Carnival Takes Closer Look at Hawaiian Life


Chapter 10 of the Carnival of Aloha takes a fascinating look at what makes Hawaii tick by getting up close and personal!

Shoes to go walking!

I know some people wait to see what method of “transportation” our Carnival will take in every chapter. Trust me, I thought of a couple of things that I could work in but, this time, in honor of our new friend and “Terror Suspect,” Chris Damitio,we’re going on foot! Chris did it — all the way around the island of Oahu, on foot!

Chris Damitio shares his Big Walk Update for the last few days of his journey. I have to take this moment to express how much it meant to me to hear Chris say how the West side of Oahu is where he found the warmth and aloha. Chris found that, “People on the West Side are perhaps the friendliest and most open people on Oahu.” What can I say? πŸ™‚ I won’t get into it but suffice it to say that it warmed my heart to read those words.

Isabella Mori submitted, at just the right time, her post about mental health week: empowerment in the workplace posted at change therapy, saying, “an interview with Dr. Matthew B. James about the Hawaiian spiritual system of huna.” Thank you for submitting this, Isabella! This is something that still exists, in its unspoken way. Chris Damitio can correct me if I’m wrong but I think he got a very strong influx of it during his journey.

So, grab your shoes and let’s go! Now, I know a lot of you are groaning at the thought of such an expedition but we do have a back-up plan! If the long walk scares you, Sheila has horses for us to ride — seahorses! Okay maybe we can’t ride them but they can be our little tow trucks.

Sheila gives us a Review of Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm Tour posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog –, saying, “If you’d like to see a pregnant male or have a seahorse wrap their tail around your finger, you’d love this tour of the seahorse farm in Kona. It’s one of the few seahorse farms in the world and a great example of aqua-culture.” I wondered about them and their survival. They seem so fragile. Thank you, Sheila, for sharing that with us. I had no idea!

Angie reminds us to be careful — The stings of paradise, posted at True Aloha, are definitely a snap back into reality. The Man-O-War are almost as bad as the traffic-filled intersections on our walk. One of the true obstacles of the sea!

There are other obstacles for our walking carnival. We need clean air!

Bobbie tells us more about the Vog in Hawaii: Information and Resources posted at Virtual Scratchpad. Bobbie says, “I wrote a few earlier articles about the vog and they were getting a lot of search traffic from people looking for information — so, I compiled a lot of information into this one post so that it could be used as a community resource.”

Now that we’ve got the air down, we need to cover the soil we’re walking through too!

HawaiiVacationGifts asks the question, Do You Know the Name of Your State Soil? Hawaii’s is… posted at Hawaii Vacation Gifts Blog – Hawaiian Blog, saying, “I can’t wait to see how you weave in my dirty post.” Well, HVG, it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it! πŸ™‚

Something that has happened to many of us recently is the injection of politics into our lives. Life goes on as usual but politics has suddenly become a big part of what’s grabbing our attention. So, in keeping with this closer look at our lives, it will interject itself here too!

Lynn Vasquez presents Hawai`i Democratic State Convention Part II posted at Auntie Pupule. I was very happy that Lynn shared this pictorial coverage with us! I know I have been fixated on the political scene since February. Lynn also says we can “See the Hawai`i Democratic State Convention Part I.” Kudos, Lynn! Thank you very much for your coverage!

Evelyn (that’s me) will join Lynn and take the political scene a step further as she realizes that My Country Lied to Me! This post, while not a very happy one, presents yet another look of our community that most people never see. Ahhh, the politics of the Word — nothing ignites us more.

Praveen presents, just in time, a Dog in Hawaii posted at Tao of Simplicity where we can see how it’s best to chill out, take it easy and just go with the flow! One little doggie on Kauai showed Praveen the light!

After all that exercise, we’re going to need a drink!

L.P. “NEENZ” FALEAFINE shares Wine Tasting: Putting A Bit of Culture Into Our Lives with us! Neenz sent in this post, posted at From the Mind of NEENZ, saying, “SWAM (Shiroma Wine and More) is owned by kama’aina Jill Shiroma. Centrally located in Waimalu, every Thursday features different tastes from different vendors. Consider this an invitation!”

Ron joins in with adding culture to our lives as he presents Museums on the Big Island of Hawaii posted at Your Aloha Connection. This is quite an array of museums. I love museums! Thank you, Ron, for sharing these cultural finds.

Pua provides the ultimate relaxation at a Big Island Secret Beach posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “A Big Island beach not everybody knows! Spend a day on the beach with the green sea turtles as company and no people around (or just a few)!”

This was definitely a closer look at some of the unusual things about our home that people don’t always see or talk about. I continue to be amazed at how the Hawaiian blogosphere had become a niche of its own. Mahalo to all the participants for a job well done, for stepping outside the box when appropriate, and for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

That concludes this chapter. Submit your blog article to 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.

Technorati tags: , .


 |  digg this! digg | stumble this! stumble | submit to reddit! reddit | tag this 
Related Stories:

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 It’s Carnival of Aloha time : True Aloha // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:36 am

    […] Click here to make your way to the carnival. […]

  • 2 Sheila // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Woohoo! It’s carnival time. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for hosting, Evelyn!

    I’ll share it with my readers.

  • 3 isabella mori // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:42 am

    what a beautiful carnival – so well done! hopefully i’ll have a chance to participate again one of these days.

