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OMG Our Hawaii Orchids Bloomed in Kona

Hawaii Orchids

Definitely was not expecting our Hawaii orchids to have bloomed already. I stuck an old orchid plant in our hibiscus tree at our house in Hawaii about a year ago. Forget all about it until I noticed the orchid was attaching itself to the hibiscus tree in the photo below.

A friend had assured me that to grow Hawaii orchids, all you need to do is throw them into the trees. Keep them in a shaded environment and ignore. No fertilizer. No watering. No fussing over it.

Hawaii Orchids

OK, I figured, what harm could it do? Once the orchid has finished blooming, throwing it into a tree is not much different than throwing it out. It will either live or it won’t. A bunch of spent orchids I had placed on the ground under the mango tree did not make it. But the one I stuck into the hibiscus tree attached itself, as evidenced by the photograph above of our Hawaii orchids. read more

The Long Trip to Sacramento from Big Island

trip from sacramento to big island

What a long trip to Sacramento from Big Island, but it is probably the last time I will ever fly from Big Island on Hawaiian Airlines. Guess I can kiss my Pualani Platinum status goodbye. The thing is, even though Hawaiian changed its flight times, it’s not enough. Because I still have to fly from Big Island to Oahu and hang around the Honolulu airport waiting for the flight to Sacramento.

The trip to Sacramento from Big Island involved an even earlier morning flight out of Kona. Usually I would fly out around noon and get home in Sacramento close to midnight. Now, I leave before 10 AM but I get home at 7:30, so a better time. But the flight time is still as long. read more

Photos of Manini Beach at Honaunau on Big Island

Manini Beach

Manini Beach at Honaunau is close to Two-Step Beach but very different. For one thing, it’s nestled right next to that huge sloping hill (Kealakekua Cliffs) in a secluded cove. For another, it has soft grass and not hard pahoehoe lava on which to rest your derriere. Manini Beach is also very quiet. A lot of people come here to read and relax.

If you don’t know where it is, Manini Beach can be difficult to find. Fortunately, I had my friend, Anita, to show me the way. Just take Napoopoo from Mamalahoa and hang a left. Keep your eyes open for the sign Manini Beach Road on the right and turn right. Park across from the bamboo house. read more

Mamma Mia! at the Aloha Theatre

mamma mia at the aloha theatre

OMG this was a fantastic performance of Mamma Mia! at the Aloha Theatre on Sunday. Blown away. The woman who introduced the musical from the stage said it was the most highly grossing musical ever in the history of the Aloha Theatre, which is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit established in 2004. I thought I enjoyed the Addams Family Musical, but it doesn’t hold a candle to this production.

The guy who played Uncle Fester in the Addams Family, Miguel Montez, had the role of Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! at the Aloha Theatre. What a beautiful voice. So many great performances. From Amanda Trusty (Donna) who belted the number The Winner Takes It All to such extremes audience members high-fived each other, to the adorable Pepper character (and an audience favorite), Christian Aragon, a sophomore at Konawaena High School, the performances were incredible, outstanding. read more

Three Humpback Whales Breaching in Kailua Bay

whales breaching

Just across the water from Kona Haven Coffee, there were 3 humpback whales breaching in Kailua Bay last week. A local Kona woman caught all of the action live on her iPhone. Well, she missed the first whale because you don’t expect that to happen when you’re paddle boarding. Kathy Daly videotaped the whales breaching while screaming with sheer delight.

Her video made me smile ear-to-ear. I’ve been watching whales all week, just about every beach features humpback whales. Even while at Makalawena Beach yesterday, there were dozens of whales on the horizon blowing water. read more

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