Name~ Hokule'a Kealoha
Short Bio~Hokule'a Kealoha is the Nom De Plume of a writer that formerly lived in Hawaii and is now living a life of adventure on the highways and byways of the American South . I am a Born Again follower of Jesus, as well as a wife, mother of cats and dogs,jeweler, entreprenuer, photographer and pilgrim...
Age~ Old enough to know better
Status~ Newly Single after 13 years of marriage,fur mom to the loving and devoted mini ShihTzu doggie Annabelle, born 6-11-2007 RIP 2-25-09, and the beautiful Abigail born 2-14-09
Hair Color~ natural brown/grey
Mood~ I ALWAYS have a mood, try me...
Loving~ Jesus, Hawaii, my furry friend, Abigail, my Pen Pals, Jewelry ,Blogging ,Writing anything,my Ipod,and being outdoors surrounded by my wonderful natural surroundings
Hating~ Boom Box Cars, Earspray, Abuse of Power,
Underwired! Louisville's magazine for Women
In Store~The Magazine for the American Jeweler
Books in Progress...
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Just Finished Reading
Jesus, Divine Mercy ~
I Trust In You~
My Favorite Past Posts~Relive The Journey!~
Home Is Where The Heart Is
The Poor With Us
Because Its The Hardest Thing I Can Do
We Have All Become Victims
Lest I Forget
The Most Important Words
May Perpetual Light Shine On Them
A City In Motion
The Quiet Storm
Fellowship of the Cane
Like Dead Unremembered: A 9-11 Tribute
The Medicine Machine
One Giant Leap
In The Steps of St. Francis
Too Much Information
The Un Choice
The Holly and the Ivy
The First 9-11, Dec 7,1941
Small Moments of Silence
Peaches to Winnipeg
Dreaming of Hawaii
The White Line is the Lifeline for the Nation
Warnings of a New Civil War
I Will Be True To The Promise I Have Made
The Snowy Bloody Day
Cats in the Cradle
Rebirth of a City
For Posterity's Sake
The New Civil War
Every Mother's Son
And There You Stayed, Temporarily Lost at Sea
The Lone Rider
The Bible Is Not the Fourth Member of the Trinity
Rome Wasn't Built With Union Labor
Happy Birthday Mom ~revised~
A Beautiful Noise
The Wearing of the Red
The Joyful Traveler
Hoiliili "To Gather Up"
Ke Makakilo (My Observations)
He Giveth Sleep
Save The Children
You're Joking, Right?
I Am Not A Failure
O,To Grace, How Great A Debtor
Lost In Translation
One Small Step for Man
The Rainbow's End
No Aloha For The Weakest
The Paradoxical Comandments
The Time Is Now
When No Fruit Is On The Vine
St. Edith Stein~Pray for Us
Religion Link List~
My Secret is Mine
Ignatius Insight-Online Magazine
Fr John Corapi SOLT
Dr. Scott Hahn St Paul Center
Fr. Mitch Pacwa~ Ignatius Productions
Political Link List~
Arkansas Link List~
Little Portion Hermitage
John Michael Talbot website
John Michael Talbot Myspace page
1st United Methodist Church Bella Vista
Northwest Arkansas Guide
Metro Woman Business Directory of NW Arkansas
Live WebCam Feed from the Mauna Lani Resort, Kohalla, Big Island of Hawaii
Click here for Aloha Joe!Live Hawaiian Music 24/7
St. Damien of Molokai'i, Patron of Hawaii and the Outcasts among us, pray for us....
