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February 8, 2010

Aloha all,

Don'tcha just love it when things all seem to come together?

Last week, while working to meet my book deadline, my hula sisters and I were involved in a fund raiser. We had the monumental task of making 600 lau lau. It was supposed to be 500 but that's another story. Our teacher, Beverly, who shares her love of music and hula with us, has decided we are all taking a trip to Molokai, a neighbor island that's full of history. It's the island of the Hanson's Disease colony where Father ...

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Published on February 08, 2010 11:14 • 14 views

January 24, 2010

Aloha All,

So, where have I been for two months? You tell me. Flood in Hanalei. Practices for hula performances for long term care homes, hospitals, retirement centers, the performances themselves, Christmas celebrations and gift giving for Kauai friends, packing up for the mainland for an over-three week long visit.

Arrived in Long Beach and thank goodness we were there a week early this year. Christmas preparations were calm and easy. We then hosted our annual Christmas Eve dinner for...

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Published on January 24, 2010 18:20 • 31 views

November 20, 2009

Aloha All,

I promise to catch up soon. Lots has happened on Kauai this last week and there will be photos to view.

For now, I'm going to pass on some news from my friend and fellow writer, the incomparable Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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Her latest release, the paperback edition of WHAT I DID FOR LOVE, will be out in January. She has a video trailer on YouTube she wrote herself. Her daughter, a former film editor produced it and Susan is excited for readers to see it.

Here's the link. If you can't g...

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Published on November 20, 2009 11:30 • 50 views

November 5, 2009

Aloha All,

I seem to be on a reading binge between work sessions. I finished FINGER LICKIN' FIFTEEN and it proved to be as hilarious as the rest of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch.

Then it was on to Fannie Flagg, another favorite writer. I read STANDING IN THE RAINBOW, a story that covers the characters who inhabit a small town from the 1940's to the present. It was a great read, one that I hated to see come to an end, but there are so many books, so little time (as the saying...

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Published on November 05, 2009 12:21 • 42 views

October 29, 2009

Aloha All,

Necessity is the mother of invention. I like to substitute the word creativity instead.

That certainly holds true for those who live on islands or perhaps in small rural communities as well. We don't have access to a variety of stores so when it comes time to come up with things like costumes for Halloween or other parties, we rely on creativity and invention and use whatever we can scrounge up.

(This doesn't hold true for those who plan ahead and order things online, but I'm not...

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Published on October 29, 2009 12:31 • 33 views

October 22, 2009

Aloha!

On a roll? No, that's not a dinner roll, thought that sound pretty good right now. As you can probably tell, I've been dieting…well, not dieting, but getting back to being conscious of what I eat at least. A handful of years back I lost 35 pounds on Weight Watchers. Then I stopped Watching. Uh oh.

So, in a couple of months we'll be heading back to California, land of the lovely people who are mostly slim, blond and fit. They wear "real" clothes, know what's in style and eat mostly...

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Published on October 22, 2009 20:19 • 41 views

October 13, 2009

Aloha All,

I've promised to pile up a whole lot of pages this week on HEART OF LIES, my work in progress, so I'll keep this one short and sweet.

This past Saturday, my hula sisters and I danced at the Queen Emmalani Festival at Kokee, a lovely park in the mountains of Kauai. We did a great job and the complements are pouring in. We owe a huge thanks to the lovely woman who shares her knowledge of Hawaiian song and dance with us, Beverly Kauanui. More on the event later when I have photos.

Stev...

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Published on October 13, 2009 13:22 • 23 views

October 7, 2009

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I've decided that life definitely runs in cycles. At times nothing happens, days are slow and there is plenty of time…then at other times everything happens at once. This coming weekend, Steve is going to Molokai to paddle in the Molokai Hoe event which means he's part of a team of 12 paddlers who will be in the open ocean, crossing the channel between the islands of Molokai and Oahu. It can take hours and hours. He's been training for months and this is the biggest of the big...

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Published on October 07, 2009 14:18 • 36 views

October 1, 2009

Aloha All,

As many of you know, Kristin Hannah is not only a fellow writer but a close friend of mine. As this is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she has just launched a page on her website about a new endeavor called the "Firefly Fund."

Kristin says:

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"As many of my readers know, I was a college student when I lost my mother to breast cancer. In the years between then and now, I have been touched by the disease many more times. Just this year, one of my very favorite relatives...

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Published on October 01, 2009 20:26 • 33 views

September 30, 2009

Aloha All!

In case you were wondering where I've been, the answer is nowhere very far from home. This year for the first time in over 30 years we didn't wing our way over the Pacific from the mainland to the islands or vice versa.

Usually in July I attend the Romance Writers of America Conference where I touch base with editors, my agent, writers and long time friends. This year the event was in Washington D.C. and I couldn't bring myself to go that far, especially in July. Though I missed...

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Published on September 30, 2009 04:12 • 27 views