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Er, Happy Birthday, Hawaii?

No. 1 child sits in the Oheo Pools waterfall at Haleakala National Park

No. 1 child sits in the Oheo Pools waterfall at Haleakala National Park

Today is the 50th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood.


Oddly, no one here is celebrating.  Well, OK, we outmaneuvered Queen Lilioukalani to force her to give up the monarchy.  That wasn’t nice.  But Hawaii has a thriving Hawaiian culture, most of it vigorously rescued in the 60’s when I lived here as a kid.  It could have turned into just another reservation.  And yes, there is poverty.  Corrugated roof shacks have replaced the little grass ones.   I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to afford food at these prices.  Nearly everything has to be shipped in and the oil speculators really hurt the locals last year.  The roads aren’t in the best shape either, as we learned last night on our way back from Hana travelling clockwise around the island by Haleakala.  There was a stretch of about 20 miles where the blacktop yielded to dirt road, cow guards and virtually nothing to stop the intrepid voyager from plunging into the sea.

Hmmm, maybe that’s the plan.  Keep it rough and it will be that much harder to develop.  The wild unspoiled beauty of Maui, Molokai, Hawaii and Lanai should stay that way.  Forever.

Hawaii ponoi Nana i kou, moi
Kalani Alii, ke Alii.
Makua lani e Kamehameha e
Na kaua e pale Me ka i he.


Hawaii’s own true sons, be loyal to your chief
Your country’s liege and lord, the Alii.1
Father above us all, Kamehameha,2
Who guarded in the war with his ihe,3

49 Responses

  1. I was raised in Hawaii and Hawai’i Pono’i always gives me goosebumps. I’m singing it in my head.

    Thanks for that. It looks like you’re having a marvelous time.

    • Funny that. I learned it when I was a kid and to this day remember every word.
      Notice that not one word refers to statehood.
      Love it.

  2. RD,

    I loved the day we drove to Hana – it ws such an amazing experience. Glad you made it back safely after going the clockwise route. We wanted to travel that way, as well; but we couldn’t get coverage on our rental car for that portion of the trek, so we turned back around Kaupo for the return.

  3. I’m sorry, but I can’t resist:

    Did you find the birth certificate yet? 😉

  4. OT

    if every male in America does not vote against backtrack after this they never will weinnies

    enjoy enjoy enjoy Isn’t the beauty just wonderful



    • This has got to be a setup – that was a clean, fairly recent vette. It’s worth several time the clunker rebate. There’s no way anyone with an IQ above room temperature (Celsius, at that) took only $4500 for it, and there’s no way any rational dealer took the rebate rather than selling it on the used market.

  5. According to Sen. Snowe – affiliated with the Gang of 6 that Obama allowed to develop a health care bill – the Public Option was never even considered!!!!!!!!


    So that’s why Obama has been so vague – and casting the Public Option as a SLIVER of the health care bill.
    He even LIED about that – because it’s not even a sliver!
    Such a lack of leadership!! – and integrity!

    • The summer of “I told you so”s…

    • That explains the ” it’s in,” and then” it’s out ” back and forth . It being there is so obviously a lie cause, as you say, they are so vague about it, even for them.
      They hope to ween folks off the notion with the revolving door of yes , no I guess ….they are without a clue imo

      • And now Steny Hoyer says the Public Option may not happen.

        Gee – what happens when you allow Congress critters to develop a health care plan while sitting next to Insurance lobbyists?
        We get a health care bill that favors the lobbyists.

        And Obama just sits on the sidelines – giving a few town halls about HC reform that includes lowering costs, etc. – WHILE leading the public to believe he supports a Public Option – WHILE the “gang of 6” develops a HC plan FOR Insurance lobbyists.

    • Yep. He had to know this, since they’ve met with him at the WH several times.

      He’s been lying the whole time.

      • So what else is new? He lied through the entire primary and GE. I don’t expect anything else from the snake.

    • He’s been dangling a “maybe” public option as a “carrot” to try to keep the left on board, but it was NEVER a part of any of the senate bills, or on the table at all, EVER?

      Then once again he’s a lying sack of shit. He’ll let the house stick it in, so Nancy and the progressive caucus can crow, but the intent was always to dump it.

  6. Thanks for the memories!! I sang that song as a child in school and I was there when the farce of “statehood” was passed. It was a yes or no vote — and the traditional Hawaiians were angry. Many Tutus had seen the queen and she was loved — in fact the way the spoke of her I though she was still alive! There are still places in Hawaii that haven’t changed that much.

    Did you see any Pupu Kani Oe (Hawaiian Tree Snails) — not many left. Beautiful tiny creatures that take care of their young and sing.

  7. Are you staying at the Heavenly Hana Inn?

    • Nope. I’m in Lahaina. No 1 child is a sous chef at an upscale restaurant on Front Street. Skinniest sous chef you’ve ever seen. Both kids are about a size 2 soaking wet.
      No 1 child is planning to open her own cafe in a couple of years. If I lose my job, I’ll work for her. 😉

      • My first trip to Maui, I stayed at the old Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. It had a lovely pool in the center of the courtyard and a great location, but it was, otherwise, veeeery basic.

        I should have immediately been suspicious when I walked into my room for the first time and noticed that, on the bedside table, right next to the Bible, was a can of Raid! First time I ever saw a cockroach was there. I sprayed the little sucker with half the can of Raid. After a minute, he just got up, shook himself off like a wet dog, and walked away. I gave up after that.

        • For one-on-one immediate combat, use freon (the liquid you use to clean automotive parts). Works like a charm.

