Very excited for so many reasons...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
There has been something going on here for the past few weeks.
I've tried to be informed on both sides. I understand both sides to some
extent. One thing I know without a doubt is that Mauna Kea is
a very special place.
I've always had a feeling about the Big Island.
It starts as soon as Mauna Kea is seen from the airplane window.
I've driven around the island and had that feeling. Tomorrow
when I go to Hilo, I'm sure I'll have that feeling again.
I found an article that explained exactly why Mauna Kea is
THE SACREDNESS OF MAUNA KEA EXPLAINED
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
I started getting the alerts on my phone late morning about a traffic problem.
It kept getting worse I could tell by all the things coming over my phone.
Here they have something called "zipper lane". The "zip mobile" puts out a barrier that
adds another lane in the direction of the most need. It's a form on contra-flow.
Apparently, the zip mobile broke down and couldn't open.
It caused a huge traffic nightmare. Hours and hours of people stuck on the freeway and
surface streets...STOPPED. Not moving.
Reading comments on social media and the news sites people seem to be split...
"...rail will be the answer to this problem"
"...just too many people, not enough room. nothing will help"
A few years ago something just like this happened...an Army crane hit an overpass. Everything
came to a halt. We happened to be together in town and ended up driving all the
way around the island, got home 5 hours later.
It's a mess. No easy solution. State is paying billions for the rail project. 3 new
housing developments going in on the westside.
Got an alert on my phone that said "...zipper lane open to all vehicles, no restrictions"
(not just for car pools)
The news just reported that HPD is giving tickets to people in these lane because
they aren't carpooling...
lack of communication, could that be a problem?
Monday, April 6, 2015
there's something new in Haleiwa...
We love corn on the cob.
This is the best...
sweet, perfected cooked and big!
We usually just cook our corn the regular way, by boiling it in water.
This corn is roasted
a whole new flavor. I loved it.
Hubby and I have been known to just eat corn and fruit for dinner.
I can hardly wait for the next time to have this corn, it was that good!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I've been in Foodland and even Malama and seen
tourist standing in front of the shelves with looks of wonder
in their eyes.
I got that same feeling today when I went to Albertson's.
So many choices...
it's almost overwhelming.
I get it now.
Even at our little Foodland or even smaller Malama
more than a few choices in cereal can actually be overwhelming.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I took Emme to see "Cinderella" today.
Her brother didn't want to go "...its for girls!).
This little 4 year old sat through the whole thing. You could hear
the other little girls talking about different parts of it during the movie.
Hubby and I had gone to see it the other day. We'd seen so many previews
that he actually wanted to see it! Must say he really enjoyed it.
I think that I appreciated it even more this time. I had read about the dress, so
I paid even more attention to it (all those bitsy lights that make it sparkle). Amazing!
Me said her favorite part was the pumpkin turning into a coach and
all the animals.
I can actually say that the ball dance scene is probably my
favorite. I know that the actors worked really hard on that because of the dress.
(so I wonder if Disney will rework all of their Cinderella products to go along with this updated version?)
I was thinking about the overall theme to the movie. It's really not "every girl gets a prince".
even as Cinderella and the Prince are leaving her house, she shows kindness
to her step-mother by forgiving her.
Isn't this what we want for all of girls?
Girls can do anything as long as they have the courage to try.
Kindness is so unselfish.
This are the traits that I want for my granddaughters (even their mothers).
** Emme told me that I couldn't be a Fairy Grandmother, even if I knew all the words,
because I didn't have a magic wand! well that makes sense. Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Grey was team captain this week
(all the boys recite the "Little League Pledge" )
before the game warm up
determined for sure
eyes on the ball
1st base...where he made the final 3 outs of the game and he
says he likes playing there the best.
we had the perfect spot to sit...on the grass under
the shade of trees. It was 91 and I felt sorry for those little guys out there...
playing their hearts out...
for the love of the game
Friday, March 13, 2015
yesterday Grey received an award at school for
The principal talked about the traits of being trustworthy...
always being a good friend,
always doing your best,
and always telling the truth.
These are all Grey.
Greyson and his really good buddies
So proud of you Grey
and so very glad I got to be here for this special award.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
one of the reasons I'm in San Clemente is for "Grandparent's Day"
at Our Saviors.
This is the 7th time I've attended one of these.
As I was sitting there I was thinking that next year will be Jack's last year there
and it will be the last Grandparent's Day.
A little sad.
The 4th graders put on a violin performance.
(Jack said that he was "air playing"
during the classroom visits, Jack
showed me everything that he'd been working on.
4th grade is the year of THE mission report...
I always enjoy the interview.
as Jack's special lunch, he wanted to go to Ruby's for
It's nice to get to spend just one-on-one time with him and just talk.
Love you Jackster!
Monday, March 9, 2015
I'm in SC for Daylight Savings Time.
