Category Archives: Everything Else…

Peaceful Hilton Waikoloa Village

After spending countless hours in the noisy pool area, I realized that there are some very quiet places in the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

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A magenta sunset

A wildfire on the Kona coast has given us a magnificent sunset.

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A Kauai Destination Wedding

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As a little girl, I never dreamed of a fancy wedding and a big meringue of a dress. Let’s face it, I never liked being the center of attention. My husband and I are two introverts who somehow found each … Continue reading

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Spencer Beach Park

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Our monthly Costco run is the perfect excuse to take the family over to the other, drier, side of the island to enjoy their sandy beaches. Spencer Beach Park is a lovely, family-friendly crescent of golden sand. Warm, gentle waves … Continue reading

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Worth the wait…

A seven year wait

                        After coveting everyone’s flowers at the Hilo Orchid Show back in 2006, I ventured into the sellers’ area and purchased a little orchid keiki from Mac’s Orchids out … Continue reading

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An olivine inspiration

I hadn’t seen my friend Shirley for over 25 years, and when she emailed to say she would be on my island, I was thrilled. We were staying in the same area on the Kohala Coast, so I suggested we … Continue reading

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Marriott Waikoloa…perfection

I live on the wet, rainforest side of the Big Island. It’s lush and tropical, but every once in a while, I need an entire day (or two) of sunshine. Hawaii residents are offered kama’aina rates at local hotels at … Continue reading

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

In my quest to broaden my baking horizons, I ordered Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule, just because of its awesome title. Now, I’m of the belief that baked goods must have full-fat … Continue reading

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Aqua aura quartz crystal jewelry

What is aqua aura quartz, exactly? It’s natural quartz that’s been coated with gold fumes to achieve the most gorgeous aqua hue with iridescent sheen. I’ve searched high and low for the perfect specimens and I’ve found them. At about … Continue reading

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Sharks at Hapuna Beach

A friend came over a few weeks ago and I asked, “When does school start for the kids?” “August 1st,” she said. What?? What happened to school starting in mid-September? Well, there goes my plan for a mother/daughter trip to … Continue reading

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