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Eruptive Disruptions

Eruptive Disruptions

Aloha. Initially, I didn’t want to address the situation currently happening on the Big Island, and was a topic I was avoiding like the plague. Mainly because my life is almost entirely consumed by it at the moment and I am literally living and breathing […]

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Wasabi

Wasabi

This Aloha Friday I wanted to feature my newly harvested wasabi plant. It grows exceptionally well in Volcano, and once it starts sprouting keikis (offspring), it is easy to separate into smaller pots and start growing even more. Rumor has it that wasabi is hard […]

Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday

In celebration of the upcoming Earth Day, I’m going to begin a new tradition of sharing photos of my backyard horticultural adventures and other botany around the island, on Aloha Friday. It’s such a feel-good way to positively kick off the weekend and celebrate the […]

Rainy Day Blues

Rainy Day Blues

Aloha Friends, I have been away for a few days because there was tragedy in our chicken coops. It was necessary to put my “Cookbook Challenge” on hold until I could figure out how to stop an evil predator, or more specifically, the Small Asian […]

LuNaR nEw YeAr wHoLe FiSh

LuNaR nEw YeAr wHoLe FiSh

The Lunar New Year is more special to me than the traditional Gregorian calendar New Year. I especially love some of the Chinese traditions observed during this time, particularly, the tradition of cleaning your house and paying your bills. Out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new! Such a responsible habit […]

Aina Love

Aina Love

Even though we are on an island, the enormous open spaces are still plentiful on rural Hawaii Island. They are particularly abundant in areas like the districts of Ka’u and North Kohala. These two wide-open districts also happen to have three of the nicest beaches […]

Volcano Life

Volcano Life

I am completely in love with Volcano Village and the Hawaii Volcano National Park area. In addition to the awe inspiring Kilauea volcano, there is native flora and fauna to appreciate, as well as art and cultural experiences to be had. The National Park is constantly […]

Big Island Beef Stew

Big Island Beef Stew

My family is generally pretty healthy, but sometimes we falter, and so we end up eating something not-so-good for us. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes I’m at a potluck and my options are at the mercy of others.  Sometimes the fancy organic “something-or-other” is […]

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Ahhh…Winter Solstice. My favorite way to wrap up the end of the year. The best thing about how we commence our celebration, is that we start on whatever day Solstice falls that year, usually the 21st or 22nd of December, and then keep it going everyday […]

Sustainable Island Living

Sustainable Island Living

Perhaps I’m being partial, but I feel that our island is truly the best place for my particular lifestyle. I love the diversity of the island’s landscape and climate and year-round growing seasons. It seems like we are always planting something in our yard and […]