The first day of summer and my dryer breaks

Schools out! It’s summer. Summer means double the laundry, and the first load I do… my dryer breaks! For me this is NO BUENO! I loathe doing laundry. I will clean toilets over laundry! Maybe this is why my dryer broke? Maybe it’s asking for a little appreciation for making something I hate a lot easier for me? Well…. I’m sorry trusty dryer, please come back to life! I love you and will never take you for granted again.

Update:

Just ran over to see if it resuscitated, and nothing!

So today we are spending the day looking for a new dryer. And by golly this dryer will be loved and cared for.

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A field trip to the Honolulu Zoo

Yesterday we took our class on a field trip to the Honolulu Zoo. It was probably the hottest it’s been all school year (just our luck), but it was a fun time. Our zoo is nothing like those of San Diego or the Bronx. It’s pretty small but for kids who were born and raised here, just to see a real life elephant is pretty amazing.

We made these cute books for the kids. In the book we’re pictures and fun facts of the animals and a little box for them to check off each animal they’d seen.

Around the half way point we were all pretty tired and drained, so we took a little snack and beverage break and saw these cute little birds. Not too sure what they’re called though?

We finally got to the Keiki zoo where the kids were able to get up close and personal with some of the farm animals. This was the perfect ending to our day.

It’s like this goat was posing for a photo. So cute!

Growing up an island girl….

I’ve lived here in Hawaii my whole life.  I’ve never had the experience of college abroad or a long summer in the mainland.  So everything that I know and how I live my life is my normal.  It’s not until I meet people who are not from here, that I see myself in a different light, especially when they laugh at some of the phrases I use or some of the crazy things I do.

In Hawaii we are a melting pot of race and culture.  It is not unlikely that someone born and raised here will have 3 or more nationalities.  I am a mix of Hawaiian, Filipino, Portuguese, French, Irish and German.

Here are some interesting things about  growing up as an island girl…

The way we speak and the things we say may not make sense to those not from here.

I was always raised to speak correct English, but with my uncle’s and cousins and kids at school, of course sometimes I say things like…. “Last night we were talking story” meaning “Last night we got together and were chatting and catching up on life”.  Saying “rubbish can” instead of “garbage bin”, “stink eye” for “dirty look”,  and “ice box” for “refrigerator”.  But honestly… I do speak very good English considering that this is what I grew up hearing…

“If can, can.  If no can, no can” = If we can do it, we’ll do it. but if we can’t, we won’t

“you like ____?” = Do you want to _____?

“Any kine” = Anything

“Broke da Mouth” or “Ono” = delicious

“Bumbye” = eventually

“Choke” = plenty

“give ‘um”= go for it!

“Hana hou”= do it again

“k-den” = ok, alright

“pau” = done

“try”…  this is one we use for everything, like we didn’t know how to do anything.  My papa always said “try get the remote”, “try grab me a beer”, “try come”, “try wait”  etc.

A typical get together includes aunties, uncles, around 20 cousins and just as many nieces and nephews.  A baby luau, graduation party or wedding will have up to 400 people and that’s after cutting out close to 100 people because the venue size.

Every day there will be fresh rice in the rice pot and mac salad in the refrigerator. 

Poi needs Poke like poke needs poi!  Which leads to….

Beef Stew will only be eaten with poi and poke.  If there’s no poi or poke we will not be eating beef stew.

Sundays are for BBQ-ing. 

A typical porch will look like mine….  slippers all over the place.  No slippers or shoes in the house!

Dress up attire is Aloha Wear. 

Everyone older than you is “Uncle” and “Aunty”  and friends that you grew up with are “cousins”.  At the end of the day “we all family”.

A graduate on graduation day looks like this… (we already filled 2 garbage bags of leis at this point)

Directions are based on “mauka” (mountain) or “makai” (ocean) or even…. “ova dea” (over there).

When the party is over everyone stays to clean up.

Football games at Aloha Stadium.  

No racism.  I’ve never experienced racism growing up… everybody jokes about everybody and no one takes it personally. 

When you visit family or when family visits the first thing you stay is “come inside, are you hungry?  There’s juice in the ice box” 

Once a man gets home the shirt comes off and the beer cans go in the freezer.

All of our cousins stuffed into the back of a pickup truck on our way to the beach.  This is of course illegal now.  Just another reason to blame our elders for the way we are today. We like to say “Remember the time you put all our lives in danger”

We all got “lickens” (slapped) when we’d “ack up” (didn’t behave).

