Jemmie's Hawai`i

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Hawai`i's Hānai Tradition

I have two dads. I have numerous brothers and sisters... even though I am an only child. I have more aunts and uncles than I could ever hope to count... even though my mother has only three siblings and my dad one. I have a mother... but no mom. How is all this possible? Through the h ā nai... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Tsunami In Hawai`i

There is an excellent show on the History Channel tonight about two tsunamis that have hit Hawai`i--1946 and 1960. Though I grew up hearing about these destructive waves and the damage they did to the town of Hilo on the island of Hawai`i (the Big Island), there is so much in this program that I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Thunder And Lightning

Very little rain. Lots of big flashes and big booms, though. According to the weather predictions, we weren't supposed to have thunderstorms until late this week--Thursday or so. But they're here now. I brought my lovebird, Narci, inside just to be sure she isn't hit by lightning. It's beautiful to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Respecting Daddy--The Hawaiian Way

Well, I called my best friend today and asked her if she'd drive out to where we spread Daddy's ashes and float a ti leaf lei on the water as my gift to him. In Hawai`i, the ti leaf is believed to bring protection and good luck. People often keep ti leaves in their car and put them in tents when... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Very Unlike Hawai`i

It's 7:41am here and the apartment is still nearly pitch dark. This very rarely happens. In fact, the kitties had good reason to meow my ear off this morning. I wouldn't have gotten up otherwise. It was so dark at 7am that I thought it was still nearer to 5am! The rain stopped yesterday afternoon... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Toasty Socks!

Wearing my hiking socks fresh out of the drier! Feels so nice! My toes are freezing. It's only 73 here, but I was sitting outside watching the rain, so my toes got cold, cold, cold. I find the rain so comforting. And we're lucky enough in Hawai`i that when it rains it stays fairly warm, so I can go... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Christmas Weather

Wet, wet, wet. According to AOL Weather, it is supposed to start raining on Wednesday (thunderstorms and all). The rain is to last through Friday, clear up for Christmas day, then start raining again on Sunday. Personally, I'm looking forward to the rainy weather. It'll help to cool things down a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

64 degrees . . .

... and all is okay! My toes are freezing!!! Such is the life of one acclimated to Hawai`i's weather! Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 1, 2004

10 Inches In One Night!

The University of Hawai`i at Manoa campus was closed today because heavy rainfall overnight flooded many buildings and the grounds of the campus in general. In the main library, maps and other valuable documents stored in the basement were destroyed. About two miles away from the UH campus, cars... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

JEM's Hawai`i Is Dark And Dreary!

Pouring rain, ligntning, thunder. That and the yells and the running of people caught in the sudden downpour are all I see and hear right now. It's raining so hard that the neighboring building has waterfalls pouring off its rooftop, and I can barely see the building just beyond that one. We are... Sign in to see full entry.

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