The Sun Never Sleeps

 

 

Aloha Lāpule. It’s day 5 of the stay at home directive. It’s Sunday and it’s raining. It always rains during the time leading up to Merrie Monarch and Easter. It’s actually the coldest time of the year because of the rain and the Pacific breezes. Welcome to the food edition of my blog.

Sunday is actually a day of rest, but it feels like I’ve been resting for the last 5 days. There’s only so many times you can clean the house, sort through the recyclables, and watch 190 channels of nonsense on the television. I’ve been trying out different recipes. It’s always fun to play with food. The problem is that I’m gaining weight from eating too much.

French Toast With Blueberries

I know Hawai’i is doing its part in trying to flatten the coronavirus curve transmission. We’ve been very lucky that the numbers of infections has been low. I believe the State of Hawai’i is doing what’s best to prevent the spread of the virus. We have coronavirus testing stations set up in Hilo and in Kona.

AND NOW, A PSA FROM MOE HOWARD

Very clever and funny PSA video. I was watching the daily Corona Virus Updates on TV. These updates are very informative. I like that the President has surrounded himself with industry leaders that are able to provide concise answers to what people want to know.

Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta

The impact of the Stay At Home directive has Hawai’i tourism grinded to a halt. People arriving into Hawai’i, or traveling interisland, must quarantine themselves for 2 weeks. All hotels, bars, restaurants, and most stores are closed. Except for grocery, hardware, and essential government services, Hawai’i is shutdown.

Mahimahi over Brown Rice and Saute’ Vegetables

There are warnings of scamers in Hawai’i that are claiming to be from Hawaiian Electric threatening to disconnect people’s electric service if they don’t pay up. Hawaiian Electric is saying these are scams and to ignore them. The other day, Hawaiian Electric warned about rolling blackouts. I questioned if we are expecting rolling blackouts, and the electric company said they wanted to prevent rumors. Backwards logic if you ask me. Why warn people unless there’s a problem.

 

 

Good Eats Edition

Temperatures in the upper 60’s with humidity at 95%. We have lots of rain and some thunderstorms. So glad I don’t have to out anywhere. I’m listening to my scanner for East Hawaii Emergency and Police channels. Lot of good people out there taking care of us. Stay safe out there.

Kēia Ka Lā Iwakālua Kūmāiwa, Malaki

 

 

Social Sunday

Not A Square To Spare

When hoarding becomes a problem, there’s always innovation. It’s not like we live in grass huts anymore. On my island of Hawai’i, I’m not sensing any panic or high anxiety. Although hoarding has been a problem with paper and cleansing products, food and other items are not scarce. Products are arriving daily and being restocked. Panic level – 0

On State of Hawaii Updates:

  • Yesterday By order of the Governor of Hawaii, starting March 26th, all passengers on inbound international and Continental U.S. flights including private aircraft will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
  • There are no cruise ships scheduled for Hawaii State for the next 2 weeks and policies on this will be addressed later.
  • Mandatory quarantine protects the population from persons that may have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus and will be required by law to be isolated and monitored.

The following is an update on MY Hawaii County:

  • Three individuals on Hawaii Island are in quarantine and being monitored by the Department of Health after testing positive for coronavirus.  All 3 are travel related.
  • To minimize the potential of exposure at County and State Beach Parks all beaches are Closed.
  • County personnel are working 7 days a week to keep you safe, crews have been out sanitizing public areas to lower the risk of coronavirus.

Waiākea Pond in Hilo, with Waiākea Villas in the background. The pond empties into the Wailoa river, which in turn empties into Hilo Bay. It’s a pleasant place to relax and spend the day. Take a hike across the jumping bridge and around the park. It’s very clean and well managed by by the city. I feel funny calling Hilo a city. It doesn’t feel like a city. Hilo is more like a town. It’s really laid back here.

The local people and businesses have a great sense of humor. It’s all in good fun and for a good cause. I can only picture some people being offended elsewhere, but this is the land of smiles, long hair, and tattoos.

The roads are empty, like most of the stores. It’s surreal. The only time you see something like this is on Christmas day. It’s been like this since Friday. Monday starts the workweek and the schools are still closed. This means a working parent will have to take time off work, if they haven’t been laid off already. I can only imagine what the other islands are going through.

 

 

 

Our weather for today, overcast and rainy. Temperatures in the low 70’s with humidity at 87%. It feels chilly.

