Kainoa, Stuff We Love, Transitions, Travel

A Liebster Mahalo


Wow! We are so incredibly grateful to Mariel from Dolce Vida, who nominated our little blog for the Liebster Award. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo Mariel!!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Liebster, it’s a “favorite blog award”, given to bloggers by bloggers. Itʻs meant for smaller blogs with less than two hundred followers to help expose them to the blogosphere and help them discover other new and upcoming bloggers.

“Liebster” is the German word for beloved or dearest and how fitting that upon being nominated, we now have the pleasure of nominating 10 of our fellow bloggers for this honor.

Here are the four elements of the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to his or her blog.
  2. Answer the 10 questions by the nominee before you.
  3. Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 readers, and notify them of their nomination.
  4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Here are the answers to Mariel’s questions:

What inspired you to create your blog? 

We three friends realized how complicated and busy our lives were getting, so we started this blog to maintain daily contact and to process, in writing and photos, our never ending cycles of life events and transitions.

What is your dream career and why?

Carolina:  Fair trade buyer that allows me to travel around world looking for interesting things to sell.

Kainoa: Travel writer. I’ve always loved traveling and immersing myself in and learning about new cultures. Although photography is something I picked up in the last 10 years, writing has always been one of my creative outlets, so combining them both, along with my love of traveling, would be awesome!

Rogene: Self-Employment / Entrepreneur. Reason? Creative Freedom

What is your favorite dessert? 

Carolina: Mudpie!

Kainoa: Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Thankfully for my waistline, I don’t make them all the time.

Rogene: Chocolate tart pie with toasted coconut

What is one thing you can’t live without? 

Carolina: Water

Kainoa: My phone. I use it for everything. Work, blogging, researching, photography, social networking, and most importantly, keeping in contact with those I care about.

Rogene: 5-minute morning meditation. Key for staying centred and reminder to remain present.

Where is your dream place to travel and why?

Carolina: Greece because of my love for weather and seafood.

Kainoa: Japan. Based upon some of my posts, I have a fascination with Korean culture, but during my singular visit to Yurihama last year, I left intrigued by the history, culture, and collective spirit of Japan. The local Japanese culture here in Hawaiʻi is pervasive and heavily influenced by the plantation and American experiences, so being able to step into a society that is uniquely and gracefully Japanese, was lovely and I wouldn’t mind spending more time there.

Rogene: Thiruvannamalai, India. Specifically, Arunachala. It is the site of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s ashram. I have a deep appreciation of Ramana Maharshi’s teachings and it would be a life changing pilgrimage.

What is ‘love’ for you? 

Carolina: Parents unconditional love. Accepting and understanding all mistakes and broken promises of someone you care about.

Kainoa: Love is what makes anything and everything possible. It can bring us to our knees or push us beyond our perceived limitations. In the end, love makes us better.

Rogene: Love is all encompassing, therefore difficult to define and  expressed in many different forms.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? 

Carolina: Soaking my feet in the ocean eating a bento and drinking an ice cold lemonade.

Kainoa: A hike through the forest in sunny, yet nippy weather. It’s an activity where most senses are engaged. Walking along, listening to the beautiful melody of native birds conversing, feeling the texture of plants and rocks on fingertips, the smell of the forest after a thick cloud of mist passes through and drops dew on leaves; I am filled with gratitude to experience such wonder.

Rogene: Snorkel, fin, sunscreen, floppy hat and a good book.

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2014? 

Carolina: Have a stress free life.

Kainoa: To take advantage of and create opportunities that allow me to connect to the world around me.

Rogene: No resolution.

What do you love to blog about?

Carolina: My random thoughts and pockets of travels I have completed.

Kainoa: Mostly Korean pop culture. I know way too much about it for my own good.

Rogene: I write about anything and everything that catches my fancy. I like to keep topics of interest diverse.

What is one thing that people do that you can’t resist and you just have to say ‘yes’ to when they ask for a favor? 

Carolina: Smile with their eyes.

Kainoa: Say “please” and “thank you”

Rogene: I’m a sucker for the “deer in headlight” look.

Here are our 10 nominations, in no particular order:

  1. Live Hilo
  2. Wahine Wednesdays
  3. he wahī paʻakai: a package of salt
  4. Introvert Japan
  5. Eh Bueno
  6. The Book of Shayne
  7. … allison
  8. No Ramen, No Life
  9. Travel and Munches
  10. Overeating is Underrated

And here are the 10 questions for the nominees to answer:

  1. What inspired you to create your blog?
  2. What is your favorite quote and by whom?
  3. What song would you choose to be your theme song?
  4. If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
  5. If they made a movie of your life, what actor would you like casted to play you?
  6. What comprised the most delicious meal you’ve ever eaten?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  8. A sentence or two describing a happy memory?
  9. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
  10. What do you admire the most about yourself?

Thanks again to Mariel and here’s to learning more about these fellow bloggers!


  1. Congratulations! And thank you so much for the blogs you’ve recommended. There are a couple I’ve just enjoyed reading through already!

    • Thanks so much! We’re very grateful for the nomination and are happy you’re enjoying those little blogs we nominated and adore.

  2. The Mrs. says

    Congratulations on your nomination ladies a job well done for all your hard work and dedication into putting together a blog. For the past few months I was unable to comment on each and every one of your blogs but don’t worry I have been keeping up to date with what’s new. Once again Congratulations and good luck!!!!!

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