Archives for January 2012

Hawaiian Word of the Day: Kuleana {responsibility}

I know that many of you share a love for Hawaii that runs deep. Many of you have either lived here before, dream of living here, you vacation here or maybe you just dream of vacationing here. Or, you may live on Maui or in the Aloha state. In any case, most of you share that spark that Hawaii has ignited. This post is for you! This is a call to action. To help keep Hawaii vibrant, with open land and beaches and to help sustain aloha. I went to TEDxMaui and am still replaying so many of the … [Read more...]

Get crafty for Chinese New Year…the year of the dragon!

I had an extra hand in today's craft, he had sniffles and a sore throat but he enjoyed it nonetheless. Today my daughter and seven-year old, together, made a perfect craft for celebrating the Chinese New Year and the year of the dragon. Here's how we transformed a couple of toilet paper roll and a paper towel roll inserts into a fun, flying dragon. What you'll need: Toilet paper and/or paper towel inserts. (We had two toilet paper inserts and then cut up one paper towel one for our … [Read more...]

Life lessons from a drive along the highway

On my way to TEDxMaui this past weekend (which was amazing and you can catch the replay here), I got stuck in a bit of slow traffic due to a marathon that was taking place along our two-lane highway. As I watched the people running I took note of what I could learn from them. Here are three life lessons you can take from a marathoner. 1. Go at your own pace While observing the runners, I saw distinct personalities and different ways that each person was accomplishing the same goal...to … [Read more...]

I think I’ll go for a walk outside

Happy Aloha Friday! I hope you had an amazing week! It's whale season here! That means as you drive along the highway, travel to the beach or go for a hike you'll see whales spouting, flapping and breaching. It's amazing and I love to squeal and holler when I see them. So if you are here and you hear a mad woman squealing at the site of a whale, that's me. The other day we went for a walk after school and found a super secret location to watch the beautiful whales do their thing. It was … [Read more...]

get crafty! homemade playdoh

Today we made homemade playdoh. I'm a bit ashamed to reveal that it was indeed my first time making it. I know that breaks some sort of mommy rule. But I also suspect that there are others out there just like me who have yet to make playdoh with their kids. Or you have but not in a long time. This tutorial is for all of you. To save you a little time, here are a few things I'm realizing as this new crafty me comes out... 1. Buy a couple of not so great pots and pans and baking sheets to do … [Read more...]