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Happy New Year Carnival!

A perfect yellow hibiscus blowing in the breeze.Welcome to the first 2012 edition of the Carnival of Aloha!  I was surprised to hear that more than 70% of Americans were very happy to put 2011 behind them.  Really?  You mean I’m not alone?  It was a rough year for many of us, and in many ways.

Yaro Starak, the blogger’s favorite entrepreneur, had a hell of a 2011!  He calls it, My Most Challenging Year Part I: When Family Tragedy Strikes that he posted over at the Entrepreneurs-Journey.  I can certainly relate although I am not as open to talking about these things brought to us in 2011 like Yaro is.  No, Yaro did not send this to me for the Carnival and no, it has nothing to do with Hawai’i.  It was in my Inbox because I am subscribed to one of his lists.  This could not have been more timely.  His post certainly helps me make my case for wishing a speedy aloha to 2011.  Thank you, Yaro, for helping me with that.

I know I’m ready to move on into this new year with hopes of a much gentler outcome.  Chinese New Year at the end of this month will be welcoming in the Year of the Dragon and I am looking forward to having that Dragon come roaring onto the scene!

Great news!  We are already starting out on a much more positive note!  Hmmm… I guess we’re eating seafood for this Carnival.

Karen happily shares Squid, Fish and I, Oh My Or Fishing in Waikiki posted at kareninhonolulu, saying, “my latest blog from my trip to Waikiki this New Years Morning. It’s a fun blog to start off the year.”  I don’t know if any of those squid made it to the hot coals that morning but we’ll go with it.  Karen was relaxing but I have to tell you guys that she is the hostess with the mostest over at Bishop Museum — we’ll talk about that later!

I know the calamari lovers are starting to salivate out there so I’m really glad we have a remedy for what these much-loved delicacies leave behind.

Sheila helps us freshen our breath!  Aloha Friday Photo: SPAM Breath Mints? posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “Well, since you suggested it, here’s the SPAM mints post. 🙂 These crack me up!”  I confess, I did suggest this would be fun to share.  Besides, what is more Hawaii than SPAM?  Thank you, Sheila, for sharing this crazy breath freshener!  I can see how a Pez could look like a slice of SPAM.  Works for me!

Santa makes an appearance at the Russian Orthodox parish.You may think our next post is not too timely but I beg to differ.  The old-calendar Orthodox just celebrated Christmas last weekend so this is perfect timing!  Santa Claus even stopped by on his way back to the North Pole!

Gigi wishes everyone Merry Christmas from Hawaii posted at gigi-hawaii, saying, “Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!!!”  We can’t argue with that!  Gigi also shares some truly wonderful photos with us from earlier in the year when she visited the Big Island of Hawaii.  They are beautiful photos indeed.

Our “Happy New Year!” continues with what is culturally traditional.

Kay starts the New Year off by buying Kadomatsu for Mom that she tells us about over at Musings.   This was another case of perfect timing — I had just been thinking about these items because they have, once again, started appearing in all the stores.  They are very pretty and they are a cultural tradition!  It’s great to be educated like this.  Thanks, Kay!

Now that we’re full and festive, you know I have to share a little bit of Mr. TenBruggencate’s intellect and continue to educate all of us.

Jan TenBruggencate has shared yet another bit of scientific knowledge over at Raising Islands–Hawai’i science and environment.  Our bees have been a concern for quite some time and Jan sends yet another warning when he says, “A solution to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder? Doubt it.”  I have been wanting to talk about our bees for quite some time and I am so grateful for these insights.  This way, I can sound intelligent when I approach our local bee keepers.  We just won’t tell them how I got so smart.  Shhh!  Let’s just hope the New Year brings good news to our bee colonies!

Just to add to my weirdness, I’ve started a new endeavor to add to the Honolulu mix.  My friend Karen who fed us fish and squid at the beginning of the Carnival sounded almost excited when I told her about this one so it made me just brave enough to share it with all of you.

