June 7, 2013
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Honu’apo Sunday In The Park – June 16, 2013


Celebrate Father’s Day at the Father’s Day BBQ Pork Contest on June 16, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

They will also have music, samples of pork, vote for your favorite, and shave ice for sale. Visit www.honuapopark.org for additional information.


June 6, 2013
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Hiking KIlauea Iki Trail And Thurston Lava Tube At HVNP

This is a quick little video that I made on a hike of Kilauea Iki and into the Thurston Lava Tube at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The two hikes are relatively easy, and close to each other.


June 6, 2013
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HELCO Community Meeting In Pahala

Hawaii Electric Light Company hosted a meeting on Wednesday evening in Pahala to present it’s draft action plan for IRP 2013. The public was invited to comment and ask questions about the details of the proposed action plan.

The President of HELCO, Jay Ignacio, opened the meeting, and introduced members of HELCO and the advisory panel. Patrick Moore laid out what exactly Integrated Resource Planning entailed, and provided a link where all information related to the advisory group and IDP can be found.

The action plan attempts to tackle four main objectives:

1. Lower Customer Bills
2. Clean Energy
3. Mondernizing
4. Fairness

To lower customer bills, HELCO is looking to deactivate or decommission generation. They would do this by decommissioning Shipman 3 & 4 because of their inefficiency, deactivate additional units as peak loads decrease, and allows for potential deactivation in emergencies.

Next, HELCO is exploring lower cost generating facilities with Geothermal, refitting Waiau hydro units on the Wainaku river, evaluate waste-to-energy solutions, and renegotiate existing independent power provider contracts.

Additionally, HELCO will look at the feasibility of replacing oil with biomass or liquid natural gas.

To achieve a clean energy future HELCO will meet or exceed renewable portfolio standards of 40% by 2030.

Modernization of the grid to increase efficiency.

Fairness is also to be addressed by the action plan. The want to address issues with existing distributed generation programs by standardizing the interconnection process, and review policies with the best interest if all customers.

Specific questions regarding the larger FIT installations resulted in answers. Only so much solar generation room is available, and thus it will effect the ability for potential new residential solar net metering customers to be connected. How much exactly it will reduce the available pool is unknown.






June 4, 2013
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Na’alehu Fourth Of July Parade – Na’alehu, Hawaii


The Na’alehu Independence Day parade will take place on Saturday, June 29th, at 11am. The route will begin at Na’alehu school and end at Na’alehu Hongwanji. Come share in the fun. Businesses, Organizations, or individuals who would like to participate can contact Debra McIntosh at 929-9872.


May 31, 2013
by kahuku
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Quick & Easy Kale Chips


I have so much kale to use up from my CSA box, and I was on the hunt for interesting and quick ways to use it all up. I have now found a new favorite way. Searching the internet resulted in some great recipes. I found this one to be a great starting point. I modified the technique slightly to reflect the use of a smaller toaster over and portion size.

Step 1: wash and dry kale
Step 2: Tear the kale into small 2″ pieces.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Step 4: Toss kale in 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.
Step 5: Add a dash of salt
Step 6: Arrange kale flat on baking sheet.
Step 7: Place in oven for 10 minutes. Turning kale 2-3 times.
*Keep an eye on the kale so as not to burn, but be crispy.
Step 8: Remove and add nutritional yeast for a cheesy taste.

Nom Nom! All gone!

2013 Bon Dance Schedule Hawaii

May 21, 2013
by kahuku

2013 Bon Dance Schedule Hawaii

2012 Bon Dance Schedule Hawaii

I think I now have all the Obon Dances in the schedule. Please, feel free to contact me with details if you seen any Obon dance locations missing.

June 1 Hawaii State Library
June 1 Hawaii’s Plantation Village
June 28-29 Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
July 19-20 Jikoen Hongwanji Mission
July 5-6 Moiliili Hongwanji Mission

June 1 Oahu District Bon Service
June 21-22 Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission
July 6 Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji
July 12-13 Waipahu Hongwanji Mission
July 12-13 Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church of Hawaii
July 12-13 Koboji Shingon Mission
July 12-13 Shinshu Kyokai Mission
July 12-13 Haleiwa Shingon Mission
July 19-20 Jikoen Hongwanji Mission
July 19-20 Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission
July 20 Waianae Hongwanji Mission
July 26-27 Higashi Hongwanji Betsuin
July 26-27 Haleiwa Jodo Mission
August 2-3 Palolo Hongwanji
August 2-3 Waipahu Soto Zen Temple Taiyoji
August 3 Waialua Hongwanji Mission
August 9-10 Pearl City Hongwanji Mission
August 9-10 Koganji Temple
August 9-10 Shingon Shu Hawaii
August 9-10 Soto Mission of Aiea Taiheiji
August 10 Pearl City Hongwanji Mission
August 16-17 Mililani Hongwanji Mission
August 16-17 Jodo Mission of Hawaii
August 16-17 Soto Mission of Hawaii
August 24 Nichiren Mission of Hawaii
August 24 The Kapahulu Center
August 24 Aiea Hongwanji Mission
August 31 Hawaii United Okinawa Association

