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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Safeway’s Open Nature Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Safeway’s Logo - Ingredients for Life!I had no idea what to do with fresh asparagus.  Safeway’s website helped me and now I can deal with it without blinking, much.  Every once in a while I peak to see what they’re cooking and I found a really cool recipe that looked good.

Back in March I said I was going to try this after the lenten season was over.  It sounded so good and so easy!  It was easy.  It was good.  It was expensive!

I ignored the recommendations made by the person who posted this and followed the recipe just as it appears on the Safeway site.  The only adjustments that I suggest would be to, first of all, add more broth!  If you keep it overnight, it becomes more like a stew than a soup!   Secondly, sprinkle with a lot of shredded parmesan at serving time.  That parmesan makes the soup!

Safeway’s picture of their Italian soup.

Warning: If you’re going to make this lovely Italian soup, you need to watch for sales!  You actually can buy the ingredients that are not necessarily Safeway’s brand!    They were good ingredients, don’t get me wrong, but they add up very quickly.  I was on a mission and should have paid attention to sales and/or aimed for more bargain brands!

I had to be sure I did not mess up any ingredients so I could report on this recipe fairly and accurately.  Between that and my Safeway loyalty issues, I ended up buying the ingredients exactly as they are listed.  It was darn good soup!

Try it!  You tweak it, and then share your tweaks!  Please?  Those tweaks can certainly include smart buying tips.  I am always open to that!

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!

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.

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June Blog Carnival Reminder!

Flying around Hawaii for the Carnival of Aloha

This is just a reminder for all bloggers who have a blog post about Hawaii that they want to share with the blogosphere and beyond!  Fly on over and join us for the June chapter of the Carnival of Aloha!   That link will take you to the guidelines. 

Fly over here and this link will take you to the form where you can enter the web address and any comments for the story you want us to include in the Carnival!  All it needs it to be about Hawaii — any island, any topic.

Deadline for submissions is this Friday, June 10, 2011.  Fly on over and join us as we share our favorite posts about life and adventures in Hawaii!

Be Still My Heart! (I seriously need to get a life.)

With all of the businesses closing around town and in key places like Aloha Tower Marketplace (which we will talk more about a little later), it is always heart-warming to see a new one about to open.

I knew this little place on Bishop Street was under construction but I didn’t know what they would be opening.  My co-workers saw the signs before I did and one of them said, “Evelyn’s gonna be happy!”  Sure enough, they were very right!

A new business is under construction!

Just in case you have not been able to make out the logo on those signs in the window, let me see if I can help you with that… just a little bit.

This is where I say, “Be still my heart!”  What can I say?  You may think that I must be losing it but let me tell you, there were at least two other stunned people who were saying, “7-11?  Right on!”

A new 7-11 in Downtown Honolulu!This is an exciting event for me!  I can’t help it.  This is one of my business favorites!  If you could see my bank account statement, the list of charges would look something like this:

7 Eleven
Longs Drugs
Safeway Store
7 Eleven
Safeway Store
ATM Withdrawal
7 Eleven
Zippy’s Rest
Longs Drugs
Safeway Store
7 Eleven
Fresh Cafe

Well, something like that anyway.  You get the point.  If you work in Downtown Honolulu and did not know about this until now, then you should be excited too!

Finally! Downtown Honolulu has been needing a 7-11 Store for a very, very long time. Life is good!  I already know what I’m going to buy, just because I can!   Work life just got better!

Hawaii Pet Expo 2011

Every year I say I am going to go to this event but never quite seem to make it there.  This year I made it and it’s pretty darn amazing.  This is definitely something you should put on your calendars for next year!

Tails of Aloha banner sums up the whole event

No, “Tails of Aloha” is not the banner for the event but that name certainly sums things up nicely.  In reality, Tails of Aloha is the organization that cares for animals that need homes.  Visit their sight and check it out!

People and dogs everywhere!

People were walking around socializing with each other while the dogs were doing their own socializing.  You could tell that these animals had been socialized before — they must go to doggy parks a lot.  They were all so well behaved and people-friendly.  It was fun to watch this all taking place indoors at Blaisdell Center.

Birds are definitely a pet attraction!

The birds are always beautiful to watch and observe but they can also be life-long friends for some lucky people.

Felines have the personality to match!

The cats were here as well.  There were fish too!  Someone actually had koi there!

Persians are fun and fabulous felines!

These baby Persians, my feline breed of choice, were the cutest ever!

This very large Dalmatian was about hip-high if you stood next to him.

Dalmatians come in different breeds!

While there were not 101 Dalmatians at this year’s Expo, I am not altogether sure which one of these Dalmatians was the largest!

Pet Blessing anyone?  For more information on this event you can either visit www.e-shrine.org or call 841-4755.

Pet Blessing Festival takes place on June 5, 2011.

This was definitely an event I would like to attend again.  It was very crowded and there was so much to see.  There were animals and pet foods and animal care products and… just a lot of stuff!  An event for the whole family to enjoy.

