The Carnival of Aloha Makes Its Debut!

King Kamehameha's statue decked in leis

I didn’t plan to have this go live on Labor Day but it worked out nicely because this debut falls right at the beginning of the Aloha Festivals 2007! It all just fell into place. How perfect is that?!? I love those kinds of accidents!

We need a really cool method of transportation for our Carnival so we will take one of Hawaii’s usual methods of travel. No, not a ferry, we’re going by plane!

B N Sullivan is going to pick us up in a B737 that has the best paint job ever! You guys have got to see this — the Aloha Airlines B737 becomes a flying work of art! The plane is beautiful and even the name of the company fits right in with our Carnival! Now, how Aloha Airlines got Wyland, yes I said Wyland, to put his much-beloved aquatic art on their plane is beyond me. This adds a new twist to the term “flying fish!” When I saw this post come in I was amazed and so excited! I was also very happy that our Carnival’s transportation issues were solved! To be serious for a moment, if you’re an airline, airplane or travel connoisseur, this is a made-for-you blog! There is much to be enjoyed over at the Aircrew Buzz!

Let’s get on our artistic plane and fly over to the Big Island of Hawai’i and visit our artistic friend, Cheryl at Double Brush, as she tells us how to Go on a Big Island Hawaii Kona Coffee Adventure with her post at Hawaii Vacation Gifts. It’s been a long time since I picked a coffee bean from a wild-growing tree in Makaha Valley. There’s not much fruit to be had from those beans — they’re just something to roll around in your mouth for a while and then spit out. I wonder how they ever figured out that grinding those beans would make us coffee? Maybe we should go on the adventure and ask! Good job, Cheryl, I don’t drink coffee as a rule but now I want a cup!

Let’s not let the engines on our plane get too cold. Let’s hop back over to Oahu really quickly to join one of our island visitors! Sophielynette came to visit us while In Pursuit of Rattyness. She says she didn’t find any rats, although she was looking, but she did find a lot of cute mementos and posted about it at the Rat Hunter Diaries. Sophielynette said that it’s, “Not your typical blog, but I thought it would be fun to share.” I agree. Some of her finds are really cute! I love the rat in the hula skirt! I’m sorry that she didn’t get to see the live ones! (That’s a lie.) But I’m glad there were some ratty treasures to be had! You guys don’t believe that she was really looking for live ones, do you? Check out her “staff” and read about their individual histories! Thanks, Sophielynette, I enjoyed the surprises and unexpected giggles!

I’m liking our plane rides so let’s do a little bit of island skipping. Let’s go over to Maui where Sheila tells us the best way to See an Unforgettable Sunrise at the Peak of a Volcano — Haleakala to be specific. In this informational post at, Sheila has this event down in detail to be sure you get the full impact! She says, “I love watching sunrise at Haleakala. It is such a unique experience on Maui that I will never forget. I wrote this article to encourage others to enjoy the experience and get the most out of it.” Haleakala is beautiful to begin with and I can only imagine how exhilarating it would be to be there at sunrise! Add that one to your itinerary!

All of this island hopping is making me hungry! We’re flying back to Oahu to visit with Auntie Lynn, aka Auntie Pupule, as she goes Visiting Michelle @ Her HALE @ The PALI!! Auntie Pupule keeps talking about how, “The pictures show the beauty of the Pali!” Ha! The pictures show the food! Yummy! I told you I was hungry! Auntie is going to make me work for my food though. For our Carnival attendees who are not familiar with some of the Hawaiian terms you see sprinkled in here, Pupule means crazy, nuts or wild. Auntie Pupule is a little nuts, but she’s a whole lot of fun!? Hale means house.? I think you probably figured that one out. Make no mistake about it; the Nuuanu Pali area is beautiful! It’s my home too! Pali is a place but the word has meaning too; the word means cliff, precipice, slope or steep hill.

Don’t eat too much or get too full; we’re getting back on the plane and going back to the Big Island — over to the Kohala Coast! Now that we’ve all enticed you to plan your vacations, Pua is going to provide you with things to think about as she asks the question, “Moving to Hawaii Vacation for Ever?” In this post at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, Pua wants to know if you’ve, “Ever wondered about Moving to Hawaii, after you spent one of those unique vacations on the Hawaiian Islands? ‘Moving to Hawaii – Vacation for Ever’ has some suggestions you should read before you pack and move.” Thank you, Pua, for this useful information. It never hurts to be prepared and to know what you’re getting yourself into!

Next up is a once-in-a-Carnival event. Although this is not normally acceptable, I’m going to ask that our plane make a final carnival flight back to Oahu and make a gentle landing at Angie’s blog where she shares her True Aloha when she asks people to “Please help Caleb get better!” How could I refuse when Angie said, “This local boy needs help and I’m trying to get the word out about him. I’d love for this to be included in the Carnival of Aloha!” This is not the way for me to set a good example but I’m afraid I had to allow this. Just this once! The best part of this is that Caleb’s parents are keeping a blog to keep us updated on his progress! Thank you, Brandon and Kehau, for keeping us up to date!

