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Fashion Week

December 15th, 2014

Honolulu's first ever Fashion Week came and went, and it was an exciting showcase of top local designers. What talent we have in these Islands!

Honolulu Fashion Week

Honolulu Fashion Week

My daughter recently expressed interest in becoming a fashion designer, and has tried to sketch dresses for Disney princesses before. To encourage any budding skills, I offered to take her to one of the events.


We went to a Saturday fashion show and were invited to look backstage as well. Olivia loved it! The lights, the loud music, the energy, the excitement - she said it was the highlight of her day. I love that she loved it!

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It's fun to people-watch before the event. I saw all kinds of local and even international celebrities, some friends, and struck up an engaging conversation with the woman sitting next to me.

With my friend Jen

With my friend Jen

My colleague and counterpart Grace Lee

My colleague and counterpart Grace Lee

We met a tailor backstage, and Olivia is now asking me to buy her sewing lessons. I actually would like to learn to sew as well - maybe a mother-daughter hobby?

Hawaiian Airlines' exhibit at the fashion show.

Hawaiian Airlines' exhibit at the fashion show.

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Traditional cloth dyeing on Kaho`olawe

November 28th, 2014

I went to Kaho`olawe recently. One of the cultural activities we learned on Kaho`olawe was how Native Hawaiians dyed cloth. In this video, Mike Naho`opi`i, the executive director of the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, explains how it's done.


Basically, we made mud out of a red dirt crater, put the items in, and let them sit for a day.


We went back the next day and they were ready. The final result was a lightly colored reddish tan.

To set the color, Mike recommended the items be rinsed in the ocean. He says not to wash other items with these red-dirt dyed clothes because it will always bleed a little.

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5th Annual Mini Con at McCully-Moiliili Public Library

September 26th, 2014

The McCully-Moiliili Public Library will host its Fifth Annual Mini Con on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this free event to meet talented local artists and receive some of their cool artwork.

ILLO PupChain

ILLO PupChain

Artists headlining the Fifth Annual Mini Con include:

* Audra Furuichi, creator of nemu*nemu, a webcomic about a pair of stuffed pups that come to life and enjoy everyday adventures, and the comic strip "Blue Hawaii" featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

* Jon J. Murakami, creator of "Gordon Rider," the worst Hawaii superhero ever, and the comic strip "Calabash," which also appears in the Star-Advertiser. Murakami is also known for illustrating several picture books and his local-style greeting cards.

Kevin Sano's Mini Con Ad

Kevin Sano's Mini Con Ad

* Kevin Sano, a graphic designer who specializes in t-shirt motifs using felt tip pens and Japanese character artwork such as Kikaida and Kamen Rider.

* "Hachi Maru Hachi" artists and writers will showcase their anthology featuring illustrated and prose works.

* Brady Evans will conduct an art demonstration at noon, and organize drawing games throughout the event.

* Hawaiian Graphics, a new sponsor this year, will offer valuable coupons and display various sketching pens and pencils for interested participants to try out.

"It's hard to believe it's been five years since the first Mini Con," said Murakami. "We're always happy for this chance to talk with our existing fans and meet new ones, as well."

Furuichi, who - like Murakami- has participated in every Mini Con said, "Despite being a small event tucked away in the McCully-Moiliili Public Library, the crowds of attendees have been super supportive throughout the years. It's always a highlight to work with the Library staff and I look forward to Mini Con year after year!"

This year, new books published by Murakami "Gecko One and Gecko Two" and Furuichi's "Blue Hawaii" comic strips collection will be available for purchase from the Friends of the McCully-Moiliili Public Library.

In addition, the Library will screen a variety of animation films at the event and offer free bookmarks and pencils. Cosplay is encouraged; participants who dress in costume will receive a special prize.

The Friends of the McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Collector Maniacs, Hawaiian Graphics, and Ross Dress for Less-King Street Store are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Mini Con which is suitable for ages nine and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

McCully-Moiliili Public Library is located at 2211 South King Street. For more information, please call the Library at 973-1099.

Pencil sharpener

June 18th, 2014

Olivia's seventh birthday brought her a clutch of a dozen gifts from her dad and me, her grandparents, and some family friends. This doesn't include the birthday party that followed the weekend after the actual birth date.


She got up in the morning to a special breakfast cooked for her (we never do pancakes on a weekday), and then dove into her pile of presents. Honestly, some were bought expressly for her birthday, but some were items we've intended to give her for a few weeks and just decided to stick a bow on it and give her some joy in opening it.

Things she received:
2 jewelry boxes


Pierced ears! (favorite gift)


Hello Kitty hairbrush

Purple Japanese scrubby bath cloth (that she actually requested!)


Tote bag

Sticker set

Electric pencil sharpener

As she opened it if it was NOT from us, I would tell her who it was from. So, grandparents, Aunty Jen, Aunty Lea.

She opened all the gifts and uttered the appropriate gratitude noises... until the pencil sharpener, which was met with a flat and simple, "Oh."

I asked her which one was her favorite. Typical seven year old- she never distinguishes just one. If she likes it, she likes it and lists it. She doesn't get what "favorite" means.


"I like the stickers, the backpack, I love that you let me pierce my ears, the jewelry, the jewelry box, the wash cloth, the brush, and I love the kendama too. So pretty much everything but the pencil sharpener," answered Olivia.

The pencil sharpener. Of course. "Oh, that one's from your daddy," I smirked as I totally threw Claus under the gift bus. He stared at me then rushed over to pick up the package.

"Look! It's Titanium bonded! It has an auto-sensor shut off! An ergonomic space saving design! Any second grader needs a great pencil sharpener!" he pathetically tried to sell. Luckily his day job doesn't involve sales.

Nobody was listening. Olivia was playing kendama. I laughed at my poor husband. "Office supplies are not the most exciting gift for anyone, much less a seven year old," I reminded.

Lucky for Claus, part of the birthday day included me taking her to the mall to spend $30 on whatever thing(s) she wanted to pick out. I made sure to say the money came from Daddy. Saved!

Math skills

June 9th, 2014

Olivia is great with reading but not very great with math. Yet. At least, that's what I like to end the sentence with.

Every night Claus works with her on math. I don't like math either. He's such a good dad. She usually gives him a hard time and he plods forward patiently.

One weekend, her neighborhood best friend Kira decided they should create their own business selling crafty items. They invented bookmarks by picking hibiscus leaves and inserting a few beads around the stem, secured by a rubber band.


The girls spent hours making the leaves and then going door-to-door selling them for a quarter. I now have a dozen dead, beaded hibiscus leaves somewhere in my house, while my wallet is 12 quarters lighter.

To encourage her about real-life application for math skills, I told her, "This is why you need to learn to add quickly. This way, you can add up all the money you two earned, then split the pile in half."

"I don't need math," she insisted.

"How will you figure out how much money you got?" I asked.

"Kira will do that," she said.

"Well, at some point in life it might be nice to be able to figure that out for yourself," I pointed out.

"I don't care about my half. She'll just give me what she gives me," Olivia countered.

Oh, the innocence of children. If only life was always like that!