Archive for June, 2009

Ride Your Bike to Work Day on June 15th!

Ride to Work logo

No, not the bicycle kind of bike, the motorcycle kind of bike.

Just in case Hawai’i got dropped out of the loop on this, Monday (tomorrow), June 15, 2009 is the 18th Annual Ride to Work Day!  Follow the link for more information — I was glad to see some governmental backing on this.

It would be nice if I wasn’t such a coward.  It’s not the bikes themselves — it is the drivers.  It’s not as much the drivers of the bikes as it is the other cars on the road.  I have a problem with road rage and I do tend to be very impatient — not a good M.O. for anyone on a motorcycle. We all have to be respectful of each other and of our right to use the roads.

My concern is for their safety so I have to practice what I preach!  Let’s share the road shall we, please? Especially this coming Monday, “Look Twice, Save a Life.  Motorcycles are everywhere!”  Looking forward to it!

Carnival Excitement Rides Waves to Island Shores!

Heavy surf off the beach at Barbers Point

This month, we’re flying high as visiting bloggers from across the country come riding in on the surf for a visit!  I got so excited when I saw this!

Ryan opens things for us this month by letting us know that The Bloggers are Coming posted over at his Hawaii Blog.  Ryan describes it as “an experiment by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau to reach beyond the traditional media and professional travel agents to see if bloggers and vloggers can help spread the appeal of the Aloha State to a new audience.” If you’re on Twitter, search for the hashtag #hawaiihta to see what they’re up to and you can follow what they’ve been up to that way too!

Once we get through Ryan’s post we’re going to need some sustenance to keep our energy up.  As much as “I’m lovin’ it,” we’re going to drive right on passed McDonalds and follow one of our seasoned Hawaii visitors and Carnival bloggers to see what she’s got waiting for us.

Sheila takes care of our hunger this month with Liliha Bakery Coco Puffs: A Must Try On Your Oahu Vacation posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog –, saying, “Mahalo Evelyn for putting Liliha Bakery’s coco puffs onto my radar. We did get to try them and they ‘broke da mouth’!”

Before you eat too many of those I have to say, first of all, that it’s not my fault, and then suggest that you follow the advice of our next blogger before you eat too many of those!  Did I tell you it’s not my fault?

Kris Nelson strongly suggests Having Vacation Portraits Taken – Creating Personalized Memories posted at Ka’anapali Dreamin’ Blog, saying, “Hoping this post helps encourage people to consider having vacation portraits taken while in paradise as we did earlier this year. I’ve been hard pressed to find a more special way to leave the islands with such a personalized memento of Hawaii, and one that will have people talking about (and missing) the islands every time they see those photos.”

That part — talking about and missing the islands — that is our fault!  🙂  Memories, history, and traditions are important to us too. Read on and see!

Neenz rejoins us this month and shares a piece of that history  with a post written by a guest blogger called “Talking Story with Hawai’i’s Living Hisotry”: Helen Hiroko Hongo posted over at a blog that’s new to me called Hawaii Traditions.  I love that title!

I’ve missed Neenz recently but I’m left scratching my head as I’m wondering how and why we have felt such a very strong push to visit and embrace the history and culture of our home — simultaneously it seems.  Separate and apart from each other.

Evelyn (that’s me) has been concerned more and more with Preserving Hawaiian Language and Culture and has been talking about related topics here at Homespun Honolulu quite a bit recently.  I’m not complaining about this rekindling of the aloha for our history and culture, far from it!  🙂  I’m just pleased and intrigued that I’m not alone in this.   

Are you still thinking about your next vacation?

Pua can give you 3 Reasons to Visit Hawaii this Summer.  She posted them over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog and explains that “as the Economic Slowdown is challenging the Mainland and Hawaii, a trip to Hawaii has actually never been as affordable during the recent years as NOW. A vacation in Hawaii may help visitors to leave worries behind, to rejuvenate and replenish their energy.”

That’s it!  Whew!  A huge “Mahalo!” goes out to our visiting bloggers with hopes that they will join us for next month’s Carnival of Aloha with their favorite stories from their visit!   Submit your blog article for 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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Imagine That! Dreams Can Come True!

Movie Contest for the Keiki!

Here’s a summary of the storyline for an upcoming film:

Imagine That film poster

In Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ family comedy “Imagine That,” Eddie Murphy stars as a successful financial executive who has more time for his BlackBerry than his seven-year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi).

When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter’s imaginary world.”

This movie opens Nationwide on Friday, June 12, 2009.  It runs for 107 minutes and stars Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Yara Shahidi, Nicole Ari Parker, Ronny Cox and Martin Sheen.

I like Eddie Murphy movies and this one sounds like fun! Besides, bringing fantasy and the real world together is something I think we should always strive to do!  It makes life all the more enchanting.  Apparently Hollywood thinks so too!

Anyway, we thought it would be fun to have a little contest.  Here are the rules:

  • You need to be 13 years old or younger.
  • Submit one or two paragraphs telling us about a dream of yours and why you think it should come true.  (Send submissions to

Winners will be randomly selected and the grand prize winner will receive our “IMAGINE THAT Dreams Come True” prize package and passes for an advanced screening of the movie on June 9th!  Hippo Toes will be sponsoring our little contest with a $40 gift certificate for the grand-prize winner.

I need to post the following disclaimer so you need to read it:

DISCLAIMER:NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Seating is first-come, first-served and cannot be guaranteed.  The theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house.

Passes received through this promotion do not guarantee you a seat at the theatre. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, except for members of the reviewing press. Theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house. No admittance once screening has begun. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of tickets assumes any and all risks related to use of ticket, and accepts any restrictions required by ticket provider.

Paramount Pictures,, Hippo Toes and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize.  Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. We are not responsible if, for any reason, recipient is unable to use his/her ticket in whole or in part. All federal and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Participating sponsors, their employees & family members and their agencies are not eligible.  NO PHONE CALLS!

There!  Now hurry up!  Start using your imaginations and tell me your dreams and why you think they should come true!  The deadline for entries is this Thursday, June 4th!  I want to be sure I can get you your passes in time for the advanced screening the following Tuesday!