Saturday, October 3, 2009


Welcome Back To Honolulu
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Makiki Christian Church
"I want freedom for the full expression of my personality."
Mahatma Gandhi

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken
and the wisest might err."
Mahatma Gandhi

"The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Whatever you do will be insignificant,
but it is very important that you do it."
Mahatma Gandhi

What's a Honolulu obsessed gal like me supposed to do on a weekend like this one? Everything is happening all at once: too many treats, too little tummy.

Say: This is good practice for Halloween!

There's an "Autumn in Honolulu" buzz that started humming on Thursday with the opening of our first Victoria's Secret! The lines around the mall, and gushing local TV coverage were actually kind of sweet. But I needed to save myself for today.

The Daughters of Hawaii were founded in 1903. One must have a documented ancestor who resided in Hawaii circa 1880 to be a Daughter. These ladies "preserve the culture, history & language" of our Isles. And today they hold their big, public fundraiser of the year, the 33rd Annual Day at Queen Emma's Summer Palace in the cool uplands of Nu'uanu. This historic summer home of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma (from 1857 - 1885) is one of the properties that the Daughters administer, maintain, and share with the public. Queen Emma was the first Hawaiian Queen to visit the White House. She also met Queen Victoria who said of her: "Nothing could be nicer or more dignified than her manner." This is the lady who started our Queens Hospital too.

Queens Hospital:

Daughters of Hawaii:

Food, island crafts, Displays of historic Victoriana & Hawaiiana, and the best local entertainment, from 9:00 am-5:00. Pace yourself, girl!

. . . Because the historic Makikiki Christian Church is having their

Fall Festival today too, a celebration by members of both the Japanese and English language ministries. Built in 1932, the building (one of my local favorites!) resembles Kochi Castle in Japan's Shikoku Prefecture, the home of church founder Reverend Okamura. Look for the two golden dolphins dancing atop the castle tower, Christian symbols known in feudal Japan. Rev. Okamura ministered to the Japanese immigrants who came in the late 19th century to work on the sugar plantations, especially as they found their way to jobs and small businesses here in town. 8:30am - 1pm. . .

A few blocks away at the Blaisdell, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii,and Panda Express, proudly present the 61st Narcissus Festival's Splendor of China boasting:
• 130 Booths – Shop, Eat, & Enjoy Interactive Cultural Exhibits

• Narcissus Queen Contestants Debut

• Keiki Corner

• Chinese Dog Show

• Acrobatic Pole Lion Dance

• 2010 Shanghai World Expo Display.

Historic 200 Photo Exhibit –"30 Years of China-US Relations"


  • World Famous QiGong Grand Master Tu from Taiwan

  • Beijing Acrobatic Dancers from Heartbeat Hawaii

  • World Famous Chinese Folk Singers

  • How Could I Miss All That ????!!!!

But how can I do all this AND make it to Hawaii Pacific Islands Kava Festival at the University of Hawaii too? I think I'm gonna need that slightly narcotic, traditional Pacific drink that the Hawaiians called "Awa" to unwind after all my globe trotting and time shifting. I don't see how I can do ALL this, and STILL make it to the opening ceremonies of Filipino American History Month at the main branch, Hawaii State Library at 1:30pm!

Glad I made it an early evening at last night's monthly First Friday gallery walk and pub crawl down in Chinatown!

Should I survive, you may expect to see a collage of interesting and disjointed photos over the next week. It's a tough gig, but somebody has to do it. . .

I mean (of course) Walking in Waikiki. . .

ALOHA, Friends! Cloudia