We’ve Got Us a Whale of a Carnival!


Welcome to Chapter 6 of the Carnival of Aloha as we welcome the Humpback Whales back home to our Hawaii playground!

Whale with a dolphin on his head.

This picture is one of the most wonderful that I’ve seen. Here is the origin of the photo and the story from prize-winning photographer, Lori Mazzucca.

We have some eclectic submissions this time so I think we need some expert tour guides. I think we’re going to ask our ocean friends to give us a little bit of sonar help as we move through our carnival “rides.”

Bobbie tells us that we’re just in time as she shares Tales of Whales: Close Encounters with Humpbacks in Hawaii posted at The Right Blue. Bobbie says that we “might like this one, since it’s the peak of whale season right now.” Well, we’re going to ask our aquatic mammals to take us along for the ride!

L.P. “NEENZ” FALEAFINE presents Bred, Born and Raised in Hawai’i posted at From the Mind of NEENZ., saying, “Bred, Born and Raised in Hawai’i something I consider a miracle from the gods. From the Mind of NEENZ are my thoughts, visions, and experiences living in Hawai’i and more. I am sincere when I say that I welcome anyone who wants to know more about Hawai’i.”

Neenz shared something posted by an island visitor and it has left many of us with the feeling that we need to let our visitors know that there is much more to us than this visitor was able to take in while he was here. It also seems that our Carnival participants are more than willing to educate those who still need more information about the highlights and features of our islands.

Sheila starts us off by telling us her 7 Reasons Why a Hawaii Vacation is Great for Your Health that she posted over at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com. Sheila makes a valid point when she says, “In this post, I try to help people come up with a new excuse to take a vacation to Hawaii. Don’t we all need to improve our health?”  Of course we do!

Skeet then proceeds to tell us all about the wonderful, historic architecture that we don’t hear nearly enough about! Skeet says that They just don’t build them like they used to and she elaborates on this at skeet’s stuff. I have to say that Skeet caught some beautiful shots of one of Honolulu’s old buildings and captured its charm in the process.

I really enjoy sharing the intellectual things. It’s always entertaining to see some intellect with a little bit of that kind of charm and some good-natured humor. We don’t share our brains often enough. We do have them you know!

Mel proves my point as we get to visit Gene Simmons Rocks SBH Conference posted at Mel’s Internet Universe Weblog, saying, “Shout it out loud — rock n roll all night — and make money too!”

Usually at seminars and/or functions like this they feed us.  Don’t they?  We haven’t had any food yet!  I can’t help it — one of our finer qualities, in my humble opinion, is that if there’s a reason to eat, we will find it! Since we need to keep up our strength…

Angie is going to help us by sharing an Aloha Friday Recipe: Quick Loco Moco Bake that she posted at True Aloha. Angie shares this local favorite and keeps it real with some very typical and favorite ingredients that will fill you up real quick!

I told you we were going to need that energy because we’re going further inland to go hiking! Homespun Honolulu welcomes Rob and Jeff to the Carnival of Aloha as Rob takes us on a hike on Kauai…

Rob Kvidt presents 88 Shrine Hillside Walk on Kauai posted at Beat of Hawaii, and tells us that, “Rob and Jeff started Beat of Hawaii in January. This post on the Lawai International Center is their first entry into the blogosphere.”

Thank you, Rob and Jeff, for honoring us with your first post! While we’re at it, let’s watch out for each other…

Dayle watches out for us and tells us how to Keep Your Car Safe While You Hike in Hawaii posted at Hiking and Backpacking in Hawaii Blog. This is always a good idea!

If you’re still not impressed by all of the things we’ve shared with you so far and if you’re not feeling particularly intellectual today and don’t feel like reading, Lovena is going to take care of that too…

Lovena Harwood shares Aloha from Hawaii September 2007 that she posted at My Hawaii Travels, saying, “A pictorial version of my travel journal.” Pictures! We all love pictures!

