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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tsunami Preparation

Thank God and the County of Kauai for setting up a sophisticated warning system! Cell phone, text and email tsunami warnings were received half an hour before the warning sirens were sounded at 6AM.
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We are just out of the inundation zone and are extending invites to those in low-lying areas to come hang with us this morning!

Here is what we are seeing now on TV:


Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Stephen Tsai writes in the The Warrior Beat today:

Party is at Liz Kauai's house ...
February 23rd, 2010 by Stephen Tsai

UH made this announcement:

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department and the County of Kaua‘i have announced plans for a football intra-squad scrimmage on the Garden Island, Saturday, April 10, at Vidinha Stadium.

The Warriors will fly to Kaua‘i that morning aboard two Hawaiian Airlines flights, then hold a two-hour scrimmage beginning at 11:00 a.m. An autograph session on the field will follow. The event is free to the public.

Co-sponsor Hawaiian Airlines is providing air transportation for the more than 150 players, coaches, and support staff. The County of Kaua‘i is also a co-sponsor and the host of the event, providing Vidinha Stadium facilities, along with ground transportation and lunch for the UH travel party.

The event marks the second-straight year that the Warriors will make an appearance on a neighbor island during spring practice. Last year, the team held a scrimmage at Maui’s War Memorial Stadium. It will also mark UH’s first trip to Kaua‘i since 1992.

The county is seeking community groups and businesses to assist with defraying the cost of the event, providing manpower, support, etc. They are also hoping to enlist the support of Pop Warner and other community football programs. For those interested in assisting with the event, contact Lenny Rapozo, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 241-4455.

The Warriors will open spring practice Thursday, April 1, at the Clarence T.C. Ching Field. The annual Warrior Bowl is scheduled for Friday, April 30.

Jim Donovan, UH Athletics Director
“We are grateful to Hawaiian Airlines for their continued support of UH Athletics throughout the years and Mayor Carvalho and his administration for making this event possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to visit a neighbor island and meet the people of Kaua‘i. We have tremendous supporters on the neighbor islands and any chance we get, we’d like to thank them in person such as last year’s football scrimmage and this week’s men’s volleyball match on Maui. We’ve said all along that we’re Hawai‘i’s team and we’re excited for this opportunity and for our fans on Kaua‘i.”

Bernard Carvalho, Mayor of Kaua‘i
“Mahalo to the UH football program for bringing this event to Kaua‘i so our community can have an up close look at college football and really experience this exciting Warrior football team. We will welcome the support of businesses and community groups as we plan for this event to help us make this a great experience for all.”

Glenn Taniguchi, Hawaiian Airlines Senior Vice President – Marketing and Sales
“We think it’s important that families throughout our state have opportunities to experience UH Athletics events, and we’re honored to play a role in making that happen.”

Greg McMackin, UH Football Coach
“We can’t thank Hawaiian Airlines and Mayor Carvalho enough for allowing us to scrimmage on Kaua‘i. We preach to our players the importance of representing the state of Hawai‘i and we’ll have that opportunity to show our talents to the great people of Kaua‘i. I’m also happy that Vaughn (Meatoga), Kenny (Estes) and Jett (Jasper) will be able to practice and scrimmage in front of their family and friends.”


Under normal circumstances, I would be OVERJOYED!
But April 10 is the day I leave for Portland to prepare to greet my new grandson! I have to check into the airport at the very hour the scrimmage starts...


Since I have football on my mind, I thought this was COOL!

I can't wait to get Davone's new Barefoot League shirt!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Second Nature at the Waimea Town Celebration

Second Nature (enhanced version) performed on Friday night at the Waimea Town Celebration. They followed the Makaha Sons (Bruddah Iz and his older brother Skippy were part of this wonderful group- whom we (East of Midnight) performed with back in the 70's)

It was a chilly night for Waimea!

The Makaha Sons' dancers kept warm between numbers while Second Nature tuned up and I caught a quick howdy with emcee (and fellow Rotarian) Rhoda Libre.

Ukuleleboi tuned up his iPhone (yes- that was his instrument!) and the singers warmed up with a pule. Then they set up on stage while Rhoda made the last announcements of the night.

Did I mention it was chilly that night? Here is fellow band mom Neoma, Auntie Jenny and my friend Melanie and crew all bundled up!
A great time was had by all!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hawaiian Heritage Night

Waimea Town is celebrating all week as a prelude to the BIG Celebration on Friday night and all day and night Saturday. Last night was Hawaiian Heritage Night at the Waimea Theatre.
It was captured on video by (look in the archives) but I took a few anyway- just because I enjoy seeing my youngest son and his halau performing!

Mahalo to Kumu Hula Doric Yaris for all the work he has done to keep our culture interesting and alive in our people!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Winkin Blinkin and Nod

My granddaughter Lilu is quite the clown.

She's enjoying some grapes- even though she is clearly tired...

"All Done!" she signs. "Only kidding", she winks!

Haha. Squirrel-watching finally got to her... Zzzzzzz.

See you in a couple months, Lilu!

Friday, February 12, 2010



I have seen this movie only twice. The third time will be tonight at the Kekaha Federal Credit Union annual meeting at the Waimea Theatre.

Besides being a cinematic experience (better in 3-D, I am told). it brings me back to memories of enjoyable moments in my cinematic past.

Here is the setting:

The themes evoke Dances with Wolves meets Aliens and Terminator in The Abyss.
The characters are familiar and welcomed. Yes, I am a James Cameron fan.

Horner's score is marvelous with musical homages to Titanic, Troy and his many other wonderful compositions. I am buying the album on iTunes, even as I type this.

The technology created to make this film is wonderful- loved seeing international collaborations among some of our best artists- like ILM, Weta and the Stan Winston gang.

Most of all, I loved being able to see life through fresh eyes able to recognize the unity of created beings in their expression of connection with their Creator.

How many of us are willing to step away from the customary unnecessary violence of domination and greed and see everything as harmonious and One?


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Goodnight Lilu!

February 9, 2010.
Lilu has started reading a month before her second birthday.

Her mom was an early reader at 3ish when she was "Mitchie the weather girl" on KUAI radio.

But tonight, Lilu breaks the family record, selecting a book and saying "goodnight moon".

I'm glad she's talking so much. She'll be able to say words faster than I can learn to sign! Imagine, bi-lingual at the ripe old age of 23 months!
Remember her sign/reading at Christmas?
Then reading with Cassie and Sierra. And here asking mom to draw a bird and then coloring in some particular areas.

"The newly-born babe of that Day excels the wisest and most venerable men of this time..."

"Most important of all is the training of girl children, for these girls will one day be mothers, and the mother is the first teacher of the child."

"Give them (the children) the advantage of every useful kind of knowledge. Let them share in every new and rare and wondrous craft and art. Bring them up to work and strive, and accustom them to hardship. Teach them to dedicate their lives to matters of great import, and inspire them to undertake studies that will benefit mankind."

 -Baha'i Writings

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunny winter days

Lilu is helping measure mommy's tummy.

Now it's time for some vitamin D!

Flower, puddles and gathering eggs!

A girl and her sandbox!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

tickle me!

Lilu loves to bury herself in pillows and present body parts to be tickled.

And, oh yes, she is a princess.