The Stages of Success

At age 4 success is ... not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is... having friends.
At age 16 success is... having a driver's license.
At age 20 success is... having sex.
At age 35 success is... having money.
At age 50 success is... having money.
At age 60 success is... having sex.
At age 70 success is... having a driver's license.
At age 75 success is... having friends.
At age 80 success is... no peeing in your pants.


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Are you still searching for love via online dating site? Although there are tons of online dating sites with live cams and chat rooms but think of the expenses you will spend in searching for Mr. and Miss Right. There are people who spend money on international phone calls, sending money or supports to their fiance/fiancee, sending packages, flying to another country to meet him or him, paying for hotels and accommodations and others expenses.

Why not try to start searching Love at Local Chat? You just don't know that true love is just around in your city, state or within the country. Local Chat City has the same features with most dating websites (chat and live webcam) expect that you don't need to spend more in meeting him or her.

Graduation Song: Farewell Lupon Vocational High School

I made graduation song before leaving my school where I taught for 10 years. Missing my co-teachers, school staff, principal , friends and most of all my students....

I am proud to be a part of Lupon Vocational High School........ Missed you all guys


Sit on Santa's Lap

Fast, playful, cuddly and fragile little man. My one year old nephew baby Luis. He is cute and funny. He makes my day complete. He is one year and 7 months today but he only got only 8 teeth, but doctors says it is normal, I am relieved! He plays his favorite bicycles, run after the dogs, shots perfectly the ball on the ring. He is studious. He is left handed and perfectly knows how to handle a pencil and draws zigzag lines, and circles. He knows what are his toys, things and favorite pillows. His head turns when beautiful ladies are around and make a flirty smile and a flying kiss! He want freedom and carefree. So don't put him on arms jail.

I have tried his picture in jail using the fun, enjoyable and exciting CEIVA Digital Photo Frame Sit on Santa's Lap. I never thought that it would be a unique one. I even laughed alone loudly when I saw his picture on Santa's Video. It was really amazing! I told myself, " Wow! That was great!" The funniest thing was when I emailed it to my friends, while they were watching the video links with Santa and my wish for Luis, they were both surprised how come the picture, name and wish were there in Santa's Video.

Aside from trying this new digital photo frame, you can also enter the contest where winners are selected randomly each day to win $500.

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Morijama Naotaro : Sakura

I really love this song. This was one of the best song when I left Japan. Every time I played this song. All my beautiful memories when I was in Japan flashes back.

The friendship that I have gained from my classmate in different parts of the world during my Intensive Japanese Language Course at Hiroshima University. I really missed you all guys! Helen and Mwagesha from Kenya, Alpha from New Guine, Jesus from Mexico, Amy from Phils, Kaku from China, Thomas from Poland, Lessie from Paraguay, Zu win from Mynmar, Van Ann from Vietnam and more.....

To my sensei from my In-service Traning for teachers at Shimane University. I dedicate this song for you all.......... Sayonara.....

Book Bouquet Gift Baskets for our Kupuna

Kupuna is a Hawaiian word meaning Grandparents or ancestors. It is a general term for elderly.

I had attended a Nursing Care Assistant course here in the island. The class was conducted inside the facility itself. Due to some personal reasons, I was not able to complete the course.

Serving for our Kupuna is the main goal of the facility. I can see how the whole staff were taking care of our elderly. They have activities at least 3 times a week to keep the residents active and can socialize with each other. Our Kupuna loved to receive gifts from their family and friends. It does not matter how simple the gifts are, but it's the thoughtfulness and the love counts. We had explored the whole facility and we did notice some books in their respective residents room. That's why we observed that they would really love to receive Get Well Gifts - the Get Well Baskets the Entertains.

There are many people prefer to send book bouquet baskets (books, gourmet food and gift items to create unique gift baskets for occasions like new babies, get well, birthday gifts, sympathy gifts, thank you, Christmas and more) to their friends and loved ones. If you have not tried sending book bouquet gift baskets, why not make the first order today and surprise them.

