Welcome to the first 2012 edition of the Carnival of Aloha! I was surprised to hear that more than 70% of Americans were very happy to put 2011 behind them. Really? You mean I’m not alone? It was a rough year for many of us, and in many ways.
Yaro Starak, the blogger’s favorite entrepreneur, had a hell of a 2011! He calls it, My Most Challenging Year Part I: When Family Tragedy Strikes that he posted over at the Entrepreneurs-Journey. I can certainly relate although I am not as open to talking about these things brought to us in 2011 like Yaro is. No, Yaro did not send this to me for the Carnival and no, it has nothing to do with Hawai’i. It was in my Inbox because I am subscribed to one of his lists. This could not have been more timely. His post certainly helps me make my case for wishing a speedy aloha to 2011. Thank you, Yaro, for helping me with that.
I know I’m ready to move on into this new year with hopes of a much gentler outcome. Chinese New Year at the end of this month will be welcoming in the Year of the Dragon and I am looking forward to having that Dragon come roaring onto the scene!
Great news! We are already starting out on a much more positive note! Hmmm… I guess we’re eating seafood for this Carnival.
Karen happily shares Squid, Fish and I, Oh My Or Fishing in Waikiki posted at kareninhonolulu, saying, “my latest blog from my trip to Waikiki this New Years Morning. It’s a fun blog to start off the year.” I don’t know if any of those squid made it to the hot coals that morning but we’ll go with it. Karen was relaxing but I have to tell you guys that she is the hostess with the mostest over at Bishop Museum — we’ll talk about that later!
I know the calamari lovers are starting to salivate out there so I’m really glad we have a remedy for what these much-loved delicacies leave behind.
Sheila helps us freshen our breath! Aloha Friday Photo: SPAM Breath Mints? posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “Well, since you suggested it, here’s the SPAM mints post. These crack me up!” I confess, I did suggest this would be fun to share. Besides, what is more Hawaii than SPAM? Thank you, Sheila, for sharing this crazy breath freshener! I can see how a Pez could look like a slice of SPAM. Works for me!
You may think our next post is not too timely but I beg to differ. The old-calendar Orthodox just celebrated Christmas last weekend so this is perfect timing! Santa Claus even stopped by on his way back to the North Pole!
Gigi wishes everyone Merry Christmas from Hawaii posted at gigi-hawaii, saying, “Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!!!” We can’t argue with that! Gigi also shares some truly wonderful photos with us from earlier in the year when she visited the Big Island of Hawaii. They are beautiful photos indeed.
Our “Happy New Year!” continues with what is culturally traditional.
Kay starts the New Year off by buying Kadomatsu for Mom that she tells us about over at Musings. This was another case of perfect timing — I had just been thinking about these items because they have, once again, started appearing in all the stores. They are very pretty and they are a cultural tradition! It’s great to be educated like this. Thanks, Kay!
Now that we’re full and festive, you know I have to share a little bit of Mr. TenBruggencate’s intellect and continue to educate all of us.
Jan TenBruggencate has shared yet another bit of scientific knowledge over at Raising Islands–Hawai’i science and environment. Our bees have been a concern for quite some time and Jan sends yet another warning when he says, “A solution to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder? Doubt it.” I have been wanting to talk about our bees for quite some time and I am so grateful for these insights. This way, I can sound intelligent when I approach our local bee keepers. We just won’t tell them how I got so smart. Shhh! Let’s just hope the New Year brings good news to our bee colonies!
Just to add to my weirdness, I’ve started a new endeavor to add to the Honolulu mix. My friend Karen who fed us fish and squid at the beginning of the Carnival sounded almost excited when I told her about this one so it made me just brave enough to share it with all of you.
Evelyn (my strange self) wants to share a new development. Well, it is not really all that new. It has been brewing for several years actually. I just finally found something to do with my strange fixation. It’s a… well… it’s a… a graveyard blog! It’s what I do during my times of Resting Reveries. I just provided the link to the blog because there isn’t much to it, yet. It is amazing just how much history is contained in those stones! You can click on the circle with the rabbit and you will find that there are a lot of people out there who are fascinated by the graveyards, the history, and the genealogy! So I get to talk about some Hawaiian history from time to time — sounds like a good idea to me! Don’t you think?
Happy New Year, everyone! This concludes this chapter of our ongoing Hawai’i blog Carnival. 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.