly of God
Waianae Neighborhood Place
Waianae Community Outreach
Word of Life
Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services

Wow!  That was quite and event!  Merry Christmas to our keiki!

Having a Carnival Christmas!

You’ve got to love a Panda that eats saimin!

Welcome to the December edition of the Carnival of Aloha!  This will be the last chapter of our Carnival for 2011.  Suffice it to say, 2011 has been a strange year in many ways and it will stick around for quite some time in many of our memories.  We need to take the edge off so let’s have a drink together as we move closer to the end of this interesting and sometimes troubling year!

Sheila shares 4 Favorite Places for a Sunset Drink in Waikiki posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “What happened to 2011? The year went by so fast! Well, let’s all toast to the close of 2011 and the welcome of 2012 with a Waikiki sunset drink. :-)”   Thanks, Sheila, you have always been a great person to share with and a great help to my nerves!

Now we need something to eat so we don’t get too tipsy!  It gives me great pleasure to introduce a local blogger who has been around for quite some time but we have never connected until now.  Since that panda at the top of this post is not going to share his saimin, Kay is going t0 feed us a Hawai’i favorite!

Kay actually shows us How to Cook Opihi!  Some time back someone let me try opihi, directly off the rocks, and I thought it tasted a little like sunflower seeds — it must have been the salt from the ocean.  Kay’s recipes posted over at Musings sure look a lot tastier than sunflower seeds.  I like the comment she shared about them tasting like the escargot someone had while on a cruise ship.  It does sound much more appetizing to eat opihi made that way rather than snails!

Now we need a little bit of intellectual stimulation.  I found something I thought you would all find interesting.

Jan TenBruggencate over at Raising Islands–Hawai’i science and environment was talking about Hawaiian volcano science: why Kilauea sits on Mauna Loa, but is a sister of Mauna Kea.  This is interesting information that I thought it would be great to share.  It is always fascinating to learn the secrets about what goes on underneath the surface and creates the beautiful scenery and great photo ops we all enjoy!  Thanks, Jan!

Are your fingers itching to write about Hawai’i?  Pua is going to help us out with that!

Pua sends out an invitation to bloggers as she presents 8 Best Maui Vacation Tips posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “We invite people in love with Hawaii and Hawaii vacation to write a guest post on our blog. A short bio will be included. So, if you have something nice to say -NO advertising though – please, share with us like the writer of this ‘Maui vacation tips’ article did.”  Another place to share your island discoveries!

Need a ride?

Evelyn, that’s me, shares the Street Bikers United annual gift giving event — the 2011 Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run posted right here on this blog.   This is a great way to start the month of December every year.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could ride into 2012!

We may not have snow but we have all of your bloggers and readers with whom we share the holiday season!  Have a wonderful holiday season and please, please stay safe!

Aloha to 2011!  The next Carnival of Aloha will have us welcoming in 2012.   Come on and submit your blog articles to the next chapter 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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Bringing Hawai’i History Back to Life!

‘Ike K???ko?a
Liberating Knowledge, The Newspaper Type Scripting Project

Awaiaulu, Perpetuating Past to Present, or binding that part to the present securely, is hard at work at a project to restore 60,000 pages of long-forgotten newspapers.  I had no concept of just how much Hawaiian text there is out there!  You have GOT to watch this video!  There are pages and pages of Hawaiian newspapers to be put into searchable form! This is so exciting!

Typing Hawaiian newspapers and turning them into searchable text.

I am so very proud of the volunteers who have stepped up to devote some of their time to this project!  Will they eventually translate it all into English?  I don’t know, but we can hope.  Yes, I know, we should all learn to speak and understand the native tongue of our home but, I have to admit, it’s hard to teach old people like me a new language.  In time, maybe?  The main thing is it will assist in the recovery of lost history!

Pssst… if you’ve been caught throwing things out your car window, if you need to put in some time doing community service, this counts against your required community service hours!  I’m just saying.

Suddenly I feel the need to say, God bless ‘Aha P?nana Leo for what they have become and what they have accomplished over the years in keeping the language alive for all!  Those who are the products of the Hawaiian immersion schools will be able to read, and maybe even translate the recovery of this history.

