Archive for January, 2013

Kung Hee Fat Choy! Year of the Snake

January 31st, 2013
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Kung Hee Fat Choy 2013! Welcome the Year of the Snake


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I can never figure out when The Chinese New Year celebration occurs and just read that it starts with the "New Moon on the first day of celebration and ends on the full moon 15 days later". On the 15th day the Lantern Festival is held at night, a beautiful tradition. The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle)... Have I lost you? This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. So this is why the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year, as per the solar calendar.

Celebration is held to honor Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and family ancestors. Departed relatives are remembered with reverence. They lay the foundation for good fortune for the family. Parades throughout the world are held this week in a celebration many thousands of years old.  Scholars estimate the Chinese calendar began during the reign of Huangdi translating the year 2013 to the "chinese year" 4,711.  Or some say 4,709 or could be 4,650, but who's counting? No one I know who's over 50... In any event this is one heck of a celebration for the family... little red envelopes full of money, the sweet cakes and sugared fruits, all part of the celebration of the lunar new year.

My favorite is the dragon and lion dancing. In ancient China villagers feared the springtime attacks of the dreaded "Nian" a dragon-like beast from under the sea (it also lives high in the mountains so beware).  The Nian looked for adults, children and dogs. It was sensitive to loud noises and it didn't like the color red. Drums, plates, and bowls were turned into noise makers. Firecrackers were tossed, babies dressed in bright red, and red banners and flags were flown throughout the village-- all of this to scare away the big bad Nian. So get ready to welcome 2013 Year of the Snake! This year is good for Dragon sign and even if this is not a year that is maximum good luck in your chart, you know the Chinese, there are always talismans and feng shui you can implement to neutralize bad luck coming your way or to increase your favor with the Heavens. Life is Good
For those of you who are not so superstitious

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What? No Fish!?

January 24th, 2013
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What? No Fish!?

IMG_1795 Local catch by a private fisherman

Anyone know why my friends in the restaurant business can't find fresh Hawaiian ahi? There seems to be almost no fresh local tuna for sale at least not from the wholesale sources to restaurants who have ordered daily seafood deliveries for years. Maybe if you go down to United Fishing you can buy a good whole fish but response from the wholesalers who provide pre-cut and cleaned fish to many restaurants in town is that "People just don't realize that local fish in Hawaiian waters has become more and more scarce. The day is coming when we won't see any local fish. Get used to imported fish."

My friend says that this morning he finally found ahi at another wholesale house but for three times! the usual price and Opakapaka is around $15/lb which means for us it's like close to $28/ and a filet would be more than the finest cut of filet mignon. Gosh that's more than Maine lobster. What's happening in our Hawaiian waters?

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Pet Friendly

January 19th, 2013
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Pet Friendly
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My mother loves dogs. She's always had a dog as a child so when I heard that she vehemently opposed her condo becoming pet friendly I was in shock. Her reasoning is based on dogs and cats' dander, barking, messes on the grounds of common property, that kind of potential problem. All true but if you're a responsible owner and you've got house rules and those rules are maintained then all of that shouldn't become issues for owners or neighboring tenants. The fact is that whether you have a bowl full of goldfish, a parakeet, rabbits, guinea pigs or a loving dog or cat, during times of stress, having a pet can lower one's blood pressure and increase your alpha state. Dog owners tend to stay more physically fit, less lonely, and according to AARP, pets make for less fearful elders and all of us baby boomers stepping into the golden realm of aging are looking at a major change in life phase. I never thought about the importance of creating a will or outlining my health care preferences. I see my priorities shifting and I'm not alone. Millions of us are confronting similar issues and we all seem to be looking carefully at "quality of life" considerations. Especially for those of us who may be living alone a pet can be the comfort you are missing. Alan Beck, director of Purdue University's "Center for the Human- Animal Bond" says, "Animals provide us with much of the same kind of social support that people do." I know that my dogs give me their unconditional affection whenever and wherever I'm in need.

http://www.pacificnetwork.tv/pet-blessing/

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Elvis' Hawaii 40th

January 12th, 2013
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Elvis' Hawaii 40th

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This month is the 40th Anniversary of Elvis’ Aloha from Hawaii concert! and Hilo Hattie is a major sponsor of a celebration. They're the official retailer in the state of Hawaii with exclusive authorized Elvis Presley Hawaii licensed products so they've created a fun Elvis “store within a store” at their Nimitz location. Open to the public to celebrate Elvis’ 40th anniversary in conjunction with Hilo Hattie’s 50th anniversary, many folks may not know that Elvis came to Hawaii to put on this historical concert specifically to raise support for the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial. During this Elvis celebration the public is invited to share in the excitement at various locations.

Remaining events include: Saturday, January 12th from 11:00am to 1:00pm, watch the live broadcast of famed concert promoter, Tom Moffatt, at Hilo Hattie's store. Moffatt was a close friend to both Elvis and his manager Colonel Tom Parker and played a major role in bringing Elvis to Hawaii for several appearances, including the original “Aloha from Hawaii - Satellite Special” in 1973. If you can’t make it to the store, you can listen to the live broadcast via radio station KKOL, 107.9 Hawaii’s Kool Gold. Monday, January 14th at the Neal Blaisdell Arena, there is a 40th Anniversary Screening of Elvis’ Aloha from Hawaii.

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"Bob"

January 7th, 2013
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"Bob"

A very popular video gone viral worldwide, enjoy!

BOB / 2009 from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

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