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Two Little Brothers

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Jakeyboy (that’s what we called him to distinguish him from his Daddy) would be getting a new little brother. He was only two years old and didn’t really know what was going on. His parents were a bit worried that he might be jealous of the new baby, so right before the new baby was born they gave Jakeyboy a special present. They have been good friends besides brothers ever since.

Zion Viliami

I remember feeling about the same way because our first two children were fifteen months apart. Sibling rivalry is a concern for many parents. Now cousin Israel had a little sister and a brother and cousin Anna had gained a little sister. Our grandchildren were growing in number and we were quite busy getting to know them. We learned so much from each one and enjoyed spoiling them a little. We knew we were blessed to have them in our family and wanted to do the best for them.

Baby Zion Menehune

As for my artistic side, I saw an opportunity to use my grandchildren in photo shoots. This one of Zion was taken when he was on a few months old on the North Shore of Hawaii. It reminded me of the stories of Hawaiian menehune who appeared at night marching across rainforests. I couldn’t help myself sharing this fun picture!

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The King Has Arrived

Both sides of our family come from nobility. We are royal! This finally came to be manifest in our fifth grandchild. His name was James Ali’i (means “King” in Hawaiian). His parents were living in the mainland USA when he was born. He was a beautiful baby and has certainly lived up to his name. He is very handsome and bright despite his short stature.

The King, James Ali’i

When he was a newborn, he would not drink his milk very well. His father would rock him and try every way to get him to take his bottle, but without success. He became desperate and started feeding him ice cream. Now, if you ask him if he wants to eat ice cream, he will always say “no”!

James KeAli'i with his father
James KeAli’i with his father

Here is a watercolor I did after Ali’i joined the family. I try to create something for each of my grandchildren while they are young.

Watercolor by Ruth Kongaika . Showing Israel, Princess and Ali’i.
Baby carrier

Hawaiian Holiday Recipes

Hawaiian Holiday Recipes

Here in Hawaii, the holidays mean great food. Yes, we usually have the traditional American food,  and, because there are so many different cultures living here, we also have a potpourri of other delectable food items to please all the guests and neighbors. So besides the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, you may find on the table some Hawaiian Pork Chops, Hawaiian sweet bread, and one of my favorites, mochi. Here are a few recipes you might like to try.

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Hawaiian Party Makeup and Costumes

You may be having a party and have chosen a Hawaiian theme. Or, you might have decided to go trick or treating as a Polynesian maiden.

Don’t worry men, we did not forget you! You can go as a Haka Warrior Hunk! Children also love to dress up in hula skirts and leis. And, don’t forget your dog!

Whatever the reason is, here are some costume and makeup ideas you might want to consider. For sure it will put you in a festive mood. You will feel like you are already in Paradise.

For the Ladies

Grass skirt (you can make your own – see below)
Hawaiian print midriff top, bikini top or coconut bra
Clear sandals, flip flops or bare feet
Flower to pin behind your ear
Lei or leis – can be worn as anklets, crowns or bracelets
You can also take a headband and sew artificial flowers to it

To look like the glamorous vintage Hawaiian pin-up girls

Wear a figure hugging halter top with a cinched waistline in a floral print or a bikini top
Sarong or pareo as a skirt
With this you will want to wear stilletos
Flower behind ear and leis around neck
Or if you are a bit shy and feel a little exposed, you can wear a sun dress or a muumuu-style dress which is long and flowing, and usually comes in floral colors or patterns.

For the Men

Loose fitting Aloha shirt
Khaki shorts
Sandals, flip flops or bare feet
Straw hat or visor

To look like the Haka Warrior Hunk

Bare chest (looks best with muscles)
Hula skirt or floral-print sarong worn tight like a short skirt – sort of like a diaper
Spear or sharp stick
Greenery around arms, ankles and on head (could be an artificial green lei)
Fake tribal tattoos on biceps or wherever
May need to use some quick tanning solution
Colored contacts (brown or dark) if you really want to get into it (surprise her!)

Hawaiian Luau Makeup Ideas

To really have fun, add some vibrant Hawaiian makeup. Shades of turquoise, azalea, amethyst, ocean frost, and Aztec gold are just a few that are available to use.

Don’t forget plenty of eyeliner and mascara. Don’t forget the eyebrows too. Have fun with it.

Gotta have bright lipstick – come on it is just for one night!

There are some great eye makeup videos on this hub, so be sure to watch them and be inspired. I was.

Ideas for Face Painting at Your Party

Be sure to use hypoallergenic paints for face painting.

Of course, a luau brings to mind delicious fruits of Hawaii, including pineapples, coconut, and bananas.

Also, tropical flowers are popular, including orchids, plumeria, hibiscus and bird of paradise. You could even paint a small palm tree on some lucky person.

Sea creatures are fun and easy – a crab, seahorse, dolphin, whales, turtle or seals. Geckos and parrots would also be hits. Sand dollars, shells and starfish would also make someone really happy.

Children especially love face painting or you could do it as part of your Halloween costume.

Go to this site for art ideas – enter Hawaiian or Tropical