Catching up with Friends

On Tuesday two of my good friends and I went to eat dinner at Moku Kitchen. I was excited for this outing because my friends haven’t seen each other in MONTHS! (I’ve hung out with both separately). We caught up with one another over pumpkin ravioli, chicken wings, garlic Parmesan fries and burgers. Then the conversation continued over sweet treats from Butterfly Ice Cream.

We talked about travel (one is going to London next week and the other is off to Tokyo next month!!), work, mused about our high school classmates and other topics. It was a fun night. One friend is hilarious and I always laugh my butt off when he’s around. I never get tired of him and his stories, and I secretly want his life because so many funny things keep happening to him.

I miss seeing them every day like in high school. But as adults I appreciate when I do get to hang out with my friends.

From way back in 6th grade I knew how important friendships were and remembered that it was better to have a few real friends than an army of acquaintances. Hanging out with these two reinforced that notion. We might not see each other too often but I always feel good afterward. They’re nice people and I’m glad that they’re in my life.

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I have to be honest and confess that I haven’t watched ANY of the awards shows this year. I haven’t seen half of the movies nominated (however, I do want to see Hidden Figures) so it’s not interesting.

But I only watch the shows to see what this celebrity or that is wearing. (Did you see Taraji P. Henson’s naked dress at the SAG Awards? I didn’t watch, but saw pictures.) I could care less who wins awards, but for the Oscars this year I’m hoping Moana takes home a statue for Best Animated Feature. It’s up against another Disney favorite Zootopia so that category is going to be a nail biter. And, I do want to see local girl Auli’i Cravalho sing the title song “How Far I’ll Go.”

So, ok, I will be watching this years Oscars for more than the fashion.

Will you be watching the Oscars?

Around the Island: Punahou Carnival 2017

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This weekend was the annual Punahou Carnival, an event that draws thousands of Oahu residents each first weekend of February to the campus to eat good food, play games, and have fun. This year, the junior class was responsible for putting on the event.

This was only the second time I’ve been to the carnival, the first being when my cousin was a senior and my relatives invited us to watch her perform at the senior play. It was a fun time. We mostly ate, though.

This year, I still went for the food, but played games as well. My boyfriend and I ended up with too many scrips (even after buying food items) and we needed to get rid of them. The games were the usual carnival fare and even if you didn’t win, you received prize coupons that could be redeemed for prizes in Kiddie Land. (We had five coupons, and I used all to get an LED balloon).

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We went in the afternoon, and it was crowded. People were everywhere, eating, playing games, standing in lines and screaming on the rides. Music was blaring from loudspeakers. It was a very festive atmosphere.

After walking around the grounds (Punahou is a nice campus!), we did our thing.

The food booths were the largest gathering place, with lines that were more than ten people deep. But they were popular for a reason: the food was good! We ate teri burgers with cheese, ice cream (cup and bar, at two different times) and an acai bowl. Malasadas (fried balls of yeast dough) are the most popular item at the carnival and both booths had ridiculously long lines. I didn’t want to wait that long, while my boyfriend was all for it. Unfortunately for him, no malasadas.

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But that was ok…I think.

In addition to rides, games, and food booths, there was also a silent auction where everything from autographed sporting goods and gift certificates to food baskets and jewelry were being bid on; an art gallery, the popular White Elephant sale and a farmers market.

We went to all of them.

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Farmers Market

After spending over an hour there, we walked home. It was fun like before and the weather held up (it is winter and it always rains, not this year, apparently!). I want to go at night to see how it is. According to some people, it’s less crowded and not as hot.

Music Monday: “The Hurt”-Kalapana

Kalapana. It’s the name of a town on the Big Island, but also one of Hawaii’s most popular recording groups with hits like “The Hurt” and “What Do I Do.” After their lead singer, Mackey Feary, committed suicide in 1999, the group has continued recording and touring, but their music isn’t the same. Feary had a distinct singing style that can’t be emulated.

Last week my guitar teacher gave me this song to learn because one of his other students brought it in, and we got to talking about the band (he went to high school with Feary). “The Hurt” is one of my favorite Kalapana songs and with the exception of one chord, is an easy song to play.

Here it is for all of you to enjoy.