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Paradise or Not?

This isn't my Hawai'i

Someone threw an almost 2 year old child off a pedestiran overpass on to the freeway yesterday. H-1 was shut down for something like 5 hours yesterday.

A man violently beat his ex-girlfriend to death with a loaded shotgun in front of people watching helplessly. One man tried to help and the man started beating him with his loaded gun, too.

This isn't my Hawai'i.

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'Til Another Day

Lisa, Christmas & Tea

It's time for another blog.

Where does the time go?

I've been tired lately. Is it just the holidays? Maybe it's the rainy weather. Can one be SADD in Hawaii?

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Lisa's gone. I didn't keep in touch with her. I was always in awe of her and was amazed that I had the opportunity to work with her. I was never close to her personally...but I have felt her radiance. She let me be part of her magic.

If there's anything more weird than someone being gone, it's going through your old email and finding an email from them. The email, ironically, was about two deaths. Two people who were part of the 'ohana had lost their fathers. Lisa always had the right words.

10/05/03
"I am sorry to be the bearer of such sad news especially having to share two losses in such a short time. I guess, it's times like these, that really remind us just how brief our time is on this planet, and how precious each moment is for us to spend with our loved ones. And also how we just never really know when it is "our time" and how it always seems much too soon. It sure puts everything into perspective on what is really important. In any case, thank you so much for being a part of my life and for all your love, care and support. I am truly blessed to have you in my life! ... 'Til Another Day, Lisa"

I don't have the right words, Lisa. She created magic. She let us live in her world. She touched so many. She lived her dreams and she loved in the most simple and yet the most powerful way. I don't know if I ever knew anyone as genuine as Lisa, especially in the theatre community. I'll never forget you, Lisa.

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Christmas '07

Maybe the best Christmas ever. At least since I was younger. It was the first Christmas that I was able to share with everyone I loved in one place. Mom, dad, amy & scooter. Mel and stan even dropped by for a bit.

We had "dinner" at Wailana. They all got the special. I had a belgian waffle. :)

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How long have I been living here? I'm still not unpacked. Thank goodness for bedroom #2 and the lanai. This makes for storage space galor. Someday I hope to open those boxes. Letters I wrote to friends but never mailed. They don't know. I remember writing the letters, but they were never sent or received. Hmmm. Maybe that's one of my problems.

I'm trying to switch to tea. Well, not entirely. It's for money purposes. I spend like...$2 to $3 on coffee 4-5 days a week. I like iced coffee. I don't like to make iced coffee so I buy it. But tea...well...I love iced tea, but I do hot tea, too. I got a tea kettle for christmas (and some tea) so I'll be bringing that in to work from now on.

I can put the water in the kettle in the morning and put the stove on 5. I can get scooter ready to go out, walk him around outside until he goes potty, come back upstairs, put him away, and then my hot water will whistle. I pour it in my cup and I've got my tea all set in a tumbler to take to work.

I think maybe I'll buy more tea today. I want earl gray, too.

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On Football

GO WARRIORS!!!

Anyone who knows me will likely know that - for most of my life - I've been generally unamused by football. In 7th grade I distinctly remember writing something (not a paper, but some little article review) about how I didn't think very highly of football.

Let's be honest about it. My first issue is that it's a male-only sport. Not that I think women should be thrown into the mix of that insanity, but still. And if there ever were entire women's football teams at the college or pro level, people just wouldn't care - the way they ALREADY don't care about women's sports. (Unless they're winning medals at the Olympics...) But I digress...

In addition to the whole man-only aspect, you have to admit that it's kind of barbaric in some ways. You can get away with hurting others much more than you can in basketball, etc. I have to also admit that my affinity for the Olympics makes me feel that football isn't a REAL sport. I mean...seriously. It's not in the Olympics. It's not a sport. Okay, it's a sport. Colleges play it. And schools not only accept terrible students to allow them to play football, but they HELP them and give them breaks because they're on the football team! Okay. I'm digressing again. This really isn't a football rant.

