Carnival Chapter 9: Taking Time to Smell the Plumeria

Western Wagons for Movie Filming

Things have been so crazy around here lately I just wanted us to kick back just a bit and enjoy the Carnival at a relaxed pace. I thought we could just borrow one of these old-fashioned carriages from the filming that was happening near and around Iolani Palace. I didn’t think anyone would mind. I don’t think we can go much more leisurely than that!

I wanted to smell the plumeria and the gardenia flowers but a blogger, who is new to us, is going to add to that — he’s going to talk to us from under the stars!

Andrew Cooper presents The 2008 MATE ROV Challenge posted at A Darker View. Before you react to the name of the blog, wait until you see what it is! I was taken aback a little too but it’s all about viewing the stars over Mauna Kea! We’ve got us an engineer who likes astrophotography. I have to admit, I had never heard that word before. But, any blogger has got to love the idea of getting pictures of space and then blogging about them! How awesome is that? Well, Andrew shares a post with us about how ingenious our youth are with their scientific inventions. We’ve heard a lot about that recently but this one is under water!

Welcome aboard, Andrew, I hope you stick around and share all the cool things you guys are doing over there and what you’re seeing in the stars! We’ve got people sharing just about everything but it’s great to have a solar-system blogger to share the aloha from the stars! Andrew is going to share more about the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station next time, if I’m really nice. He just doesn’t know it yet. 🙂

Anybody wanting a detailed description of what “Aloha” really means, you’re in luck!

The PegasusTeam presents The Meaning of Aloha posted at Your Aloha Connection. This is another new blog to us! This post shares the meaning as we know it and then adds a little more detail to it as they dissect the word for us.

L.P. “NEENZ” FALEAFINE shares more blogger aloha telling us that Alltop Has Got HAWAII Covered! Neenz over at From the Mind of NEENZ, says that, “As part of the Alltop team, I am excited to announce that Hawaii is one of the first Geo categories on Guy Kawasaki’s latest project, Alltop is an online magazine rack that features “all of the top” news within a category. This is a wonderful opportunity for Hawai’i bloggers and anyone whose content focuses on anything and everything Hawai’i.”

We’ve got a nice nerdy twist to things around here! You know, for the geek in all of us. Yep, Hawai’i has got geeks too! In fact…

Lynn Vasquez tells us all about the Hawaii Geek Meet in an article she posted at her blog, Auntie Pupule. I couldn’t be there that day so I really appreciate Auntie Pupule sharing this with all of us! We get a complete run down and pics to go with it! Thanks, Auntie!

Geeks find it much too easy to spend money. Electronic gadgets cost a lot so we need to pinch pennies where we can.

Sheila helps us with the 5 Best Hawaii Vacation Money Saving Tips posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog –, saying, “These tips are ones that we’ve used, so they are tried and true. They will help you save hundreds of dollars on your vacation.” I like “tried and true!” It’s alway nice to have someone be the guinea pig for these things! Thanks, Sheila!

Our Carnival participants never cease to amaze me! We keep running into the same things or talking about the same things at the same time. While Sheila is helping us all to save money, we’re looking to be save other things — like our environment!

Hawaii Vacation Gifts tellls us How Double Brush Saved Hundreds of Trees! What kind of trees? Ohia trees… the ones who make those pretty red flowers that I’m so very fond of! Thank you, Cheryl, for being so ecologically conscience. Read all about the efforts of Hawaii Vacation Gifts to protect our environment over at Hawaii Vacation Gifts Blog – Hawaiian Blog. Cheryl says, “I can’t stand all the people clear cutting the forest out here!”

While we’ve got tree conservation on the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui has something in store.

Angie tells us all about the Soothing sights and smells that await you in Upcountry Maui posted at True Aloha. Again, Angie has hit on something so oddly timely! On Administrative Assistant’s Day a couple of weeks ago, my boss got me a huge lavender plant. Go check out Angie’s post about the cause of those sweet smells on Maui. What are the odds with the lavender?!? Check it out, you’ll see what I mean!

Bobbie was thinking and feeling much like I am. Bobbie shares some Thoughts On Fishing posted over at her Virtual Scratchpad as she says, “I’ve written a lot of posts about Hawaii topics this past month, but most of them were not “carnival” material (airlines closing, bad vog, etc.). This submission is actually from late March, but at least the topic is nostalgic and Hawaii-sentimental, not depressing! :-D” I like nostalgic, Bobbie, and I liked this post. Besides, it’s kind of timeless. 🙂

We should be able to get surf boards on top of our carriages… or our carriages on top of the surfboards.

