Give and take

17 01 2020

Hibiscus

Rocky of Ohana Tree Service and his crew of six gave the yard a haircut that should last for two years, he said. Except for the vegetable and flower boxes that I’m now encouraged to renew myself, the place looks very tidy. The kou, Maʻafala breadfruit, and avocado tree on the ma uka side are pruned back. The kou lost a huge limb in the recent wind storm.

Kou

Avocado

While they were at it, the crew shortened the height of the panax hedge and red hibiscus bushes, and they raked up all the debris. I took the opportunity to cut many tall ti leaf stalks for others to decorate Iolani Palace today, the 127th anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. The property is more airy and I can see and hear the surf on the reef as a result. The neighbors are happy!

Panax

From the original bid, Rocky negotiated a higher price that we were happy to pay. We sweetened the experience with gratuities—two Maʻafala breadfruit saplings that they had been eyeing and subsequently freed from the bigger root (a prized variety) and an avocado seedling growing in a hanging basket. Avocados abound here, and although the gentlemen already had lots, one accepted, saying, “If they give, you have to take.”

~ Rebekah

P.S. — The calamansi is bearing again. More marmalade soon! RL





Not exactly a hurricane

13 01 2020

Stormy-weather view, still gorgeous. (Photo by the author)

KAAAWA—The weather dominates the news this week. I don’t recall a wet season this bad; it seems to get worse each year. Extreme wind and rain reminiscent of a hurricane has downed trees, caused the ocean tide to deposit sand on Kamehameha Highway, and raised hopes of school children for no school.

All we can do is wait for the sun to dry things out so we can begin the clean up. It looks like residents like us will have to do it themselves because professional yard services are booked. Ours is not the only community with weather-related challenges, yet I thought of sharing some views to remind folks to travel with caution.

Road crews standby amid sand-covered highway at Kaaawa Beach Park.

Some of the debris at the high tide line on what used to be green lawn. Too much plastic.

Approaching Kaaawa Elementary School and looking toward Kaaawa Valley

Unstable atmosphere

Ebb tide

Stay safe, everyone!

~ Rebekah





The twelfth day of Christmas

6 01 2020

Mister Snowman and Rudolph

We let these two stay up until the twelfth day of Christmas. Rudolph has turned off his shiny nose until next year. I mua! Onward!





Good-bye 2019, hello 2020

31 12 2019

WAIMĀNALO — We came to Joe and Girly’s on New Year’s Eve again this year. Ono grinds, kanikapila with friends in the garage, and fireworks display from the backyard. It’s perfect.

Their dog Izzie waited and ran back and forth with each of the loud booms from late afternoon and into the night.

Izzie

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Aloha,
Rebekah





The first storied Christmas tree

21 12 2019

Mary Dominis, of New England, is credited with bringing the first Christmas to Hawaii in 1858. She was the wife of the first Governor. Last night on an evening tour of Washington Place, the official Governor’s mansion in Honolulu, I was charmed by her handmade ornaments.





Winter holiday fun

19 12 2019

Nohea Gallery at Kahala Mall called me again this year. It’s been a steady stream of customers and onlookers at this beautiful place of handmade things by local artists. Mostly I am a gift wrapper, but I can show you around, too. Owner Laurie Baron has asked me for some wreaths, a freshly made product I will bring to the store on Monday afternoon for buyers. I’ll be doing a demo between 4 and 6 p.m.

Everytime I’m on the floor, I see something new on display. Believe me, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for your family and friends, or for yourself. Come down to see us and say, “HI!”

Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa!

~ Rebekah

 





Music of the Christmas season

12 12 2019

Christmas music is getting me into the spirit, and I’d like to share the experiences with you.

• Come early for a seat to hear the 100-voice choir I sing in, the Windward Choral Society, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. John Vianney Church at 920 Keola Drive in Kailua, Oahu.

“For a Breath of  Ecstasy” composed by Michael John Trotta with lyrics by Sara Teasdale will be under the baton of Artistic Director Susan McCreary Duprey and accompanied by Pianist Thomas Yee, Organist Jieun Newland, and other talented instrumentalists from around the island.

Open to the public. Freewill donations accepted.

Other choral works include repertoire from Argentina, Canada, France, Japan, America (to include an early American Shaker tune and a piece in Hebrew), South Africa, and Hawaiʻi.

• This Friday, our granddaughters will perform in the Le Jardin Academy student Christmas programs on campus.

• On Saturday evening, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus at Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu is offering up Christmas tunes starting 7 p.m. Admission free.

• Prior to the above evening event, I’ll be helping out the Windward Choral Society at Barnes & Nobel bookstore in a fundraiser for the choir. Just make a purchase and mention WCS to the cashier.

• In a members-and-guests only event, a music program will follow the  Christmas Dinner at Kaneohe Yacht Club. We’re piggybacking on this occasion with another couple to celebrate Darling Husband’s birthday.

• Washington Place, the Governor’s official mansion, has our name on a guest list. So fancy.

• And into the new year is a three-day workshop on Maui led by well-known visiting composer Mark Hayes.

Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year! Yahoo!

~ Rebekah

 








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