Pua takes us back to the sea shore with some Hawaii Hula Dancers that she posted about over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “The annual Hawaii Aloha Festivals attract thousands of visitors to the Hawaiian Islands. Last year Honolulu Aloha Festival had organized a unique event by lining up thousands of hula dancers on Waikiki beach.”

Evelyn (me), in an effort to keep our focus on our marine friends, will wrap things up with how Waikiki Aquarium is a World All its Own, posted right here at Homespun Honolulu.

That was quite a bit of reading! I think that our monk seal at Waikiki Aquarium has the right idea — it’s time for a nap!

Mitch McDonald knew we would be tired so he tells us all about Hawaii Rentals : Finding The Perfect Vacation Home posted at FYI About.com. Thanks, Mitch!

That concludes this Chapter of the Carnival, but before you fall asleep, go ahead and submit your blog article for Chapter 7 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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  • 1 Swim on by the Carnival of Aloha! : True Aloha // Feb 4, 2008 at 3:02 am

    […] Make sure you stop by the Carnival of Aloha over at Homespun Honolulu! This is a great way to see what all of the wonderful Hawaii oriented bloggers […]

  • 2 Sheila // Feb 4, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Excellent carnival once again, Evelyn. Thank you so much for all your hard work on it! You rock!

  • 3 Evelyn // Feb 4, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Thank you, Sheila! I’m just happy that so many people decided to join us! I hope everyone enjoys it and has fun with it!

  • 4 Pua & Keoki // Feb 4, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Mahalo to Evelyn for supporting the Hawaii Blog Ohana idea by hosting another of those wonderful Aloha carnivals.

    We visited all the Hawaiian blogs, old and new ones, and read all the stories submitted! Hope many Hawaii visitors will find those. We will tell our blog visitors about them.

    If you ask us for our favorite Hawaii article, it’s definitely Bobbie’s encounter with the Humpback whales…breathtaking!

    To everybody’s blogging success. Aloha, Pua and Keoki

  • 5 skeet’s stuff » It’s Carnival of Aloha day! // Feb 4, 2008 at 7:39 am

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  • 6 Evelyn // Feb 4, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Thank you, Pua and Keoki, for reading everybody’s submissions. I know everyone appreciates more visitors! I have read them but I will go back and read them again now that I can give them the attention they deserve!

  • 7 Join the Carnival of Aloha // Feb 4, 2008 at 9:36 am

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  • 8 Beat of Hawaii // Feb 4, 2008 at 9:42 am

    So many good posts about Hawaii. We’re glad to be in such great “ono” company. Thanks,Evelyn, for helping to promote everyone’s writing.

    Aloha from Rob and Jeff

  • 9 Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for February 4th // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:38 am

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  • 10 Bobbie // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Thanks, Evelyn, for once more putting together and hosting the Carnival of Aloha. I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon after I’m finished with my work: Visiting all the participant blogs.

    @ Pua & Keoki – You’re making me blush.

    Aloha to all from the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.

  • 11 Evelyn // Feb 4, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Bobbie! Thanks for the great post and for the mode of “transportation!” 🙂 It’s always great to have everyone on board!

  • 12 Gail // Feb 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Hi! That photo didn’t come from my website originally. My post linked to the Smithsonian, which is the publisher. You can visit that site here.

  • 13 Gail // Feb 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Sorry, here: http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/natures_best_2006/gallery/humpbackwhaleanddolphin.html

  • 14 Evelyn // Feb 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you, Gail, for clarifying that for us! I think that’s exciting to know it came from the Smithsonian. I still think it’s the cutest darn thing and what a great photo! I would have busted a stitch if I took a picture like that!

    I guess the whole world wants to follow that link back to your site. I’m not sorry. It’s a great site! Um, I also noticed that you’re a *cough* a college-level English teacher. Ooooohhh! Does that mean I have to dot my i’s and cross my t’s? I guess I better be more careful with my writing. 🙂

    Seriously, please hang around when you can… so you can keep me on my toes! Much aloha and sorry for rattling your numbers. 🙂

  • 15 Carnival of Aloha! | From the Mind of NEENZ. // Feb 5, 2008 at 10:41 am

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