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. Mostly, because my life is almost entirely consumed by it at the moment and I am literally living and breathing all things involving the volcano. Specifically, I’m speaking of the…

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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 to grow, and in very high demand in Japan, so…

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, every Aloha Friday. It’s such a feel-good way to positively kick off the weekend and celebrate the love for the aina. From the jungles of Puna, to…

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 to get into and a nice way to start off…

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 that are very easy to get to. The Ka’u District…

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 offering Native Hawaiian cultural events and activities, and the Volcano…

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 not in the budget. I am not always perfect with…

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 until Christmas. We try to have at least one day…

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 continue to improve upon what we keep in our vegetable…

Volcano Grinds

The Volcano area has some wonderfully surprising eating and dining experiences that I feel need a mention. Just so you know, I wouldn’t endorse anything that I haven’t repeatedly eaten at myself. Likewise, I know that quality of food is especially important, whether you’re on vacation or just trying to grab a little something on…

Frugal Living

  When you live in Hawaii, you really need to watch how you use your resources. My biggest way to save money is through cooking most of my meals at home. I spend a fair amount of time doing meal prep for the work week and I rely on some basic grocery items that are filling…

Fresh Eggs

They say it’s a perfect protein. A glorious, fresh-from-the-backyard, egg. It’s also an essential component to the greatest breakfast in the world, the Loco-Moco, and if you haven’t had a really good Loco-Moco, you haven’t truly lived. Thankfully, the possibilities for preparing eggs are damn-near endless, and when you have an abundance of them, you tend…