Special Blog Carnival: Revisiting Our Visitors

Deeply-Hued Hibiscus taken my the Hawai'i Maritime CenterWhile acknowledging that I have been just a bit out of the loop on a lot of things recently, I decided that my poor, neglected, little blog was in need of something festive!

So, I’m publishing a special Carnival of Aloha with the assistance of some of our previous Hawai’i visitors!

Some I begged and some I just “forced” to join us.  I didn’t really think they would mind. Besides, there isn’t a blogger or a writer that I know who doesn’t appreciate a little link love from time to time!

By invitation, or my begging, please join me and our Hawai’i visitors for a special carnival and help me bring everybody back into the loop for the next Carnival scheduled to go live on January 4th!  Come with me and let’s go visit them all!

Now, those who are familiar with our usual Carnival journey know we always have to have at least one contributor who feeds us.  Most people know how much we all love our food!  This time, we’re in very good shape!  In fact, we’ve got us a real live chef!

Chef Mark Tafoya over at the Culinary Media Network (I love that name) always makes sure his readers have sustenance!  Chef Mark said I could take my pick.  I tried but I couldn’t!  So, you have to choose your favorite!  There were a couple that stood out for me.  I love the products from Alii Kula Lavender so that one struck a chord.  The other one was about a place that, while thinking about it for a long time, I have been a little apprehensive to cover.  The Honolulu Fish Auction!  Thank you, Mark, for covering that while you were here!

Shira, one of the editor/contributors at Jaunted, was kind enough to also share her stories with us.  Of course I had to be partial to anything that says Honolulu Me Please!

I wanted to share this one too!  Shira also shares a video about how they went Dipping Into the Queen’s Bath on Kauai.

Still thinking about our visitors, I knew where I wanted to go!

I went to Sheila over at Go Visit Hawaii and asked for something to include.  I couldn’t forget mine and the Carnival of Aloha’s own Hawai’i-loving, travel darling!  Now that my brain seems back on track, I have to pay attention when Sheila says, Don’t Miss the Nuuanu Pali Lookout on Oahu.

Everything Sheila says is true and, depending on the weather, the wind up there can be very, very strong!

Jim Turner, who doesn’t know I’m doing this, needs to get some extra credit for his blog.   In case you’re still hungry, Jim shares his visit to Macadamia Nut Heave at the Mauna Loa Factory.

I’ve never seen this before and thought it was so cute!  Obviously their commercial is working because I started singing their jingle, “Maunaloa macadamias…”

I owe a huge apology to two bloggers who just missed the time cutoff for the last Carnival published here.  It’s amazing to me how these two posts remain timely even six months later!

Ryan over at Uncommon Cents asks his readers, “Fourteen Percent — Could You Cut Your Budget That Much?” as he shares the story of our State’s furloughs.  It remains timely as we still struggle with it and the battle continues between the Governor and the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

No wonder that our finances are in a mess!  Can any of us handle it?  Well, we can tell by other parts of the economy as we can see with our next blogger.

Pua over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog asks, Will Hawaii foreclosures help your dream of living in Hawaii?  I’m not sure how many are willing to brave our economy right now but this is certainly indicative of how well a lot of us are doing.

It’s interesting to note that even with the financial crunch that so many of us are feeling right now, many individuals and companies, while nipping their holiday spending, have opted to give their funds to the Hawaii Food Bank, the Lokahi Giving Project, and other charities like these.  The joy of giving is still there and, finances be damned, we’re still sharing the Aloha!

Mahalo to all of the bloggers/writers in this special edition!  Heartfelt gratitude goes out to those who waited forever and to those who answered my plea to let me bring them back to the islands, virtually.  Please share with your fellow travelers and blogger buddies!  If you’re on Facebook, please come back here to leave comments so the other participants can see your reactions!

Merry Christmas everyone!  ALL bloggers, please be sure to join us for the first Carnival of Aloha of 2010 — it is scheduled to go live on January 4th!  The deadline for submissions is this coming Wednesday, December 30th.  Hope to see you all there!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Dec 24, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Aloha Evelyn and Mele Kalikimaka!

    What a nice Christmas Eve gift it was to find your Carnival of Aloha published today. Love it!

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too my dear friend!

    I swear my back is against the time wall! I’m glad you saw it. I just have to let everyone else know. Of course they’re probably all backed up against the time wall too! 🙂

    Big hugs and hug you other half for me! Mele Kalikimaka to you both!

  • 3 Jim "Genuine" Turner // Dec 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Love the Carnival and Mahalo to you as well. I am thinking of making hawaii my second home! Especially since we are having such a white winter here.

  • 4 Jim "Genuine" Turner // Dec 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

    ..and for the record I do call them “crackadamia nuts”.

  • 5 Evelyn // Dec 28, 2009 at 5:36 am

    LOL! Like the new name for the mac nuts, Jim! You’re more than welcome to come back. We actually are hot over here. We’re still waiting for things to cool off. It’s a slow process. The temperatures are coming down but the tradewinds are being kept away by other weather activity.

    It still beats anything below 70 degrees! We think we’re freezing to death you know, when it gets that cold. Brrrrr!

    Thank you, Jim, for letting me yank you in and thank you for sharing your comment! It made me laugh!

  • 6 Tony // Dec 28, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Aloha Evelyn, I had never heard of this before, thanks for posting this info. I’m going to submit now!

  • 7 Evelyn // Dec 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hey Tony! Okay, that means I’m not promoting it well enough! You’re around a lot and still missed it. Shame on ME! I have been a bad girl so I need to get things back on track. Thank you, Tony, for pointing that out. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

    Thanks for joining in the fun! 🙂

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