General Guidelines: Camping in Kauai Forest Reserve Areas

  • Permits are required to camp in forest reserve areas. In order to process a permit, full names of the campers, desired campsites and date requested are needed

  • A Kauai Police Department emergency information from must be filled out. This will aide in notifying family and assist in the rescue efforts of any lost hikers or campers.

  • Camping is only allowed at designated campsites.

  • No commercial camping is allowed.

  • Open fired are only allowed in agency-established fire rings. All other fires must be in a contain device (gas stove or Weber/hibachi grill.

  • Please pack out what you pack in. Keep the areas clean.

  • There are no potable water at any campsite. Any water collected from the streams must be treated before human consumption.

  • All the campsites are equipped with a composting toilet system. However, the system is not managed on a regular basis in the remote campsites of Waimea Canyon and Waialae (bring your own personal hygiene supplies).


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Mele Kilikimaka! from Jake a Miniature Poodle Dog

This is Jake our three-legged miniature poddle dog. He lost one of his legs when he was missing for 2 days in the wilderness of New Mexico. He was found unconscios along the road near home. We were suspecting that he was attack by wild animal or cayote in the mountains. He is lucky to have his second life. Mele Kilikimaka from Hawaii. Merry Christmas!


Love Links: Interracial Chat Rooms

Interracial relationship works. Proofs are the thousands of testimonials from different online dating sites -from friendship, being engaged and to marriage. Although not all relationships lead to live happily ever after as there are numerous divorce cases all over the country.

There is nothing wrong with Internet dating. Some people meet their girlfriends or boyfriends anywhere (mall, beach, travel, work, etc). Online acquaintances too work in the same manner.

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Steps to Avoid Leptospirosis

  1. Do not swim, wade or play in freshwater when you have cuts or abrasions. When swimming, do not place your head underwater.
  2. Wear Protective Clothing such as: gloves, boots. long sleeves, heavy pants when you are working with moist soil or water, gardening, clearing vegetation, hunting, and butchering animals and caring pets.
  3. Don't drink stream water without boiling or chemically treating it. Keep water catchment collection areas free from overhanging branches and prevent access to these areas by animals. Drain potentially contaminated areas of standing water.
  4. Rodent Control. Control rats, mice and mongooses around home and at work sites. Trapping, removing nests, poisoning and protection of foods and garbage are helpful control methods. Call the Vector control branch or the district Health office on the Neighbor Islands for Advice
  5. Vaccinate pets and farm animals. See your veterinarian about shots that will protect your animal from infection.

Quality Gun Holster Deals

If you are searching for Holster for your gun model or your gun type, you can either go to the nearest gun shop or you can find various resources in online.

Many people nowadays prefer shopping online than going to the different stores and malls for practical and economical reasons:
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  • Costumers can easily sort items from high to low, low to high, sale or clearance.
  • Shoppers can easily compare prices for the same item/s.
  • Can avail free shipping when you meet certain requirements.
  • Additional free items for some products.

As you know that there are different kinds of gun holsters as seen on different pictures below:

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What is Leptospirosis?

A bacterial disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. Rats and mice are the most important carriers in Hawai'i. Domestic animals can also transmit the desease.

Leptospirosis bacteria can survive for long periods in fresh water and mud. They enter the body through the eyes, the nose, mouth and broken skin. People usually do not transmit Leptospirosis to each other.

How are people affected?
  • Swimming or wading in freshwater ponds or streams contaminated with animal urine.
  • Contact with moist soil or vegetation contaminated with animal urine.
  • Direct contact with urine, tissues or blood of infected animals.
  • Drinking contaminated fresh water.


  • may occur 2 to 20 days after being exposed
  • are often mild and resemble the flu, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, body pains, loss appetite, chills, headache red eyes, sweating weakness

Other more serious symtoms are stiff neck, jaundice, heart failure, delirium, kidney failure and liver swelling.

If you think you have symptoms of leptospirosis, see a doctor right away.

The Planet Goth Chat Rooms

I have just learned some exciting informations today. This is all about Goth People. I never thought that Planet Goth exist – a place for all Goth to get together. Before migrating in the United States, saw people in all black with unique personalities in movies. Now, I know that they are true.