Evelyn (my strange self) wants to share a new development.  Well, it is not really all that new.  It has been brewing for several years actually.  I just finally found something to do with my strange fixation.  It’s a… well… it’s a… a graveyard blog!  It’s what I do during my times of Resting Reveries.  I just provided the link to the blog because there isn’t much to it, yet.  It is amazing just how much history is contained in those stones!  You can click on the circle with the rabbit and you will find that there are a lot of people out there who are fascinated by the graveyards, the history, and the genealogy!  So I get to talk about some Hawaiian history from time to time — sounds like a good idea to me!  Don’t you think?

Happy New Year, everyone!  This concludes this chapter of our ongoing Hawai’i blog Carnival. 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.

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New Year’s Carnival coming soon!

Calling all Bloggers!  Don’t forget to send in your posts about Hawai’i to the Carnival of Aloha!  Let’s blast into the New Year!

Cannon to shoot us into the New Year!

Feel free to share your articles about any island, any topic, any reason — if it’s Hawai’i specific, you’re in!  We will post it the week after New Year’s  so you can send in your posts about your New Year’s celebration too, if you would like!

The deadline is January 7, 2012 so be sure to send one in now or tickle your calendar so you don’t forget!  Submit a link to your post of choice using this Blog Carnival form and help us all kiss a another not-always-so-wonderful year good-bye!

Having a Carnival Christmas!

You’ve got to love a Panda that eats saimin!

Welcome to the December edition of the Carnival of Aloha!  This will be the last chapter of our Carnival for 2011.  Suffice it to say, 2011 has been a strange year in many ways and it will stick around for quite some time in many of our memories.  We need to take the edge off so let’s have a drink together as we move closer to the end of this interesting and sometimes troubling year!

Sheila shares 4 Favorite Places for a Sunset Drink in Waikiki posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “What happened to 2011? The year went by so fast! Well, let’s all toast to the close of 2011 and the welcome of 2012 with a Waikiki sunset drink. :-)”   Thanks, Sheila, you have always been a great person to share with and a great help to my nerves!

Now we need something to eat so we don’t get too tipsy!  It gives me great pleasure to introduce a local blogger who has been around for quite some time but we have never connected until now.  Since that panda at the top of this post is not going to share his saimin, Kay is going t0 feed us a Hawai’i favorite!

Kay actually shows us How to Cook Opihi!  Some time back someone let me try opihi, directly off the rocks, and I thought it tasted a little like sunflower seeds — it must have been the salt from the ocean.  Kay’s recipes posted over at Musings sure look a lot tastier than sunflower seeds.  I like the comment she shared about them tasting like the escargot someone had while on a cruise ship.  It does sound much more appetizing to eat opihi made that way rather than snails!

Now we need a little bit of intellectual stimulation.  I found something I thought you would all find interesting.

Jan TenBruggencate over at Raising Islands–Hawai’i science and environment was talking about Hawaiian volcano science: why Kilauea sits on Mauna Loa, but is a sister of Mauna Kea.  This is interesting information that I thought it would be great to share.  It is always fascinating to learn the secrets about what goes on underneath the surface and creates the beautiful scenery and great photo ops we all enjoy!  Thanks, Jan!

Are your fingers itching to write about Hawai’i?  Pua is going to help us out with that!

Pua sends out an invitation to bloggers as she presents 8 Best Maui Vacation Tips posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “We invite people in love with Hawaii and Hawaii vacation to write a guest post on our blog. A short bio will be included. So, if you have something nice to say -NO advertising though – please, share with us like the writer of this ‘Maui vacation tips’ article did.”  Another place to share your island discoveries!

Need a ride?

Evelyn, that’s me, shares the Street Bikers United annual gift giving event — the 2011 Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run posted right here on this blog.   This is a great way to start the month of December every year.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could ride into 2012!

We may not have snow but we have all of your bloggers and readers with whom we share the holiday season!  Have a wonderful holiday season and please, please stay safe!

Aloha to 2011!  The next Carnival of Aloha will have us welcoming in 2012.   Come on and submit your blog articles 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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2011 Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run

What do you do on a peaceful Sunday morning?  Do you go to Ala Moana Park and paddle board?  Do you go sailing?

Paddle boarder and a sail boat off of Ala Moana Park on an overcast Sunday morning.