So now I really don't have any idea what time it is.
Had to ask hubby this morning what time it was at home 2 or 3 hours, (3 hrs now)
difference. I had no idea. It was hard this year since I'd just gotten here.
I thought I was tired last night but nothing like this morning...
I was explaining to the grands the reason for it. As I remembered, it had something to do
with energy saving many, many years ago.
I'm not sure I see the reason for it anymore. it's just confusing and I wonder if it really does help
save electricity. It is nice to have it not get dark as early.
It'll take awhile to get used to it again...
just in time to go home.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
the Animal Research Project is done!
Starts in January with the kids choosing their animal. Then doing research and
taking notes/answering questions about their animal.
Those notes are then written into different sections.
Once those notes have been edited, the students then start
typing and editing.
then they illustrate
in between all of that, there are some students that start making a paper mache
model of their animal. We had a parent volunteer come in and help with that
and Miss Debbie did the messy part outside
the models have been painted and the final touches have been done.
signatures collected, pages checked and rechecked,
done, done, done!!!
this whole project is done at school.
During this whole process we do Language Arts that has to do with animals.
Close Reading passages about animals.
it's a long process for sure!
the packets are shipped off and in about a month, we receive bound book. If
everyone in the class signs the permission form, the kids get their book for free!
It's a long 6 weeks, but so worth it in the end.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Happy Girl's Day!
this is a special day to celebrate girls.
The stores have special displays of cookies decorated in pink, pink mocha
and some version of the 'hina" or special dolls.
One of the hotels in Waikiki had a huge display, all 7 tiers, of the beautiful
dolls. It was beautiful. The store Shirokiya in Ala Moana has a big display of
"Girls Day" treats and dolls.
Daie and Marukai both have dolls for sale.
I love that this custom is carried over here. We may do a little something special
in class today just for the girls...
Monday, March 2, 2015
Teddy's Bigger Burgers finally opened in Haleiwa a week ago.
We really like this place when we've gone to their other locations.
The one in Wahiawa is sort of small, so we don't go often.
The new one has plenty of seating both inside and out which was really nice.
They've decorated it with Hawaiiana and have rattan furniture. All of it seems
to go with the new "old" look of the new shops in Haleiwa.
We're excited that there's someplace else to get a burger here. We gave up
going to Kua Aina years ago, just not good anymore it seems. The drive
to Laie for 7 brothers is hard during the week. So this was a welcomed
addition so close to home.
Friday, February 27, 2015
last year the "Kokua Foundation" had a bottle cap recycling project.
the school that had the most plastic bottle caps won a concert by Jack Johnson.
Waialua didn't win last year, but we were determined to win this year.
So all during the summer and into the beginning the caps were being
Before the holidays we found out that Kokua Foundation wasn't going to
be holding the the bottle cap contest. (I still think it's weird that they aren't
doing it, you'd think that someone or some company could foot the
bill to have these caps shipped to the mainland ,where they are then re-cycled).
Anyway, what to do with all these caps?
A very talented teacher and her enrichment academy have taken the
saying "lemonade out of lemons" to a beautiful end...
this beautiful mural on the side of one of the portables is made
entirely out of those bottle caps!
great job Green Thumb Academy!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Doheny State Beach (before the harbor was completed)
first date with my very best friend and life partner...
even today he has the very same classy style he did so long ago.
he still had that same board, a Wardy, until we moved here.
Geoff had used it in vintage board contest.
I remember it was a little overcast. We met two of his friends there and one of them
took this photo (finally developing it months later...Nov 1967)
Terry had a red, 1956 Porsche coup with surf racks (wish we still had THAT).
Years and years later, I would find those same blue/black Op trunks in the bus!
This first date was
not long after asking me that faithful question while doing a surf check at
Newport Pier, "has it been like this all day?"
3 months later we were married.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
almost on the home stretch so to speak of the Animal Research Project
It's so much work for everyone involved.
Deciding what animal they want to research.
Writing and editing the paper.
Typing the paper (yes kids do it)
so much work...
illustrating the pages
Part of the project is to make a papermache animal form of their animal.
this in itself is a project!
thank goodness for parent volunteers!
Miss Debbie has been helping with the papermache everyday.
Next we're painting.
This afternoon we printed out the pages with the illustrations.
The packets have a deadline to be sent off to the publisher for binding, so
we may have a few days leeway if the weather will stay warm enough to dry the forms.
Lets hope these "Student Treasures" will be something everyone treasures
Monday, February 23, 2015
Saturday was a beautiful day.
Coming home from hula, I came down snake road.
the view was so pretty, especially after all the VOG, and rain that we'd had the week before.
coming down snake road is different than coming down Kam Hiway.
Kam Hiway gives a view of more of the North Shore.
Snake Road just has a view of Waialua and home...
even after all of these years and seeing the view, it
never, ever gets old.