1. July 5th is National Hawaii Day…have you ever been to Hawaii? Any desire to visit or make a return trip? Pineapple, mango, or guava…what’s your pleasure?
I live in Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu. I lived here in the mid-1990s and it took twenty years to get back. I’ve been back five years now and am here to stay. I love pineapple; I actually live near the Dole Plantation. But there is so much more to Hawai’i food than just pineapple. I LOVE local food… ahi poke, lilikoi, lau lau, so much more!
2. Last time you were ‘thrown in at the deep end’? Explain.
Back when I worked in the Initial Recieving Branch at Fort Jackson (I told a story about that place on Monday here), I was thrown into the team leader position, which required a lot of public speaking. Which was NOT my thing. It was the best thing to happen because it got me out of the fear of it.
3. Sun, sea, sand, salt…your favorite when it comes to summer?
All of the above. The beach is my happy place. This is one of my favorite spots near my home in Haleiwa.
4. Bury your head in the sand, the sands of time, draw a line in the sand, pound sand, shifting sands…pick one and tell us how the phrase currently relates to your life in some way.
“Draw a line in the sand” is probably the most currently apt. I’ve really had to do that with people in my life recently. I hate it, but sometimes boundaries need to be set.
5. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = make your own rules and 10=like a warden), how strict were your parents? If you’re a parent where on the scale do you land?
My mom was usually a 400 on a scale of 1-10. My dad was more of a 3 or 4. There were always basic rules, but I’m a big believer in kids learning to make their own choices and learning consequences. I saw no need to overdo the rule-making unless they showed a need for creating one. That probably put me at a 4 or 5, maybe less. Now my youngest is almost 18, so not so many rules beyond contributing to the family when you live at home, which my youngest three do. That’s not weird here, as prices make ohana-style living commonplace here. They contribute to keeping house, cooking, laundry, etc. We all live here so we all pitch in.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
You can see more vids from this year’s Merrie Monarch festival here.