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!

Butternut Squash and Curry Corn Chowder with Beans

Sounds gross, I know, but it is sooo good!  I know, now you’re looking at the picture below and thinking, “How on earth am I supposed to cut that thing?”  Costco has it all pre-cut and wrapped in plastic but then again, your squash will not be as fresh as it would be if you cut it yourself.

Butternut Squash — you can cook this thing!

Trust me; the Costco route was looking really good to me, until I saw this video on YouTube:

A vegetable peeler?  No way!  Way.  Amazing — it works quite nicely.  The spaghetti squash is much harder to cut than the butternut variety!  Besides, the perfect recipe for spaghetti squash has not hit me yet. These “winter” squash could not have come across my radar at a better time — advent lent starts a few days after Thanksgiving and this recipe is vegan!

What follow are the recipe, the instructions, and some helpful suggestions.  You may never buy corn chowder from anyone else again!

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 cups butternut squash (1 average size squash), peeled, seeded and chopped into one-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 small bag of fresh frozen corn (12 oz), defrosted
2 tsp curry powder
garlic salt and ground pepper
2 cans vegetable broth (14.5 oz)
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 can white beans (16 oz), drained

Directions:

1.  Get out your 5 quart pot and heat the oil over medium heat.  You can substitute all vegetable oil if you are on a Lenten fast that restricts the intake of olive oil.  Add the squash and the onion.  Cook until the onion starts to soften (about 5 or 6 minutes) and add the corn and curry powder.

2.  Salt and pepper to taste.  I prefer Lawry’s garlic salt and cracked or large-grind pepper.  Be sure you do this now or you may end up putting just a little bit too much pepper.  You can always add more later.  If you think you smell sugar at this point, you are smelling the aroma of the cooking squash — butternut squash is apparently one of the sweeter squash.

3.  Add two cans of broth and simmer for about 25 or 30 minutes until squash is tender.  After about 20 minutes, add your can of white beans and continue cooking for the remaining five or ten minutes.

4.  Remove half of the soup from the pot and place in a blender and blend until creamy and not lumpy.  Please use caution and be careful when blending hot liquid like this.  Be sure the blender cover is on correctly and securely.  If you use the lowest setting on your blender, it will still blend!

5.  Once the soup is smooth, return it to the pot with the rest of the soup.  The beans may have melted but they have added body and bulk to the soup in the process.  If you have a passion for the feel of beans when you eat, you can start with dried white beans like Great Northern instead of the canned beans.  After recombining the soup, add the coconut milk and continue to heat but do not boil.

After the fun of dealing with these new ingredients and the peculiar preparation procedures, the photo below shows you what you get.  Yummy!

Butternut Squash and Curry Corn Chowder with Beans

This soup keeps well in the refrigerator so don’t worry if it makes you too full too fast.  It should.  You might want to try adding some whole wheat toast with margarine, instead of crackers, to eat along with your nice warm chowder.

As I mentioned above, you may never buy corn chowder again because you will know that yours is better.  There are few things that I make where I will only eat my own cooking.  While this is rare and a very small number, this recipe is trying really hard to add itself to that list!

In Honolulu you can find all of the ingredients you need for this recipe at Safeway Stores and Times Supermarkets.

Wordless Wednesday: Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace, draped

An historic Carnival touches many

Natatorium, part of O’ahu’s past.

There seems to be a lot of historic items this month, both old and some a little more recent, that have touched all of us is many ways.  We are going to touch them back by sharing them with others!

Things that have touched the past are always a good thing to revisit.

Karen talks about Touching the Past Kealiiokamalu Church where we can see the beauty of a country church.  Thank you for sharing this, Karen, we don’t hear about these country churches often enough.

Everyone knows how we always need someone to feed us at the Carnival! We have a great menu this month! It’s always touching to revisit old recipes (another touch from the past)!

heartland frugalista presents A Touch of the Islands: Recipe for Kalua Pig posted at Heartland Living on a Budget, saying, “A native of Honolulu, I moved to Wisconsin 11 years ago. I miss many things, especially the food. But I have learned how to make my beloved kalua pig!”  Makes my stomach growl just thinking about it.

Are you full? Not yet? Malia is going to share some other yummies!

Malia Yoshioka presents Comparing Shrimp Trucks on Oahu’s North Shore posted at WhyGo Hawaii, saying, “One of the most popular things to do on Oahu’s North Shore is to visit the shrimp trucks. We compared four in one day – Giovanni’s, Romy’s, Fumi’s, and Macky’s – in order to give a fair comparison.”

