Because I'm told that fish don't count, our family's first "real" pet is a rabbit. He's a Netherland Dwarf, a tiny little black creature that lives in a three-story one-of-a-kind apartment. I've always bought partial bales of Timothy hay for him on Amazon. It seemed like a good deal, usually about $30 for ten pounds. That was before I discovered Waimanalo Feed Supply.
I pass by the store all the time. It's just 20 minutes from Hawaii Kai and on the way to multiple destinations on the Windward side. It's right next to Shima's supermarket and near the Jack-in-the-Box. There is ample parking right in front of the store. Inside, you'll find a variety of pretty much everything. Most of it pertains to animals, but if you're short on time, you can also buy your laundry soap there, or perhaps a can of SPAM.
Long story short, I bought a 3 pound bag of Timothy hay for $5.10 including tax. Just to show you how much hay that is, I took a picture right next to our diminutive pet.
Waimanalo Feed Supply is open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Be sure to check out their website for holidays and hours.
August 11, 2016 - Vandals damaged Hahaione Elementary School's playground over the August 6 weekend. The $45,000 structure, paid for with community donations, will have to be removed at a cost of $20,000. [HNN]
August 11, 2016 - Kila Ka‘aihue tells Hawaii Prep World how uncanny timing delivered him from Iolani grad to MLB player to Head Coach for Kaiser High School's baseball team. [Hawaii Prep World]
August 9, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School has been selected as one of 28 schools in the R.E.A.C.H program. R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation by engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. [Governor's News Release]
As most kama'aina know, credit union membership is a must here in the Islands; service is more personal and consumer value can't be beat. Although membership is often limited to certain groups, many credit unions have a special loophole through which average residents can apply.
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (HSFCU) has announced it will open a new branch at the Hawaii Kai Executive Plaza, 6700 Kalanianaole Hwy # 110, the location HawaiiUSA Credit Union once occupied.
As far as accesibility, credit unions have fewer branches overall when compared to banks. However, they participate in a code sharing program that allows members to bank at any NCUA institution. They also have other types of reciprocal arrangements. For instance, HSFCU has an ATM agreement with Bank of Hawaii and members can access their money at Bank of Hawaii ATMs without extra charges.
I'm told that the Hawaii Kai branch is scheduled to open in early September, but may open slightly earlier in a soft opening. For those who want to know how to become a member, check out their FAQs on membership eligibility. Generally speaking, it's open to State and County employees. However, HSFCU's resident entryway is Friends of the Library membership. If you become a member of Friends of the Library of Hawaii, you can apply for HSFCU membership too.
I'm going to call my first attempt at livestreaming a flop: A disaster: A good idea whose time has not yet come.
Livestreaming has been in the news quite a bit lately, from the House Democrats' sit-in to the Minnesota police shooting of Philando Castile. In the first example, on June 22, 2016, House of Representative Democrats staged a sit-in to force a vote on gun control. CSPAN would normally have broadcast it, but -- CSPAN directives are given by House staffers: that is, the controlling Republican majority. They ordered the cameras turned off. Democrats responded by livestreaming video through Periscope while posting updates through Facebook. In the second example, Philando Castile, an unarmed black man, was shot dead at a traffic stop. His girlfriend had the livestream video running the whole time, from the confrontation to his death. The video added additional evidence to U.S. outrage over black deaths at the hands of law enforcement and sparked yet more protests and calls for action.
My own experience pales in comparison.
First, I thought I'd shoot the opening before the start of the ESSA Town Hall meeting at Kalani. That left me walking with the phone in front of me, talking to myself. I grabbed a quick glimpse of a what was still a nearly empty school cafeteria. Then, I moved to a corner of the courtyard to continue to talk to myself. No one. No one joined the stream. . .then one. . .he/she said "Hi." This was my highlight. I was about to reply. Then the phone rang. It was my husband. I purposely hung up on him, not knowing if this was being caught live. He called again. I answered. "Yes." He said, "I'm at Costco. Need anything?" To this day, I have not yet reviewed what was captured on the livestream. I guess the world can know we have stocked up on milk.
Next, on to the live notetaking during the meeting. I would call that a measured success. I rigged up a clipboard with a makeshift phone holder, connected a bluetooth keyboard and typed as the meeting went on. I'd say they're among the better notes I've taken and best of all, they're done and posted all in one step. You can review the first draft at EastOahu96825.com/gpublic, where I keep all of the Google Drive public documents related to this site. The [direct link] is here. I'll use those notes to write a short review of the meeting soon.
I had promised a follow-up livestream through Periscope, but alas, I had problems connecting at the coffee shop my friend and I stopped at. Truthfully, I was pretty much done with the humbling experience of livestreaming, at least for now.
Your presence is requested.
Reminder reposted here:
ESSA TOWN HALL MEETING -
If you can't make it, I will livestream just before the event at around 5:45 pm, and also following, at around 8 pm. You can watch it through Periscope, or through my Twitter feed. This is my first time working with the technology, so please bear with me as I do my best.
I will also attempt to report live via Google Docs. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it, but if you want to follow along & possibly comment, the link is here. [ESSA Town Hall, Aug. 10, 2016 at Kalani HS]
Pre-reading materials are available through http://eastoahu96825.com/gpublic
From time to time, I receive a surplus of chives from friends and neighbors. I also, from time to time, crave chive kim chee. It's the ultimate in local smelly fermented food. Once you've had some, you'll be hooked. Just make sure everyone else tries it too so that no one can complain about the aroma. In any case, it's too much work to make kim chee from scratch, so I just buy a huge tub of won bok kim chee from Costco, eat a little to make room for the chives, blanch the chives, then let it sit for at least a day. Voila! Chive kim chee.