Some people do.  Is that why I was venturing over to Magic Island?  Uh, no.  If it’s the first or second Sunday in December, I’m there for one reason and one reason only — the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run!

Motorcycle decked in blue and silver

The weather has been overcast all weekend so one can only guess that stuffed animals were not the toys of choice this year.  While there were a few soft critters, not all of them were toys for the kids.  Some of them were mascots.

GEICO gecko catches a ride on the back of a bike.

The GEICO gecko made sure to show up for the occasion.  In case you’ve missed the commercials, they insure motorcycles.  Actually, I wonder if this one was a going to be gifted.  If that’s the case, I need one for my car!  I seriously wouldn’t mind having him as a passenger.  This was actually the first bike photo I took as I thought, “They must be here.”

GEICO tent at the start of the motorcycle run.

Indeed they were, with bells on!  They were even ladies walking around taking monetary donations for Street Bikers United to help with the cost of the Toy Run, to keep it running!  It is a great cause and quite the community event!

Animated reindeer surveys the event.

I liked this animated reindeer.  He was just sitting there looking from side to side to see what was interesting, just like me!

All dressed up for the event.

The bikes are always a fascination but the people are too!  There were people who dressed for the Christmas event that this is intended to be.

Iron Circle Hawaii members dressed like bikers!

Then there were people who dressed, well, like bikers!

Santa and his biker chick.

Of course Santa was there!  He even found himself a biker chick!

A pirate biker joins in the fun.

There were the ones who attracted every camera lens.  A pirate!  Why a pirate?

Ocean Dive toy

This rider is a diver.  The toy gave that away.

Shark rides co-pilot with the pirate.

Of course the co-pilot shark kind of helped with that, too.  So, a pirate is the proper attire — anything ocean!  This is Hawai’i, how can you argue with outfitting yourself with anything ocean?

Biker vests tell great stories.

This one on the left was my favorite and I let her know that I thought it was too cool.  And you guys thought I was kidding when I mentioned biker chick.  Oh yeah, they were there too.  Awesome!

The beauty of this event is that nobody knows what these people do for a living.  Tank’s Lady may be a pediatrician for all we know!  (If she sees this, I hope she tells us.)  One of the other rugged-looking dudes might be an architect.  It happens!  That is the beauty of events like this and that is why I take every opportunity to squelch the negative opinions the seem to pop up whenever people hear the word “biker.”

Like anything else, riding is a passion that runs through a biker’s veins.  It’s like hunting, fishing, running, or any of the other events to which people devote their time.

Bikers are not the ogres people try to make them out to be.  Yes, there are bad a**es but there are those in every group of people.  This is just one example of good people trying to do something good for their community and enjoy themselves in the process.  Trust me, I was there!  I was at KCC with a four-wheeled vehicle (who wants to see a car at a biker event?) and still I was allowed to sneak in.  I witnessed the camaraderie among bikers, and I enjoyed the acceptance of this crazy blogger who was there with camera in hand simply because they were all there being who they are!

Patience, understanding and a lot of ALOHA makes this event what it is every year.  I witnessed it and I enjoyed the benefit of it — of course the “I Brake for Bikers” bumper sticker on my boring automobile may have helped with that part.

Christian Motorcyclists Association are “Riding for the Son.”

I so love it when people prove me right!  <sarcasm>Gasp!  Those horrible people!</sarcasm>  There is an annual bike blessing, by the way, in case you have friends or family that need to have their bikes blessed — which is not a bad idea on our Hawai’i roadways!

Hope for the Highway book of scripture.

Every year I come away with something in my hand.  This year I did not come away with a GEICO bandana or a Marine Corp flyer.  This little treasure brought tears to my eyes as I picked it up and found that it was the New Testament in its entirety along with stories that I will share with everyone later.

As I thumbed through it to see what was included in the text, I decided that I would have to share the stories with everyone later.  This is the best season to do so as most of them are recovery stories about overcoming some of the different challenges that life throws our way.

Santa’s sleigh pulled by a reindeer with a motor.

I always look for fun and fascinating things to share.  Santa’s sleigh is always an important thing to share!

