You Know You Live In Hawaii When…

• the name being called out for pick up at McDonald’s is, “Kimo”.

• the ukulele scholarship deadline is front page news of the local paper.

• you visit the hospital and are reminded you are on healing grounds.

• you get a ticket for turning down the only two-way street in the neighborhood and find out it’s a ‘bus only’ street.

• on the bus, people stand and offer front seats to the elderly and disabled without being asked.

• a friend sees you from across the street and hangs a shaka in greeting.

• you sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 45 minutes and never hear a horn honk.

• as a Caucasian woman, you get asked everywhere you go, “How did you end up here?”

• you pick up friends and family at the airport so often the ladies at the lei making stands recognize you.

• double Makai points day means you get to the grocery store early.

• ahi tuna is sold out by noon on New Year’s Eve day at the store.

• you wake up in the morning to the sound of birds singing and know it will be a good day. After all, you are in Hawaii.



Kabajang Tuesday

Last spring I wrote about a crazy weather day here on Oahu. The DJ on the radio called it a “Kabajang Monday”.  Well. it’s been a Kabanjang crazy Tuesday today. It started with thunder and lightning last night. Oahu was under a flash flood warning all day. The rain was relentless. The rain would ease up for a few minutes, tricking us into thinking it might let up, only to have the heavy rain return. This happened all day yesterday and all day today.

We never lost power at our place, but many around us did. Flooded roads were found everywhere I went today, including my own driveway! I also had to purchase my first ever set of sandbags.

I am the proud owner of sandbags.

The rain is supposed to continue until Friday. Let’s hope there’s some dry time in there to let the water drain away. The positive of this is there are amazing waterfalls going off in the mountains. The water isn’t falling straight down. No, the water is gushing so fast and furious it sends the water off the mountain horizontally first, before gravity pulls it down. Beautiful. Hawaii always has a surprise from the land. Always.