Going to the gas station to get spam musubi and hawaiian sun juice for a 20 minute loooong car ride.

When ever you meet someone one of the first things you ask is “What school did you graduate from”  and it always means “high school”

The once a year 50th State Fair…. for some people this is the closest experience to Disneyland, which in actuality could never compare.

When you want to date someone you always need to find out their last name, their parents names and even their grandparents names just to make sure you’re not related.

These are just some things that I’ve experienced my whole life.  Hope you enjoyed.

Keiki Makahiki Challenge 2018

In the past I’ve wrote about the Makahiki Challenge that a cousin of mine started a few years ago… well this year they had a Keiki version for the youngsters.  My 10 year old ran it along with her cousins and they had the best time!

The challenge consisted of a 10 obstacles through a 1.5 mile run.  Some of the obstacles were the tire step, slide, mud pit, wall, and tunnel crawl.  It’s usually a mud run but because the actual challenge for adults was the day before it wasn’t a muddy as I think my daughter hoped (not so fun for her but great for me).

 

Some memories from 2018

A lot of changes took place in my life in 2018.  There were some good and some not so good times.  But I’m trying this new thing called OPTIMISM, you know to start the new year on a good note… so we’ll just highlight the good things.  img_1655-2

Kuha’o graduated from 8th grade.  He is now in High School!!!  It’s so crazy that just a couple of years I couldn’t believe that Maui was graduating, and now Kuha’o is almost there too.  I’m getting old.

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The highlight of the year for all of us was the birth of my granddaughter Tatum.  She is just the calm in all the chaos of life.  I cannot believe that I’ve been blessed with her, she is absolutely beautiful in every way.

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^^ Kuha’o absolutely loves his little niece^^

We’ve had birthdays, baby showers, weddings, concerts, and through it all we’ve built some great memories for the last year.  I hope that 2019 is an even better year for all of us!  Here are a few more from 2018…

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Aria is 3 years old

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My little girl is growing up so fast.  I can’t believe she’s 3 already.  We celebrated all weekend with a camping trip on the North Shore.  We stayed at camp Mokule’ia where we rented a cabin (because I need a private bathroom, shelter and electricity).  We really lucked out because we were able to rent a cabin just a week in advance.  The camp is currently being renovated so they gave us the end cabin and we were literally the only ones there!  It was like we had our own private beach.  It was amazing!

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My dad lives only a few minutes away, so he was able to spend a lot of time with us.  We had family join us on Saturday for a BBQ, fishing, crab hunting at night and of course we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.  Everyone was happy and having a great time, especially the kids.  I love that my kids are able to look back and remember this, the way I remember when I would go camping with my cousins when I was younger.

Aria was loving all of the “Happy Birthday” wishes from everyone that came by all weekend.  She heard it so much that by Sunday night she actually said “my birthday is done already”, it was hilarious! Im going to make it a point to start doing more of these little “staycations” with my family, having all of my kids together laughing and enjoying each other is what I live for.

Rock n Fun Kapolei

Games, Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and… A BAR!  There’s fun for everyone at the new Rock N Fun, located at Ka Makana Ali’i in Kapolei.  Last night we were invited to the soft opening of this new venue that combines Fun Factory and Johnny Rockets.  Here on the island, we associate E. K. Fernandez with all things fun.  They’ve provided family entertainment through their Carnivals and Fun Factory game rooms for what feels like forever (since I was a little girl). So we were so excited to learn that they’d be collaborating with one of my “must-eat” restaurants whenever we travel to California.

I’m not too sure about the actual Grand Opening, but I’m assuming that the date will be within the next couple of weeks.

The food was so good! Kahele and the kids are definitely Burgers & Fries lovers, so they filled up til satisfied.  My favorite burger at Johnny Rockets is the patty melt and a chunk of my afternoon was spent craving it!  When I took my first bite it was exactly what I’d been wanting.  Of course the shakes were awesome. I love how the adults are able to get their grub and drink on while the kids are in watching distance playing arcade games.  It really is the best of both worlds.

SOME WEEKEND PICS

On Sunday we celebrated 2 of our nephews (Kanaloa and Kahaku) birthdays at Kailua beach followed by a BBQ at Kahele’s parents house.  I was able to capture just a few pics at the beach. It was so hot and crowded that while everyone was swimming I stayed in my nice breezy spot under a huge tree where I was able to read my book.