Beautiful yellow bike with all the trimmings a biker would want.

In the process of seeking these fun things, I always seem to find at least one bike that makes me catch my breath.  This one was stunning!  If the owner catches this post, please share your story for this picture I have labeled, “My Star Performer.”

Pooh and what I belive was a group of Veterans.

Everyone loves Pooh Bear and the Veterans are no exception.  I’m assuming these were the bikes of Veterans.  Anyone is welcome to correct me if I’m wrong!  Please do!

The lot at Ala Moana Park by Magic Island kept filling up as the morning progressed.

With every turn the lot was filling up quickly.

More bikers file in.

One biker from this large group noticed the camera.

Bikers continue to arrive at Ala Moana Park to join in the ride.

They just seemed to be coming from all directions

Either way you look, bikers made thier way into the staging area.

There must have been more this year than in the past.  It was getting crazy at the starting point but it was unbelievable at the end and police officers had to direct the traffic for the stream of bikers filing in to drop off their toys!

Line of bikers dropping off their toys with the Marine Corp.

So many bikers, so many toys.

The Marine Corp waiting to accept the gifts for all of the children.

I asked the Marine officer who was taking in the toys if these toys were for the children of military, disadvantaged children, or whose children.  His response was that the toys are for all children.  My assumption is that they are for all any and all children in need at this time of year.

We even have a biker dog!  Very cute looking Pomeranian mix.

I leave everyone with this little mascot.  A biker dog!  What a cutie!

Someone asked me, “Do you ride?”

“No, I’m a coward and have too much road rage — it would be a suicide mission for me to become a biker.”  That small bit of intelligence on my part does not change my desire and my admiration for those who do!

My one regret this year is that those ladies collecting donations were doing so to support the event itself and I missed an opportunity to show my support.  But, all is not lost!  If you want to make a donation to help keep this event running, please do by making your check payable to “The Toy Parade Inc” and mail it to: SBUHI, P.O. Box 5003, Kaneohe, HI  96744.  I am!

Heartfelt appreciation goes out to Street Bikers United, the Marine Corp., and all of the bikers who participate in this event every year.  Thank you for sharing your excitement and passion with us, and mahalo nui for letting me live vicariously through all of your passion and events!

Call for Submissions — December Carnival of Aloha

December Carnival of Aloha!Kamehameha Statue

How did that happen?  I think it should still be March or April!  We need to talk.  Come on, share your stories from 2011 with us.  Be it good news or bad, I’m open to it all this month.  It has been an extreme roller coaster ride of events this past year, both for our State and for many of us as individuals.  Please share your triumphs and/or your drama.

Let’s do a review of 2011 — if it happened in Hawai’i, you are welcome to share!  If this has started your fingers itching and you want to write about it now, go for it and then submit the address of your post so we can link back to you.  If you have a favorite post for the year, share that too!  Join in the camaraderie and connect to the Carnival of Aloha! Submit one of your Hawai’i posts to the Carnival by using this form.

I am reaching out to all Hawai’i bloggers (or bloggers visiting Hawai’i) to participate in our Carnival of Aloha!  I will even accept links to publications as long as you tell me who you are and why you’re sharing it.  There is room on the form to share all of that!

All you need to do is submit one of your posts (or a link) that talks about a local city, town, event or anything else that’s typically Hawai’i.  Or, if you’re a resident, something that’s typically you!

Bloggers from other states, or other countries even, are welcome to submit posts to the Carnival of Aloha. If you’ve been to Hawai’i, on vacation or otherwise, and have a story to tell, please share it with us!

Since it is the holiday season, I will extend the deadline to next Friday, December 9, 2011.  Let us “hear” you!  Start submitting, or writing and then submitting at BlogCarnival.com using our form for the Carnival of Aloha!  As always, the Carnival will be as exciting and informative as you help me make it!  Join us?  Please?  I’ve missed a lot this past year and I need you guys to educate me!

An historic Carnival touches many

Natatorium, part of O’ahu’s past.

There seems to be a lot of historic items this month, both old and some a little more recent, that have touched all of us is many ways.  We are going to touch them back by sharing them with others!

