Carnival Welcoming the New Year

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the 34th Chapter of the Carnival of Aloha!

Bridge in Wahiawa

This is the stuff novels are made of!  It suddenly dawned on me that this is the residual impact that The Bridges of Madison County has had on me.  It made me pull over and take this picture!  The book was much better than the movie, by the way.  No surprise there.

Whenever I see a structure like this, that’s where my mind goes.  Couldn’t help it, had to get this picture.  I have one more thing to say about this picture of the bridges over Wahiawa — at the end of our blog Carnival.

As we start our Carnival journey, we first need to be fed!

Cynthia Hoskins shares a nice post about Lunch and Learning at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company that she posted at asynchronicity.  Did anybody else even know there was such a thing?  Bloggers always seem to have the knack for finding the coolest things!

As we give birth to another New Year, I just have to share something else I found in Wahiawa — something other than that bridge.

Evelyn (I) found it because she was looking for it!  I really wanted to share this link about The Birthing of Hawaiian Royalty.  This location has been a cultural fascination to me for a long time and I finally got to see Kukaniloko!

There are so many things about our culture that are not simply fascinating; there are sometimes things that are actually unknown to many of us.

Karen Awong provides us with a medicinal and seasonal part of Hawaiian culture when The Pleiades Rises and Lono Arrives posted over at kareninhonoluluBishop Museum has so much to offer.  Thank you, Karen, for sharing these things!

Karen’s post touches a little on winter in Hawaii and the snow.  Snow?  Wait, we need a little more clarification on this.

Sheila asks Does it snow in Hawaii? which is answered by her post over at Hawaii Vacation Advice –  I still haven’t seen any myself.  Maybe I need to go to the Big Island in the winter just so I can say that I have!  Tsk!

Culture and climate are always so important, so is our history.  For that reason, it is important to share this next post.

April M. Williams talks about Preserving Falls of Clyde the Last Iron Hulled Tall Ship Honolulu Hawaii over on her “Where are you today?” Travel Blog.  I am very happy to share this so you all know that I am not the only one with a fixation on the preservation and restoration of this surviving fragment of our maritime history.

As we go out to the shoreline, we have some other ocean activity to share.

Hawaii Beaches shares their Best Coral Reef Beaches in Oahu posted at Hawaii Beaches.

For those who want to keep their feet dry, there is some entertainment for you as well.

Malia Yoshioka presents 5 Places to Watch Football in Waikiki.  Malia is happy to join us with this post at WhyGo Hawaii and she says, “Mahalo nui loa!”

I’m with Malia on that as we conclude this chapter.  Before I let you go, I have to return to the photo of our bridge.  Some may have noticed the Mylar balloon tied to the side of the bridge.  There are flowers there as well.  We all know what that means.  We did not have a very safe driving record in 2010.  Please, please, please drink at home and, even if you’re sober, remember to drive carefully so we can bring the highway death rate down this year!  Stay safe no matter where you are!  I want you all to hang around for a very long time.  If you don’t mind.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Jan 4, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hurray – a new carnival of Aloha!

    Thanks, Evelyn!

  • 2 Evelyn // Jan 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Thank you, Sheila, for dropping in just in time with yet another perfect-fitting post! You’re so good at this! 🙂

  • 3 Cynthia // Jan 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    The Hawaiian Vanilla Company is one of the treasures of the Hamakua Coast! Thanks for including the post in your first Carnival of 2011!

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    This is amazing, Cynthia! It’s no surpise that I’ve never actually seen it, but to have never even heard of it is a shock! A good shock! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • 5 Becky Cook // Jan 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Happy New Year to you and Rod. I loved that movie, “The Bridges of Madison County”. I will get the book and read it.

    Nice picture of the bridge. Where is that located? Keep writing Evelyn. Love your blog. Cheryl and I hope to see you guys this year.

  • 6 Evelyn // Jan 5, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Really, Becky??? That would be so cool! Thank you for the kind words. 🙂 I think you’ll like the book. It’s a quick read and it was something that amazed everyone when it first came out. Everyone got a copy and everyone was reading it. Darndest thing I ever saw!

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