          For a more strategic approach, use boric acid (a powder). Make a perimeter line and after they walk through, they’re dead.

          (I used to live in HI)

        • Lol! Doesn’t that almost make you like the little bugger! 🙂

      • Just got back from seeing Tracy Chapman at the Fillmore. She is amazing.

        I love Lahaina and I loved the Heavenly Hana Inn, too.

        How cool your No 1 child works on Front Street. Wasn’t it fun to be young and skinny?

        I hope it’s a successful cafe because we’ll all be working there. My job is held by a thread right now.

        Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  8. Hi RD — the hubby was wondering if those ledges are volcanic rock? We’re guessing yes.

    • Yes, those ledges are volcanic rock. Imagine a rectangle lined by volcanic rock. At one end is the waterfall, then pools, then at the other end, there is the ocean crashing against the basin rocks. There’s a mix of fresh and salt water in the middle pools.
      Yesterday we went down into a lava tube. Lots of good pics on the BFF’s camera. I’m just working off of my iphone. When he syncs, I’ll post some more pics.

  9. I love Hawaii, riverdaughter. I’ve been around the Hana highway many times. Really funny, in an ironic way, the last time we visited, we violated our rental car agreement and drove it around the Hana highway. Than we returned the car, parked it in the lot, walked away about 30 steps and a truck plowed into it. It completely disintegrated right before our eyes.

  10. I just saw A Perfect Getaway which was filmed in Kaua’i. Very pretty scenery and a decent thriller.

  11. All you Pacific Islander kids! I lived on Guam as a child. (That was before the snakes took over.)

    Glad you’re enjoying your vaca, Riverdaughter. Looks wonderful.

    • Ha! I watched a special on the snakes in Guam awhile back, and ya know how they are fighting them now? They have feisty little Jack Russell Terriers sniffing into all air and shipping cargo! They are doing a great job, too – much better than previous methods. I have a Jack, and yeah, they are relentless down any hole if there’s a critter to be found – they disappear, nothin’ but nubby tail, if that. 😀

      • RD have fun in Hawaii?

      • I once rescued a Jack Russell terrier who was lost; I kept her for a few days until the owner was located (happy ending!). But anyway, during those few days I learned what Jacks are like. Very different from my Shelties. On walks the little terrier was almost constantly ear to the ground, investigating holes, etc. Highly oriented towards whatever the heck was going on underground.

        Our Shelties would never notice that stuff. They’re too busy herding us.



    i dont know about any of you but this is very very alarming. its kinda like a teenager that just got his or her 1st credit card…

  13. Did anyone post this yet? We have a president who uses bedwetting slang? I look forward to the day when we have an adult in office again after W and now O.

    ‘Wee-weed up:’ White House explains it
    by Mark Silva

    So what did the president mean when he said this week that everyone’s getting all “wee-weed up” in Washington?

    “It’s a phrase I use,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today, hesitating at his press briefing to offer a physical demonstration of the phraseology.

    “Let’s do this in a way that’s family friendly,” Gibbs said. “I think ‘wee-weed up’ is when people get all nervous for no particular reason….

    “August of 2008, everybody was nervous about whether the entire presidential campaign was slipping out from the hands of the president,” Gibbs said, turning the page to this August, in which all the president’s critics are declaring his health-care initiatives in peril. “This is sort of an August pundit pattern of people getting overly nervous about something that has a long way to go…

    “Bedwetting would probably be the more consumer-friendly term for it,” the press secretary said.


  14. Now Paterson is playing the race card…this is getting so boring:

    Gov. David Paterson blames calls for him to step aside on race

    ALBANY – Gov. Paterson said Friday he knows the reason behind the “crescendo” of calls for him not to seek re-election next year: it’s because he’s black.

    Speaking on a morning radio show hosted by Daily News columnist Errol Louis, an angry Paterson blamed the white-dominated media for pushing him to step aside next year.

    “The whole idea is to get me not to run in the primary,” he said. Paterson complained there are not enough “black” media outlets to counteract the push.

    And he suggested that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the country’s only other African-American governor, also is under fire because of his race.

    “We’re not in the post-racial period,” Paterson said.

    “The reality is the next victim on the list, and you can see it coming, is President Barack Obama, who did nothing more than trying to reform a health care system.”


    Have a great time RD! Looks like a little piece of paradise 🙂

  15. Never got to Maui, but loved Molokai. The single lane road hugging the shore was a special thrill at night. During the day, it was fabulous.

  16. Just woke up and found a blogtalk radio newsletter in my email. Guess what I found?

    BlogTalkRadio celebrates its third anniversary this month. And what better, more fitting way to mark the occasion than with an interview with President Barack Obama?…

    On August 19th, BlogTalkRadio broadcast a live program featuring an address from President Barack Obama to the faith community on health-care reform.

    Highlights were George Soros and Gov. David Paterson on ‘HarlemTalkRadio’:

    Host Simone Perry talks with George Soros and N.Y. Governor David Paterson about the $170 million Back To School grant they announced last week.

    Are they getting worried over the drop in ratings?

  17. Someone should ask him why Helen Halpin, who advised his campaign and came up with the CHOICE option originally in 2002, which calls for the creation of a government agency to compete against private plans, isn’t working for his administration.

  18. Guy goes into a bar, there’s a robot bartender. The robot says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Martini.” The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “168”. The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.

    The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says,”What will you have?” The guy says, “Martini”. Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “100.” The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.

    The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Martini”, and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “Uh, about 50.” The robot leans in real close and says, “So, you people still happy you voted for Obama?”

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