Yahoo! or Yikes! Saving MyBlogLog

Apparently I missed this on the blogosphere wireless! Three or four years ago, maybe more, MyBlogLog was THE in thing in Social Media!

When I first started blogging, no, before I started blogging, MyBlogLog was the first place that I dipped my toe into the blogosphere.  I have not left the waters of the blogosphere since!

We have  until May 24, 2011 to convince Yahoo! that they MUST change their mind and work with the network(s) of bloggers to pass it on to capable and more-focused hands!

“Isn’t it reasonable that they would sell MyBlogLog so that you can maintain your communities? Isn’t it reasonable to expect that they would at a minimum protect your work by providing you the ability to move it over to a site like BlogCatalog or some other network?

BlogCatalog is willing to do whatever technical work is necessary to port their user base and go through all the spam and clean out the mess they have left. They have pilfered bloggers data only to leave bloggers hanging out in the cold.”

Well said!  We all need to stick with what we do best.  Yahoo! is wonderful, do not get me wrong.   They bring current news to the forefront and Yahoo! Finance is awesome!  We can talk all day about the wonders of Yahoo! email lists.  Yahoo! has their niche.  In fact, they have several!  Be reasonable guys, do not leave a sour taste in the mouths of the blogosphere.

BloggersUnite.org has much better things to do and big World problems where it strives to organize bloggers!  They have made this one of their causes.

What right’s do bloggers have in a community that they built especially when a corporation the size of Yahoo has made promises to focus on the site and turn it into something valuable for you? They made promises. Why should they be entitled to shut the site down to the detriment of bloggers who have supported them for years relying on the fact that Yahoo is one of the larger tech companies in the USA?

Isn’t it reasonable that they would sell MyBlogLog so that you can maintain your communities? Isn’t it reasonable to expect that they would at a minimum protect your work by providing you the ability to move it over to a site like BlogCatalog or some other network? 

Rant About It is ranting about it too!

Why?  BlogCatalog isn’t a public company so we can decide how and where to invest our money.  Our pride and joy is BloggersUnite.org a site designed for bloggers to unite around causes and make a difference.  What would a simple connection between MyBlogLog and BloggersUnite.org mean to the world?   One life saved  because one blogger from MyBlogLog didn’t know about BloggersUnite.org and now they do?  Perhaps more?

The cynic could suggest that MyBlogLog doesn’t know about BlogCatalog, that tiny company located somewhere in Texas.   The cynic would be wrong.   Greg Cohen of Yahoo and I spoke at SXSW a year ago about taking over MyBlogLog.  They wanted to know our plans.  We shared some of them though were not going to hand over the “sauce.”    Interesting enough even after laying out what we would do and how we could enable Yahoo! to save face, they would rather shut it down.

Since blogging is about transparency and social media is about transparency,  perhaps not total, though much more so than business has ever been,  here’s the outline that was sent to Greg and his Yahoo Don’t let MyBlogLog die!colleagues.    As the CEO of BlogCatalog I am still inviting Yahoo! to leave the door open.  Do not shut it.  We don’t want any of the “dots.”  

As you can see, the sour taste has already started.  Yahoo! does not want it anymore, so let BlogCatalog take it and restore it to its original happy place!

Let the blogosphere continue to love you, Yahoo!. Let it go!

The April Carnival is Blooming!

Maybe we should call this the Spring Edition of the Carnival of Aloha!

Lavendar bougainvillia in bloom by Kamehameha Shopping Center

Spring is in the air and some of our bloggers know it!

HawaiiVacationGifts asks What’s Blooming in our Yard? Cattaleya Orchids.  This post is over at Hawaii Vacation Gifts by Double Brush-Hawaiian Gifts & Blog.  Cheryl says, “I thought maybe with April having earth day this post would be relevant.  🙂 ”  I agree, and just in time!

Putting Cheryl and Sheila together brings back fond Carnival memories for me!  Hopefully they will agree.

Sheila tells us all about A Day Trip Island Hop To Oahu posted at Hawaii Vacation Advice – GoVisitHawaii.com; saying “Island hopping to Oahu is really pretty easy to do from the other islands. Here’s the plan we used for a day trip to Oahu from Maui. What an action packed, but very fun day!”  And a very successful one I might add.

Now all we need is a cup of coffee!

Malia Yoshioka presents Day Trip: Kona Coffee Country posted at WhyGo Hawaii, saying, “I recently returned from a trip to Kona where I was able to stay a night in the town of Holualoa in the “Kona Coffee Belt,” about 15 minutes from Kona. It was a wonderful getaway, higher up in the mountains with the cooler air and hundreds of coffee orchards. The farmers are all really friendly and passionate about growing some of the world’s best coffee. Just had to share!”

That sounds so wonderful, Malia!  I wanted to stay at Kula Lodge on our next trip to Maui (whenever that might be!) but hubby doesn’t like being cut off from civilization and modern technology.  A laptop will still work!  Nope, not good enough.  Gotta have the TV.  Their rooms have no televisions!