Giggles!  It’s always great to compare lunch wagons, and shrimp trucks should certainly be no exception!

Marquita (Marty) Herald tells us about Discovering a Sense of Place posted at IGG – tips, tools and tantalizing ideas.  Marty says, “The ‘Staycation’ trend may have been born as a result of economic issues, but we’ve since realized there are many other benefits of getting reacquainted with our neighborhoods … such as reconnecting with a sense of belonging to a community. In Hawaii, this feeling is known as ‘sense of place.'”

Thank you for joining us, Marty!  Mahalo for pointing out just how wonderful our own home towns are for all of us.  This post touched me!  It is amazing how many things you can discover while checking out your own backyard!

Jennifer Miner expresses some concern about a favorite backyard destination for locals and for our visitors, asking, What Will Happen to the Ihilani Resort and Spa?  This is being discussed over at The Vacation Gals – Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips.  I agree, Jennifer, that this might be a concern but Ihilani has already established a fine reputation and Aulani does not offer kama’aina rates (slightly reduced rates for locals) and that will be their biggest issue during the “off” season.

Disney did their research and has done all that is necessary to stay true to the culture of Hawai’i but they missed that very, very, fine detail! Ihilani Resort & Spa does offer kama’aina rates, by the way.  I called to be sure — most of the locals I know wouldn’t stay there if they didn’t!  Don’t worry, the novelty will wear off eventually and the real business battle will begin.  I’m just saying.

There is a lot more than famous mice and strange, lovable canines from Disney coming to our shores — fortunately or unfortunately.  Japan’s recent tsunami made history to be sure but this horrific event is about to touch us again.

Jan TenBruggencate brings us an intellectual fix when he tells us all about how a Russian ship finds UHawai`i-projected tsunami debris field.  Jan doesn’t know how I count on his wisdom over at Raising Islands — Hawai’i science and environment for some of my intellectual stimulus.  Hey, I can’t help it if I’m part nerd!  Alright, maybe more than part nerd.  I also can’t help it if I just love it when the University of Hawaii makes cool discoveries like this.  The bad part is, that this debris is apparently going to touch our shores a bit sooner than originally thought.  I wonder what that will do for the search for sea glass?

Since we really do need our cars for staycations and to travel a bit further to get to Ko ‘Olina (it’s really not that far!) and see Mickey, it would be a good thing to pay less for car insurance.

Tyler presents Hawaii Car Insurance | HI Car Insurance Quote Comparison posted at Car Insurance Comparison. Tyler said, “Even Hawaiians need car insurance!” I certainly cannot argue with that!

That concludes this chapter.  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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Life can be as fragile as glass

Sometimes you just need to do something mindless.  My girlfriend, Coco, suggested, well, actually coerced me into going to look for beach-worn fragments of glass.  She said, “it would be bloggable.”  I told her that was hitting below the belt!

This whole thing started when she posted a note on Facebook that said,

“Good and bad news: There has been a major decrease in littering off the shores of Hawaii. No more glass being thrown off shore or from boats. As a result, no matter how hard you look, there’s no more sea glass.” 

What is WRONG with her?!?

Coco was on the hunt for sea glass and another friend of hers told her about Sand Island. Sand Island?  Where the auto junkyards are?  No, where the ships have gone by and dropped their garbage and glass along with it.  Huh?  You can imagine where my mind went.  Ick!

Not too long after we spoke of broken glass and this blog-worthy adventure, when reality got a little bit too hard for me to handle, it was time to search for the simplicity of a unique and relatively-mindless distraction.  Few things provide that kind of distraction as well as the shores of O’ahu.

People enjoying the shore.

Of course the “icky” idea of things being discarded made me wonder if I needed to wear rubber boots but, on the contrary, the water was beautiful and very clean.  So don’t worry, no rubber boots required.

As we drove around trying to find this mystical repository of glittering sea glass, we stumbled on to this interesting looking place.

La Mariana sign.

I am sure I will investigate that one a bit more and talk about it later.  My blogger friend, Karen, has already discovered La Mariana and she has already shared it with her blog readers!

We were looking for glass.  We found the shore and we found some boats but we were still not quite where we needed to be.

US Coastguard ship.

I had to get a photo of this U.S. Coast Guard ship for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was my past inability to get a decent photo of these ships from Aloha Tower.

Still searching for this glass, we asked some people if they knew the spot we were looking for to see if they could help us with our search.  We did get one rather strange reply.  One gentleman said something like, “You mean where the haoles go looking for glass?”