Hawaii Links~ ~
For more Hawaii links Click Here
Volcano Updates (Pele's Mood Meter)Hawaii Volcano Observatory
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcano Watch Archives
Mauna Kea Observatory
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Technorotica for Blogging~
Who Links Here...Click here to see who's linking to this site. Powered by WhoLinksToMe.com
Globe of Blogs~Blog search engine
The Blog Search Engine
Nuzio's Place on the Web
MWBS Wordpress Edition
Technorotica for Jewelers, and the Jewelry Trade~
Gemological Institute of America
The Drouhard National Jewelers School
The Conner School
August 11, 2004
Eyes of the World
paddlers from Austrailia at the IVF canoe paddling championships
The Paddling World that is. This is one of the biggest sporting events to ever come to Hilo, We have about 10000 people here visiting for this week. We dont have enough room in our few hotels, so people are sleeping at the Natl. Guard Armory, and bedding down at school gyms and even on Hilo bay in the canoe hale (houses)where their canoes are stored. The weather is flawless and so far I have met some of the people and they are very nice and terribly excited to be here. For some of the young people this is the first time they have been off their small islands and this is the "Big City"... makes me smile!
here is todays report from the Trib
Slicing the waves
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 9:18 AM HST
Weather is just right for canoe practice runs
By JASON ARMSTRONG
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Visitors to Hilo often find many things to appreciate, but cloudy weather is rarely one of them -- until now.
Tuesday morning's overcast skies and occasional passing shower were very much welcomed by the 1,800 paddlers in town for the weeklong International Va'a Federation Hilo World Sprints.
"The conditions are great," said Toby Medeiros, a competitor from Lanikai, Oahu. "It's great for a six-man and a one-man race because the wind is down and the current is even so that will make for an even race for everybody."
The clouds help to keep the racers cool, said Medeiros, whose familiarity with Lanikai, ranked as Hawaii's best beach, didn't temper his appreciation for Hilo Bayfront Park.
"You have a beautiful beach here," he said after exiting the water with his solo outrigger canoe.
Afternoon conditions changed, however, as the sun came out and the mercury rose.
Still, that didn't seem to bother the athletes that much, some of whom jogged up and down the beach.
"When we left, it was 14 degrees - (about 57 degrees Fahrenheit)," said Allen Rasmussen, one of three coaches for the team from Mooloolaba, Australia.
"Come on, guys. You got 15 minutes (to practice)," he shouted at the 34-member junior team of paddlers whose ages range from 14 to 19.
Things appeared to go smoothly as the 20 nations and territories participating in the outrigger canoe races took their final practices in Hilo Bay before today's start of competition.
"The paddlers have been very cooperative," said Randy Botti, event beach coordinator.
All teams have received practice time, even those that arrived late due to missed flights or other travel complications, he said.
"They're not going to get mad if you're happy," Botti said of his approach to coordinating the shared use of the outrigger canoes. "They understand what a smile is."
The activities attracted the attention of Luz Willrodt, a recent transplant from South Dakota.
"I saw people walking by the (Suisan) bridge, and I just followed them," she said.
Willrodt noted it's still cold and breezy back in South Dakota.
"Not here," she added, while holding an umbrella and a pair of binoculars. "It's very refreshing -- the water."
Canopy tents lined the beach, while loudspeakers bellowed Hawaiian music as the paddlers took turns with the brightly colored canoes made especially for this event.
"It's a beautiful place," said Juan Soler, who is helping to promote the 15-member Rapa Nui team.
He called the conditions "fantastic."
"(It's) something we don't have in Rapa Nui. We don't have good conditions for this sport. Only open ocean," Soler said.
Amid the laid-back atmosphere are several food vendors on hand to help nourish the athletes.
That can be a difficult task given the variety of cultures and languages that are represented, noted Steve Pavao, chief professional officer for the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island.
Pavao, who is helping run the club's food booth, said he found the best approach is to display the items.
"We had to put out samples," he said. "I think people have a hard time with the language barrier. Sometimes it's easier to just point."
Other residents have been sharing their aloha as well, even doing what they could to mend strained relations with France.
After discovering cool sleeping conditions at the National Guard Armory, the French team received donated blankets and has enjoyed free rides while hitchhiking around Hilo, team captain Olivier Petilleon said through an interpreter.
Unable to obtain rental cars, the members hitch rides simply by wearing their teal shirts with the word "France" written on the back and carrying their canoe paddles, he said.
Like many teams, the paddlers from Rapa Nui are here not to win, but to learn.
"For us, it's very important to participate because the sport is alive," Soler said.