I just finished watering my plants – two white hibiscus plants, two mountain apple, and an avocado sapling – which I’m growing in large pots.  The avocado plant grew out of one of the avocado pits that came from our old tree in the backyard, so I’m hoping that it will bear the same great fruit like its parent did someday!  Although it’s a beautiful island morning, the tradewinds have softened and it almost feels like we’re about to get some of the hot, humid weather back again.  Speaking of hot and humid weather, I’ll bet Tokyo and Yokohama will be sweltering when we get there in 3 weeks … might be time to bust out the shorts, slippers and dry-fit shirts!

We’re having lunch today with our good friends, Danny & Anna Akaka, from the Big Island.  Danny is the cultural director at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and he and his lovely wife, Anna, put on the popular Talk Story – Twilight at Kalahuipua’a which is held at the Eva Parker Wood cottage located amongst the ancient fishponds at Mauna Lani.  The Twilight event is held once a month on the Saturday closest to the full moon and features evenings of music, hula and storytelling under star-filled skies.  It is such a special place for me & my family and we are truly honored to have been able to participate in this wonderful event for the past several years.  The mana, or spirit of Kalahuipua’a is so powerful and embracing that Alex wrote the song DOWN IN PARADISE immediately after performing there for the first time!  If you are ever on the Big Island of Hawai’i, you must go to Twilight – it is one experience you cannot miss!

Much aloha,

Lloyd”D”

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