Honolulu

Bruce, I Feel Your Pain

Again the Fates conspired to mock what little dignity remains in my life. Here’s what happened: The Alpha Japanese Female (AJF) was scheduled for one of those regular check ups of female plumbing parts about which we males know little and want to know even less. It was gynecology time, […]

Max Visits The Pali

In Hawaiian, pali means any steep slope or cliff but when folks on Oahu talk about the Pali they refer to a very specific spot, a small saddle of land on the crest of the Ko’olau mountain range that separates the eastern, windward coast from the rest of the island. The […]

Ornery Cuss?

You’ve probably seen the GoDaddy ad that was prepared for the Super Bowl but got pulled after folks went ballistic. If you missed it, here’s a look: I have to admit, not without some shame, that I laughed when I first watched it. What struck me funny was the spot […]

Max Reflects on Kalaupapa

Sun, fun, a mai-tai. Some hula, perhaps a coconut, and grass skirts. And leprosy. What? Where did that last one come from? Settle in kids and let’s talk about a lesser known part of Hawaii’s history. No one knows when, or precisely how, leprosy arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, but […]

Starting the New Year With Music

One of our New Year’s traditions is watching the various music specials beamed live from Japan on the Nippon Golden Network. As each year passes, the Alpha Japanese Female (AJF) and I recognize fewer of the singers, everyone looks younger and I find myself yelling at the TV , in a […]

The Resolutions Thing

Max and I have a relaxed attitude to this whole New Year’s Resolutions thing. We like to set our hurdles low. I thought that “eat less pie” was an acceptable target for me in 2015. For Max “stay awake between meals” would be a good challenge. “My New Year’s Resolution List usually […]

Dog Delicacies from Santa

Santa treated Max very well. The small white dog’s treat closet is now stuffed full of exotic goodies. We’re talking New Zealand deer lung, Hawaii pork jerky, organic beef jerky by that great hunter Trader Joe, grilled duck products and lots of poi cookies. All this for a creature that […]

Poi Dog

Max likes to gift his doggie friends with poi products at Christmas time. That’s the reason we headed a few miles mauka of our home to visit the Hawaii Doggie Bakery in lovely, misty Manoa Valley. Max loves this bakery which specializes in dog treats, gifts and paraphernalia with a […]

Max’s Favorite Silent Night

Of all the seasonal songs, my favorite is Silent Night. I enjoy listening to the song sung in different languages and admit to singing along when alone with the windows closed and a sweatshirt stuffed under the door to muffle any chance of my voice being overheard. It’s that bad. […]