Monday, December 31, 2012
I took my Swann Freestyle HD out to try it on the road around Diamond Head. I stuck the camera on my windshield and rolled through the lookouts. Check it out. There is a strange line that shows up in the images sometimes, I think it may be from the housing?? This video is shot in 720/60
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Cloudy and raining this morning in Waikiki, that's great! Diamond Head is usually green this time of year but not this time around. It is very dry and we need more rain. Of course very little rain means great days for the beach and spectacular views. If you look closely you can see the hikers on top of Diamond Head taking photos of Waikiki. I can see the photographers hiking Diamond Head every day easily from my lanai but they usually don't show up on the time lapse. Have a great day! ALOHA
Did you know Time Warner may be charging a "lease fee" for your cable modem? They are doing it in my area. Check your bill.......
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
I had a nice walk on the beach this morning in Waikiki. If you click on the link above you can watch the 5 minute slide show I put together. There is a little audio in there too so you can listen to the waves. There is still some vog lingering around O'ahu and creating some really nice sunsets. The air is getting a little cooler and almost seems like "winter"? I heard on the radio this morning about being careful not to pile up snow against the foundation. Not much trouble with that around here. The temperature now is 75 Fahrenheit here in Honolulu, it's also 75 degrees in Hilo roght now. The air is pretty clear, great time for a stay in Waikiki
Friday, December 28, 2012
Waikiki Sunset 12/28/2012 at the Groin (video)
I got this new Swann Freestyle HD and shot this time lapse with it at sunset. Waikiki Hawaii at the Kapahulu Groin. The camera has a 170 degree wide view lens. I didn't use any effects and the video was made with Picasa time lapse
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
there are so many people that two escalators broke and almost everybody at Ala Moana was waiting for the elevator and my dad just made me walk across the hole shopping center until we found an escalator.
a lot of people must like Lego because when i passed by almost half of the Legos were gone and the workers were getting hit and smashed.
as me and my dad were going to Macy's we stopped by to watch the hula so many people were there that you could not hear the chanting or the ipu.
right before we left the craziness the noise died down and everyone was leaving soon it was almost empty.
so my advice to you is shop early or come home with bruises.
Morebeer Conical Fermenters
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Ki - The Ti Leaf Plant
The Ti Plant Called Ki
by Dino Labiste
Over the vast, South Pacific Ocean came the double-hulled canoes, searching northward into an unknown sea. On these voyagining canoes were the Children of Tangaroa, Tane, Ti and Rongo. In search of new land, these Polynesian settlers, called Kanaka Maoli (The People), came upon a chain of islands. With them they brought various seeds, tubers and roots to plant in their new homeland, Hawai'i.
One of the introduced plants to Hawai'i by the early Polynesians was a tall, stalk with tightly clustered, green, oval and blade-shaped leaves. The leaf was about 4 inches wide and varied from 1 to 2 feet long. It was a fast growing woody plant that reached from 3 to 12 feet in height. The plant was Cordyline fruticosa. Known to the Hawaiians as Ki, it was a ti plant, a member of the lily family.
Ki was considered sacred to the Hawaiian god, Lono, and to the goddess of the hula, Laka. It was also an emblem of high rank and divine power. The kahili, in its early form, was a Ki stalk with its clustered foliage of glossy, green leaves at the top. The leaves were used by the kahuna priests in their ancient religious ceremonial rituals as protection to ward off evil spirits and to call in good.
There were many uses for the ti plant in old Hawai'i. The boiled roots were brewed into a potent liquor known as 'okolehao. The large, sweet starchy roots were baked and eaten as a dessert. This versatile plant also had many medicinal uses, either alone or as a wrapping for other herbs needing to be steamed or boiled. The ti leaves were wrapped around warm stones to serve as hot packs, used in poultices and applied to fevered brows. A drink from boiled green ti leaves were used to aid nerve and muscle relaxation. Steam from boiled young shoots and leaves made an effective decongestant. The pleasantly fragrant flowers were also used for asthma. Besides its use in healing practices, the large ti leaves became roof thatching, wrappings for cooking food, plates, cups, fishing lures on hukilau nets, woven into sandals, hula skirts, leis and rain capes.
How to Care for a Ti Plantby Charmayne Smith
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Holiday Decorations 2012
Waikiki Sunrise 12/17/2012 over Diamond Head
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
This video shows a relatively large drip system for my Bamboo palm in a 3 gallon pot. If you have smaller plants you should use a smaller cup and you can hang the drip cup over the plant while watering. This is a great way to recycle in your home and makes watering your plants a little easier.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
|Puakenikeni, Kane'ohe Hawai'i|
Puakenikeni is one of my favorite Hawaiian flowers. The smell is very strong and unique. Some may say the smell is similar to this or that but it really is a unique smell of its own. I once planted this small tree in my front yard out by the road. I now live in a condo and no longer have my tree. It is very common to put a few of these flowers in your car for a wonderful smell all day. Whenever leaving home I would stop off and place a couple in my truck. The flower does not last long and it will be wilted and gone by the end of the day, no matter how you treat it. The Puakenikeni is often used to make lei and has a very wonderful smell. The lei will bruise easily because the flower is very fragile. It is sometimes hard to find this lei because of that. The flowers range in color from almost white to a deep orange. When they first open they are white, as they get a couple hours older they begin to darken. The lighter color is desived because they will last longer. If you put your lei in your room before going to bed, your whole house will smell wonderful!
Cultivation is usually done by air layering but the plant redily produces seeds in a small inedible fruit. I have seen this small tree growing in just about every climate zones and soil types. There is usually always flowers on the plant year round.
Fagraea berteroana, Gentianaceae (gentian family)
ksid (Palau); mbua, mbua ndina, mbua ni Viti, mbua ni veikua, kandisa (Fiji); peengas, seewur peengas Chuuk); pua (Tonga, Horne Islands, ‘Uvea, Niue, Cooks, Societies, Australs, Rapa, Marquesas); pua Tonga (Tonga); pua kenikeni(Hawai‘i); pualulu (Samoa); pwur, seir pwur (Pohnpei)
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Tonkatsu with Oroshi-Ponzu
I had the tonkatsu yesterday and it was very good as usual. The Tonkatsu is crispy and the pork is very tender and juicy. The Orishi Ponsu had a grated daikon on the tonkatsu and it is served with a Ponzu dipping sauce. In true Japanese style the teishoku set has lots of okazu and miso soup. Very good rice and always a pitcher of water on the table.
Chicken Amakara Age
Akiko had the Chicken Amakara Age with a sweet ginger sauce. There are fried vegetables topping the chicken and the presentation is very pleasing. It was also very good but a little too sweet for me. If you like the sweet ginger sauce it will likely be very good for you because Akiko really enjoyed it.