Things that have touched the past are always a good thing to revisit.

Karen talks about Touching the Past Kealiiokamalu Church where we can see the beauty of a country church.  Thank you for sharing this, Karen, we don’t hear about these country churches often enough.

Everyone knows how we always need someone to feed us at the Carnival! We have a great menu this month! It’s always touching to revisit old recipes (another touch from the past)!

heartland frugalista presents A Touch of the Islands: Recipe for Kalua Pig posted at Heartland Living on a Budget, saying, “A native of Honolulu, I moved to Wisconsin 11 years ago. I miss many things, especially the food. But I have learned how to make my beloved kalua pig!”  Makes my stomach growl just thinking about it.

Are you full? Not yet? Malia is going to share some other yummies!

Malia Yoshioka presents Comparing Shrimp Trucks on Oahu’s North Shore posted at WhyGo Hawaii, saying, “One of the most popular things to do on Oahu’s North Shore is to visit the shrimp trucks. We compared four in one day – Giovanni’s, Romy’s, Fumi’s, and Macky’s – in order to give a fair comparison.”

Giggles!  It’s always great to compare lunch wagons, and shrimp trucks should certainly be no exception!

Marquita (Marty) Herald tells us about Discovering a Sense of Place posted at IGG – tips, tools and tantalizing ideas.  Marty says, “The ‘Staycation’ trend may have been born as a result of economic issues, but we’ve since realized there are many other benefits of getting reacquainted with our neighborhoods … such as reconnecting with a sense of belonging to a community. In Hawaii, this feeling is known as ‘sense of place.'”

Thank you for joining us, Marty!  Mahalo for pointing out just how wonderful our own home towns are for all of us.  This post touched me!  It is amazing how many things you can discover while checking out your own backyard!

Jennifer Miner expresses some concern about a favorite backyard destination for locals and for our visitors, asking, What Will Happen to the Ihilani Resort and Spa?  This is being discussed over at The Vacation Gals – Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips.  I agree, Jennifer, that this might be a concern but Ihilani has already established a fine reputation and Aulani does not offer kama’aina rates (slightly reduced rates for locals) and that will be their biggest issue during the “off” season.

Disney did their research and has done all that is necessary to stay true to the culture of Hawai’i but they missed that very, very, fine detail! Ihilani Resort & Spa does offer kama’aina rates, by the way.  I called to be sure — most of the locals I know wouldn’t stay there if they didn’t!  Don’t worry, the novelty will wear off eventually and the real business battle will begin.  I’m just saying.

There is a lot more than famous mice and strange, lovable canines from Disney coming to our shores — fortunately or unfortunately.  Japan’s recent tsunami made history to be sure but this horrific event is about to touch us again.

Jan TenBruggencate brings us an intellectual fix when he tells us all about how a Russian ship finds UHawai`i-projected tsunami debris field.  Jan doesn’t know how I count on his wisdom over at Raising Islands — Hawai’i science and environment for some of my intellectual stimulus.  Hey, I can’t help it if I’m part nerd!  Alright, maybe more than part nerd.  I also can’t help it if I just love it when the University of Hawaii makes cool discoveries like this.  The bad part is, that this debris is apparently going to touch our shores a bit sooner than originally thought.  I wonder what that will do for the search for sea glass?

Since we really do need our cars for staycations and to travel a bit further to get to Ko ‘Olina (it’s really not that far!) and see Mickey, it would be a good thing to pay less for car insurance.

Tyler presents Hawaii Car Insurance | HI Car Insurance Quote Comparison posted at Car Insurance Comparison. Tyler said, “Even Hawaiians need car insurance!” I certainly cannot argue with that!

That concludes this chapter.  Submit your blog article to the next edition 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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Happy 4th Anniversary to the Carnival of Aloha!

We are mixing things up for this 4th Anniversary Carnival!  Oh my!

Bird working on flowering ginger.

This bird was tearing at this ginger plant but I am not sure if he was eating it or if he/she was going to use it for nesting materials.  Aha!  Now I know who has been messing up those flowers!  Since we are all mixing things up and seem to be all mixed up, I think we should eat dessert first!

