Friday, January 31, 2014

Only Clouds Passing

A     L     O     H     A   !

A Swingin Safari by Bert Kaempfert on Grooveshark

Pokai Bay, Oahu

 “ The lure of the
 distant and the difficult
 is deceptive. 
The great 
opportunity is 
where you are. ”

 John Burroughs










 Lum Sai Ho Tong
1315 River St, Honolulu, HI 96817


"One kind word

 can warm 

three winter months."


 Japanese proverb










" Gray skies
 are just clouds
 passing over.  "

Duke Ellington


May YOUR weather
be pleasing,
and your travels
be safe


=^..^=
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Thanks for visiting!

                           Warmly, cloudia

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Turn to Solidarity

A     L     O     H     A   !
Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger on Grooveshark
" Be wary of
'great leaders'.
Hope
that there are
many small leaders. "

Pete Seeger






" The moment of 
near despair
is quite often
the moment that
precedes courage. "

Christopher Hitchens







" Nobody 
owes anybody 
a living, 
but everybody 
is entitled to 
a chance. "  

Jack Dempsey









"Claw"

" For the wretched
 one night is like a thousand;
 for someone faring well 
death is just 
one more night. "


Sophocles 


Solidarity Forever by Pete Seeger on Grooveshark
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                          Warmly, cloudia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Come Hula - Come BE

A     L     O     H     A   !
 " The battles that count 
aren't the ones
 for gold medals. 
The struggles within yourself
 - the invisible, inevitable
 battles inside all of us - 
that's where it's at. " 

Jesse Owens














  "  What a new face
 courage puts 
on everything!  "

 Ralph Waldo Emerson
















" You must look
 into other people 
as well as 
at them. "

Lord Chesterfield 






“That was a perfect set,” 
kumu hula Mapuana de Silva
told her women. . . her face glowing with pride. 
She said that she chose [Queen] Liliu‘okalani’s music
 to “celebrate the senses of love,
 its sounds, touches
 and tastes, 
and to bring the ha‘ena 
(glowing breath of life) here.” 

Hawaii Tribune Herald
LINK


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Mapuana de Silva
is just the loveliest person.

I have lived Hawaii
for almost 30 years
and have never seen her,
in a photo,
at a performance,
a weird camera angle
at a live TV event,
I have NEVER
seen Mapuana
that she is not 
smiling her sincere,
amazing SMILE.

Do an image search
on her name;
Get ready to
smile.

She is a top level
Kumu Hula
(Teacher, source,
spiritual leader-
choreographer,
cultural/language
expert, 
and more!)

But it is her Aloha 
that inspires on
every level,
in all she does,
far beyond her
hula family.

I hope these
shots inspire
YOUR day!

               Warmly, cloudia

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Commitment

A     L     O     H     A   !

Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass Elliot on Grooveshark

Self Confidence
is ultimately
a gift
that you give
to ALL around You.








Being Yourself
Being Your Best
is the Opposite
of Selfish.




 'Build your own dreams,
 or someone else
 will hire you
 to build 
theirs.

Farrah Gray


And if your dream
is to do a "humble" job
well,
to care for your
family,
to provide an
Honest service
to your community,
then You share my dreams
and have my respect.

Thanks so much
for looking in today.
Oh go ahead!
Leave a comment
                    Warmly, cloudia



Monday, January 27, 2014

New Year Lions Backstage 你好

A  L  O  H  A - Nihau - 你好

We see and taste,
and live China's culture
all over Honolulu,
all through Hawaii.





 Chinese New Year
  is a special time of year to me.






We Hear it,
See it, Taste it,
and 
SMELL it!










































End of a Long Day - Heads OFF!
 Not ALL
 of the lion dancers are teens, 
OR Chinese.







 "Secret Alley" 
Chinese Cultural Center, Chinatown Honolulu











Lions in ones and twos,
retreated behind a closed door
while I took the shot 
above this one
(and some in our party
drank some "Alley Beers")
I snuck the door open a 
crack and found
the secret Lion Store Room!


The Year of the Wood Horse
starts Jan 31st.

Honolulu is just
getting started


GUNG HEE FAT CHOY!

Wishing YOU
the best year yet!

Leave a comment :)

                  Fondly, cloudia





Sunday, January 26, 2014

PRO BOWL STARTING

A L O H A !
Welcome
 Pro-Bowlers & Fans!









NOT Super Sunny today in Honolulu
But it is Warm & Wonderful!

