Author: Carolina

Life Companion

December 19, 2015, would have marked my parents 43rd wedding anniversary, but a week prior, my mom passed away.  Though it was a very sad occasion, I have come to terms that she is in a better place where she no longer experiences the constant pain in her body and is resting.  For the past five years she had been battling a few ailments (heart failure and cancer) which all involved multiple surgeries.  Through it all, my father, her husband and life companion for the past 50 years was by her side. Though my dad does not enjoy the doctor’s office nor the hospital, he would hold it all together just to be with her.  He would go anywhere my mom would take him, even if it meant not being in a place he was comfortable.  My mom would drag my dad to her weekly health classes to learn how to eat better, care for her body, and basically socialize with others who were also going through the same things as her.  My dad listened …

Glow in the Dark

Our first visit to the Maui Ocean Center was very memorable and interesting, especially when we came across the moon jellyfish exhibit.  I was tired after chasing my toddler through the Center that when we got to this dark room with the glowing jellyfish I suddenly felt a calmness and tranquility settle upon me.  I sat and was transfixed on the jellyfish swimming in this large aquarium vessel in the middle of the room.  There were seats all around the perimeter of the room allowing visitors to also admire these beautiful sea creatures.  I think they knew that after a long day of perusing through the exhibits once you reached this one you needed to kick back and enjoy the glow. For Paula’s Thursday Special Find us on social media outlets and get to know the Holoholo Girls better! Facebook  Instagram @holohologirls Twitter

Ocean Treasures

This photo takes me back to our weekend of exploring a beautiful beach on the island of Kaua’i where we found an amazing stretch of white sand with not a single human in sight.  It was also a unique experience as we found ‘opihi nestled on the rocks right on the beach.  You normally have to scale the cliffs along the ocean to find these beautiful sea creatures as they tend to get harvested for food or for jewelry making.  We left these three lonely ‘opihi alone and continued on our walk along the beach enjoying the fresh air and sounds of the surf crashing along the shore. For Paula’s Thursday Special Find us on social media outlets and get to know the Holoholo Girls better! Facebook  Instagram @holohologirls Twitter

Tempting Ohia Lehua Blossom

Saturday evening was the culmination of the Merrie Monarch hula festivities, but not the end to the awareness of the rapid ohia death which is plaguing the island of Hawaii. Many of the hula halaus respected the unspoken ban of using the lovely ohia blossom in their hula attire as it could jeopardize future generations from enjoying the beauty of this flower.  The ohia has a significant meaning for hula and not being able to use it in abundance in the festivities was a crutch for many, but also allowed the kumu hulas (hula teachers) to think outside of the box on using other native plants and/or flowers. Until the ohia are healthy, many hula practitioners as well as lei makers will not be entering the forest on the island of Hawaii as frequent as before.  If anyone is visiting the Island of Hawaii, take note of the poster below from Rapid Ohia Death awareness group: On Monday, Hilo International Airport was flooded with flowers and leis left behind by visitors who could not remove …

Sakura Sakura Sakura 

For most of our visit in South Korea the temperature was averaging minus one degree Celsius in the morning and reaching 16 degrees Celsius by mid afternoon. For us island folks we were freezing and could not feel our fingers and toes if we stood outside for more than 10 minutes. But the turning point was seeing the lovely Sakura blossoms starting to bloom on the trees where ever we looked.  This was a telling sign that spring is definitely approaching and the weather will be getting warmer. There were many people who were walking around with shorts, t-shirts and sandals. Standing next to them our group looked like we were going skiing with all the layers of clothes and protective gear we were wearing. We were all lucky to see the beautiful Sakura blossoms, and I hope my other Hawaii friends who will be visiting South Korea next month will find a Sakura in bloom, too.  Seeing these beautiful flowers in person was quite lovely as their petals looked so fluffy and delicate.  I …

Human Totem Pole

An afternoon stroll in South Korea with the family and we came across this stop sign which caught my attention for my daughter who was sitting on my husband’s shoulders was much taller than the actual sign.  From this perspective it appears my husband is much taller than his six foot frame or that he may be standing on a rock, but the sign is shorter than the average stop signs where the highest point of this sign reached his shoulders. For Paula’s Thursday Special