Luckily, a couple of things have made me seen football a little differently. First of all, my girlfriend. When you date someone who is a football fanatic who actually understands the game and would probably play football if it was possible, it does influence you. Living in New England made me like the Pats (patriots) and after watching Michigan football (her favorite team; let's just not talk about this past season) how can you not like players like Tom Brady?

Now I'm beginning to get to my point. Hawaii (University of Hawaii) has a football team. They've really never been all that great - there were years when UH didn't even HAVE a football team. June Jones came to Hawaii in maybe 1998 or 1999, and began digging them out of the hole. He was the speaker at my high school graduation. I was one of the class speakers and I sat next to him. I was unimpressed with him. He said "Umm" alot.

Now, June Jones himself isn't someone I'd put up very high as far as his morals (that's for another day) and he is somewhat disliked as he is the highest paid person in the University of Hawaii system at $800,000 (which will likely increase after this season). BUT, he does have a knack for taking in students who've messed up at other schools and has let them come over here for a second chance.

After this amazing season, I've become quite the fan of UH football. I love all the Samoan guys, I love the haka, I love Colt Brennan and all the guys. It's really fun and the entire state is completely obsessed. I can't claim to be a die hard fan. I gave up on them during the Fresno game that they ended up winning. I attended the Boise State game with Amy and other friends and that was CRAZY fun! It was sold out and after the game, the fans went crazy and stormed the field. People were selling tickets to the Washington game for as high as $500!!! (Tickets, by the way, are about $38 when bought at the box office.)

Anyhow, attending my very first real football game was very exciting. The energy of the fans was my favorite part. I wish I could have gone to the Washington game, but...well...that's what ESPN2 is for. I was in the grocery store when the game started and by the time I got back to the car, the score was 21 Washington to 0 Hawaii. That was just the first 10 minutes of the game! I was definitely sad, but once we got home, we turned on the tv to see Hawaii make their first touchdown. Hawaii managed to get their stuff together and won the game. They could have one it by more points, but a couple of times, the ball was *almost* caught in the endzone but just missed. But no matter - Hawaii won and is the only undefeated team in the nation.

I'm so glad that they're going to a BCS bowl game - I just hope Colt gets an invite to New York as a Heisman nominee. He's amazing - you can't doubt that. He's incredibly humble and loves his team. I can't belive that ESPN was spouting mis-information saying that Tim Tebow had the most touchdowns in college history - ummm...hello. Colt actually did MORE than that LAST season. I don't know how people can be offended by June Jones' statement about Colt and Tim, etc. He clearly wasn't picking on Tim (Tebow) and was just trying to get Colt some national attention.

Well, obviously, if the media controlls our politics it will, of course, be able to control sports. *sigh* I don't know how much of a chance Hawaii actually has at beating Georgia, but I hope they don't get creamed - I hope they'll manage to put up a good fight.

The UH team has done alot for Hawaii and everywhere you go, you see people wearing UH t-shirts. It's a very exciting time. Colt has managed to become one of "ours" and he even took 3 semesters of Samoan and calls some of his plays in Samoan! I also love our "warrior" mascot. He cracks me up.

Amy compared Colt to Justin Timberlake. Justin Timberlake thinks he's black...well...Colt Brennan seems to think he's Samoan! But no matter. Those boys are amazing and have pulled alot off - partially with talent, and partially with desire, alot of heart, and just believing in themselves.

GO HAWAII!!!

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Thanksgiving

A Success!!!

Thanksgiving turned out to be more or less a success. Once we found out that my mom would be released from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, Amy and I got ourselves into feast-cooking mode.

While we did buy the turkey a couple days before (enough time to thaw it out), we ended up buying everything else the day before Thanksgiving. I made the cranberry compote the day before. We got a bit of a late start on Thanksgiving day because we had to clear out the living room (the movers had just come on Monday). Our dining set wasn't assembled, either. Oh well...that's what dads are for.