June 7-8 West Kauai Hongwanji (Waimea)
June 14-15 Kapaa Hongwanji Mission
June 21 & 22 Waimea Higashi Hongwanji
June 28 & 29 Kauai Soto Mission Zenshuji
July 5 & 6 Koloa Jodo Mission
July 12-13 West Kauai Hongwanji (Hanapepe)
July 19-20 Lihue Hongwanji Mission
July 26 & 27 Waimea Shingon Mission
August 2 & 3 Kapaa Jodo Mission


July 27 Molokai Bon Dance (Molokai Soto Mission)


June 1 Lahaina Shingon Mission
June 15 Wailuku Shingon Mission
June 22 Puunene Nichiren Mission
June 28 Wailuku Jodo Mission
July 6 Lahaina Jodo Mission
July 12-13 Mantokuji Soto Mission of Paia
July 13 Lanai Hongwanji Mission
July 19-20 Kahului Hongwanji Mission
July 26-27 Makawao Hongwanji Mission
August 2-3 Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
August 8 Kahului Jodo Mission
August 17 Paia Rinzai Zen Mission
August 23-24 Lahaina Hongwanji Mission
August 31 Kula Shofukuji Shingon Mission

June 8 Keauhou Shopping Center, (808) 323-2993
June 15 Honomu Henjoji Mission, (808) 963-6308
June 22 Papaikou Hongwanji Mission, (808) 964-1640
June 29 Honomu Hongwanji Mission, (808) 963-6032
July 5-6 Puna Hongwanji Mission, (808) 966-9981
July 6 Kohala Hongwanji Mission, (808) 775-7232
July 12 – 13 Hilo Meishoin Mission, (808) 935-6996
July 13 Daifukuji Soto Mission, (808) 322-3524
July 13 Paauilo Hongwanji Mission
July 19-20 Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, (808) 961-6677
July 20 Honokaa Hongwanji Mission, (808) 775-7232
July 28 Kona Hongwanji Mission, (808) 323-2993
July 27 Hilo Hooganji Mission, (808) 935-8331
July 27 Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission, (808) 962-6340
August 3 Kurtistown Jodo Mission, (808) 966-9777
August 3 Taishoji Soto Mission, (808) 935-8407
August 10 Higashi Hongwanji Mission, (808) 935-8968
August 10 Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission (808) 324-1741
August 10 Hamakua Jodo Mission, (808) 775-0965
August 16 Life Care Center of Hilo
August 17 Kamuela Hongwanji Mission, (808) 885-4481
August 17 Hakalau Jodo Mission, (808) 963-6110
August 24 Pahoa YBA Kaikan (Puna Hongwanji Pahoa), (808) 966-9981
August 31 Honohina Hongwanji Mission, (808) 963-6032


April 18, 2013
by kahuku
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Sandy’s Drive Inn Review – Kealakekua, Hawaii

I’ve been driving passed Sandy’s Drive Inn for years now, but I’ve never stopped in. It’s one of those places with a cool retro sign, and a ton of cars out front on a Saturday morning. We were in explorer mode yesterday, and decided to stop into several place we haven’t been to before, and Sandy’s was one of them. We stopped in just a little before closing on our way home from Kona. Inside, Sandy’s offers that feeling of being a kid again, sucking you back in time to the mid to early 80s, complete with with coin op arcade.


The food is expected… fried and artery clogging, but oh so ‘ono. They have the usual plate lunch combos, burgers, fries, and sandwiches. Sandy’s prices are affordable, and they have breakfast too.

J. was the one hunting for something to eat, but I was intrigued by the sweet potato tempura. I thought I would try one. At $0.75 a piece, why not? I was expecting a small piece of battered sweet potato, but the lady working the counter kindly gave me a small boat with maybe 5 pieces. The batter was sweet and greasy, and the sweet potato perfect. It was more like a malasada than tempura, but a perfect dessert. Admittedly, I could only eat one, as I’m a dainty flower, as John calls me, and can’t handle the fried foods these days.


Looking for fast food on a budget, or an old school plate lunch spot on the way from Kona, then Sandy’s is a must stop.

Sandy’s Drive In
79-7436 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI


April 10, 2013
by kahuku
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Chompy The Shark Filmed by Isacc Brumaghim – Hawaii

On a routine kayaking trip on the Leeward O’ahu Isaac Brumaghim caught an incredible encounter on video. eChompy the Shark decided that he wanted the fish on Isaac Brumaghim line.


February 9, 2013
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Let’s Play Catch Up


This poor little blog get so left behind sometimes. I have stories to share, but sometimes just can’t find the time to post.

Book 5: The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan

Book 6: Gristle edited by Moby & Miyun Park

Born 7: Born To Run by Chris McDougall

A brief catch up on the 52 Books goal:


January 26, 2013
by kahuku
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Grow Hawaiian Festival – Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden


Hawai’i Forest & Trail presents the 9th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival will take place on Saturday February 23, 2013 from 9am to 2:30pm at the Bishop Museum’s Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. This event celebrates Hawaiian Plants, Culture, and Mea La’au. There will be mele, talk-story sessions. native plants, kapa making, ipu decorating, lei making presentations, garden tours, plant sale, hula, Hawaiian food, information booths, give aways, demonstrations, and activities for the keiki. Come learn and have fun.