Monday, May 21, 2012

Aloha to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop!

Spring Fling Blog Hop

Romance at Random is hosting the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop.  2012 marks the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's reign of the United Kingdom. She became Queen upon the death of her father, George VI, on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth was crowned on June 2, 1953. For more information about Jubilee events, check out the official website at this link.

Jane Austen at Hickam Beach 

The Kingdom of Hawaii has a long history with Great Britain, as demonstrated in the state flag. In fact, Queen Kapiolani and Crown Princess Liliuokalani attend Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

But today we are celebrating DIAMONDS ... and we have one big one here on Oahu. Diamond Head is the iconic symbol of Waikiki Beach. From Go Hawaii (at this link),

Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater's slopes. These "diamonds" were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.

Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach

Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the crater was used as a strategic military lookout beginning in the early 1900's and was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Today, Diamond Head is a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikiki and Oahu's south shore.

Diamond Head from Round Top Drive

In honor of the Diamond Jubilee, I am giving away a Royal Gift Pack with goodies from the UK and Hawaii.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about diamonds - do you prefer jeweled diamonds or baseball diamonds?   Have you seen the Hope Diamond in the Smithsonian Museum?   Or James Bond in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER?

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 26, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 27.


Kim in Hawaii

Diamond Head from Hickam Beach

Visit the other blogs on this tour!

1.Romance At Random2.Ruthie Knox
3.Shannyn Schroeder4.cupcake's (Book) Cupboard
7.Shady Characters and Shapeshifters8.Bea's Book Nook
9.Elisabeth Barrett10.Happy Ever After USA Today
11.HeroesandHeartbreakers.com12.Red Hot Books
13.Teresa's Reading Corner14.Malia Mallory
15.SOS Aloha16.A Page In The Life
17.kary@karyrader.com18.Erotic Notions
19.Raven Bower20.Victoria's Pages of Romance
21.[Insert clever quip here]22.Love, Laughter, Friendship
23.CelticLady's Reviews24.Manga Maniac Cafe
25.Ex Libris26.Book Flame
27.Me and Reading (INT)28.My Book Addiction and More
29.Reading Reality30.From the TBR Pile
31.Fade Into Fantasy32.Hanging With Bells
33.The Reading Reviewer34.Full Moon Bites
35.Seasidebooknook@yahoo.com36.Jenna Jaxon
37.StuckInBooks38.Lisa's World of Books
39.Delighted Reader40.Michelle Clay
41.Jennifer Wells, Paranormal Romance Author42.That's What I'm Talking about
43.Stacey Brutger44.Just a Reader's Ramblings
45.Geeky Bloggers Book Blog46.Lady Scribes
47.heathervlong@gmail.com48.PonyTails Book Reviews
49.The Blogging Book50.Jess resides here
51.Sugarbeat's Books52.Seduced by a Book
53.The Jeep
55.Love Romance Passion56.A Bookish Affair
57.dmcomfort@aol.com58.Sensual Sascha's Stories
59.Moonwolf's Lair60.Mackenzie McKade
61.Major Love~~~Major Romance62.Lisa Kumar
63.Maggie Greene64.Romancing the Pen
65.Jessica Scott66.Love Saves the World
67.Leanne Tyler68.PamelaVMason
69.The Book Bundle70.Shawntelle Madison
71.To Read or Not To Read


  1. Diane P. DiamondMay 21, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    First of all, I have to say how very proud of my Queen who will be celebrating 60 years on the throne in a couple of weeks. I'm just sad that I won't be in England for all the celebrations.

    I adore the jeweled diamonds, and have actually seen the Hope Diamond in the Smithsonian Museum in Washing D.C. It's really stunning, and quite takes your breath away. I've also seen the James Bond movie, "Diamonds are Forever" too.

    I must say before closing, that my husband always tell's me that he's the biggest "Diamond" that I will every have. lol

  2. I'm a fan of both kinds of & the carbon ones! I also, would love to be in England for the celebration!

  3. Wow, what an amazing legacy the Queen has left. Of course I am adore the jeweled diamonds. I am a girl who needs best friends :)


  4. Diane P. DiamondMay 21, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I did type "Washington D.C." but the "ton" got left off. Sorry.

  5. What an exciting time to be in England for the Queen's Jubilee. I can't imagine being on the throne for such a long time. That is quite something.
    I don't wear much jewelry at all...just my wedding band, so I'm not much into diamond jewelry. I did enjoy hiking at Diamond Head when we were in Hawaii.

  6. What - you're not giving away a diamond? roflmao I think Diane wins since that's her name lol. I got to see Diamond Head but only from a distance. I lost my first diamond in my wedding ring after 25 years and was devastsyed but my hubby got me another one and helped design the ring himself.

  7. I like both, too, but of course prefer the shiny kind.

    1. Congrats to England and the Queen.

      I have a distinct preference for diamond jewelry vs. baseball diamonds. I have seen the Hope Diamond a couple of times. Diamond Head looks wonderful.

  8. Congrats to England and it's Queen! It's so hard to believe that she has been on the Throne for so many years. Cheers to her!

    I love the diamonds that you wear. I lost two diamonds in 2 years and now have my third one that I am having checked regularly and have insured. Baseball diamonds -- not so much. I have never seen the Hope Diamond, but it is beautiful. Have seen James Bond's Diamonds Are Forever many times. Have never been lucky enough to go to Hawaii to see all the beautiful sites.

  9. I like both kinds of diamonds.

  10. I have seen the Hope Diamond and I have seen Diamonds are forever. I do prefer the jewels.

  11. I like jeweled diamonds. I've seen the Hope Diamond and the James Bond movie.

  12. Love all those Diamonds , love basweall and jewelry Ty whoo

  13. I would LOVE to see Diamond Head... in person!!
    Diamonds ARE a girl's best friend. However, one way or another I have lost everyone that I ever owned.

  14. Must admit to preferring jewels to baseballs, but, then, some players are now more ostentatious than the owners of jewels. Have seen the Hope Diamond and the Bond movie.

  15. I prefer jewels I just adore them infact ! I have seen the Bond movie but not yet the Hope Diamond. Thank you for the lovely facts on diamonds I learned something new. Also a big thank you for the lovely giveaway the prize sounds fantastic.

  16. At one time I would have said both but now I prefer to wear diamonds.

  17. alot of strong women in history. jeweled diamonds :))))

  18. Congrats to the Queen. 60 years. Unbelievable. I love the way diamond jewelry looks. I haven't seen the Hope Diamond though.
    Carol L.
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