If you can, please get involved!

2011 Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run

What do you do on a peaceful Sunday morning?  Do you go to Ala Moana Park and paddle board?  Do you go sailing?

Paddle boarder and a sail boat off of Ala Moana Park on an overcast Sunday morning.

Some people do.  Is that why I was venturing over to Magic Island?  Uh, no.  If it’s the first or second Sunday in December, I’m there for one reason and one reason only — the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run!

Motorcycle decked in blue and silver

The weather has been overcast all weekend so one can only guess that stuffed animals were not the toys of choice this year.  While there were a few soft critters, not all of them were toys for the kids.  Some of them were mascots.

GEICO gecko catches a ride on the back of a bike.

The GEICO gecko made sure to show up for the occasion.  In case you’ve missed the commercials, they insure motorcycles.  Actually, I wonder if this one was a going to be gifted.  If that’s the case, I need one for my car!  I seriously wouldn’t mind having him as a passenger.  This was actually the first bike photo I took as I thought, “They must be here.”

GEICO tent at the start of the motorcycle run.

Indeed they were, with bells on!  They were even ladies walking around taking monetary donations for Street Bikers United to help with the cost of the Toy Run, to keep it running!  It is a great cause and quite the community event!

Animated reindeer surveys the event.

I liked this animated reindeer.  He was just sitting there looking from side to side to see what was interesting, just like me!

All dressed up for the event.

The bikes are always a fascination but the people are too!  There were people who dressed for the Christmas event that this is intended to be.

Iron Circle Hawaii members dressed like bikers!

Then there were people who dressed, well, like bikers!

Santa and his biker chick.

Of course Santa was there!  He even found himself a biker chick!

A pirate biker joins in the fun.

There were the ones who attracted every camera lens.  A pirate!  Why a pirate?

Ocean Dive toy

This rider is a diver.  The toy gave that away.

Shark rides co-pilot with the pirate.

Of course the co-pilot shark kind of helped with that, too.  So, a pirate is the proper attire — anything ocean!  This is Hawai’i, how can you argue with outfitting yourself with anything ocean?

Biker vests tell great stories.

This one on the left was my favorite and I let her know that I thought it was too cool.  And you guys thought I was kidding when I mentioned biker chick.  Oh yeah, they were there too.  Awesome!

The beauty of this event is that nobody knows what these people do for a living.  Tank’s Lady may be a pediatrician for all we know!  (If she sees this, I hope she tells us.)  One of the other rugged-looking dudes might be an architect.  It happens!  That is the beauty of events like this and that is why I take every opportunity to squelch the negative opinions the seem to pop up whenever people hear the word “biker.”

Like anything else, riding is a passion that runs through a biker’s veins.  It’s like hunting, fishing, running, or any of the other events to which people devote their time.

Bikers are not the ogres people try to make them out to be.  Yes, there are bad a**es but there are those in every group of people.  This is just one example of good people trying to do something good for their community and enjoy themselves in the process.  Trust me, I was there!  I was at KCC with a four-wheeled vehicle (who wants to see a car at a biker event?) and still I was allowed to sneak in.  I witnessed the camaraderie among bikers, and I enjoyed the acceptance of this crazy blogger who was there with camera in hand simply because they were all there being who they are!

Patience, understanding and a lot of ALOHA makes this event what it is every year.  I witnessed it and I enjoyed the benefit of it — of course the “I Brake for Bikers” bumper sticker on my boring automobile may have helped with that part.

Christian Motorcyclists Association are “Riding for the Son.”

I so love it when people prove me right!  <sarcasm>Gasp!  Those horrible people!</sarcasm>  There is an annual bike blessing, by the way, in case you have friends or family that need to have their bikes blessed — which is not a bad idea on our Hawai’i roadways!

Hope for the Highway book of scripture.

Every year I come away with something in my hand.  This year I did not come away with a GEICO bandana or a Marine Corp flyer.  This little treasure brought tears to my eyes as I picked it up and found that it was the New Testament in its entirety along with stories that I will share with everyone later.

As I thumbed through it to see what was included in the text, I decided that I would have to share the stories with everyone later.  This is the best season to do so as most of them are recovery stories about overcoming some of the different challenges that life throws our way.