The bulk of our recipes were from the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). After botching thanksgiving 3 years ago, I was wary but everything came out wonderfully! We didn't even have to check on the turkey. We just stuffed it with an orange, an onion, a lemon, and thyme. You butter the outside. In the pan below the turkey, we choped up onions on the bottom that were tossed with oil (and later added carrots). The turkey drippings then mixed with that and the gravy was superb!

I decided to make stuffing from scratch. (Again, an Ina recipe.) I bought a loaf of white french bread and a loaf of wheat french bread instead of just the baguettes and I think it made it that much more appealing. I also used apples, celery, and herbs. deliciouso!

Amy made the mashed potatoes to perfection and she also cooked the butternut squash. The green bean casserole was simple. My parents brought wine and brown & serve rolls.

The meal was awesome but boy were we tired after that! The turkey was so low maintenance and (apparantly) nice and juicy - I'm going to have to keep that recipe around!!!

After that, amy and I totally crashed. Between thanksgiving and the football game, the weekend was a complete blur.....

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Missing Winter

Not in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving...

Being back in Hawaii is great - having my friends and my family is the best. I wish I could just take them all with me wherever I go.

I know that I wouldn't be happy with the sun setting so early on the east coast - this I know for sure. -At times it was downright unbearable. But I find myself missing things - the different smells of the different seasons and the excitement you feel when you smell winter coming. I think most of this is brought on by the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for the past 2 years, Amy and I have spent Thanksgiving at Highlands Inn in the tiny town of Bethlehem, NH.

The area that the inn is located is the epitome of "quaint." The cottages and cute craftsman style houses we'd pass on the drive from RI to the Highlands Inn in New Hampshire. Driving through the snow, past the ski slopes, into little villages and towns, Harman's Cheese & Country Store (doesn't that just SOUND quaint???) in Sugar Hill, NH and the main strip in Littleton with the Chutters (candy store with the longest candy counter) and the diner.

The inn has a sign on the main road so that you know you're at the right place. When you see the sign, you turn down that road and you drive down this road which only gives you that feeling of privacy even more. To your left and right are nothing but trees -sometimes covered in snow- and it's just beautiful. You continue driving to that road and you pass one of the little cottages of the inn. Once you get to the end of the road, there's a little turn around and you see the main inn. This is where it opens up. The "forest" of trees that was keeping you straight on the little road have opened up into a beautiful contryside and all you can see are trees in the distance.

We would often order a breakfast to be delivered though sometimes we'd go downstairs to join others. They had a VCR collection downstairs and you could "rent" them and take them up to your room to watch. There was also a large tv downstairs where we'd watch the Macy's parade. They started cooking for Thanksgiving early so there were always the smells. It was just beautiful.

I also miss MHC and the valley. -The leaves changing colors...a mint mocha from the thirsty mind to bribe myself to read something I really didn't feel like reading...or a chai from Rao's as I searched for a place in the library...sometimes to socialize, other times to find a spot where I was as alone as possible. Walking around upper and lower lake...hiding away in Pratt. Not to mention Atkins Farms and Northampton, especially in the winter. Oh, Noho...the shops...used cd's downstairs near the yarn store...going into CVS just to warm up...and seeing all the crazy people waiting in line OUTSIDE in the COLD at Herrel's to get ICE CREAM in the middle of winter!

But you'll always miss something. At least I will. No matter where I am, I'll always miss something. If I had never left in the first place, I would have missed not knowing what I would be missing!!! I don't know if I'm one that can find a place and just stay happily forever. Unless I was able to travel a ton. Or spend part of the year in one place and part of the year in another. That could work. I find myself missing places I've never been or places that I want to visit. San Fran where some of my high school friends are, Washington where my relatives are, places that I've been to and want to visit like college and RI, as well as places that I've just never been to that I sometimes think about Portland, Oregon...Austin...Colorado...Nova Scotia...Alaska...

Though I have to admit that there is something very nice about fireplaces, snow, hot cocoa, and the general feel of winter, I think I'll always miss Hawai'i most...but now that I'm here I'll just miss winter.

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