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.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pua // Jan 6, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Looking forward to a new fun year blogging about Hawaii. Much mahalo, Evelyn, for ‘ringing in’ the 2009 with an exciting first Hawaii blog carnival.

    It was quite intriguing to read about the extinct Hawaiian Honeyeaters at the scienceblogs. I also liked the portable, inflatable planetarium at darkerview.com. If our astronomy teacher at high school had pulled that trick, I might have become more in astronomy!

    Here is to your blogging success in 2009. Let the fun begin. Aloha, Pua

  • 2 A Darker View // Jan 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

    […] A new Carnival of Aloha is live over at Homespun Honolulu. No chance to peruse it at the moment, but some of the entries look intriguing. Looks like I have a little reading to do. Posted by Andrew Cooper in Comments on Reality at 10:39 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) […]

  • 3 Marilyn Terrell // Jan 6, 2009 at 11:37 am

    These are very nice picks! Congratulations on the new carnival!
    Intelligent Travel blog is welcoming the Obamas to Washington with an Aloha Guide to finding authentic Hawaiian food and culture in DC, part of our Inauguration Guide to DC:
    http://traveler.nationalgeographic.com/guide/dc

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    We’ve got some fun stuff for the Carnival this time, Pua. As usual, you guys make really great contributions to liven things up around here! 🙂

  • 5 Evelyn // Jan 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Marilyn! Thank you for sharing that link. I should have asked you to share it with us for the Carnival! That’s okay, we’ve got it now! Thank you for that!

    Your timing couldn’t be better — I recently read a blog post, or something similar, that called Nat Geo cable’s gem. I have to agree with that statement!

  • 6 Sheila // Jan 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I’ll proudly wear my sash with the honor of “Ms. Congeniality”. 🙂

    Great roundup of articles as always!

    Mahalo to the real Star of Honolulu 🙂
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/govisithawaii/2999768521/in/set-72157600050315663/

  • 7 Evelyn // Jan 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Sheila! You are such a nut! But, thank you, that was cute. LOL! Trust me, my post about your visit is still sitting in draft form, glaring at me. 🙂

    Now, let’s see, I think we need to line your sash with some flowers and glitter for added bling!

  • 8 Hawaii Vacation Deals and News Round Up for January 8 // Jan 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

    […] Evelyn has issued the first carnival of Aloha for 2009. (Hey Kris, I think you should participate in  next month’s carnival. […]

  • 9 Sheila // Jan 8, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Bling…oh yes, please. 😉

  • 10 Evelyn // Jan 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    You know what they say about our fascination with bling, right? We don’t want to talk about it. 🙂 We’re not getting old or anything. Ahem. Let’s see… you’re right, Kris should join the Carnival so I included the link here that got lost in the ping. 🙂

  • 11 Sunny // Jan 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Happy New Year!!

  • 12 Evelyn // Jan 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Hey Sunny! Same to you! 🙂

  • 13 A Maui Blog // Jan 18, 2009 at 6:45 am

    when is the deadline for the next one? I “like join” 🙂

  • 14 Evelyn // Jan 18, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Hey Maui Blog! That was my first thought when I saw your comments!

    You can go to check out the guidelines here and submit your entry using the form included there. The next deadline is January 28th, but you can submit your chosen post at anytime between now and then. Please join us! It’s fun!

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