Uh, excuse you?!?  This guy looked more like a tourist than anything else!  Coco and I must have both been wondering, “what the heck?”  At least he pointed us in the general direction.

Glass bottle on the grass.

Were we getting warmer?  This is not exactly the kind of glass we had in mind.  It just happened to be the first glass we found.

Coco searching for sea-worn glass.

We found it!  Our devoted search for pieces of sea glass is finally able to begin!  Now we will see what we can find along this interesting stretch of rocky beach.

What we actually found was even more interesting, even a bit freaky.

Concrete block molded into the rock.

Items were molded into the rock.  Stuck!  Somehow these things had become part of the shoreline.  I guess this peculiar process of fusing things together resembles the man-made reef idea, except it was not man-made.  We provided the materials and it seems that nature did the rest.

Broken glass molded into the rocks.

Some pieces of glass we attempted to collect were not to be removed. It looks like you can pick them up but they have become part of the rocks — you might be able to get a piece of them if you took a hammer and chisel to them but that would just not be right.  Besides, the edges would just be sharp again rather than worn by the sand and surf.

More glass joined with the rocks.

Hmmm, remember that quote posted above about the lack of glass being tossed into the ocean?  Apparently I failed to notice this additional comment from Coco’s friend, Lisa, who said, Oh yes! And due to the heat of decomposition, the glass is sometimes melted together! Have fun!

Man!  It seems that the “heat of decomposition” along with the heat of the sun have done a stellar job of melting everything together!

It is really amazing to see how the whole area has adapted to all of this and actually absorbed these things right into its little ecosystem.  In a fascinating way, this little area has taken in a strange culture of chemicals and embraced it as part of its own.  Sound familiar?  Are the islands not famous for doing the same thing with the cultures of people?  We absorb them and make them fit!  I could go “out there” with this idea!  I’m just saying.

There was more to discover here besides these pieces of glass, and other things we could not pick up.

Shore fishing on Sand Island.

So many people were enjoying this quiet little area.  There was even some fishing going on.  I would never have expected there to be people fishing here.  Well, why not?  Where there’s water, there’s fish!

Storm drain cover in an odd place.

I liked the look of this quiet little corner, except for the storm drain and that great big pipe.  These were certainly another unexpected curiosity.

Giant pipeline.

I will not wager any guesses or make any assumptions about why this is here or what it is for.  There is still no need for rubber boots so we can relax!

Another bottle left behind.

Oh no, not more of this kind of glass!  This bottle will probably get broken and become sea glass someday, but not anytime soon.  For now it is, shall we say, less than collectible, even without being stuck to the rocks!

Below is our collection!  There were a couple of shells that were interesting but the bulk of the collection was pieces of worn glass, no longer sharp and dangerous to touch. Some of these are, of course, molded together.

Collection of beach glass.

The pieces that could be removed from the rocks and/or sand were interesting, although not as colorful as I kept hoping for — I wanted more blue.  But, we did help to de-litter the beach just a bit!

My supposition is that the glass aficionados who use these interesting pieces of ocean art to create little table tops, etc., have already discovered this place so the pickings were slim for us.  Then again, there will be even less for them the next time they go!  It was a nice way to spend an afternoon.

View of Honolulu from Sand Island.

It was a beautiful day and I could not help but snap more shots.  I never get quite this vantage point from other venues.

Viewing Downtown Honolulu from Sand Island.

I did manage to get some otherwise impossible photos!  I do love my island.  Can you tell?  The island and its variety of ecosystems can often be as fragile as glass, but it can also be as tough as nails when it needs to be.

It was a bloody affair!

I got a little too up-close and personal with an associate whom I have been working closely with for many years.  After all this time I had become accustomed to walking all over this guy, but, with this affair, I shed blood, sweat, and tears all over Mr. Asphalt.

Slice above the eyebrow soon after it happened.

Already starting to bruise and the veins near the temple tell of the stress.

Cell phones, being what they are, don’t always take the best pictures but I was so freaked by the volume of blood (one spattered shirt, three paper towels and we are still dripping) I had to see what it looked like.  My mind kept thinking, “What is it that’s freaking people out?  Why is it still bleeding?”

They told me not to walk because of my bursitis.  Alright, I got it already!  This is what happens when you do not listen!  I could walk to Kaiser’s Honolulu clinic.  “No, bitch, you will not!”  (I’m mean to myself at times like this.)  Calling a cab will be cheap because it’s so close!  Duh!  It’s such a breeze to call 422-2222…  Pick me up!

