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What I need to know and now is why there isn’t this kind of food at the gas stations on the mainland. Don’t give me any of that nonsense about people won’t eat it because you know anybody’d rather snarf down a plate of some of this than try and drink down the volcanic goo inside of a microwave burrito.

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Pahoa, described to me as “The Topanga of Hawaii” — Did I mention that yet?

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Mixed Bento Box – fondly referred to by us as “Pile of Assorted Fried Items.” Very much side-eye from Jaune as I put it to some fried chicken, spam, a hot dog, and a few other as-yet-unidentified items.

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I asked the cashier to describe Lau Lau. She asked me, “Have you ever had greens?”
Have I ever had greens.

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Ruined a home made dinner with this bad boy.

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Not that the salted meats are the world’s healthiest, but I wouldn’t complain about having rice and eggs and cold noodles and sweet potato available at any-ol’ damn gas station (cue old man voice) considering my blood sugar.

Day to Day: Hawaii 2

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Beautiful old rayon dress — Fit Jaune like a glove — but the owner knew what they had and was charging accordingly :{

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So stereotypical. Growing in our front yard in Pahoa

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Shortly after this she tried to climb the chair. She fell down and bumped her head big time. Way to go, dad.

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Sloppy chain stitch

Day To Day: Hawaii 1

IMG_2064Back from The Big Island where we spent two glorious weeks. We stayed at an Air BNB in Pahoa on the East side of the island. Much to report so, until I get my pictures  organized, here are some snapshots.

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Graffito on a pole next to the Nanawale Estates water station.

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Got one for myself, but not at this shop. Please note the pattern on pocket matches the shirt body — Very important.

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Kīlauea Iki Trail – Caldera floor

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Bathroom at the Worst Thai in Hilo.

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The good stuff. Not your ABC Store Lion brand.

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Four thousand dollars (plus?) worth of quilts.

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Self Portrait

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Come Back Blog! Palaka: The Historic Cloth of Hawaii

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I’m a blog lover, there’s no question about that. Lots of what I do here is just aping my favorite bloggers. Im also always looking for new blogs from which to draw inspiration. It makes me sad when I find a great blog that has gone silent. Palaka: The Hawaiian Denim is a perfect example of this. The writer, silent since April of 2009, has amassed a wikipedia quality blog about the traditional Hawaiian work shirt called a Palaka. Now, I have a rule about needlessly reblogging something if it’s already available somewhere else so I won’t crib any of the content. What I will do is make a call to the author to bring this blog back!

Do me a favor, go and read all of the back posts (All 5 of them). Then leave a comment on the About page or send an email to the author. I guess, based on the email address and brief posting life of the blog, that the author is either a faculty member or former student of the University of Hawaii system. Maybe the blog was just a student project? Whatever the answer, I want this blog to come back to life! In the meantime, being the workwear lover that I am, I’ll be searching for a Hawaiian-made palaka shirt of my own. Something yarn dyed, indigo

Day to Day 37 – Double long with annotations

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Operations Specialist

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Stitching horse for sewing leather. Would have bought if I wasn’t out of state when I found it.

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Yahoops.

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Blue’s Fairy House

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Blue as a chicken.

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Playing around with a quilting guide food

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Playing around with trademark infringement

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From the Swift Vintage booth at TVM

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Oxford cloth pretzel pocket (OCPP)

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Mister Freedom lot 54 jeans

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Found art in the backyard.

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Push It

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Stumbled upon some good stuff at The Quilt Emporium. Quickly becoming a favorite store — would love them to stock more indigo dyed fabrics!

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Mild Winter in Topanga Canyon

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Christmas madness, carts piled up after people take them past the DO NOT CROSS OR WHEELS WILL LOCK line.

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Watermelon Radish was spicier than I expected.

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Donatio

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So much happening on the front of these pants. Had to do some research to find out what that loop is for. I never noticed belt slip being a problem until after reading about these loops.

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Always looking for stripes at the thrift store.

UntitledEbay saved search eventually turned up a hardcover copy for a third of what this seller wanted for paperback.