Carnival of Aloha, Chapter 2: The Ohana’s Together!

Wow! I’m stunned by the number of participants we have for this Carnival Chapter! We’re going to need a lot of energy so I think we should stop to eat first!

Ryan presents Happy Birthday, Highway Inn! posted at his HawaiiBlog, saying that, “The Highway Inn in Waipahu is truly a landmark island eatery. Situated in an unassuming strip mall on the west end of the dusty former plantation town, Highway Inn has served “a taste of old Hawaii” since 1947. Which means, of course, that this year marks the Highway Inn’s 60th birthday.”

Every morning I hear this TV ad and I have been saying for a long time how I really need to go try this restaurant. Thank you, Ryan, for trying it for me so now I know that I want to go there! This commercial has kept me thinking about this place for months! I’m passionate about my food, but this guy takes the prize for food passion! I wanted to include this to go along with Ryan’s post and he agreed it would be a nice addition. We lost this video, such is the danger of embedding YouTube videos. But, you can still get the impact of this commercial here!

Okay, now that we’re full, I still think we should grab some snacks to take along with us.

Dean, aka Mr. Cheap Stuff, knows that, “Hawaii has some really unique food, even at McDonalds.” So, let’s check out the Unique McDonalds Food Items in Hawaii. I’m sure we’ll find something that all of us will like! I know I like the McTeri burger… oh no, it might not be available! Oh well, according to Dean’s post, I’m not the only one watching out for that McLocal favorite! Grab some grub and let’s go!

Oh oh, I ate too much. We better kick back for a little bit and check out what I will call a photoblog of sorts. Mel was kind enough to share Aloha Festivals 2007 – a photoset on Flickr. Mel acknowledges that this entry is, “Not really a blog entry, but I shot photos at a few Aloha Week events over the month.” Thank you, Mel, for getting shots of all the things I didn’t make it to and wasn’t able to share! Good job!

Lynn Vasquez brings the Big Island of Hawaii on board with Da Big Island ~ Final Chapter posted at Lynn’s Lair II, aka Auntie Auntie suggests that we “See Series Part I – IV (on this page) foa moa pictures!” That’s very good advice because there’s a lot of nice pictures and they share a lot of cool stuff! Pssst… Auntie, I think you and I need to go to Highway Inn and discuss Oahu’s cooking!

While we’re on the island of Hawaii, I need some leis…

I’m going to ask Cheryl Murakami, my artistic friend over at Hawaii Vacation Gifts by Double Brush, to help me with this. Cheryl decided, at the perfect time, to share her post about the Maile Lei–The Most Rare and Special Hawaiian Lei, also one of my personal favorites. She cautions those who are looking to purchase maile to be careful and get them from our State since their beautiful scent may not be there if they are gotten elsewhere. How does this help me? Well, in order to move on, I need three cyber-maile leis to welcome the next three post submissions and their bloggers.

No, I’m not crazy, read on…

Charley Foster submitted his post about Where to eat on Kauai from his blog, Planet Kaua`i. My heart must have beat a mile a minute when I saw this post come in. Yeah, okay I love food, but it was a lot more than just that. Kaua’i is going to join us! I was so happy to find a way to bring us together, even if just for a little blog sharing and cyber-carnival fun. In typical local style, Charley wants to feed us, just like everybody else keeps trying to feed us! Of course, it’s kind of my fault. Charley reminded me of that when he said, “Thank you for inviting me to the carnival! Carnivals are always fun and they always get me thinking about food and drink. Mmmmm.” No Charley, thank YOU!

Andy Kass presents Kalalau Trip Report posted at A Kaua’i Blog. Another Kauai entry! I feel in love with this post the moment I saw it. This is the Kaua’i that its residents want to keep in tact. This submission made me want to sing the little melody that has been in my head a lot recently.