Quick humor:  The first cab missed me, or he avoided me because, man did I look like a scary street person!  What cab driver wants to pick up a sweaty person all covered in blood?  I wouldn’t!

As I was waiting for the replacement cab, I was standing in the sun and shivering — uh, shock?  Not going to call the husband and have him yell at me!  I’ll just fix it.  Well, Kaiser will fix it.  Such lovely stitchery!

Mahalo to Kaiser’s Urgent Care on Pensacola Street for helping me “pull” things together!  Mahalo to The CAB for getting me there — even if I did look scary!

Bruised but nicely stitched.

Three days later I thought it would be fun to share the progress of my self-destruction.  I swear, women will stop at nothing to get a face lift!  I can laugh at it now but I have to admit to a bit of fear that, hopefully, will pass with a bit more time.  Pain will do that to a person.

It still shakes me up to walk by the area where this all happened.  I’m sure the memory will eventually numb with the rest of the whole incident.  In time.

The look after stitches have been removed.

It does seem to be taking forever for that bruise, aka black eye, to melt away.  I must say, those shades of green and brown are really not at all attractive.  As I’m writing this, about sixteen days later, my bruise is down to a sliver — still there but almost gone.  The impact was obviously much harder than I wanted to admit.  The fall started from a slightly elevated place before hitting the ground so I guess that’s to be expected.  Sigh.

Lessons to be learned: Walk softly, never take nature for granted, be sure to always carry a lot of paper towels, do not forget your cell phone, and for goodness sake, be careful with whom you decide to have an affair!

Happy 4th Anniversary to the Carnival of Aloha!

We are mixing things up for this 4th Anniversary Carnival!  Oh my!

Bird working on flowering ginger.

This bird was tearing at this ginger plant but I am not sure if he was eating it or if he/she was going to use it for nesting materials.  Aha!  Now I know who has been messing up those flowers!  Since we are all mixing things up and seem to be all mixed up, I think we should eat dessert first!

Sheila wishes the Carnival of Aloha a Happy Birthday by sharing Hawaii’s Tastiest Sweet Treats posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com.  She says, “Since it’s the Carnival of Aloha’s 4th birthday, let’s celebrate with something sweet. Hawaii is a paradise for the person with a sweet tooth, you know.”

Just do not eat too much yet — we need to go swimming.  My favorite star gazer goes in the opposite direction and goes ocean browsing instead!

Andrew Cooper takes A Night Dive at Mahukona posted at A Darker View.  In usual fashion this is an educational post and, even though Andrew goes looking at starfish instead of the celestial kind of stars, at least he does so when it is still A Darker View.

Okay, now that we are out of the water, we can eat a lot more!

Malia Yoshioka presents Traditional Hawaiian Food | Hawaii Travel Guide posted at WhyGo Hawaii, saying, “Culinary Hawaii today is a mixed plate of cultures, a blend of the old and new. But it’s also interesting to get a glimpse into where we began and the type of Traditional Hawaiian Foods that were a strong part of Hawaii’s past.”  Mixed plates are always the best and the more mixed up they are, the better!

We may be full but we are not done with tradition and the traditional.  This Carnival always loves tradition and we are not just leaving it to food this month!

Karen takes us to see Hula, Halaus and the Hilton Hawaiian when we go to check out her blog at KareninHonolulu.  No matter where she is, we can always count on Karen to provide us with an educational piece of culture.

Keeping the culture and keeping the “mix,” we next get to be a witness!

noel tells us about Witnessing a New Day at Pu’ukohola posted at one of his blogs, A Sari-Sari Life-Hawaiian Style, saying, “This is mostly an photo experience of the annual ceremony at Pu’ukohola in July.” If you look at the side bar of this blog you will see where Noel explains that sari-sari means “a mix-mix life” in Filipino.  Did I mention that we are mixing things up?

We are used to Noel usually being a “plant fanatic” but I am good with this kind of confusion!  Seriously though, a lot of bloggers are running more than one blog and I like the name of this one. Thank you, Noel, I do not think that most of us would have seen this event otherwise!

I have to admit to being a little mixed up, our next post did leave me a little confused.

Costan Alexandru presents some of Hawaii cheapest vacations tips . General informations posted at Cheapest vacations and business tips, saying, “General information about Hawaii as a popular destination for people`s summer vacations.”

I am really not sure if that was about the State of Hawai’i or about the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Well, that concludes this edition.  Are you sufficiently dizzy?  Submit your blog articles to the mix for next month!  Share it with us at 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.

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