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December 2, 2011

Snipbits from Thanksgiving

Just like last year, my family geared up to spend Thanksgiving with my brother Darren on the island of Hawai`i. 

We all had a blast with the randomness of last year [our feast featured a humungous fresh-caught mahi mahi rather than turkey], and this year was no disappointment either. 

I didn’t get many photos this year, as I spent most of my time feeling fatigued, grouchy, and dealing with the ebbs and flows of nausea, but I did want to post a few shots of the things I did capture. 

We relaxed, caught up, and played games. 

Mexican Train dominoes was our game of choice over the long weekend, but we also bellied up for a game of Bean Boozled, which is sort of like Fear Factor with jelly beans.  Everyone picks a white/yellow bean and chews; some people get buttered popcorn and others get rotten egg.  There were about ten different combinations.  I obviously did not partake in many flavors… although I do have to say that the toothpaste flavor really tastes like toothpaste! 


We hiked. 

Hawai`i island is massive in comparison to the other islands, as is the vast beauty there.  The trees on the east side are all lush and humungous, and they actually have wide rivers, whereas Maui just has streams.  Exploring there, especially on the east side, is so much fun because there is so much variety and everything is just so beautiful. 



[Waipi`o Valley]


[Umauma Falls]


[Lava Tree Park]

We drove to the north side of the island. 

Last year we spent our entire long weekend on the east and south sides of Hawai`i, so we were determined to venture north this year.  We hit Waimea and then headed up to see the heiau at Pu`uhokola. 


[Beer tasting at Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea]


[Pu`ukohola heiau]

We goofed off. 

Everything is fun when you’re surrounded by good people!  We checked out the astronomy center in Hilo town and went bowling at Hilo Lanes, since we can’t do either on Maui. 


[3D movie at `Imiloa Astronomy Center / Bowling at Hilo Lanes]

Most of all, it was just nice to be on vacation with each other.  My brother is preparing to make a big move soon, so it was meaningful for all of us to be able to be close to him for support.  Family time means the world to me!

Alright, I’ve got a TurboKick class to teach, followed by some seriously overdue studying for finals.  I hope I make it through today because the reward tonight will be so worth it – watching my Oregon Ducks take the Pac-12 Championship title!  Smile

Have a beautiful day, friends!

August 29, 2011


Wanna know a few secrets about my Momma?

  1. She’s always sworn she doesn’t know how to swim, but I know for a fact that she paddled canoe all through high school [yes, paddling entails swimming]. 
  2. She’s a fearless leader and activist in both our community and the world, yet she’s cripplingly afraid of cockroaches. 
  3. I can’t remember doing a single hike with her while growing up, but she’s gone every single weekend for the past month.


Yesterday, Zak, Ben, Mom and I got a late start and headed into Makamaka`ole around 3pm. 


We made our way through an abundance of ginger [both ornamental + shampoo/awapuhi],


enjoyed all kinds of natural beauty,


[lilikoi/passion fruit flower + fruit]

and crossed this river thirteen times


before coming to a small pond with a sweet waterfall.


Apparently you’re supposed to climb a rope over this fall and up another 30 feet or so.  But we decided to save that adventure for another day. 

Yesterday we were just happy to be enjoying yet another gorgeous adventure together in nature. 



Happy Monday, friends!  Let’s make this week rock! 

What’d you get up to this weekend? 

What is your favorite thing to do with family?  Although my family is always a lot of fun, I’d definitely have to say mine is being out in nature, where there’s enough room for all of our personalities to shine!


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