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PCC's Christmas Lagoon

December 14th, 2014

Holiday traditions of cultures from around the world - China, France, Spain, Norway, and Russia- are on display during a scenic 30-minute canoe ride through Polynesian Cultural Center's meandering freshwater Christmas Lagoon. Along the way, enjoy the festive light displays, decorations, and live performances featuring popular Christmas tunes.


Courtesy: Polynesian Cultural Center

Courtesy: Polynesian Cultural Center

December 13- 23 (Daily except Sunday)

Rides start at 6:45pm

Ticket Prices: Adult:  $10.00 Child:  $8.00

Courtesy: Polynesian Cultural Center

Courtesy: Polynesian Cultural Center

(Kama'aina Annual Pass Holders receive 1 free ride per night)

Kids' holiday books

December 6th, 2014

Olivia likes to read, which I feel lucky for, and I'm always looking for ways to make her reading a more educational experience. A couple of titles published by Regnery Kids caught my eye:

Callista Gingrich

"From Sea to Shining Sea" by Callista Gingrich:

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series takes Ellis west into uncharted territory with Lewis and Clark. Along the way, Ellis learns about the two explorers’ epic journey and the amazing discoveries and innovation it sparked. From Sea to Shining Sea is the fourth installment of Gingrich's New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series, and Gingrich says she wrote this book to teach the next generation of Americans the history of our great nation.

Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, From Sea to Shining Sea will delight those who want to know how America spread from coast to coast. Heck, I even learned something. My seven year old daughter, not so much. She got bored pretty quickly, but I was the one who wanted to keep reading. Anyway, I appreciated the refresher in American history, and I'm sure this is a great book for perhaps a slightly older child!


"Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard" by Janice Dean:

This is a no-brainer for a woman whose job is as a FOX affiliate news anchor (me, just to be clear.) I of course had to check out a book authored by a Fox News weather personality, Janice Dean. She's seen on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network and is known for her nickname, "Janice Dean, the Weather Machine" or "Janice Dean the Weather Queen," coined by evening Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith.

In this book, Freddy the Frog loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when a blizzard rolls in? I thought it was cute, and my daughter liked this one because she relates it to Mommy being on TV. In fact, she loves our morning weathercaster Kelly Simek, so the book was a big hit. Though, during her time at Wake Up 2Day, I certainly hope Kelly will not be forecasting a blizzard for the Hawaiian Islands!

Math homework

November 12th, 2014

Olivia writes her homework on a tablet that the teacher assigns. Every day, either Claus or I checks it and does it with her when she comes home.

Usually it's the child who makes the mistakes with the homework- doesn't copy the assignment down, doesn't want to do it, forgot the books at school, etc. Today it was the parent!

It was Claus who took charge on this day, and since we are often tired by 5, he misread the pages assigned for math. He jumped 20 pages and some three weeks ahead in her curriculum.

She struggled through the work, but with his help, finished it without complaint. When he went to check off that box on the homework list, he said he realized his mistake.

Discreetly, without letting her know he messed up, he then opened the math book to today's homework and had her finish that as well.

Now there's a piece of paper tacked to the bulletin board at home with a finished assignment, and in a few weeks when she gets to that page, she'll be pleasantly surprised to see she's already done it.

I just hope she doesn't figure it out and scold Claus for his mistake! Ha!

Whose workplace is more fun?

November 10th, 2014

I took Olivia to work at KHON2 with me recently because there was a day of no school. She's been there before for half a day, but this was the first time she came at 4 am with me.

She really, really wanted to come with me, and I warned her she couldn't complain about the early wake up. She was a very good girl and woke up promptly.

I laid out a sleeping bag at my desk and she snoozed for the first half of my show. Then, around 6:30 a.m., she woke up and wanted to sit in the studio with me.

Sitting on my lap at the anchor desk.

Sitting on my lap at the anchor desk.

She sat quietly without complaint, playing video games and talking to Kelly in between Kelly's weather segments. I told her I was proud of her for being so good.

Olivia and Kelly

Olivia and Kelly

After the news, I took her to Kissaten Cafe for breakfast and cheesecake. The owner was nice to her and gave her ice cream.

After the day was over, we drove home, and she admitted she was tired. "Now I know why you're tired all the time, Mommy. And now I know why you like your job so much," she said. I thought that was cute.

On the floor by my feet.

On the floor by my feet.

"I want to come to work with you every day!" she continued. "Please can I come tomorrow?" She likes that everyone's so nice to her, that we eat at Kissaten, and that she can watch me live instead of waving at the TV in the mornings.

I told her she could come back the next time there's no school, but it also depends on what I have going on at work. She might have to go with Daddy to his work at Moanalua Mortuary, if I'm too busy.

"I like your workplace way better! Please?" she begged.

"What's wrong with Daddy's place?" I asked. I think there's nothing quite as exciting as a newsroom, but I was curious to see what she thought.

"Well, for one, most everyone's dead there," she explained.

So, I thought I was such a cool mom, but maybe the bar is lower than I thought if my competition are people who are no longer drawing breath.

Tooth fairy strikes again

November 7th, 2014

Olivia lost another tooth. She insisted we pull it out because it was all wiggly and she was too impatient to wait any longer. She looked like a prizefighter just out of the ring with her bloody, toothless smile.

That night, she wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy to please leave the tooth so she could bring it to show our friends who we were about to see in California, then to school for Sharing Day. She decorated the area around it with ornaments.

It is her first dental activity since starting second grade. It's a moment of pride, you know.

I love the note. It's so cute. Here it is. I love that she still believes.

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