Joan at her blog, Kauai Electic (I love that name), is Musing about Healing. More perfect timing. The third submission from Kaua’i filled my heart with warmth, my eyes with way too much fluid, and I couldn’t help but sing the song that Andy reminded me of.

You see, it’s more than just a Carnival, it’s a time for sharing and for healing. A time to pull all of the islands together into the ohana that they are!

Sheila brings Lanai on board as she shares Adventure Time: Renting a 4-Wheel Drive on Lanai posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – This is definitely an outdoor activity! Sheila said that, “discovering the hard to reach areas of Lanai by 4-wheel” was a very bumpy and dirty ride! We should have digested by now so we can take a few bumps! Now that we’re all tied up in this Carnival together, let’s go have some fun!

Since we can take those bumps, we can also join Mokihana Anuheaikauatuahine White on a trip down memory lane for Ti-Leaf Sliding Down Motorcycle Hill. Mokihana says that at Mokihana’s Garden, “I write stories of what it was like growing up in Hawai’i years ago before life seemed to get so complicated. The stories are unique to Hawai’i (ti-leaf sliding, flumes in sugar cane fields, etc.) They are in pidgin, which is the language I grew up with (outside of school!), and the pidgin words are followed by their [meanings].”

While we’re talking about motorcycle things, I decided I should keep the promise that I made the last time I talked about motorcycle things. I promised that I would talk about the tattoo. So, I did. I wanted to know if Being “Inked” Means You’re a Bad Person. I think I answered myself, right here at Homespun Honolulu.

L.P. “NEENZ” FALEAFINE presents THAT’S THE KOREAN IN ME! posted at INFINITY. Saying, “My submission does not necessarily fit any of the categories to select from, however if there were a category for “growing up local” then this submission would be appropriate.” Well, everyone else is feeding us, so we get to eat again! Okay, maybe only talk about food. Does thinking about food make you gain weight? I love kalbi, and mandoo, and… oh dear!

We shouldn’t go swimming right after eating. But, that doesn’t stop us from checking out the reef! Bobbie presents Puako’s shoreline: Tidepools and turtles posted at The Right Blue. So that’s why we have no plane! This is the other side of Bobbie. When she’s not doing airline things, she’s diving!

Let’s go see a movie or a play you guys. Come on, we need a good comedy! Skeet is taking us to Kumu Kahua Theatre [as it] kicks off [its] 37th season, At Skeet’s Stuff, she asks, “Are you supporting local culture? Here’s your chance!” Alright! Skeet herself has a great sense of humor. Read through some of her other blog posts. She cracks me up!

I’m getting tired. Angie is going to take us to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden at True Aloha. Angie is worried that this is “A true place of beauty that I feel is highly underrated!” Let us be the judge of that. So beautiful and peaceful! After we finish our tour the garden, let’s sit down and read for a while.

Mike Hu shares They Who Betray Us which he posted at his blog, Republican Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu). We need to read and understand all the viewpoints! I was hoping for a little politics for us to chew on. Thanks, Mike!

I really ate too much today! Pua is going to help us with some exercise! She wants to know if we’ve Ever wanted to visit the Big Island Ironman for our Vacation which she tells us all about in her post at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog. We needed that, Pua!

But now, I really need to get some rest! I’m going to hang out with Doris Chua who is Going to Travel Vacation Rentals Site at her blog, Doris on Travels.

That concludes Chapter 2 of our Carnival of Aloha! Wow, that’s a lot. If you hear snoring, you know where it’s coming from!

I cannot begin to tell you all just how much this has meant to me! So much sharing! Thoughts, emotions, memories… wonderful posts, all of them! Huge Mahalos to Charley, Andy and Joan from beautiful Kaua’i — “my isle across the sea!” Much aloha to everyone for participating, for sharing, and for forgiving me for any typos! Be sure to tell me so I can fix them!

Submit your blog article for the next 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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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // Oct 1, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Let me be the first to congratulate you Evelyn on a job well done! Whew, it was a really big carnival, it’s a good thing there was a lot of cyber food to keep me going!

