Thursday, June 28, 2012

Best of Jane - Readers' Choice (continued)

The voting is still open for my pictures of Jane, the silhouette, at this link.   But I also took pictures of Jane, the doll, when the circumstances (especially the wind) didn't allow me to take a picture of the silhouette.  Tell me which picture you like best!

Jane at the Navy Boathouse
(with the fire buckets)
Jane with the kissing couple

Jane at the USS Missouri

Jane at Hale Makai
(House towards the Sea)

Jane hanging on to the F15.

Jane, Waikiki Beach,
and Diamond Head

Jane, Andrew, and Heiau in Kailua

Jane at Mac Nut Farm

Jane and Sherlock
at the Byodo In Temple

Jane at Boutiki Gift Shop

Jane at Hickam Harbor

Jane on Hickam Beach

One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 30, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 1.


Kim in Hawaii

Jane storms the castle

Monday, June 25, 2012

Best of Jane - Readers' Choice!

For the past two months, I have posted pictures of Jane Austen, silhouette (above), and Jane Austen, doll (below) as part of Sourcebooks' promotion for ALL ROADS LEAD TO AUSTEN:


With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure: a traveling book club with Jane. In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians— to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along: that we're not always speaking the same language— even when we're speaking the same language.

But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she'd found her own Señor Darcy.

All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book— with good friends.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH JANE AUSTEN ends on Saturday, June 30.   So I ask you, readers, what is your favorite picture with the Sourcebooks' silhouette?  On Thursday, we'll do a similar vote with pictures of the doll.

Jane, David, and King Kamehameha.
Look for them on Hawaii Five O!
Jane with the USS Honolulu.

Jane calls a cab!
Jane gets a mammogram.

Jane with Uncle Sam.

Jane at Bellows Beach.

Jane wings it with the F4!

Jane roars in the engine of the F86!
Jane with her books at the Hickam Library.

Jane finds a coconut on Waikiki Beach.

Jane hops on a water bike!

Up close on the water bike!

Jane visits King Kamehameha
at Hickam Elementary School.

Up close with King Kamehameha.
Jane with the Japanese bullet hole
in the Big Barracks.

Jane and Sherlock at Turtle Bay.

Jane wants to paddle at Turtle Bay.
Jane views Hanauma Bay.

Jane with Buddha.

Jane at the Byodo-In Temple.

Jane at the Boutiki Gift Shop.
The shakers are scandalous!
Best advice for Louisa Musgrove

Jane "embedded" at
Hickam Air Force Base.

Up close with Jane in the H.

One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Friday, June 29, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll enter the picture with the most votes in the Sourcebooks' contest.


Kim in Hawaii

You still have time to enter the contest before the June 30 deadline.  Check out Sourcebooks' page on Facebook at this link.
Jane loves the ginger flower!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Aloha to Keaiwa Heiau and Ford Island

We have a winner from last week's blogs - Marjorie!   

On Saturday, my family ventured up the mountain to Keaiwa Heiau State Park.  From its website at this link,

Keaiwa Heiau is a medicinal or healing heiau (temple) known as a heiau ho'ola. At this site, the kahuna (priest, expert) specializing in healing would diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries. The kahuna would also train haumana (students) in the practice of la'au lapa'au, medicinal healing using plants, fasting, and prayers. Many of the plants and herbs were collected from the neighboring forest while others were planted around the heiau.

The name Keaiwa has been translated as mysterious or incomprehensible. Perhaps, this name refers to the fact that one could not explain the powers of the kahuna and the herbs used in healing.

It is unknown when this heiau was built but one source suggests that it was constructed in the 16th Century by Kakuhihewa, an ali'i (chief) of O'ahu, and his kahuna Keaiwa. The 4-foot high stacked rock wall encloses the sacred area that measures 100 by 160 feet. Within the enclosure was a halau (large thatched structure) built for the master kahuna to store the medicinal implements and train the students. Other features might include hale (small thatched structure) and a puholoholo (steam bath). 
We have never seen a stone circle
in a heiau.

We intended to hike the loop, but it
began to rain.  The trail was muddy
and steeper than I expected.
We ventured over to Ford Island to
see the SBX, aka the Golf Ball.
Ford Island hosts three memorials -
the USS Utah (above),
the USS Oklahoma,
and the USS Missouri.

Ford Island gave us a view of the
West Loch, home of the decommissioned ships.

Ford Island also offers a view of
the USS Arizona memorial.

What do you like to do on a rainy day?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 30, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 1.


Kim in Hawaii

The rain in the distance over Aiea.