This entry is cross-posted in Kanu Hawaii’s Simplify the Holidays 2010 campaign.
I had a fabulous day-after-Thanksgiving with my Eathan (my love). We had several items on our agenda and since one of my Simplify the Holidays (STH) commitments is to combine errands to use less fuel, we planned a round-island STH trip.
We started our day off with a pleasant stroll to Makapu`u Lighthouse. The day was beautiful and we really felt fortunate to live in Hawaii.
Then we went to Alani & Cherub’s (President of Kanu Hawaii) house on the Windward side to drop off our donations for Kanu Hawaii’s upcoming auction fundraiser. There we were given a tour of their flourishing vegetable garden and some of Alani’s work of art (wooden bowls).
As we walked back to the car, we looked at each other and said (nearly at the same time), “WOW. Do you feel inspired or what?” Alani & Cherub – thank you for the powerful gift of aloha today. It is something that I cannot describe in words, but is ingrained in my heart.
Next, we had lunch at Boots & Kimo’s. So ono. ‘Nuff said.
After a satisfying lunch we headed towards Helemano Farms in Wahiawa. While on the drive there, I mentioned to Eathan how I haven’t been to Waikele Shopping Center in a long time and would love to check it out. So, we took a detour. I observed the Black Friday madness (and this was already after lunch hour!), but did not feel the urge to get anything.
We proceeded to Helemano Farms where we spent some time looking at the different types of Christmas trees and talking with the owner about Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Kanu Hawaii’s Simplify the Holidays campaign. We left with a gorgeous potted Leyland Cypress for $100 (Helemano is cash/check only).
Eathan’s mom has been wanting a living Christmas tree since last Thanksgiving, so this was our present to her this year. We left it as a surprise in front of her door. When she saw it, she almost teared and so lovingly (seemed to) hug the tree. That, to me, meant money and love well spent.
We ended our Green Friday by going to the 24th Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo at the Blaisdell. I love going to local craft & food fairs, plus had won free tickets (Mahalo Esme & Islandwide Expo!). I was glad to be in a room PACKED with supporters of local artisans, crafters, and food makers. Lots of talent in Hawaii!
Aside from supporting local artists & food makers, this Expo is special in that shoppers have the opportunity to support KHON-2′s LOKAHI Giving Project. They are accepting contributions in the Pikake Room for “struggling individuals and families” during the holidays.
Before leaving, Eathan and I checked out Kukui High’s table, which was quite popular. They were selling handpainted Christmas ornaments, logo shirts (polo & tees), stickers and even a Kukui High diploma!
Now I shall unwind and relax…. think back on my memorable day. The best part of it? Experiencing it all with Eathan. I can easily say I spent a very meaningful Black turned Green Friday.
I hope that you had a memorable day as well!