23 Jun


Wind Ornament, originally uploaded by Umzavi.

After several hot, hot weeks, the Trade Winds came back and made everything lovely. They blew in my Mother in Law as well and we have been slowly drifting from one activity to another. She’s a big fruit and veg eater, so on Saturday, I took her to the Farmer’s Market at KCC. Of course, since we were in the neighborhood, we had to visit my favorite two fabric/quilt shops Calico Cat and Kaimuki Dry Goods. The kids and I spent the rest of the day at a pool party. On Sunday, we went to the Waikiki Art Fest, which I discovered happens quite regularly. I was very pleased to find that it was not all ticky-tacky touristy stuff and in addition to a few gifts, I also purchased a sea glass necklace and this fantastic mobile. I love how unassuming , yet utterly charming it is. I was sold on the piece of green glass with the bit of text on it. We ate fresh Vitnamese BBQ on the lawn by the beach and later walked in the sand. On Monday my daughter and my MIL made a tote bag together with puppy patterned fabric bought on Saturday while I lunched at Orchids. Then we enjoyed pot luck and auction night with the Hawai’i Quilt Guild where we came home with mountain apples. They taste like tart pears and smell like roses. Tonight I made my own version of lomi salmon with cooked salmon (instead of traditional salt-cured), tomatoes, onions, and sea asparagus from the market. It was delicious and I think it needs a name: Hapa (half) Lomi Salmon.

We have a few more excursions planned and an inter-island cruise next week so I may or may not breeze in and out of the blog in the near future.

07 Jun

Mahalo USO and Honolulu Zoo

Saturday was Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo. We didn’t have anything else planned, I’m back to being a single parent again, it was something to do, so off we went.

There was live entertainment. I wish I could remember this guy’s name, as I think he performs around Honolulu quite a bit.

The Honolulu Fire Department represented. The kids could climb aboard an ambulance and fire truck. Only in Hawai’i would the fire truck include a surf board!!

There was story time…

…and crafts,


…and more games…

… and things Hawaiian to learn about.

Of course, the were animals too. The Honolulu Zoo may not be world renown, but it has the requisite elephants, monkeys, zebras, and tigers. There were also some weird relatives of the crocodile called gharial. My son made a point of finding all the lizards — like the one above. The nene, below, is the state bird of Hawaii and a relative of the Canada Goose.

A big mahalo (thank you) goes out to the Hawaii USO for organizing the day. Zoo entrance was free for ID card holders (like us), they had frequent shuttle buses from free parking at the nearby community college, they advertised free ice cream and hot dogs to the first 8,000 visitors (but it was a whole lunch bag with chips, cookies  and water too). And when they said lots of activities for the keiki (kids) they weren’t kidding. There was plenty to keep everyone busy and no long frustrating lines despite the large numbers of people there. Everything was well organized and well staffed. Even the weather cooperated with lots of sunshine and trade winds to keep it from getting too hot. All in all a great day!

22 Dec

Odds and Ends

Which seems to be an acceptable blog topic.

First off, I finally made the sandwich wraps I saw ages ago on The Small Object blog. For some reason her tutorial has disappeared, but it’s pretty easy to figure out how to make these. I was seduced by the coated Hawaiian fabrics at Fabric Mart, so these have wipeable hibiscus on the interior and coordinating fabrics on the exterior. Robin made some too (us lunch-packing parents have a lot of the same things on our to-make lists!) and went the extra mile using friendlier PUL fabric on the interior. I’ll do that for the next go-around and probably put regular Hawaiian print cotton on the outside. Duh.

In update news, our worms seem to be doing fine. I suspect we’re feeding them a bit too much right now, so I’ve been putting some of our scraps in the freezer for later when we’ve got fewer people in the house or more worms in the bin. It looks like there are more castings at the bottom of the bin so I think they are accomplishing something. They seem pretty active too, so that’s a good sign.

The terrariums seem to be holding up too, despite no flies for the fly trap in my son’s room and overzealous watering from my daughter. I pronounce these good kid-friendly projects.

I am NOT happy with the 100% PLA fiber batting I used for my son’s bed quilt. It condensed in the wash and lost most of it’s soft puffiness. It really doesn’t seem to like going in the dryer as the quilt seems a little more supple when it dries in the sun. I would not buy it again. I still have the 50/50 PLA/cotton batt slated for daughter’s quilt. I’m hoping I’ll like it better. I’ll look for bamboo batt the next time I’m shopping for batting

In touristing news, we went to see BODIES: The Exhibition (no photos allowed) which was absolutely fascinating — even to the kids. What a great way to get them interested in how our bodies are made and work. After that, we visited Iolani Palace, the only royal residence in the United States (no photos allowed) which is modest compared to European royal residences, but quite beautiful. The next day the sun finally showed itself and we went to the water park (no time for photos). We bought season passes and I’m sure we’ll be getting our money’s worth. Even Opa deemed it great with rides for everyone from teeny kids through teens and a visiting football team to senior couples, plenty of shade, nice landscaping, and an all around happy environment.

Speaking of no photos, I received wonderful goodie boxes from Katrin and Gerrie (lazy blogger that I am, I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve their generosity, but I’m very thankful as the gifts are delicious). I owe pictures of their contents but haven’t felt like uploading yet.