Carnival Flies Into February!

Paragliding at Makapu'u Never let it be said that we do things slowly around here, even if we’ve had a bit of a problem with takeoff this month!  🙂   As carnival rides go, this has got to be one of the most exciting.

When the first post of this month’s Carnival came soaring in on the Internet’s coconut wireless, I could see our mode of transportation in the making — for February we are going to paraglide through the Carnival of Aloha.

Bobbie starts us off with Perceived Risk, and Point of View posted at The Right Blue, saying, “Re category choice — not really travel to us kama’ainas, but maybe to those away from Hawaii? More like tales of “life in Hawaii.”   You’re right, Bobbie, it’s not exactly travel, but, it’s quite a trip!  I love the stories I have heard (second hand) from paragliders who, from their great vantage point, watch the swimmers below as they swim with the sharks and don’t even know it.  I love that story and I know you are certainly aware of it!

Part of Bobbie’s post talks about our next blogger who tried something just as fun-loving and zany on Kauai.  For the Carnival, however, Sheila is providing our food.  No risks here, except for our waistlines!

Sheila talks about Leonard’s Bakery – A Honolulu Delight over at Hawaii Vacation Blog –, saying, “Hot malasadas, anyone? :-)”  I say, “Me, me, meeee!”  One of my favorites since about age 9 or 10, compliments of the Leonard’s Malasada wagon in the parking lot at Gem’s in Waipahu.  Remember that striped wagon?  Remember Gem’s in Waipahu?  Oh dear, I’m dating myself!

Okay, maybe that was a little too much sugar?  Nah!  How about some gau?!?  Okay, how about dragons and lions and beauty queens, oh my!  I look forward to Chinese New Year and I’m particularly appreciative that Mel, my favorite pictorial genius, has gifted us with his steady hand and crisp photos.

Mel says Kung Hee Fat Choy – Year of the Ox posted at Mel’s Internet Universe Weblog and defined as, “Chinese New Year parade post and photos + link in Downtown Honolulu, January 24, 2009.”  Follow his Flickr link to view the wonderful colors of this event.  Thank you, Mel!  Even though I missed it all this year, I can relive it through your photos.

Speaking of things that fly, like dragons and us as we paraglide, did you know that carnivals can be educational?  We’re going to prove it as we fly with the birds.

GrrlScientist shares more ecological science as she tells us to Meet the Great Speciators: The White-Eyes by reading her post over at Living the Scientific Life, explaining, “Did you know that some lineages evolve (speciate) faster than others? This hot-off-the-presses paper tells you more about this fascinating phenomenon as identified in a group of birds from the southern hemisphere: the White-eyes (might be interesting because there is a white-eye that lives in Hawaii: the Japanese white-eye was introduced to the island many years ago).”  See?  I told you there’s some intellect around here!

Since we’re up high, let’s fly over to Maui.

Pua sends us over to Haleakala via her post at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog. Pua wanted to “share one of the biggest Maui attractions – a visit to Haleakala National Park – with our Maui visitors. Find tips about a visit to Haleakala, the House of the Sun.”

We’re really up high and some of us are still high on the election year.  In fact, we even have a specialty booth this month.  In the political arena we have an Obama Fan Club.

HawaiiVacationGifts felt compelled to share, President Barack Obama–Born & Raised in Hawaii, Self Guided Tour posted at Hawaii Vacation Gifts by Double Brush-Hawaiian Gifts & Blog.  We can’t help it.

Evelyn joins Hawaii Vacation Gifts (yeah, yeah, me too) in talking about it just one more time as she tells everyone that Hawaii [was] Well Represented at 2009 Inauguration.

So, as the Obama girls conclude this Chapter of the Carnival of Aloha, we urge you 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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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Right Blue // Feb 3, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Good morning, Evelyn. As you know, I live on the Big Island now, but I have to say that several of the entries for this month’s Carnival of Aloha are transporting me back to Oahu: hang gliders launching from Kamehame Ridge, Leonard’s malasadas, and the Chinese New Year parade in downtown Honolulu are all bringing back fond memories. Once again you have done a fine job of threading together this diverse selection of articles for the carnival, and we all thank you for that. Aloha.


  • 2 KrisB // Feb 3, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Hi ~
    You’re submission form seems to be not working. I tried last month, and again today. Is it just me?

  • 3 Evelyn // Feb 3, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Hey Bobbie! You know I couldn’t do it without the fine threads you guys weave in your blogs everyday and then are kind enough to share them here!

  • 4 Evelyn // Feb 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Kris, someone else had a problem a week or two ago. It shouldn’t be you! I’ll email you and let’s see if we can get this fixed up! We want everybody to find each other so, no, it’s NOT YOU! I’ll double-check with the Blog Carnival gang to see if they’re having problems.

  • 5 Keahi Pelayo // Feb 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for the heads up on Mel’s, I added him to my google reader.

  • 6 HawaiiVacationGifts // Feb 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Evelyn,
    Mahalo again for a fine and entertaining carnival ride! Like Bobbie I also live on the Big Island now, and have fond memories of eating Malasadas and being in China town for Chinese New Year every year in Honolulu.

    My Obama post is also all about Oahu with pictures of many of the places I frequented at the same time Obama was growing up in Honolulu.

  • 7 Evelyn // Feb 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    @Keahi – That’s great, Keahi! I’ll bet Mel thinks so too! 🙂

    @HawaiiVacation Gifts – I hope the memories were all good ones! I know how hard it must be to remember Honolulu from across the ocean. I don’t think I could do it. 🙂

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