Do you know anything about Goth? I’ve done some research about Goth – is a subculture. According to goth.net, “A group of people who feel comfortable with each others company. They all have different musical tastes, follow different religions, have different occupations, hobbies and fashion scenes.” There are plenty of interesting things to learn about Goth. And if you would like to learn more about it or you might be interested in joining the Goth community, try visiting the Goth Chat Rooms – the perfect forum for Goths to chat and meet.

The Goth Chat Rooms are free with webcam chat rooms and chat line.
How do you get into Goth? It is very simple; you can explore the site and join their community. By the way, your area might have an organized Goth community, so better to check it out! One thing I have learned is that Goth tend to be accepting and open-minded. Do you think you belong to them?

Mele Kilikimaka! Merry Christmas from Hawaii

Mele Kalikimaka - Merry Christmas. The words "Mele Kalikimaka" are a phonetic translation. When the missionaries and other Westerners first brought the custom of Christmas to the islands the Hawaiians had difficulty pronouncing Merry Christmas and turned it into words that rolled more easily off their tongues.
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy New Year. The western Christmas and New Year fell during this same time of the year that the Hawaiians traditionally honored the earth for giving them plenty to eat. This period of resting and feasting was called Makahiki (mah-kah-HEE- kee). It lasted for 4 months, and no wars or conflicts were allowed during this time. Because makahiki also means "year", the Hawaiian phrase for "Happy New Year" became "Hau'oli (happy) Makahiki (year) Hou (new)"(how-OH-lee mah-kah-hee-kee ho). - Hawaiian Christmas and New Year's Words and Phrases


Maternity and Baby Stuffs

Most expectant young mothers are very particular in keeping their looks during pregnancy and are willing to spend lavishly on items from maternity dress, undergarments and other stuffs. They are also very excited in preparing stuffs for their baby.

Aside from shopping in different stores and malls, shopping online is more convenient and practical not only for the moms but for everybody. Some of its advantages are: you don’t need to drive and spend hours of roaming around the stores, you can easily sort prices from high to low, low to high, sale, or clearance and you can compare prices.

However, there are also people who don’t want to spend more time in searching online for maternity and baby stuffs. I can’t imagine how stressful searching for the right keywords in different search engines for your maternity and baby stuffs and still confuse among the millions search results.

Did you know that you can get all your maternity and baby stuffs in just one website? They have a wide selection of maternity clothes, designer maternity clothes, maternity apparel and more. They also have Baby Clothes, baby gear, nursery, green toys and gift cards. Choose among their featured Baby Bedding in different color themes for nursery. Don’t forget to visit the Baby Furniture link to a wide selection of baby furniture and nursery sets.


Bathroom Design

I'm wondering who design this? If you know, he is the best!


Holiday Gift Guide from thewatchery.com

Would you like to buy a watch the cost $1,395? What if you can get it at $279 super sale price at thewatchery.com? I am referring to my favorite Movado Luxury watch on the right (Movado Eliro Ladies' Watch Stainless Steel Blue Dial on Blue Leather Strap 0605307). I think it’s cute and one of the best holiday deals this year.

If you are one of those who are still undecided as to what gift to give this holiday, then you should try exploring this amazing holiday gift guide from thewatchery.com.

thewatchery.com is the best source of Designer Watches, Luxury Watches, Discount Watches, Expensive Watches and much more. They offer up to 80% off and clearance sale up to 90% off. The Movado Eliro watch model above, for example, lets you save $1,246 or (89%) from its original price. In fact, you can get all your gifts from watchery.com. The next thing to do is to visit the site and see what fits your taste. Give yourself a treat. Why not? Who among your loved ones like to have new luxury watch? If none, surprise them by considering this holiday gift guide offer.

Don’t forget to visit the watchery giveaway link and holiday gift guide for more options. Shipping within United States is free

Christmas Party Hula Dance Presentation : Mele Kilikimaka!

Sun Village had an early Christmas Party last December 14, 2008. The party started with a Hula dance from one of the Hula group in Kauai. After the presentation, the residents together with their respective guest and family enjoyed the buffet dinner. That was also the time when the winners of Sun Village Christmas Decoration for Best Courtyard ( Building A won) and the Best Individual apartment decorations ( luckily we won!).