Sheila wishes the Carnival of Aloha a Happy Birthday by sharing Hawaii’s Tastiest Sweet Treats posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com.  She says, “Since it’s the Carnival of Aloha’s 4th birthday, let’s celebrate with something sweet. Hawaii is a paradise for the person with a sweet tooth, you know.”

Just do not eat too much yet — we need to go swimming.  My favorite star gazer goes in the opposite direction and goes ocean browsing instead!

Andrew Cooper takes A Night Dive at Mahukona posted at A Darker View.  In usual fashion this is an educational post and, even though Andrew goes looking at starfish instead of the celestial kind of stars, at least he does so when it is still A Darker View.

Okay, now that we are out of the water, we can eat a lot more!

Malia Yoshioka presents Traditional Hawaiian Food | Hawaii Travel Guide posted at WhyGo Hawaii, saying, “Culinary Hawaii today is a mixed plate of cultures, a blend of the old and new. But it’s also interesting to get a glimpse into where we began and the type of Traditional Hawaiian Foods that were a strong part of Hawaii’s past.”  Mixed plates are always the best and the more mixed up they are, the better!

We may be full but we are not done with tradition and the traditional.  This Carnival always loves tradition and we are not just leaving it to food this month!

Karen takes us to see Hula, Halaus and the Hilton Hawaiian when we go to check out her blog at KareninHonolulu.  No matter where she is, we can always count on Karen to provide us with an educational piece of culture.

Keeping the culture and keeping the “mix,” we next get to be a witness!

noel tells us about Witnessing a New Day at Pu’ukohola posted at one of his blogs, A Sari-Sari Life-Hawaiian Style, saying, “This is mostly an photo experience of the annual ceremony at Pu’ukohola in July.” If you look at the side bar of this blog you will see where Noel explains that sari-sari means “a mix-mix life” in Filipino.  Did I mention that we are mixing things up?

We are used to Noel usually being a “plant fanatic” but I am good with this kind of confusion!  Seriously though, a lot of bloggers are running more than one blog and I like the name of this one. Thank you, Noel, I do not think that most of us would have seen this event otherwise!

I have to admit to being a little mixed up, our next post did leave me a little confused.

Costan Alexandru presents some of Hawaii cheapest vacations tips . General informations posted at Cheapest vacations and business tips, saying, “General information about Hawaii as a popular destination for people`s summer vacations.”

I am really not sure if that was about the State of Hawai’i or about the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Well, that concludes this edition.  Are you sufficiently dizzy?  Submit your blog articles to the mix for next month!  Share it with us at 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.

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Call for Carnival Submissions

Calm shoreline in Makaha

It’s just a little bit too calm around here.  Let’s get this anniversary Carnival of Aloha up and running!  Yep, this September Carnival will be the fourth birthday for the Carnival of Aloha!  Send in those links and we’ll pull them all together. 

Help us all get the surf up and send in the link to one of your Hawai’i posts by using this form.  If you have a problem, let me know and I will help you get it where it needs to go so we can share! 

Carnival making a summer break for it!

Breaking through the fence and heading to the Carnival!

Life is so busy these days and it is, unfortunately, the blog that suffers most.  BUT, it is still July and we need to break free of the things that lock us away from our enjoyments and gain back a little bit of our independence!

Pua is going to be the one to help us with that by telling us about the 4th of July in Hawaii posted over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “A special 4th of July celebration awaits visitors on the Big Island each year. It’s Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Kohala Coast. Watching the Hawaiian turtles trying out their first swim in the big Pacific Ocean is fun for the entire family!”

Great story, Pua — you have got to love anything ecologically supportive like that!  In addition, it is never too late to celebrate the 4th of July!

Karen gives us another great story when she posts about My Name is Albert Edward over at Karen in Honolulu.   We often celebrate the lives of Hawaiian royalty but this little guy has a great story.  The museum does too — I do love stories of ghosts and apparitions and the like!

There are some natural areas that would be good places for such stories, or great just for their natural beauty.

