Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Aloha Kohola, Hello Whales!

 Aloha Kakou! Yes,  the humpback whales are definitely here! It's such a nice thought to have when you wake up in the morning, you know that they are out there.

皆様へアロ~ハ! そうなんです、ザトウクジラがハワイ島ヒロへ今年もやってきています!

 This photo, you can see the head way in the left hand corner...


 The only way to see these amazing mammals are by just being patient and to look for splashes like this, and blows.


They can be seen right outside the Hilo Bay, right outside the breakwater, and other areas along the coastline. 


Have a wonderful day and Aloha!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year!
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!! 

In Hilo, there are a lot of Mochi Pounding events around town towards the end of the year in preparation for the new year. This year, we went to help out the Hilo Hongwanji Temple Mochi Pounding since our Kendo Club belongs there. As you can see, it's a lot of work, but as always, when the work is shared, it becomes fun and much faster path to the goal. In Japan, we eat Ozoni during the New Year celebrations, which is a clear broth soup with mochi, so this is definitely a time to be eating a lot of mochi. How many did you eat this year!?


Mmmmmm... Nothing like the fresh ones. Thank you very mochi!!