Sit on Santa's Lap Experience

I have tried the fun, enjoyable and exciting CEIVA Digital Photo Frame Sit on Santa's Lap experience. I never thought that it would be a unique one. I even laughed alone loudly when I saw my pic on Santa's Video. It was really amazing! I told myself, " Wow! That was great!" The funniest was when I emailed it to my friends, while they were watching the video links with Santa and my wish, they were both surprised how come my picture, name and wish were there in Santa's Video. Pretty Amazing.

The picture that I have uploaded was taken during our vacation at Paradise Island beach resort and I was eating a young coconut fruit holding a flower. That was very meaningful to me because that cold fruit drinks was given to me by the most important person in my life. I sent the video link via email to my friends, family and of course to my hubby. Now he knew about my wish! I am not expecting it to be granted because it's just a wish. The most important thing in life is the gift of love to everyone. Santa mentioned it, too!

I invited my friends and family to join the fun! You should try it for yourself too. You can also try their got a wish offer . Just take note of the rules:

  1. You should be at least 18 years old to join the sweepstakes.
  2. You should submit be the submitter.
  3. Photos must be original and must not contain inappropriate content
  4. Must be a resident of the United States
Happy holidays!


Coqui : Protect Hawaii Stop the Spread!

What is coqui?

It's a small dark brown-to dark-colored from measuring up to 2 inches with variable patterns including a light stripe down the middle of its back. Native to Puerto Rico, the coqui remain hidden during the day in leaf litter. Male coqui emerge into the trees at night calling "ko-kee" to attract females. Females lay their eggs in cup-like vegetation. Juvenile frogs hatch in 2-3 weeks. There is no tadpoles stage.
Why we should concerned about coqui?
There are no natural enemies to control the coqui in Hawaii. Populations may exceed 10,000 frogs per acre, which consume over 50,000 insects each night. As suck coqui may endanger native Hawaiian insect populations including plant pollinators, and compete with Hawaii's native birds.
The shrieking courtship noise has been a major nuisance to many Hawaii residents and visitors, who are not able to sleep due to the noise level. At a distance of one foot, the loud, piercing calls of a group of coquis have been measures at 80-90 decibels. This is comparable to the noise produced by a lawn mower.
What can you do?
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture needs your cooperation in reporting coqui in your neighborhood. If you hear a bird-like call or whistle during evening hours, find the coqui by using a flashlight to locate the frog, capture by hand (the coqui is non-toxic) or use a jar with lid to contain the animal. Do not transport from the area. Call the Department's PEST HOTLINE immediately at :
Oahu - 586 -PEST (7378)
Big Island - 974-4000 ext 67378
Maui - 984-2400 ext 67378
Kauai - 274-3141 ext 67378
MOlokai & Lanai - 1-800-468-4644 ext 67378

Kerchoonz : Join, Play, Download Free Music, and Earn


Downloading music for free is no longer impossible these days. The new multi-media company created a website for musicians to start earning money every time their music are being played or downloaded. This is a great opportunity for talented musicians who are uploading their videos to some leading video websites and earning thousands of views. This new music resources is called Kerchoonz. You can earn money per views and per downloads. Consider watching the numbers of views or plays you’ve earned for your music and think of converting it into money. How much you might earn?

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Wanted: Miconia Dead or Alive

Miconia is a fast-growing, weedy tree from South America that is now invading hawaii.
  • It has large, dark green leaves with purple undersides.
  • Leaves can be up to 3 feet long and are oval-shaped.
  • It looks like a bush when young, but can grow up to 50 feet tall.

Why is it a threat?

  • It caused increased erosion by killing groundcover plants.
  • A single plant produces milions of tiny seeds that spread quickly.
  • It has already destroyed 70% of the foresrt growth in Tahiti.
  • Miconia plants have now been found on the Big Island, Maui, O'ahu, and Kaua'i

What can you do?

If you think you've found Miconia, call the hotline on your island.

