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USA | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 | Views [299] | Comments [1]

Reggae music playing in the lobby of the community health clinic. Overheard in same lobby - calling a shopping cart a 'wagon.' Topic of discussino was Black Friday and the need to hire a guard for your 'wagon' cause people will just take stuff out of it if they want it.

Poi being sold on the side of the highway. I like poi.

Food is so international. Went to the Pahoa farmer's market and the food court sold Japanese, Mexican, Phillipine, Hawaiian, Thai, Chinese, Puerto Rican, I really couldn't keep track of all the different kinds. I have tried Phillipine Lu, Puerto Rican - ah - forgot the name. I will probably remember when I hit send. Hawaiian Loco Moco & Kalua pig, Chinese shrimp spring roll, to name a few. There is fruit I have never heard of, and don't know their names, either!

Dennis keeps extolling the virtues of life in Hawaii. I asked him about the crime factor. He lives within fenced property and keeps the gate locked unless he is expecting guests, and has an alarm system. We are all locked up at night. Remember my first story with the woman who had a part of her house stolen? Everyone has big dogs for protection. What about that, Dennis? Is this only in Puna, or an island-wide problem?

Green on green here. I ask Dennis, what is that? What is that? he doesn't know. He doesn't know what the cultivated trees anad shrubs in his yeard are. He did find a book on trees of Hawaii, and it even lists which are native, or where they came from. Very interesting reading.He found a book on birds of Hawaii - different island and no binocs.

Lots of local news stories and programs on Channel 8 (PBS) about Native Hawaiian traditions, arts and folkways. Always the request to live aloha - be respectful and care about/help others. So many different cultural/ethnic backgrounds - I am learning alot. Craving interaction with native people. I want to learn about native healing herbs. Most of the native islanders live in this side of the island.  I will be back for visits. Was going to check for booths selling native harbs, but got overwhelmed with all of the variety, and soon forgot my mission. Especially after we found a kava booth - that closed before we got there.

I have quite a collection of mosquito bites. Good thing I brought Benadryl cream!



They do sell native herbs at the Farmers Markets; you'll find them in Kona, too. Just ask and get names. People on the Big Island know each other and they will give you contact info to find who and what you want to know.

  Georgia Nov 26, 2011 3:58 AM

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