 

Kēia Ka Lā Iwakālua Kūmālua, Malaki

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

The wearing of the orange and green. I’ve always enjoyed this holiday. Always filled with food, drink and song.

Saint Patrick’s Day is rather somber this year because of the Chinese Wuhan virus. All the bars and restaurants are closed down because of the virus crisis. At least that’s what’s happening in the New York area. I don’t know what it’s like around the country.

In Hilo, where I live on the Big Island of Hawai’i, many events have been canceled. Even though there is no reports of the coronavirus on this island. Three new cases of COVID-19 — two Oahu residents and a visitor on Maui — have been identified, bringing the statewide number of confirmed cases to 10, the state Health Department announced this afternoon.

Testing stations have been set up in Hilo, Kona and Kamuela (Waimea). The other day, I was in our local grocery store, KTA, and everyone was buying up the corned-beef brisket and cabbage. Our stores are stocked well, so there’s plenty of food. While there are shortages of paper products and disinfectants, there’s still plenty to go around.

I buy in bulk, so I don’t have to go out and purchase every week. Most of us do that here on these islands. That’s not unusual. However, we don’t hoard things like toilet paper. Mostly, because Civil Defense recommends having enough food, water and supplies for at least seven days.

Especially when there is any excuse to have a party with plenty of food and friends available. The Saint Patrick Day parades feature both Irish music and Hawaiian music. Bagpipes and Hula.

 

When I was growing up, my neighbor used to play old time Irish music on Sunday evenings. This was my favorite song.

 

Our weather today is mostly overcast and drizzly. It’s breezy from the south west. The Kona Low is what we are experiencing now.

Temperatures are in the mid 70’s with humidity at 90%. The neighbor islands are experiencing heavy rains and flooding. West Hawai’i is getting heavier rains than East Hawai’i.

 

Kēia Ka Lā ʻUmi Kūmāhiku, Malaki

 

Island Life

It a leap year day. That one extra day that comes around every four years. It got me thinking about the life of the land. This island of Hawai’i is still young by geographic scales. Only a few years ago we were watching the land growing and expanding because of the volcanic eruption. New land was created that even created a new black sand beach. There doesn’t seem to be an end to the growth of the Big Island.

Special places can still be found here. Isolated beaches hidden away where you can spend an afternoon in the water. Having a nice lunch while listening to the waves lap on the shore. Away from the noise of the city and hustle and bustle of work. A time to relax and enjoy life.

As the evening approaches, you can take time to sit on a bench at Hilo Bay and watch as the sun goes down behind Mauna Kea. One of the things I love about Hilo, being the second largest city in the State of Hawai’i, it’s still a small town. When compared to Honolulu, which is a sprawling city that has everything from high-end shopping to skyscrapers.

O’ahu is known as the Gathering Place. Every once in awhile I’ll fly out to the neighbor island for business and pleasure. It’s like a whole different world. Once you leave the city of Honolulu and head towards the North Shore, it becomes rural. Unlike the Big Island that is actually divided into two sections. The east and west sides. Separated by two volcanoes, Mauna Kea in the east and Mauna Loa in the west.

I’ve written about the many farms on the Big Island, what’s called Mahi’ai. Actually, there are farms on all of the islands. Because of the high cost of food, I usually shop at the local farmers markets for veggies. Most people when they come here get sticker shock when they see the price of food. So you learn how to shop like a local and live like a local. Buy, trade, sell are all parts of island living.

On Wood Valley on the Big Island, Ka’u district near Pahala, there’s the Buddhist Monastery hidden in forest. It’s a quiet place to relax and just enjoy the beauty. I’ve been in this Monastery and met the monks that live there.

Everyone comes out on the weekends to the water. On Coconut Island, aka Moku Ola, people spend the day in the water, picnicking and having fun. It’s still whale season here, so you can watch them breaching from the shoreline.

 

Our weather today is a mix of sun and rain. Temperatures in the low 70’s with humidity at 82%. With overcast skies it’s not to warm and the UV level is low. A great day for walks around Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens.

 

Kēia Ka Lā Iwakālua Kūmāiwa Pepeluali

 

Meme Masters

Happy Aloha Friday!

One of my favorite social media entertainers are the Meme Masters. These are a group of people with extraordinary talent for creating one to two minutes snippets of political humor. They are conservatives that support President Trump. Their sense of humor bugs the crap out of the left and drives the social media giants nuts. Here’s a list of Meme Masters with some of my favorite parody videos.