Santa’s sleigh pulled by a reindeer with a motor.

I always look for fun and fascinating things to share.  Santa’s sleigh is always an important thing to share!

Beautiful yellow bike with all the trimmings a biker would want.

In the process of seeking these fun things, I always seem to find at least one bike that makes me catch my breath.  This one was stunning!  If the owner catches this post, please share your story for this picture I have labeled, “My Star Performer.”

Pooh and what I belive was a group of Veterans.

Everyone loves Pooh Bear and the Veterans are no exception.  I’m assuming these were the bikes of Veterans.  Anyone is welcome to correct me if I’m wrong!  Please do!

The lot at Ala Moana Park by Magic Island kept filling up as the morning progressed.

With every turn the lot was filling up quickly.

More bikers file in.

One biker from this large group noticed the camera.

Bikers continue to arrive at Ala Moana Park to join in the ride.

They just seemed to be coming from all directions

Either way you look, bikers made thier way into the staging area.

There must have been more this year than in the past.  It was getting crazy at the starting point but it was unbelievable at the end and police officers had to direct the traffic for the stream of bikers filing in to drop off their toys!

Line of bikers dropping off their toys with the Marine Corp.

So many bikers, so many toys.

The Marine Corp waiting to accept the gifts for all of the children.

I asked the Marine officer who was taking in the toys if these toys were for the children of military, disadvantaged children, or whose children.  His response was that the toys are for all children.  My assumption is that they are for all any and all children in need at this time of year.

We even have a biker dog!  Very cute looking Pomeranian mix.

I leave everyone with this little mascot.  A biker dog!  What a cutie!

Someone asked me, “Do you ride?”

“No, I’m a coward and have too much road rage — it would be a suicide mission for me to become a biker.”  That small bit of intelligence on my part does not change my desire and my admiration for those who do!

My one regret this year is that those ladies collecting donations were doing so to support the event itself and I missed an opportunity to show my support.  But, all is not lost!  If you want to make a donation to help keep this event running, please do by making your check payable to “The Toy Parade Inc” and mail it to: SBUHI, P.O. Box 5003, Kaneohe, HI  96744.  I am!

Heartfelt appreciation goes out to Street Bikers United, the Marine Corp., and all of the bikers who participate in this event every year.  Thank you for sharing your excitement and passion with us, and mahalo nui for letting me live vicariously through all of your passion and events!

Call for Submissions — December Carnival of Aloha

December Carnival of Aloha!Kamehameha Statue

How did that happen?  I think it should still be March or April!  We need to talk.  Come on, share your stories from 2011 with us.  Be it good news or bad, I’m open to it all this month.  It has been an extreme roller coaster ride of events this past year, both for our State and for many of us as individuals.  Please share your triumphs and/or your drama.

Let’s do a review of 2011 — if it happened in Hawai’i, you are welcome to share!  If this has started your fingers itching and you want to write about it now, go for it and then submit the address of your post so we can link back to you.  If you have a favorite post for the year, share that too!  Join in the camaraderie and connect to the Carnival of Aloha! Submit one of your Hawai’i posts to the Carnival by using this form.

I am reaching out to all Hawai’i bloggers (or bloggers visiting Hawai’i) to participate in our Carnival of Aloha!  I will even accept links to publications as long as you tell me who you are and why you’re sharing it.  There is room on the form to share all of that!

All you need to do is submit one of your posts (or a link) that talks about a local city, town, event or anything else that’s typically Hawai’i.  Or, if you’re a resident, something that’s typically you!

Bloggers from other states, or other countries even, are welcome to submit posts to the Carnival of Aloha. If you’ve been to Hawai’i, on vacation or otherwise, and have a story to tell, please share it with us!

Since it is the holiday season, I will extend the deadline to next Friday, December 9, 2011.  Let us “hear” you!  Start submitting, or writing and then submitting at BlogCarnival.com using our form for the Carnival of Aloha!  As always, the Carnival will be as exciting and informative as you help me make it!  Join us?  Please?  I’ve missed a lot this past year and I need you guys to educate me!