Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Walk on Lava and Upset Hawaiian Birds at Ahihi Kinau

Crunch crunch crunch. We’re walking on an old lava field, from one of the last lava flows in Maui’s history, possibly 500 years old. It sounds like walking on tortilla chips.

Walking through a kipuka (a "hole in the lava flow" where vegetation grows,
walking on the old lava flow, jagged rocks, and bottom right: goat pellets. 
Our guides are Joe and Dave, who work for the 'Āhihi-Kīna'u [1] Natural Reserve, on the southern tip of Maui, south of Makena and Wailea. We’re trekking to a secret spot north of La Perouse Bay to do a service project with

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wake Up Call and Refocus...

So I just had a tremendous wake up call this week. 

I love this quotation from French writer, Andre Gide.
Came across it recently, and it speaks to me. 

This website is undergoing a transition. I don’t know what, how or where, but I’ll keep you posted. (Hint: join my newsletter to be the first to know.)

My posts will be less frequent, maybe only a couple of times this month or next month. 

After listening to Jon Morrow's webinar on launching a blog, I realized I am doing something wrong. Ouch. It was the same webinar I had listened to in January or December. Ouch. Same message. Ouch. I'm not willing to pay the hefty price to take his intensive training, but will do my best to apply his message. 

I will be focusing on making a Facebook page for this site, revamping some older posts, doing better descriptions, doing more guest blogging, refining my newsletter, redoing my Etsy store, redoing Pinterest (they have a nasty copyright violation policy which affects everyone), and doing some deep inner work.  Plus I never got around to accepting four Liebster Blog awards from April and I want to do that (This also requires answering some questions). 

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I only send the newsletter out once every two weeks, or maybe twice a month. For a sample of what it looks like, here’s the latest issue. I won’t spam you! I personally hate spam and excessive emails.

In the meantime, feel free to visit some of my favorite posts…

A to Z Challenge - Exploring the cultural icons of Hawaii, and debunking them! Grass shacks! Bah! Grass skirts! Bah! Coconut bras! Bah! 26 posts in 26 days from A to Z. 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Big Beach: T-shaped Hugging Waves, Scalloped Shore Line, & Deadly Surf

Big Beach on Maui's South Shore has some of the most intriguing waves I’ve ever seen. I’m not a wave expert, oceanographer, or a surfer, but the wave patterns here are kind of strange.

Tail end of a T-shaped wave.

Ever see a T-shaped wave? It’s a name I made up for the shape of certain waves at Big Beach.  The waves don’t always make a T-shape, but at certain

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chicken Encounters of the Third Kind

A brown speckled egg from one of the Rhode Island Reds.

I found this post in my drafts, from a year ago! A very short post today, because I feel pretty darn eggs-hausted from the new chickens who arrived last week.

I have been googling chickens, asking random people about chickens, and learning to understand chicken sounds.

There are three of the little terrors, and now I understand why chicken eggs are $6 or $7 a dozen on Maui.

They are all females and I was told that chickens can't have PMS, but you could have fooled me.

They are sometimes quiet, but more often than not, loud, especially when I'm trying to work. They were always kept in a cage, and I am trying to teach them to free range. It has been a bit feather-raising for all of us, but some progress is being made.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Informal August Calendar of Events

This informal calendar will be updated as time permits.  Events are subject to change, so please check the linked websites for updates. I tend to focus on free or low-cost events. 

This mynah bird has nothing to do with any of the events below,
but I wanted a picture!
8/2 – First Friday in Wailuku, Town Party.

8/2 - Hana First Friday! 2nd ever First Friday in Hana to be celebrated at Mile