Pua keeps us peaceful with a fun ride telling us about the, “Best surf spots on Maui” via Maui is the Best More about Maui Surfing posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog.

We’ll complete our carnival with a little bit more Green!

Evelyn (that’s me) wanted to share that the Honolulu Academy of Arts Goes Green. We found some pretty neat ways to recycle junk too! So, we get to relax and recycle!

That wraps up another chapter of the Carnival of Aloha! I hope everyone is feeling peaceful and rested for the coming week. Submit your blog article 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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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // May 5, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Aloha Evelyn,
    Once again you have done an amazing job linking everyone’s posts together–I just love the carriages!

    I will check out everyone else and go do a post on the carnival now.

  • 2 Cruise on over to the Carnival of Aloha : True Aloha // May 5, 2008 at 1:12 am

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  • 3 Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for May 5th // May 5, 2008 at 5:18 am

    […] ninth chapter of the Carnival of Aloha is up.  It’s always interesting to see what other Hawaii bloggers have to share […]

  • 4 Sheila // May 5, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Aloha Evelyn,

    I love the transport this time.

    You do such an excellent job weaving all the posts together!

    I’m glad to see Cheryl back in the carnival! I’d missed her entries.

    Thank you again for hosting the carnival!

  • 5 Evelyn // May 5, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for checking in, HVG! We have some new friends this month! As always, you guys are the ones who make it fun!

  • 6 Evelyn // May 5, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Hey Sheila! I was actually thinking of you when I was trying to be creative about our method of “travel.” 🙂 I was wondering what I was going to do with those pictures. You never know when a picture will come in handy… when you least expect it!

  • 7 Bobbie // May 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Hi Evelyn. Thanks for including my ‘fishing tale’ in the Carnival of Aloha. I’m glad you liked it. I’m off to read all of the other submissions now. Thanks to all of the other contributors for brightening the day.

    Aloha from the Big Island.

  • 8 Evelyn // May 5, 2008 at 8:14 am

    You guys are the best, Bobbie! There is so much magic in the posts that come in every month and the best part of it all is that they’re real stories and events! What can I say? You guys are awesome!

  • 9 Andrew Cooper // May 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    My thanks for the very gracious introduction. I see I am in good company, I have some links to follow and some reading to catch up with the submissions to this month’s carnival.


  • 10 A Darker View // May 5, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    […] 9th Carnival of Aloha is up over at Homespun Honolulu. Stop by for a collection of articles on blogs across the islands […]

  • 11 Evelyn // May 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you, Andrew, for joining us! I’m looking forward to learning stuff about our lunar and other celestial bodies! 🙂

  • 12 Read Hawaii Blogs at the Blog Carnival // May 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    […] Evelyn over at Homespun Honolulu has posted the newest Blog Carnival of Aloha Chapter 9. […]

  • 13 Andrew Cooper // May 5, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Just for all of the non-astronomers who are stopping by my site, I just wrote out a quick introduction to the art of astrophotography. I should have it up Tuesday if you want to know more about how you take pictures of galaxies and nebulae.

  • 14 Evelyn // May 6, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Awesome! Thank you for that Andrew! I’m so un-schooled in photography as a whole… I just know what I like… even if I can’t always capture it the way others seem to be able to. I do love the night sky! I guess my little lunar friend in the side bar is a give away to that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • 15 Best of Hawaii from Hawaii Blog Carnival // May 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Mahalo once again for the gracious hosting of all our Hawaii blog posts, Evelyn. You know we appreciate your time and efforts.

    I visited all the blogs, old and new, and had a great time. Hope my Hawaii Vacation blog visitors will so too. A hui hou, Pua

  • 16 Evelyn // May 6, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    We had a lot of great submissions, Pua, and it’s all of you participants who keep it going and provide the content that keeps it fun! 🙂 We should all visit the participants to get the full impact of the great content! Thank you, Pua, for doing that!

  • 17 Mini Fun Fair « Keiki Gift Ideas // May 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    […] Mini Fun Fair Posted on May 15, 2008 by keikigifts Unfortunately I can’t Carnival as well as Evelyn at Homespun Honolulu so I’m having a Mini Fun Fair.  For those who don’t know what I am talking about, let me give you a short explanation.  Each month, Evelyn takes the time out to find really good blog posts from Hawaii bloggers and puts it all together in what is called a blog carnival post.  You can read her May post here. […]

  • 18 Evelyn // May 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Hey Keiki Gifts! You had a fun fair… that’s different. I don’t pick the posts, the bloggers pick them — they submit posts that they are proud of or that they want to share. I’m hoping you will join us in the upcoming edition! 🙂

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