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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!

2014 Aloha Festivals honor Polynesian Voyaging Society's World Voyage

April 23rd, 2014

This year’s Aloha Festivals pay tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

Photo courtesy: Aloha Festivals

Photo courtesy: Aloha Festivals

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

To help spread the message and Aloha Spirit, Aloha Festivals is asking all Keiki (grades K to 8) and ʻŌpio (grades 9 to college) from schools across Hawaiʻi and Makua (adult Hawaiʻi resident) to create a poster that best illustrates the upcoming worldwide voyage to promote world peace and what “Maluhia Honua” means to them. The design must include the words: “Maluhia Honua.”

The design of the winning entry will appear on the official 2014 Aloha Festivals poster and be on display at this year’s Keiki Ho‘olaule‘a at Pearlridge Center. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a $250 Royal Hawaiian Center gift certificate.

Entries must be postmarked by May 16, 2014 and mailed to: Aloha Festivals Poster Design Contest, c/o Communications Pacific, 700 Bishop Street, Suite 600, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813. For entry forms and templates, visit

Ernie's legacy

December 20th, 2013

I mentioned in a previous blog that our family friend, Ernie, died. His hobby was to make dollhouses for children. He had such a soft spot for little ones.

He gifted Olivia one when she was born, and it was well-loved for years. In the past year, though, she lost interest in it. It was just taking up space in her room, so we decided to give it away.

I asked her half a dozen times over a couple week's period if she was OK with giving it away, and she said she was totally fine with it.

I looked for a new home, but not everyone has space for a four foot dollhouse, so it took a while. Finally, I met a preschool teacher, Ruby, who accepted it. She didn't have a lot of space in her class, either, but was touched by the backstory of who made it and why.

The week after I dropped it off at her classroom, Ernie died. What timing!

I mentioned it to Ruby, who was saddened to hear of the loss of her indirect benefactor. In his honor, she actually posted a laminated information sheet about Ernie on the back of the dollhouse, telling parents about his story and why this toy was so special.

I went by to look at it. Very nice; such a fitting tribute to a man whose life revolved around making people happy. I'm absolutely certain that if Ernie could know what was happening, he would love the idea that his handiwork will bring smiles to the faces of dozens of little children in this little corner of the world.

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