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November 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Helping Our Troops this Christmas

Many military families are separated during the holidays. As civilians, we enjoy the peace and security that our brave soldiers work hard to provide for us. Christmas is a perfect time to show our appreciation. Having a son in the military, I know firsthand how difficult it is for all members of the family, especially during the holidays.

Modern technology has made being apart a little easier, with connection through web cams and e-mail, but the holidays deserve something extra… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 14, 2009 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Otai, An Unforgettable Watermelon Drink

A favorite drink from Polynesia

Summer is over, but watermelons are still hanging on - why not take it a bit further and make a memorable watermelon drink. I have been living in Polynesia for the past 20 years, and this drink always makes a big hit at gatherings. You'll run out of it before the food is even served.

Make sure you use clean surfaces and wash your hands and tools you use. First, choose your watermelon. Look over the watermelons and find one that is… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

My Favorite Movies Filmed in Hawaii

Since 1913, there have also been over 200 movies filmed in Hawaii. These are some of my favorite movies in which the producers and actors flew all the way to Hawaii. I will only list two of the actors from each movie and give a short summary of what it is about.

50 First Dates (2003) starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

This movie is fun movie about a veterinarian named Henry (Adam Sandler) who dreams of sailing to Alaska to study walruses. He has no intention of… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:17pm — No Comments

The Haunted Lagoon Experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center

thought I was too old to get scared, but I was wrong. Last week I went together with four of my grandchildren to the Haunted Lagoon, which is becoming a yearly event at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii. It was started to make up for the drop in tourists due to the poor economy.

This year the numbers have increased exponentially, and with good reason. Although we had to wait in line for two and a half hours, we felt it was well worth the wait. In fact, the anticipation of what… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Driftwood as Home and Garden Decorations

Mother Nature's Artwork

I admit it. I live in Hawaii and I am constantly scanning for new driftwood. I will be walking along the beach or driving near the shoreline, and come upon a must-have piece of stylized wood. My husband now knows that he better stop when I mention driftwood. No person could have created it, but the ocean waves and tides did. I feel like it is a gift just waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

My townhouse has a tiny front yard in which I plant… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Annexation of The Hawaiian Islands

Truth or Fiction?

To those of us who are fairly new to Hawaii, we have to more or less learn for ourselves about the so-called injustices that were done to the “Native Hawaiian” people. We get a sense that something happened when we hear of recent assaults by locals on military personnel or tourists. But the stories are veiled since they are not particularly a draw for the tourists that keep the state economy from folding.

Upon further investigation, I found many… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:08pm — No Comments

How to Make a Real Hawaiian Lei

Sharing Aloha

Lei giving is part of living in Hawaii. Leis represent the aloha spirit. They are given for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, graduation, weddings, anniversaries, for special guests at meetings on Sunday, and of course, when tourists arrive or family comes to visit.

In our yard we had a white plumeria tree and also a pink plumeria tree. I would send my granddaughter out to pick the flowers on the lower branches, or she would use a broom to knock the… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Most Well-Known Songs of Hawaii

There are a few Hawaiian songs that are known throughout the United States and internationally. Living in Hawaii, I now know there are hundreds more. See if you can recognize the ones I am thinking of:

Hawaiian Wedding Song

by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning (1958)

This is the moment

I've waited for

I can hear my heart singing

Soon bells will be ringing

This is the moment

Of sweet… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How to backup digital photos while on vacation

Nothing could be more devastating than returning from a once-in-a-lifetime trip, than realizing that you have lost some of your digital photos. All the places you visited, the people, the unique culture, architectural wonders, floral marvels and amazing scenery are only a distant memory. With a bit of planning and consistency while on your trip, you can avoid the sinking feeling that comes with photographic data loss.

Fortunately today there are several options for storing your… Continue

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on November 10, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

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