  • 2 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 2:22 am

    Thank you, Cheryl! I’m just amazed at the turn out and I really did have to chuckle over the amount of people who talked about food! My stomach is still growling! Thank you for the cyber maile! 🙂

  • 3 Bobbie // Oct 1, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Thank you Evelyn for another wonderful Carnival of Aloha. I’m sure it’s a lot of work to organize this and put it together. Just want you to know it’s appreciated.

    Looks like you got many more submissions this time — and they’re all terrific.

    Well done!

    Aloha from the Kohala coast.

  • 4 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 6:25 am

    Hi Bobbie! I’ll confess that it is a bit of work, but you guys all submit such a great compilation that I get consumed and forget all about the work part. 🙂

  • 5 Angie // Oct 1, 2007 at 8:13 am

    What a great carnival! Congrats on putting together such a great event and allowing us to participate in it! Aloha!

  • 6 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 8:37 am

    It’s the participation, Angie, yours and others, that makes it great! For that I thank you. Thanks for the comment and for all of the link love coming from! Very appropriate blog name you got going there girl! 🙂

  • 7 Sheila // Oct 1, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Congrats, Evelyn, on a job well done! I look forward to reading all the entries!

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  • 10 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Thanks, Sheila. I really appreciate your vote of confidence but you need to know that, without the love and support from people like you, it just wouldn’t have the necessary magic!

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  • 12 Mike Hu // Oct 1, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for including me among the participants in your carnival of cultural highlights.

    One of the major questions thoughtful visitors and newcomers seek and seldom find in “Paradise,” are signs of intellectual activity — and when they check out the logical institutions for them, the schools and universities, the only thing they seem concerned with is that they should get “more pay,” and we read almost no other contribution to the greater wisdom or consciousness of the world.

    Culture is built upon ideas — and not just entertainment, food, and recreation — which seems to be the only things featured in the islands as “culture.” Politics on the other hand, are usually discredited by constant arguments about every petty difference — and especially, about who is exclusively more important than everyone else — and for whom everybody else ought to be “sacrificed” for. These are the vestiges of the earlier tribal societies — for which leadership is almost entirely about who gets to subjugates and dominate everybody else — and not that “leaders” are selected to represent the entire community.

    And so such “democratic” societies devolve into tyrannies of the majority and the mob — which is noted in the schools as the bullying and intimidation that is actually an integral part of the education (indoctrination). The whole object of this education is to get people to conform — rather than to think for themselves, which is regarded as some kind of ultimate sin, punishable by banishment to the Mainland.

    The euphemism for this coercion is “political correctness,” which is pretty much like the training one receives to mark the “right” answers — as determined by the Board of Education, rather than by those who actually discover the truth of anything.

    So the important division in today’s society is not whether one is a Republican or a Democrat, but whether one can think for themselves or not — and not just repeat what somebody has told them is the truth, as though they thought of it themselves..

  • 13 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Hello, Mike! Thank you so much for joining in with us! As I was reading your comment I couldn’t help but think about how much blogging helps to free us all from the tyranny you speak of. We can say what we feel without the iron fist of society or the control of tyrannical employers to keep us from saying what we have to say! Then we get to take a step back, relax and just be us! Again, I thank you for your submission and I hope that it will encourage our other political pundits to join us for future carnivals. Hey, I have no problem showing off the intellect around here! It’s there, for sure! We just need to share it in a more comfortable, educational environment. Like this one! A place with no prejudice, just a place for sharing our thoughts and views!

  • 14 Ryan // Oct 1, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Fantastic second round, Evelyn, and I’m glad to have been a part of it. Thanks for all your hard work and infectious enthusiasm!

