NAS Belle Chasse Library Summer Reading Program – Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friends: This past Saturday, I performed at the NAS Belle Chasse Library for their summer reading program, which was themed “A Mid-Summer Knight’s Read.” It was a special performance for me because my mom, who retired last month, worked on base for many years, my step-dad still works there, and I am a certified Navy […] Read More

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St. Bernard Library Summer Reading Program – Friday, June 17, 2011

Friends: This past Friday, I performed at the St. Bernard Parish Library for the summer reading program. I opened with a gift to Janet Perez, the children’s librarian. I gave her a set of poi balls from my trip to Hawaii. Poi balls are balls at the end of a long yard rope that are […] Read More

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Big Island Hawaii Day 10 – Happy Birthday, Eliana! Hapuna Beach & Depart for Mainland – Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Friends: Day 10 was a special day in Hawaii for us. It was June 15th, Eliana’s birthday, and she turned 11 in Hawaii! It was also our last day on the Big Island. We were flying to the Mainland later that day. So we decided to spend our last few hours at Hapuna Beach, a […] Read More

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Big Island Hawaii Day 9 – The Coffee Shack, Punalu’u Black Sands Beach & Volcano National Park – Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Friends: Day 9 began with the pretty drive south from Waikoloa to Captain Cook, Hawaii. There, we ate at The Coffee Shack, a restaurant highly recommended by the locals. I saw my first Madagascar gecko at The Coffee Shack! For breakfast, I had a Portuguese sausage eggs benedict platter. Talk about Ono!!! Yum! After eating […] Read More

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Big Island Hawaii Day 8 – Glass Bottom Boat, Original Hawaiian Chocolate, Kona Joe Coffee & Magic Sands Beach – Monday, June 13, 2011

Friends: On Day 8 of our Hawaiian vacation, we did so much! We woke up early and went to Anaeho’omalu Bay to take a glass bottom boat tour of the bay. This is a view of the shore from the boat. We learned so much about the sea life on the glass bottom boat tour. […] Read More

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Oahu & Big Island Day 7 – Waikiki Beach & Big Island Hawaii Arrival – Sunday, June 12, 2011

Friends: On our last day in Waikiki, we decided to grab some beach time at our resort at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Eliana and I really wanted to go swimming. Of course, Eliana had to send her message in the sand… We had a great time at the beach but it was time to pack […] Read More

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Oahu, Hawaii Day 6 – KCC Farmer’s Market, Polynesian Cultural Center & Sunset Beach – Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friends: On Day 6 of our Hawaiian paradise vacation, we went to the KCC Farmer’s Market. We heard that it was one of the best farmer’s markets in the country and couldn’t wait to taste the local flavors. We were not disappointed! We sampled lot of different kinds of foods. This caprese pizza was made […] Read More

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Oahu, Hawaii Day 5 – Lei Making, Hula Lessons, Puka Dog & Chinatown – Friday, June 10, 2011

Friends: Day 5 on Oahu was spent doing a variety of things. The men (Antonio and Clay) went to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor while the girls (Mom, Soleil, Eliana and I) took lessons in lei making and hula. We went to my mom’s hotel, The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and took our lessons there. […] Read More

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Oahu, Hawaii Day 4 – Hanauma Bay & Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room – Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friends: On Day 4 of our Hawaii trip, we went to Hanauma Bay. Before we went to the bay, we stopped at a scenic overlook and took some gorgeous pictures. The beauty of the Hawaiian Islands never fails to astonish me… Antonio, Soleil, Eliana and I had our hearts set on going to Hanauma Bay. […] Read More

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Oahu, Hawaii Day 3 – Polynesian Cultural Center – Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Friends: Day 3 was our day to spend at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) but we were waylaid by me having an allergic reaction and a swollen eye. I had to go to Wal-Mart to get prescription eye drops so we got off to a late start. Auntie Linda asked us to stop by her […] Read More

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