We don’t need a plane to go see the Sea Life at the Park. It’s posted right here at Homespun Honolulu and it might even be something Caleb will enjoy someday… someday very soon! Take a look — the other children seem to get a kick out of it all! Noisy animals can be fun to observe and feed!

That concludes our inaugural issue of the Carnival of Aloha. If all of this has got you thinking about your blog and you would like to join in the fun, go ahead and submit your favorite blog article about Hawaii for the next issue using our carnival submission form.

The next issue is set for go live on October 1st! Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. There’s not much there yet, but we’ll keep building on it with each issue and make it better over time! We’re just getting started!

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // Sep 3, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    Congratulations on a job well done! It was great being on a carnival with some of my old blog friends, and meeting new blog friends:)

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  • 3 Sheila // Sep 3, 2007 at 5:12 am

    Great stuff, Evelyn! I enjoyed the virtual island hopping to each carnival spot!

    (And HawaiiVacationGifts – please don’t call me old 😉 )

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  • 5 Evelyn // Sep 3, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Sheila and Cheryl, I appreciate your participation more than I can say. As far as the “meeting new blog friends” comment is concerned, it was something I wished for and I can only hope that it continues! Now, about the “old” comment, Sheila… you nut! 🙂 I enjoyed reading your posts and I hope you guys stick around for a very long time… until we’re all old!

  • 6 Pua // Sep 3, 2007 at 7:36 am

    aloha evelyn,
    hope this comment will make it through your spam system this time…

    well, your aloha spirit in combination with your writer skills made your hawaii blog carnival fun to read!

    it’s amazing to see the variety of hawaii blogs. that’s great. so people who visit the islands can view them from all different perspectives.

    evelyn, my blog post about your carnival will be coming up soon. right now, the aloha festival events got our ‘best hawaii vacations blog’ attention for all the people visiting hawaii in september.

    last but not least, mahalo for including our post in the blog carnival. warm aloha, pua

  • 7 Evelyn // Sep 3, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Hey Pua! No, your comment still didn’t get passed the spam filter but I caught it! Thank you for sending your post in to the Carnival — it really was a perfect piece for the pie! You don’t need to worry about posting about the Carnival — it’s just a method of sharing that is encouraged for the benefit of all participants. 🙂

  • 8 B N Sullivan // Sep 3, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Hi Evelyn –

    Thanks for including my article about the Aloha plane painted by Wyland in the first Carnival of Aloha. I’m delighted. I just added an update to the bottom of that post to link to the blog carnival.

    Nice to see some of my favorite Hawaii bloggers included, too, as well as one or two that you’ve just introduced me to for the first time.

    Aloha from the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.


  • 9 Evelyn // Sep 3, 2007 at 8:16 am

    I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our virtual jaunt, Bobbie, than by taking our virtual flights aboard that plane! What a great method of cyber-travel! 🙂 Thank you for sharing that post with us!

  • 10 skeet’s stuff » The Carnival of Aloha // Sep 3, 2007 at 1:59 pm

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  • 11 Evelyn // Sep 3, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I did, Skeet. I dropped the ball and I can’t apologize enough. I’m so sorry but I’m happy at the same time! I’m happy that you’re so excited! I know we’ll have a great post from Skeet’s Stuff!

  • 12 Jon Symons // Sep 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Great Carnival Evelyn. Congrats on getting this kicked off so well. Although this carnival is going to really depress me in January. 🙂

  • 13 Evelyn // Sep 3, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Jon! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. You know it wouldn’t be possible without the backbone that you and Home Turf Media provide! Big mahalo for that! It took me a while to figure out why January will be depressing and it suddenly dawned on me… you’re talking about how cold it gets in Canada?!? Brrrr! Aloha Airlines doesn’t fly to Canada so we can’t send our aquatic plane to get you guys, I checked. 🙂

  • 14 Jon Symons // Sep 3, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    You guessed right. No worries about Aloha Airlines, as Air Canada flies there.
    I went for a great trip to Maui a couple years ago; I showed up in the Maui airport, where it was 90 degrees, wearing long-johns and a down jacket. 🙂

  • 15 Evelyn // Sep 3, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    That’s hilarious! I’m sure it wasn’t funny at the time but it’s a great story now. That’s like us going to Nashville during temperatures in the low 40’s, thinking we’re freezing, and the bus driver asking us, “Where are you guys from?!?” With teeth chattering we just looked at him and said, “Hawaii.” At that point he smiled, turned back to start the bus and said with a chuckle, “No wonder.” 🙂

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