I pulled Cynthia in to help us continue with the admiration of our natural surroundings.

Cynthia wrote all about Waimea’s “Flower of Love” – The Agapanthus in a post over at Asynchronicity,  I just had to include it here! We’re only two weeks away from Easter now and Agape anything sounds good to me!

We do love our flowers and we also love our culture!  The Big Island of Hawaii gives us both, as you can see.

Pua had the urge to share Hawaii Hula Festival Videos with everyone, saying that “Big Island visitors [can] visit the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival at Easter in Hilo. Hula competitions which require tickets are sold out but Wedsnesday nights are open to everybody and of course all the other good stuff: Hawaiian art + crafts fair, grand parade through Hilo and more. Enjoy the hula in Hawaii!”  Great videos, Pua, thank you!

Being close to the the natural parts of our World is a wonderful thing.  There are times when the mountains and streams just seem to call to me.  Of course there are a few other events and places that speak to me as well!

Kalaeloa Raceway Park talks to me!  In its own way this little start-up has reached out to many people in the community.  For me it is the restoration of something lost to my strange mentality and to the O’ahu racing community some time ago.  After Hawaii Raceway Park shut some of us watched and waited for what seemed like forever — waiting for something or someone to come along and save, restore, or replace it!  As it worked out, all we got was more bad news.

Suddenly the most wonderful thing happened — Kalaeloa Raceway Park!  I know, I know, they’re thinking, “Whatta you mean suddenly?!?  We’ve been working hard to make this happen!”  I am so very proud of you guys!  Now, Kalaeloa Raceway Park (KRP) continues to grow and make the racing community happy and proud!  For the record, I do not race.  It was just part of my past that needed to be restored.  Don’t ask, just go with it.

I am also very happy and grateful for KRP’s sponsors:

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I love all this entrepreneurial stuff! I hope this list of sponsors, that I swiped from KRP’s web site, continues to grow — longer and longer!

On that exciting note we conclude this chapter of the Carnival of Aloha. Submit your blog article to the next chapter by using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Serving Hot Dogs with Aloha

While looking on Google Maps a few months ago, just to see what the King Kamehameha Statue looked like, I saw something I never expected to see.  I found the statue, yes, but there was something else in the picture that I thought would be fun to write about.  “Hey, that’s the little hotdog stand!”

Of course now I’m going to always think of them as Google-dogs.  The gang that serves those yummy hotdogs is always friendly and always smiling.  They are usually positioned just off to the side of the statue where the tour buses stop for visitors to see the King Kamehameha statue, Ali’iolani Hale, and/or Iolani Palace.

The hotdog vendors talking to visitors.

I think they should be marked as part of the tourist industry — they are, after all, there to greet the tour-bus passengers who are either curious or just plain hungry.  I just thought it was the coolest story to let them know that they’re “on the map!”

Tour bus pulled up just behind the hotdog stand.

“So you saw us on Google huh?”

“Yep!  Sure did!”

Kind of makes it sound like they’re a pretty permanent fixture there!  Well, yes and no.

There is the story about the meter maid.  You know the parking Gestapo — the ones who put those $25 tickets under your windshield?  Well that’s how much those tickets used to be.  Who KNOWS how much they are now!  I don’t plan on letting any meters expire to find out.  A quarter in one of those darn meters doesn’t even get you very many minutes anymore!  I’m just saying.

Anyway, one day I saw my little Google hotdog friends parked on the opposite side of the street.  Apparently they were told to move across the street and pay the meter.  What??? But, you’re on Google Maps, they can’t make you move!  What’s wrong with them?!?

The hot dog fixings ready to be added to your hot dog.

Okay, okay — I know that sounds a little silly but they were actually told to move across the street and pay the meter.  Sigh.

So, we just need to be sure we keep buying hotdogs so they can pay those dumb meters.

I mean, seriously, there are enough lunch wagons paying those meters and enough vehicles paying them when the lunch wagons are gone!  Even though I found it a little irritating, the hotdog people took it in stride and moved calmly and quietly across the street and paid the meter.  We all would have done that too, but probably not quite so quietly — I wouldn’t have been so quiet about it!

Small Honolulu Rant: “Then I’ll complain for you!” I said.  So this is my complaint!  So there!

Mom has a hot dog and a Pepsi!

You will be happy to know that it doesn’t hurt the flavor of the hotdogs to be on the other side of the street.  Thank goodness they serve sodas and nice cold water too!  Mom has always got to have her Pepsi — that’s a must!  I, on the other hand, always appreciate a nice, made-to-order, sloppy hotdog!

Mayo, mustard and onions make a great hotdog!

In spite of their Google claim-to-fame, they do move around so you may run into these Google dogs in the heart of Downtown Honolulu during First Fridays or in other places during other forms of Downtown festivities!  They are entrepreneurs who feed people — sounds good to me!  Besides, hot dogs are always better when served with a little Aloha!