An expret will confirm your sighting Iseveral other plants look like Miconia) and will tell you what to do next.

Share this with your familiy, neighbors, and community groups.

Hotline numbers:

Big Island - 961-3299

Maui - 984-8100

Kaua'i - 274-3069

Moloka'i - 1(800)468-4644 ext 48100

O'ahu - 973-9541


Christmas Centerpieces 2008

In a retirement village here in Kauai, the residents are busy preparing for Apartment and Building Christmas Decorations contest. The judging will be based on the Individual Building Units – A, B, C buildings and the Best Overall building decorations. Judging will be on Saturday, December 13th starting 6 PM. The results will be revealed at Holiday Buffet on Sunday, Dec 14th.

We are new residents here and belong to Building A. I wondered how people made decorations this last year and became the winner? Yesterday morning, I went out for a regular walk and found out some delightful Christmas decors in front of the residents building units. In the middle of the square building, the flower garden is filled with decorations, such as three big Christmas trees, Santa, lights and ribbons.

D building is Recreation Area of the residents. It is adjacent to the swimming pool. Christmas decorations at D building are simple yet elegant and attention-grabber. I think it is because of the Christmas Centerpieces that infuse new life in the table arrangements. I’ve heard during the meeting that they are going to order more Christmas Centerpieces at 1-800 flowers.com to avail discounted flowers. The website is user-friendly; costumers can easily sort by price (low to high or high to low).

The best thing to do is to explore 1-800Flowers today and look at their Christmas flowers selection. You might also like it.



Why Seniors Break their Hips?

Guaranteed if you have one minute ad watch this, you will be laughing out loud. Warning only watch this if you wish to smile & laugh...

Although this is funny but it really breaks seniors hips! So wait for your turn after few decades. lol


Gift Cards: Preferred Gifts for Holiday

I first learned how people prefer gift cards when my niece won a gift card prize for Parlor games during Christmas party last year. All winners received gift cards. While I was attending a meeting for volunteers during holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year) and after several discussions and presentations on the different programs or activities for the said events, everybody voted gift cards as prizes.

Why do people prefer gift cards than preparing gift items? For recipients, they can buy what they want. It is convenient for both shoppers and the receivers.

The largest third party provider for prepaid gift cards and the creator of Gift Card Mall™ called Blackhawk Network conducted research about holiday shopping and consumer attitudes and they found out that:
  • 70% feel that gift cards are useful gifts for both receivers and senders.
  • 66% think that by purchasing a gift card their money is not wasted
  • 54% feel that they would rather give gift cards than cash
  • 58% still plan on buying gift cards for holidays

Surveys proved that gift cards still the preferred gifts and expected to be the top gift purchase by the consumers.

So go ahead and surprise your loved one with gift cards to spend on what ever they want and surely they will thank you for the experience.


Anini Beach Pictures

I've been to different beaches in Kauai. There are so many factors to be considered in choosing the best beach to stay. Everyone has its own personal reasons for staying. But if you will ask me, Aside from the beautiful nature that sorrounds the place, I consider it as one of the best beach or camping site if there are clean, non odorous smell of the rest room, safe drinking water access, life guard, and emergency or public telephone and electricity.


Nikon Hunting Holiday Promotions

Good news to all hunters!

Are you contented with your shooting skills? If not, there might be something wrong with your rifle scope or binocular.
Are you planning to try something new and affordable prices with excellent product quality?

It’s time to purchase new hunting gadgets from Nikon Sports Optics, NikonProGear.com and Nikonhunting.com because they are offering holiday promotions with a special presentation from Lee & Tiffany Lakosky. You can also avail great discounts plus ATB Binoculars with NIkonProGear, Gift Cards.

The Nikon’s Ultimate Hunter’s Package:

  • ProStaff rifle scope
  • ProStaff 550 Rangefinder
  • DVD with great hints and techniques for mastering the Nikon BDC reticle.

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  • Buckmasters
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Get a FREE Nikon Pro Gear Gift Card ($25 and $50 value) with the purchase:

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Treat your self this holiday season, send gifts to your loved ones, fellow hunters and friends by simply sharing Nikon Hunting Christmas Promotion.

