Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Is Here...

Fall is here and for many of you, this is ideal weather. Considering the scorching summers, several earthquakes, drought conditions and the tsunami of Japan, I imagine many are very thankful for the cooler weather that fall will bring. Even though fall is here, I hadn't really noticed! You see, Hawaii doesn't have a change of seasons like the mainland does. But the trade winds are back and it has been beautiful here with the breeze and salty air, the residents and tourists are still riding their bikes all over town, the intoxicating aroma of plumeria flowers that makes the air smell so sweet. One of my favorite flowers, so delicate yet fragrant and colorful. Not only do we have the white plumeria but also the reddish pink looking ones. There are so many different types of flowers here, it's is difficult to have just one favorite. I love the sent of the white ginger, the robust colors of another type of ginger plant that are great for adding some spice to your flower arrangements. I love creating my own arrangements! 

The holidays will be upon us soon; sooner than we may want it to. I can't wait to start baking and having family gatherings for the holidays. Can you say pumpkin roll? Mmmm..I can just smell it now. The pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg makes me want to go bake right now. What does your holiday dinner consist of? Family traditions? Please share! 


  1. I'd only read a few of your posts and I didn't realize you were writing from Hawaii. I've blogged quite a bit about my genealogy trip to Oahu, and I'll be there in March, hopefully. I'm setting up appointments at the State Archives and with Dakota Brown at the Bishop Museum. Any hints?

  2. Heather,
    If you come here to Hawaii, the Bishop Museum is a great place to start. It is absolutely beautiful inside and the ancient artifacts of Hawaii's royalty just screams culture! Plan on taking a tour of this museum if you are able to spend a few ours on the multiple levels of this place. Elsewhere on the island, you can try Hawaii's State Library which has a branch in Kapolei.

    Hawaii State Archives is located on Iolani Palace grounds which has:
    Monarchy, Republic, Territorial and State archives, 1790 to date; Hawaiian government publications and laws; Captain James Cook Memorial Collection; Hawaiian newspapers dating back to 1834; Passenger arrival records to 1900; Personal papers of Hawaiian monarchs and other prominent people of Hawaii; Photographs and maps relating to Hawaii.

    Other Sources:
    Hawaii Chinese History Center in Honolulu
    Hawaiian Historical Society Library - Honolulu
    LDS Family History Center- Honolulu
    Hawaii Maritime Center **(by appt only)** --I think they have photo archives here,but don't hold me to that :)

    I hope this helps somewhat.