Andrew Cooper shows us some of that natural beauty while Exploring Emesine Cave – A Darker View posted at A Darker View. I still love the name of that blog!  Andrew’s descriptions create very nice visuals for his readers.  Thanks, Andrew.  I know I need to contact Andrew if I’m going to the Big Island — so he can tell me the best natural wonders to investigate while visiting there!

Traveling always makes us hungry!

Evelyn (oh, me!) is the one who will feed us on our journey this month.  I’ll share my soup!   Actually, I will share Safeway’s Open Nature Sausage and Tortellini Soup!  I cooked it and my husband actually ate it!  I love to cook but it is only fun when someone will eat and enjoy what you make.  Otherwise I guess we do Spam and eggs.  Tsk!  Anyway, we Carnival dwellers are doing Tortellinni soup!  So there! (Especially since I haven’t posted much else.)

Now we need something to drink! Can I interest anyone in a cup of coffee?

Cheryl tells us how the Big Island Handmade Rocked at the Ka’u Coffee Festival 2011.  Cheryl shares this over at Hawaii Vacation Gifts where she herself is creative and full of Aloha and her blog is always such a great Carnival “ride!”  Cheryl, I see two other stories over there at HVG that we need to share on upcoming Carnivals, too!

Malia Yoshioka presents how to Save Money on Your Vacation With Group Buying Sites posted at WhyGo Hawaii.  Malia says, ” Everyone loves a good deal, and travelers to Hawaii this summer will be pleased to know that group buying sites are a great way to score bargains on activities, popular restaurants, spa treatments, and more. Most of the deals are local to Honolulu, but other islands pop up in the listings once in a while too!”

Try to keep as much of your independence as you can!  Go where you can, do what you can, take pictures when you can, and then talk about it on your blog!

Then, share some of your blog posts with us at the next edition 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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First Carnival of the Summer!

What do people do in the summer time?  We can go to the Carnival! We can follow this path to the Carnival.

Country road to the Carnival

Welcome to the first summer chapter of the Carnival of Aloha!  I am going to open this up with two apologies.  The first apology is to the blogosphere for not having a May Carnival.  The second apology is for our first carnival attraction who probably thinks I left him out on purpose.  No way!

I would never miss the chance to share one of Mr. Cooper’s posts!  It was an accident.  Since we’re exploring the great outdoors, we will start with what Mr. Cooper found.

Andrew Cooper found Ancient Messages that he posted about at A Darker View.  I have your other cool post too, Andrew, and I will share it next month!  Things just got a little out of sync for me.  Tsk!

We seem to be leaning towards the country this month so we need to be energetic to travel around.  Since we need some energy to travel around with our fellow bloggers, let’s get something to eat.

Malia Yoshioka takes us Drinking and Dining in Honolulu with the article posted over at WhyGo Hawaii.  Malia says, “When I travel, I like to get a few recommendations from locals for places to enjoy a cocktail or a nice meal. Here’s a few of my favorite places for Drinking and Dining in Honolulu.”  We love it when people share with us.  Thanks you, Malia!

Now that we have been fed, we can focus on the beauty of the islands, and their allure.
Sheila tells about The Allure of Lanai posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “While Hawaii feels like an exotic, far-away destination, Lanai feels even more so! We love all of Hawaii, but Lanai holds a special allure for us. This post explains a little of why Lanai continues to call us back.”  I like your Lanai posts, Sheila!

We just celebrated Kamehameha Day and I cannot think of a better time to talk about the resting place of our honored royalty.

Lisa helps us honor that royalty when she talks about The Royal Mausoleum that she posted about at Oahu Mom, saying, “The Royal Mausoleum is worth visiting. It’s a great place to honor and remember the Hawaiian Monarchy.”

You’re right, Lisa, it is a fascinating place to visit.  It is also very picturesque.  Maui is another great place to take picture and Kris is going to share some of Maui’s beauty.

Kris Nelson is providing a New eBook – Maui by Poster | Ka’anapali Dreamin’ posted at Ka’anapali Dreamin’>  He said, “I had a post from April that announced the release of a (free) Maui eBook I put together that I wonder if it would interest your readers.”  I guess we will find out!

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