Photos 2004

I like to go walking when I go to Hilo. I also like to see my Mom do her Taiko performances. The Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko group is pretty active and so if I'm in Hawaii long enough, I can usually catch one of their performances, like the Honpa Hongwanji Centennial parade on November 6.

One of the things I will really miss is visiting the Irvine's house on 974 Ainako Avenue. I loved that house so much. They sold it, and now it's a partial vacation rental property.

I also like going walking when I get back to Albuquerque and getting ideas for xeriscaping.

A Walk Along Kaumana Drive

Mold-encrusted fire hydrant
Fire hydrant on Ieie Road, covered in mold.
My parents live not far off of Kaumana Drive. I like to walk along it and check out the plants.


A guava tree
I think this is a guava tree with some other kind of plant attached to it.


Ti leaves


Iris Iris
Irises on Kaumana Drive.
Croton, 2011
This was taken out at Hakalau, in 2010

Kobudo Taiko Group Performs in Honokaa

Mom in front of one of the group's Taiko drums Hui Okinawa's Parade Entry
Mom standing on the float in front of one of the group's taiko drums The Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko performing on a float in the Honpa Hongwanji's Centennial Parade

How Much My Mom Loves Me

The last day I was in Hilo in February, Mom fried some fish for me to eat before I got on the plane.

Mom frying mempachi
Mom frying mempachi on the outside gas burner.

The Irvines' House at 974 Ainako

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say this was my favorite house in Hilo. It didn't look like anything special on the outside, but inside it was all wood, gorgeous wood. There was a stream bordering the property so no matter when you were there, it always sounded like it was raining.

Rock Wall Lava Rock Wall and Foliage
These lava walls were not original to the house A detail of the lava rock wall and foliage.
A large, colorful ceramic vase next to the entrance Fireplace

A large, colorful vase next to the entrance

The upstairs living room fireplace. I couldn't photograph the rest of the room very well, but it had low bookshelves around the windows and was all wood -- wood floors, wooden walls.
A side table in the dining area Kitchen

A side table in the dining area

I spent many happy hours in this kitchen, hanging out, reading the paper, talking, making ohelo berry jam, listening to the water roll down the stream right outside below the window...
A side table in the dining area Sue Irvine

They say for good design you should have at least two sides of natural light in a room. This one had three: a small window below the cabinet helped give this space incredible light.

Here is Sue at the sink, explaining to me that the house is not a museum to Leanne's fond memories, and that she needs to move on and enjoy renovating another house.
A batman in the can sculpture
A "Batman in the Can" sculpture
Porch Backyard

The wooden deck overlooked the stream in the backyard.

Isn't this a gorgeous back yard?
Looking at the stream in the backyard, facing mauka
The beautiful stream in the backyard, facing mauka.

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