William of Ockham, presents “Bernie From Russia with Love”. William has a lot of parody videos that are excellent. His moniker is Alex from the movie “A Clockwork Orange”.

 

My personal favorite by the Geek Z Team, since I’m a big fan of the Kingsman Secret Service movies. This clip is from the “Church of Fake News”.

 

Solmemes is the Queen of Memes. In keeping with the Kingsmans theme, this was a great meme.

 

 

Power Tie episode of Dank House which uses celebrity and fake news characters.

 

 

Carpe Donkum produced this excellent entry called “Debate Catchup”. Carpe Donkum videos have been retweeted by the President.

 

 

Mad Liberals has lots of excellent videos. A Recap of the Impeachment Trial.

 

There are so many meme artists out there. These are just a few of my favorites and I have many more favorites for a Friday night.

 

Our weather today was a mix of rain, wind, and sunshine. Temperatures are in the low 70’s and upper 60’s with the humidity at 83%.

Kēia Ka Lā Iwakālua Kūmāwalu Pepeluali

 

The Life Of The Land

Mahi ‘ai is the Hawaiian word for farm. Something that is huge on these islands. Especially the Big Island where I live. There are all sorts of farms: orchid farms, vegetable farms, fruit tree farms, cattle ranches, chicken farms, and even fish aqua farms. If you can grow it and sell it, then you can farm it. I don’t include wind and solar farms because they don’t produce anything but pollution.

Over the week, I was amused by candidate Mini Mike Doomberg’s comments regarding farmers. He said, “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer,” Bloomberg told the audience at the Distinguished Speakers Series at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. “It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”

How condescending could Doomberg be? Has Doomberg ever farmed before? I think his farming experience is picking out a day laborer to run to the grocery store and return with food. Many leftists like Doomberg, have a snobbish view of farmers. They look down on people who work the land. The people of the soil. Those that grow our food and provide for us.

Farming is one of the best forms of capitalism. Many of our farmers are independent business men and women. These are the true entrepreneurs that sell their products to the grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants. Local food fresh and ready. It great for the local economy.

Many of these farms are isolated and far away from towns. At night you can see the stars and the milky way clearly. It’s quiet where the only sound you hear is the grass rustling in the wind. Watching the sunrise and sunset with unobstructed views.

Farming is a clear vision. As either a single person operation or a large corporation. It’s what pours out of our hearts and souls. It’s the satisfaction of growing a product and the business. The exchange of goods and services. It’s what capitalism is all about.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono – this is the Hawaiian phrase that means – The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

 

Our weather today is SUNNY! With some passing clouds. A very nice day with temperatures in the mid 70’s and humidity at 75%. Lite breezes keep the air circulating.

 

Kēia Ka Lā Iwakālua Kūmālua Pepeluali

 

Sea Arch

The Hōlei Sea Arch is closed due to growing concerns over the instability of the natural feature along the coast of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. – Big Island Video News

SEA ARCH

The Hōlei Sea Arch overlook in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park closed Wednesday afternoon until further notice due to new cracks and instability observed on the coastal cliffs.

The short trail from the end of Chain of Craters Road to the sea arch overlook is closed and roped off. Visitors are advised to stay back from the cliff edge, and obey all posted signs.

“We are consulting with subject matter experts on the extent of the hazard,” said Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh. “This new development reminds us that Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is an ever-changing volcanic landscape and we appreciate the public’s understanding,” she said.

Chain of Craters Road remains open. The 19-mile drive takes visitors through some of the most spectacular scenery in the park.

The Hōlei Sea Arch is 90 feet high and was formed about 550 years ago.  – National Park Service – Volcano Hawai’i

It would be a shame if the Hōlei Sea Arch should collapse. Every time I visit Volcanoes and drive down to end of the Chain of Craters road, where the turn around is located, I would park the car and hike out to the arch. I’ve never known a time where dozens of cars parked alongside of the road, especially rental cars. The arch is a popular spot to visit.

There are many places on this island that are popular spots to visit. You can spend days in Volcanoes National Park and still not see everything worth seeing. There are people living on this island all their life that have never visited the park. Every time we have visitors from the mainland, I take them to all the tourist spots, especially the locations that are not well known. Sometimes, I see and learn things I’ve never have before.

Our weather today was rainy and drizzly. Overcast with calm winds. The waters are receding but the weatherman tells us another low pressure disturbance will bring more rains to the islands. After that we’re told clearing should happen. Right!

Kēia Ka Lā ʻUmi Kūmāono Lanuali

 

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