Merrie Monarch Festival


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For a week every year the hula students from around the world turn their eyes to our Hawaii island for the Merrie Monarch Festival. They watch, or come to participate in this exciting, hula competition. History The first Merrie Monarch competition was held in 1964 (the year I was born). It was to attract tourists … [Read more…]

Richie’s Drive Inn


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Richie’s drive inn is located on N. king street, a street away from Toshi’s okazuya (you can read my post about Toshi’s here: https://smilemakeothershappy.com/2018/01/22/toshis-okazuya/) The Fire Before it was Richie’s there was a garment factory where they sewed clothing. I don’t remember the name, being only about 4 or 5 at the time the fire broke … [Read more…]

Toshi’s Okazuya


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Toshi’s okazuya has been around since before I was born. We lived in an apt. Above the okazuya until I was two before we moved to “Da Lane” about a two minute walk away. Toshi’s has always been a part of my life growing up. Toshi’s is owned by two sisters and named after the … [Read more…]

Music 🎶 Then and Now My Memories


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Back Then, Since the furthest back I can remember I have always had music in my life. I remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap with my cousins all around and him singing to us. I still have his ukulele passed from him to my mom to me. Every Sunday after church we would all gather … [Read more…]