1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144  The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168  The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on  The Eighth Twenty-Four

49  Pure Michigan
50  Ah, Youth
51  Unlikely Friend
52  Golfballogy
54  Before/After Squared
55  Hawaiiana 1
56  Hawaiiana 2
57  Hawaiiana 3
58  A New Outlook
59  Hawaiiana 4
60  Crash Dummy
61  Dogs, Boards, Kids...
62  Photographic Treasures
63  Hawaiiana 5
64  My Comb is Crooked
65  Call Me A Doctor
66  Hawaiiana 6
67  Home for Christmas
68  Led By Words
69  Pono Bowls
70  Poppy Tour
71  An Invitation
72  Wunderkammer I




The supply of Hawaiiana candidates has not run out yet.

Eddie would go


Live pono

When I first moved to Hawaii, thefts from automobiles were rampant.  People who had been here for a while recommended that an appropriate bumper sticker that identified the car as local might deter the thieves.  Along with “SAVE HONOLUA BAY” and its like, the “EDDIE WOULD GO” seemed to be best, since a tourist wouldn’t be apt to display it.  Do you know who Eddie was?

I’m kind of partial to the more recent addition “LIVE PONO”.  There is an organization called Take the LEAP, Hawaii.  Their motto is “Live healthy.  Eat well.  Be Active.  Live Pono,”  Do you know the word Pono?



Drainage ditch

Developed drainage ditch



Dry as the proverbial bone

Beautiful but ready



Wailea and Kihei are on the leeward side of Maui and in the rain shadow of Mt. Haleakalā.  The normal rain pattern brings rain in from the northeast, dumps it on the windward side as the clouds climb the mountain, and leaves little for us.  However, once in a while a system comes up from the south.  With the broad expanse of the mountain collecting water and draining it toward us and the ocean, look out!  Even with these huge drainage structures, flash flooding is an issue.



Protea flowers

Protea flowers



Samples from Upcountry Harvest



Small farms on the flanks of Mt. Haleakalā produce Protea flowers.  These wonderful and varied blossoms are arranged with more standard flowers and greenery and shipped around the world.  They are beautiful when shipped, last well, and eventually dry to another level of beauty.



Wind farm

Sugar mill



Kaheawa Wind Farm>

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.



The sight of huge turbines being turned by the wind is not unique.  However, I consider the wind farm on West Maui to be special due to its capacity.  This single string of 20 towers generates about 9% of Maui’s electricity!  The farm is currently being augmented with nearly 70% increase in generating capacity and storage batteries to extend hours of contribution.

The sight of a dirty old factory with tall stacks belching great quantities of gases is also not unique.  However, this factory is also special.  Sugar processing produces bagasse, the fibrous remains of the cane.  In Maui, this biomass is mixed with coal and burned to produce electricity.  The Maui sugar factory produces around 3% of Maui’s electricity!



'Ulalena stage play



Pono and Judy surround Maui

Entertainment at the Luau



The great god Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands out of the sea.  Then he lassoed the sun and caused it to slow down and spend more time over his creation.  All this and more is imparted during an evening of ‘Ulalena, a unique stage play covering the history of Hawaii in music and dance.

Of course, the not to be missed event for visitors is always the Luau.  Local food and entertainment feature roast pig cooked in the ground in a rock “oven” (imu) and lots of girls in grass skirts and coconut bras doing the hula!




Stylized petroglyphs



Authentic petroglyphs

Stylized petroglyphs



Petroglyphs can make the hair stand up on the back of one’s neck.  They are truly ancient and full of cultural significance.  Modern artists have taken the genre to yet another level (up or down is left to the reader).



Ho Made Apple Butter

Please steal things



The cook changed professions?

License to steal?



I’ve always enjoyed the turn of phrase that has resulted from the melting pot of languages used in the Islands.  One that always tickled me was the sign put up when something is out of order – “STAY BROKE”.  I doubt if either maker of the above signs intended my suggested meaning.



Taro pie

Taro cookies

^ Taro cookies anyone?




< Does your McDonald’s have taro pie?



Historically, taro was grown in Hawaii for poi, a staple in the diets of the old ones.  Poi is still made and consumed, but other uses for taro have been developed.  Try taro pie, taro cookies, taro bread and rolls, and yes, see what you think about poi.  If you ate that white paste in kindergarten, you might even like poi.

Last week I found ‘ono (delicious) taro rolls at Costco!



My thanks to Judy Edwards, who was the source of a number of pictures in this Hawaiiana series.  To follow her adventures, see her blog at http://www.maui.net/explore-maui/green-maui/?ck=15.