Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trunk or Treat...

Last Friday night was our ward's Trunk or Treat.
It was such a nice night out, with an almost full moon and loads of 
It was so fun to see all the fairies, super heroes, princesses,
fish family, serious bear, pilots and even a long-time friend
here on vacation thats become a member of our ward (almost).
(lots of photos)

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aloha Mad Men...

welcome to Hawaii!
Can you guess where they were shooting?

here's a link
to more photos from the shoot.
Darn, wish I'd known.
I can't wait for the new season

Monday, October 29, 2012


Saturday night I got an alert on my phone that 
said that there had been a big earthquake in Canada.
It said that there Hawaii was ok, no warning.

Not too long after that I had the television on and got the
last bit of a bulletin...
"tsunami warning in effect, first wave expected at 10:27."
What????  That was two hours away.  The news alerts started coming in
on my phone and on the tv.  
I knew that I needed some gas, so I went out.  The lines were starting and people were moving
out of Haleiwa.

this is the map that was shown.  

As I came back, my phone rang and it was Bishop Rowley.
He asked me if I could send out an e-mail to the RS telling them that he was going 
to open the building at 9:00pm.

I had called our friends, Pam & Alex Martinez from Capo who have a vacation
house out here, when the first warning came. They were at the PCC for Haunted Lagoon.  
Pam called me back to tell me that the PCC was evacuating and they were heading 
back this way to the ward building.

As I was on the phone with Kay, the sirens started.  I think this is the most
un-nerving part.

I came home, sent the email.  Tried calling hubby, no answer.  He has never
been here for one of these.  I sent my kids a text, just telling them that I was fine and
where I was going. Traci called me back she'd heard from her friend in New

 the line when I went to get gas

not too much later, they were closed as was everything else in Haleiwa

the church parking lot starting to fill up

I put a movie on for some of the young girls to watch.

Our house actually straddles the evacuation line.  So everyone on our street
pretty much stays here (except for the local guy).  Terry and I just
feel it's better to be safe than sorry.  We have an emergency binder with our info in it, so
it's easy to grab along with a 72 hour pack.  

Since I'm here alone, I'd much rather be at the church.  
We watched the news on our computers and I'm amazed how fast the emergency
services go into affect here. Waikiki looks like a ghost town, the freeways
empty, roads close...everything comes to a halt.
  We stood in the parking lot and watched the steady stream of cars leaving Haleiwa, Waialua
just getting to high ground.

I'm so thankful that once again we dodged a bullet and there wasn't any damage.

Friday, October 26, 2012

On A Clear Day...

Ward Center from Diamond Head
to Ala Moana Beach Park.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nothing Better...

the hot, long, tiring tsunami drill 
than a root beer float!

I'm always surprised how many kids have never had one before.
Everyone really enjoyed them....they told me it was worth the long walk
just to get the float!

side note: Mr. Moore announced that the whole school emptied out in 4 minutes!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kawela Sunset...




either way, beautiful

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call The Midwife...

I had two people tell me within 24 hours about this 
show of PBS.  They both knew how much I love
Downton Abby and thought I might like this one.

There have only been 4 episodes shown to date, so it's not 
that hard to get caught up.  I watched it on

It's so good and taken from a true story
in the 1950's.

really is worth taking the time to watch it and get caught
Also, it's such good tv, that it makes waiting for Downton Abby
and Mad Men go by faster.

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Open...

I heard on the news that the KARSTEN THOT bridge would re-open 
on Friday.  This is the bridge that connects Wahiawa to the North Shore.
Hubby & I were gone when the bridge closed (they said it was supposed to be for 6 weeks).
This left only one way to get to the North Shore from Central Oahu, the windy road.
One day I sat for 1 1/2 hours from Kunia to home...sitting in traffic!

Last Thursday I wanted to go to Costco and got stuck
past the s-turns on the windy road.  I heard on the radio that there was an accident and
Kam Hiway was backed up to Dole.  I turned around and stayed home.  
I was thinking...there wasn't anyway to get off the North Shore unless
you went to Kahuku and around that way.  

So needless to say, everyone is glad the bridge is open!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kanikapila Haleiwa...

Thursday nights at the "Ukulele Shop" there are
groups just in the parking lot playing Hawaiian music.  
I was surprised at how many people were there listening to music.  Old timers who knew
every song, locals just glad to be out in the nice night air, tourist who just stopped
and even some people getting up to dance barefoot .

Good times in Haleiwa

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Bear...

Last night I went up to Surfer, The Bar, to hear
a friend, Bear Woznick, from Waikiki speak at "Talk Story".

He's written a book, Deep In The Wave. 

Our friend & neighbor, Jodi does the 
interviews and they are always great.

At the end of Bear's interview, Jodi asked Bear and his wife
Talin and a couple of their tandem friends to 
demonstrate a couple of tandem lifts.

I read a little of his book once I got home and 
he has a great message.

Thanks Bear & Talin for coming all the way out to the 
North Shore for a great "Talk Story" night.