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                     Warmly, cloudia



    A      L      O      H      A   !  
 “ Beautiful things 
don’t ask
 for attention. ” 

Sean O’Connell


" No,                             
 they command it! "
cloudia




I rounded the hedge, there he was: 
staring into my eyes! 
Didn't care to be photographed-






Click on this photo to gloat at the prices ($ USD)
Waimanalo, Oahu (LINK)



" The day, water,
 sun, moon, night -
 I do not have to 
purchase these things
 with money. "

Plautus 


=^..^=

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Warmly, cloudia


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hawaii's Highway

A      L      O      H       A   !
Most goods come to Hawaii by ship

William Matson (1849–1917)
 was the founder
of the Matson Navigation Company.
 He was born in 
Lysekil in Västra Götaland
CountySweden,
 and orphaned during childhood.
He arrived in 
San Francisco
after a trip around 
Cape Horn in 1867.
Working aboard the Spreckels family yacht,
he struck up a friendship with sugar tycoon
Claus Spreckels,
 who financed many of Matson's new ships.
 In 1882 the three masted schooner
Emma Claudina
ran to the 
Hawaiian Islands
.
The enterprise began in the carrying of merchandise,
especially of plantation stores, to the islands
and returning with cargoes of sugar. "

Wikipedia

LINK





Click photo to see the cars aft.
Those tiny boxes amidships
tower over one's car as trucks take
them about our highways.


" Matson is credited with
 introducing mass tourism to 
Hawaii
 with the opening of the historic Moana Hotel
(March 11, 1901
 now known as the Moana Surfrider Hotel)
 and the 
Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki
 on the island of Oahu. "


Wikipedia






CLICK TO ENLARGE Tiny Barge!
Barges like this one,
 towed by great oceangoing tugs,
 take goods from Honolulu Harbor
to the neighbor islands













Many shipping lines call at Honolulu



" The sincere friends of this world
 are as ship lights
 in the stormiest of nights. "


Giotto di Bondone 







Do click on photo to see
 aircraft on the runway behind ship

" Four hoarse blasts
 of a ship's whistle
 still raise the hair 
on my neck 
and set my feet 
to tapping. "

John Steinbeck 




Aircraft, 
like this jumbo military fellow,
 bring people,
and time-sensitive supplies.
Hawaiian Airlines is regularly
the most on-time airline
in America!


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             Warmly, cloudia


Friday, January 24, 2014

Google/Blogger Problems

A      L      O      H      A   !


" Intellectuals solve problems, 

geniuses prevent them. "

Albert Einstein

   > <  }  }  ( ° >

Could it BE?!
Google Down?
Blogger Down,
then Up,
then
Down Again?
!
Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:50:07 PM EST

"Gmail And Google+ Go Down Across The World,
 Service Returns After Roughly 50 Minutes"

LINK

How very strange-

Did you experience it too?

Thanks for making it here!

Comment if you CAN

                     Warmly, cloudia



Resting for the Dragons

A     L     O      H     A  !
Koko Head Crater (Link)

" Cease to inquire 
what the future has
 in store, 
and take as a 
gift 
whatever the day 
brings forth. "

Horace 







" The mind 
ought sometimes 
to be diverted
 that it may return to 
better thinking. "

Phaedrus 









" In our leisure
 we reveal
 what kind of 
people
 we are. "

Ovid 


  =^..^= 

Getting healthier every day,
cleaning up, stocking up,
resting up!

Saturday will see
Honolulu Chinatown
E R U P T
with 
Lunar (Chinese) New Year
Celebration:
Dancing Lions, wandering
dragons, crowds,
calligraphy to buy,
Horoscope books
for the 
Year of the Horse.

I wish YOU prosperity
in every shape 
and form!

Thanks for visiting
"Comment" us :-)

                       Warmly, cloudia

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Impromptu Adventure

A     L     O     H     A   !
 "An adventure
 is only an inconvenience
 rightly considered. -









- An inconvenience
 is only an adventure
 wrongly considered. "

G.K. Chesterton








" We are each
 gifted
 in a unique and 
important way.
 It is our privilege
 and our adventure
 to discover 
our own special 
light.  "

Evelyn Dunbar


> <  }  }  ( ° >

Most of my adventures
take place
in my own head
these days.

Routine can be 
comforting
when life has been
anything but -
Ye,t it's good
to shake things up
once in a while.

I drove to shop
in Hawaii Kai,
and the highway 
going back to Honolulu
looked like a 
parking lot.

On islands,
the main roads
are often coastal;
Not too many 
options.

But I decided
to make it an adventure
and continue around
the isle,
and come back
to town over 
the Pali Highway
through the 
Ko`olau mountains

H = Home, S= Shopping
P= Pali Highway

I chose an adventure
over a traffic jam.

Right choice!

I fell in love
with Oahu all over
again.

What a gorgeous day!
(Just sayin`)
& Sharing it with
YOU
is the best part.
Please keep safe
in Your adventures-

Toodle-OOO
       Warmly, cloudia