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 –; 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:


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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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Apr 11, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Excellent stuff, Evelyn! Thanks for all you do to coordinate the carnival.

    So nice to see Cheryl back!

    That’s a gorgeous photo at the top. I love the color. Do you know that the name of the plant is?

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 11, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Hi Sheila! That’s actually a lavender-colored Bougainvillia! I was so stunned to see it in that color that I had to get a picture of it. 🙂

    I was thrilled to see Cheryl! 🙂 Feels almost like old home week.

  • 3 Malia Yoshioka // Apr 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Aloha Evelyn! My family still lives in upcountry Maui and my mom actually got married at Kula Lodge a few years ago. It’s got gorgeous views of Maui! =) I’ve never actually stayed there but I do love to visit for breakfast on the way down from watching the sunrise at Haleakala whenever we go.

  • 4 Evelyn // Apr 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Malia! I tried to get him to go watch the sunrise but he’s weird about the height. I was lucky to get him up to Ali’i Kula Lavender! LOL! I think Sheila has mentioned their breakfast in the past. Sigh. Yummy — me want pancakes! 🙂

    Please join us more often, Malia! There is so much we all don’t get to see and I love when I can “see” it through your eyes! 🙂

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  • 6 HawaiiVacationGifts // Apr 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Oops, late to the party! Mahalo Evelyn for keeping up with the Carnival all these years! It was nice to be in the same company as you, Sheila and Pua again. Here’s to many more carnival get-togethers!

  • 7 Evelyn // May 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    That’s okay, HVG, you’re here now! 🙂 We’re all glad to have you rejoin the fun! Glad you’re back! 🙂

  • 8 Pua // May 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

    What an entertaining Aloha Carnival reflecting a huge variety of stories and events Hawaii has to offer to its visitors. With our personal April travel, I just found the time NOW to peruse the different Hawaii blog posts.

    Much mahalo Evelyn for including my blog post about the Hilo Merie Monarch Hula Festival even though I was a bit late with my submission.

    A special ‘E Komo Mai’ to Cheryl from HawaiiVacationGifts. Happy to see you back too.

    A hui hou everybody!

  • 9 Evelyn // May 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Pua! Isn’t it great to see Cheryl back??? Glad you made it home in time to catch the Carnival’s tail end! 🙂

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