Friday, November 30, 2012

The Eddie...

Yesterday was the opening ceremony for "The Eddie"
the big wave contest that's held at Waimea.  They have an 
opening ceremony every year, but there is certain criteria that 
has to be met for it to be held.  The biggest thing is that Waimea has to be
breaking at 20+ feet for so many hours.

There are only 28 invitees every year and members of the Aikau
family.  It's a big deal to say the least.  The last time it was held, Greg Long
from San Clemente was the winner.  That was two years ago.

There was one day last year when they thought it might go, but the swell
dropped and they couldn't run it.

Even though it's sort of a hassle with all the traffic, etc, that goes with
running it, I hope they get a chance.

It really was something to see and we'll never forget it.

(Glaser photos)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Change Is Coming...

to Haleiwa Town.
Some of our favorite places are going to be torn down to make
way for redevelopement .
This will include a huge parking lot and new stores.
We're afraid by removing places like Aoki's, Haleiwa will loose
it's charm and small town feel.
It really is a small town, without the infrastructure to support too
much more growth.
It's bad now with all the tour buses bringing in loads of 
foot-traffic....we don't have sidewalks!
We have friends who have businesses that can use the money, but
they aren't happy with all these changes.

I've been sick with a cold, so my blogging has suffered.
Feeling much better.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trimming The Tree...

Hubby and I went to our storage unit and got our Christmas 
decorations out yesterday.  Where has the last year gone?  He and I both
said it felt like we had just done this only a short time ago.  Oh well.

I love Christmas!  I love seeing all of our ornaments that we've had for years and
a new one here or there.

Our tree that we have at the MH is always decorated by the Grands, so it has a whole different look!

Monday, November 26, 2012


The day finally arrived! I'd been waiting months for this day...the day that we'd
get to see my favorite musical, WICKED, here at home!
I'd had the tickets since they went on sale.  I choose Thanksgiving weekend because I knew
for sure that hubby would be home.  I also choose a matinee because we wouldn't have 
the long drive back to the North Shore late at night.

This was my third time seeing it and it was a charm!  I wasn't sure how hubby would
react, would he love it even half as much as I do?  All I told him was that if he 
knew the story of "The Wizard of Oz" he would get this.  

He did!  He really, really did like it!  
He got the story, he got the humor and he even got Galinda's ditz!

I wanted him to be able to really see what was going on.
Interesting fact...since the stage at the Blaisdell is smaller, the sets were scaled smaller...same
only smaller.  I liked it, seemed very intimate.  We could really see their faces and the costumes up

When we picked up the car and came around the corner, we were surprised to 
see the Blaisdell bathed in GREEN!

it was worth the wait that's for sure.  Every time I've seen it there has been
something different... the first time with Traci at the Pantages in LA and the wonder of it all.  The
second time with Bri and Lauren for their first time with Traci and I.
This time getting to experience it with Terry and seeing his awe and wonder.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kaamooloa Road Thanksgiving...

Our neighbors, Steve and Christine, once again hosted Thanksgiving
at their house. This was the seventh year they have hosted.  Like
our neighbor Billy said, "It's a Tradition"!
It was really nice to get together with everyone.
There are some dishes that people bring that are so good (those brussel sprouts)
and it's great to have them again.
The table was beautiful.

Love Christine's gift to everyone...a little silver wishbone.

Our fabulous Hostess

and Host
these two blessings....

 and the food...
three turkeys, each cooked differently

creamed corn

and lots of cranberry sauce!
Mahalo Steve and Christine for hosting 
such a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner that really
has become a tradition.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving...

I'm so thankful for so many things...
most of all our family, they are the world.
I'm thankful for a spouse who is my best friend after all these years.
Friends who are near and far, these are blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19, 2012

These are full of...

Christmas trees!
I took this yesterday in the WalMart parking lot.
They have their tent set up and ready to start selling.
I'm not even sure that these were refrigerated, let's hope that there aren't
any little critters...otherwise the whole container is ruined and can't be sold.

just one of the differences from living on the mainland.
Once the trees are gone, that's it. G.O.N.E

Friday, November 16, 2012

Weed Circle...

At the entrance to Haleiwa Town is a round-a-bout.
It's called "Weed Circle"

I've been curious about this place.  I've seen groups of people
there tending to it. They mow the grass, trim and cut back the trees.

One morning I stopped to read the plaque that I'd seen on a rock
near Kaukonahua Road.  I was surprised to see that the Outdoor Circle group
is involved.  This is the group that is responsible here in Hawaii for not having billboards
along the sides of the road.

There are about 7 (that I know of ) different types of trees growing here.
Singapore plumeria, lauhala, rainbow shower trees, palms,
and some I don't know what they are.

My friend Iris has come up here to Weed Circle to gather lauhala
for her weaving.  I've seen other people gathering the plumeria for lei.

Weed Circle is used as the staging area for the Haleiwa Christmas Parade.
Sign waving during elections.
Policemen sit in their cars in the shade of the trees during the hot summer.
Weed Circle is also a spot where boats and canoes have been put during Tsunami warnings.

Weed Circle a little oasis.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Please kokua...

It's been a couple of weeks now since Hurricane Sandy
hit the east coast.  

After watching the video below and seeing just how serious the
problems are back there...Hubby's company is in New Jersey and
there are still people in the office without electricity or phone service. 
I thought it would be nice to show a couple of ways to help...

This company, is donating 100% of the proceeds
of the sale of these great prints to a relief fund.  There are some
that I just love!

is one of the very best ways to help.  

This is the video that brought tears to my eyes for so
many reasons.

Please kokua 
and mahalo

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Linger Longer...

Our ward had a "Linger Longer" event last Sunday
after church.
I just took random pictures of people as they were coming
into the gym, working and getting their food.
We love Waialua Ward!
There are so many things that make a great ward...
Waialua has them all.