  • 4 Pua // Jun 2, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Another great Hawaii blog Carnival which shows the wide range of blog themes we Hawaii bloggers talk about.

    I am probably not the only who got impressed by Christ’s story about hiking the island of Oahu. Great accomplishment!

    Couldn’t believe what happened to him when walking by accident onto the land of the ‘Lost’ people. Hope this experience does not change his belief in the ‘Aloha spirit’! Too sad that this happened.

    Much mahalo Evelyn for being another time a wonderful hostess! I will tell our blog readers about the carnival. Aloha, Pua

  • 5 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Hello Sheila! I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to send everyone an email but it looks like you guys were alerted by the trackbacks so that’s good! I’ll catch everyone else in a little bit. I just couldn’t last any longer. πŸ™‚ I do love that story about the seahorses and their preservation. Thank you for sharing!

  • 6 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Chris was amazing, Pua. I have thoughts about the Lost people and think it may have been the result of several issues that popped into my head when I read that. Ultimately, they ended up looking foolish and Chris came out on top in that scenario.

    Thank you, Pua, for sharing the carnival with your readers!

  • 7 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Thank you, Isabella, for joining us and I too hope you are able to join us again soon! Your post was a great addition to the personality, not only of the Carnival, but of the Islands as well!

  • 8 NEENZ // Jun 2, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful Evelyn!

  • 9 A Darker View // Jun 2, 2008 at 8:29 am

    […] Carnival of Aloha #10 is up over at Homespun Honolulu. A collection of the best articles from some local bloggers. Stop […]

  • 10 Bobbie // Jun 2, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Hello Evelyn –

    What a rich carnival we have this month! And like HVG, I was wondering how (or if) you would weave in my vog information page.

    I can hardly wait to read this month’s collection of articles. And like you, I continue to be amazed at the breadth and depth of the growing Hawaii blogosphere.


  • 11 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you, Neenz! Thank you also for introducing us to the refreshments! πŸ™‚

  • 12 Andy Beal // Jun 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    My favorite entry was Sheila’s. My second favorite would be a two-way tie between HawaiiVacationGifts and Evelyn.


    Seriously, great articles by all.

  • 13 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Hiya Bobbie! Once again, you all sent in some great posts with a great variety of topics! I am thrilled every time I see a new blogger join us! Maybe someday we can have a blogger conference in Hawaii! That would be fun! πŸ™‚

  • 14 Carnival of Blogs at Homespun Honolulu | Terror Suspect .com // Jun 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    […] […]

  • 15 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Hey, Andy! Okay, that’s an unbiased opinion, right? LOL! Thanks for checking in and being our cheerleader! πŸ™‚

  • 16 Sheila // Jun 2, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Oh boy, looks like I need to start monitoring Andy’s comments. πŸ˜‰

  • 17 Andy Beal // Jun 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Sheila keeps me on one of those retractable leashes – she only lets me wonder of so far, before yanking me back. πŸ˜‰

  • 18 Carnival of Aloha: Chapter 10 : From the Mind of NEENZ // Jun 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    […] of my home, Hawai’i – and for that reason I participate in the Carnival of Aloha. Chapter 10, take a closer look at Hawaiian life. Enjoy the posts, and ALOHA to the readers whom found their way to the mind of Neenz […]

  • 19 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Giggles! The Beal family is in rare form this evening! πŸ™‚ You guys are fun! Thanks for always being there! Cheryl is going to get a kick out of this. πŸ™‚

  • 20 Bobbie // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I’m getting a kick out of it, too! You guys rock! πŸ˜‰

  • 21 Andy Beal // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks, we’ll be here all week. Please tip your waitress and don’t forget to get your pet spayed or neutered. πŸ˜‰

  • 22 Sheila // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Bobbie – thanks for your tolerance. πŸ™‚

    Evelyn – Please, please, please grant me the authority to moderate all of Andy’s comments. πŸ™‚

  • 23 Bobbie // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    LOL (Don’t mind us — we’re just a bunch of Hawaii bloggers bantering back and forth, talking amongst ourselves…)

  • 24 Evelyn // Jun 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I’ll just kick back and repeat after Bobbie: You guys rock! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chuckles! Loving the banter!

  • 25 HawaiiVacationGifts // Jun 3, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    Even though 2 dozen comments were ahead of me, I was the first person to stumble and review the carnival:)

  • 26 Evelyn // Jun 3, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Hey HVG! I was hoping that someone would Stumble the carnival — Thank You! I wanted you to see the fun stuff going on between Andy and Sheila. Comments very often add a lot to posts and the fun last evening made the carnival all the more enjoyable! I ran out of cotton candy though. Darn! πŸ˜‰

  • 27 It’s Carnival Time Again « Keiki Gift Ideas // Jun 4, 2008 at 9:13 am

    […] 4, 2008 by keikigifts Nothing to say today except…here is another terrific Carnival post by Evelyn at Homespun Honolulu.Β  A must […]

  • 28 Rod // Jun 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Boy those shoes look familiar!!!

  • 29 Evelyn // Jun 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Really, Rod? I can’t imagine why. Hmmm… πŸ™‚

  • 30 Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for June 5th // Jun 5, 2008 at 5:39 am

    […] Honolulu has the latest Hawaii blog Carnival of Aloha […]

Leave a Comment