A Stroll Through Hilo…

…will take you to the heart of Hilo’s oldest privately owned grocery store, KTA Super Stores, which is a block away from the Hilo Farmers Market.  If you walk along the Keawe Street side of the store you will find a large two panel mural that was designed and created by local artist Kathleen Kam. The mural is very impressive as there is so much detail to each image and the story that unfolds shares so much about the local environment, culture and people of Hilo.  I look forward to other urban art that may pop up around town. For Paula’s Thursday Special

Psychedelic Experience

During the summer of 2011 while visiting Cajamarca, Peru, the city was bustling in preparation for the country’s Presidential candidate, Keiko Fujimori, who would be making a stop to rally for the community’s support, but also celebrate her birthday.  Our hotel, Costa del Sol, was located along the Plaza de Armas which gave us front row access to all the festivities happening right outside. Prior to Keiko’s arrival that evening, we decided to walk around the Plaza and sit with the locals, but to my surprise, we were approached within a few minutes of leaving our hotel asking to take a photo with us.  I thought it was strange, but didn’t think too much about it.  As nightfall descended and the music and dancing from the front stage started to pick up, I started to feel a bit overcrowded.  There were hundreds of people that suddenly appeared out of no where and kept staring at our group.  Slowly, I started to pay more attention to what the crowd was saying as they pointed at our …

Life is a Highway

My love for travel comes from both of my parents.  I recently came across a photo of my mom in her early twenties posing with some friends in front of the Republic of Chile signage along Route 5 .  It is remarkable that I also traveled on that same road when I decided to bus it back to Santiago, Chile from Bolivia.  Life moves on, but geographical landmarks will always remain and remind us of those who came before us. I am grateful that my mom was not afraid to explore new surroundings, but I cannot imagine what a road trip must have been like during the 1950’s, for I am now spoiled with the comfort of large travel buses that purr you to sleep on initial departure from the bus terminal. Thanks to my mom’s travel stories, when it was time for me to spread my wings, I never hesitated nor doubted myself, as I knew if she could do it, so could I.  Let’s hope I can also instill in my daughter the …

Que se le ofrece, Caserita?

Outdoor markets in Lima, Peru, can always be interesting and rewarding, especially if you are looking for fresh products or tasty treats. As you pass by a stand the vendors will loudly greet you with “Que se le ofrece, Caserita?” (What can I offer you, lovely customer?) and it can get overwhelming seeing all that they have to sell, but this should not deter you from walking through an open market. Some of my most memorable experiences of living in Lima come from these open markets full of vibrant colors, bustling noises, rich conversations and intense smells. During a lunch outing with my cousins we decided to visit the neighborhood of Lince and eat at a small cevicheria stand at the local market where the fish being prepared for the customers was brought over from the adjacent stand. Seeing all the fish and seafood options was mind-boggling but soon realized I didn’t need to worry as I was going to be eating the catch of the day in my ceviche dish and wouldn’t have to …

Share Your World – 2016 Week 6

What is your favorite word? Absolutely.  I don’t use it very often, but I love when I hear it as it sounds so positive.   What is your least favorite word? Sorry.  I dislike how some people tend to use this word instead of “excuse me”, when they really did not do anything wrong, but perhaps bumped into them.  I don’t know how it came about that folks tend to think using “sorry” is appropriate, as it is asking for forgiveness for the wrong reasons.  What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Any challenge that stimulates my interests turns me on creatively. Meditation bells and yoga calms me to channel my spiritual being.  Usually music will bring out my emotional side.   What turns you off? Seeing others take advantage of those without a voice.  There are some people with power, status and resources who tend to take from these individuals (either an idea or project) and never give them credit. Sometimes I find out after the fact and I wish I had known …

Mele Mural

The student residents of UH Hilo have the pleasure of seeing a large mural surrounding the perimeter of the Hale ʻIkena lounge made by a group of students under the direction of the talented Estria Miyashiro.  It’s a pleasant sight with vibrant colors and a story to share with all who stop by to admirer it.  There are several Mele Murals that can be found around town and on the other Hawaiian islands.   WPC: Alphabets