  • 15 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I’m so glad you joined us, Ryan! You’re both a support and a leader in our blogging community and you provide a fine example for all of us! (Pssst… ya think we can con some Kaaawa cats into joining us for the next carnival?) 😉

  • 16 Pua // Oct 1, 2007 at 11:12 am

    You brought the Hawaii blog ohana closer together. Once again! We appreciate your writing skills and consideration for each one of us and our blogs. Truly aloha spirit!

    I went ahead and read all the blog posts. It’s fantastic what great variety our Hawaii blog ohana is showing, and good to see that it’s steadily growing. I discovered a few Hawaii blogs I had not seen before.

    Mahalo Evelyn. Will post about it to let our blog readers know. Aloha, Pua

  • 17 INFINITY: "NEENZ" // Oct 1, 2007 at 11:19 am


    I appreciate your efforts and kindness in coordinating the Carnival of Aloha. My Papa is smiling saying, “Good job yabo!”

    Thank you.

  • 18 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Awww… Neenz! You guys just love to pull at my heart strings, yeah? I know your Papa has said that many times and will continue to say it!

  • 19 skeet // Oct 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Hmmmmm! Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to participate in the Carnival of Aloha. I awoke this morning determined to complete various office tasks while I had a day with no committments in the field. It’s 1 pm and I’ve only just finished reading all of the posts and commenting on most of them. I blame my “wasted” morning entirely on you and all of the brilliant contributors to the Carnival. Shame on you for making me neglect all the important duties of the day! :0)

    K, oaky, okay! All kidding aside, I’m very impressed with the quantity and calibre of the participants in the Carnival and consider it a great honor to be among them. Great job, Evelyn, and I’m looking forward to future Carinvals of Aloha!

  • 20 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Hooray! I shouldn’t say I’m happy, skeet, but… I am! 🙂 We kept your attention all morning and I am just damn proud of our bloggers! Aren’t they wonderful? Of course, you do realize that includes you, right?!? Your creative writing and sense of humor never cease to amaze me! Nobody can describe a bunch of geckos with as much eloquence as you! I need to go find that post!

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  • 22 Evelyn // Oct 1, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Hey, Pua! We almost lost you to the spamanator again, but there you are! Isn’t the variety amazing?!? We do all seem to love our greenery and our food! Sounds like a picnic to me! 🙂 I told you we needed the exercise!

  • 23 Charley Foster // Oct 2, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for the carnival! It’s great fun. It’s fantastic to discover blogs I was unaware of, and to see what those I’m familiar with have submitted. I can’t wait to do it again, and again, and…

  • 24 Evelyn // Oct 2, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Thanks, Charley! I think they’re wonderful because we all get to have a chance to share and check out the cool stuff that each of us is doing, and eating! Now, about that ravioli… I’m not too crazy about lobster, but I love crab and rich sauces! My husband loves lobster. I guess we know where we’ll eat when we visit! 🙂

  • 25 Kuanyin // Oct 2, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    I won’t forget to submit this month! Mahalo for the reminder. I see Maui needs to be represented! 🙂 Great posts from some great blogs, and it’ll be a honor to be included in the upcoming carnival! You’re doing a bang-up job!

  • 26 Evelyn // Oct 2, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Kuanyin! It dawned on me just a little too late. I should have pulled you by the hair a little sooner! 🙂 Good to hear from you though! I’ll be sure to remind you for the next one! 😉

  • 27 Pehea 'Oe? // Oct 3, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Excellent post! Many wonderful stories.

  • 28 Evelyn // Oct 4, 2007 at 5:32 am

    I was hoping to hear from you, Pehea ‘Oe! I added that phrase to our little glossary. I’m fine, “how are you?” 🙂 Thank you for visiting and for leaving a comment!

  • 29 kailani // Oct 8, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    What a great carnival you have going on here! I’m definitely going to have to find something to contribute in the future!

  • 30 Evelyn // Oct 9, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Hi Kailani! I was just thinking about you yesterday! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Please feel free to submit a story for the next one. Hope to hear from you! 🙂

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