Termite Tenting and Camp out Part II - Na Pali Coast

This post is a follow up on my previous post about Termite Tenting in our building and we went camping instead of staying in a fancy hotel and restaurants. Last December 1, 2008, we went to Anini State Park, of course we have need to have a permit in order to do camping there.

The next morning, we moved to Haena Beach still in North Shore going to na pali coast. But before that we went first to the Lighthouse in Kalauea. Unexpectedly met some friends, took pictures, enjoying watching different views from the Lighthouse, love the nene walking or roaming around the place.

After 30 minutes we drove to Na Pali coast. Looking for a good place to build our camp tent. At last we found the great place with a very dramatic background of the mountains and having the ocean in front. At noon, we went for a hiking trail. I started hiking but did not reach the top because I was afraid of heights and the small pathway is very slippery.

Home and Garden Products Buying Guide

I am always interested in finding out what my visitors are searching or reading in my website. I have three different sites where I featured dish gardening, gardening and home improvements. I’ve found out that the most viewed and the most searched (using major search engines) contents by my visitors, are all about dish gardening, gardening and home improvements. It feels very rewarding on my part knowing that these topics drive more traffic into my site. At least I have shared useful information about gardening and home improvements.

This time is different. Aside from posting great pictures and tips on gardening, I can also share great resources of dish gardening ideas like the large dish garden filled with a variety of plants for indoor gardening. By visiting Home and Garden Products Buying Guide, you can find valuable products not only for outdoor and garden guides but also for home furnishings and decors, housewares and home maintenance guides, kitchen and dining guides and workshop and home improvement guide. The most important key in using this site is that when you search for a certain item, it will lead you to the different stores online that enables you to compare the prices or identify which item/s are on sale. How’s that? For me I rather have all the prices compared in just one search than searching each store on the net.

Termite Tenting and Camp out Part I - Anini State Park

Dear Folks!

Sorry for not visiting your respective sites for 2 days! We need to vacate for 1 day due to termite tenting in one of the condo units here and we are in A building. The team started at 7 am but we are allowed to stay until 10am. Was super busy during that time. Some residents stayed in the hotel, their relatives, friends houses BUT we went camping on the NORTH SHORE for 2 days!

We first camped out at Anini Beach here in Kauai. It's one of my favorite beach resort for camping. The rest rooms are clean. I been to different beach park for camping for just for picnic but I hate restroom odors but this time, I really appreciate the state for maintaining this park well. I wish all state and county park restrooms are as clean as Anini State Park.

There are plenty of couples camping there. I also loved different people being their families into camping. At night you have hear babies crying from different tents. LOL. Bu t that's normal, parents do like it too but babies like to CRY!


25,000 Quality Christmas Gift Ideas under $25 at Kmart

Did you notice something new with my site? At the upper left column, a Christmas tree counter widget! How many days left before Christmas? It’s getting closer, right? And……. are you looking for Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones? I was searching for it before but now that I’ve found Kmart 25,000 quality gifts under $25, I’ll just keep on selecting gift items for this holiday season. The website is user-friendly; you can easily find what you are looking for by sorting by brand, top picks, prices low to high, prices high to low, sale and clearance. You can also sign up to receive Kmart news via email for receive updates on special store hours, in-store deals and online only deals in order to avail the best deal during holiday shopping.

Here are some of my favorites:
  • Craftsman® 23-inch hand tool box with comfort handle, $19.99 from husband
  • Martha Stewart Everyday tall nickel pillar candleholders, $14.99 each for my mom
  • Route 66 girls fashion hoodies and embellished jeans, both just $16.99 each for my niece Chinkee
  • Just Kidz® Deluxe soft-bodied 16” doll set with stroller, $20.00 for my niece Crichlyn
  • LeapFrog Leapster Learning Games, various titles priced at $24.99 for my nephew
  • Multi-Stripe promotional comforter priced at $19.99 for home
  • Hello kitty carry along mini doll house priced at $12.99

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Country of Kauai Camping Areas

The country of Kauai Parks and Recreation Division manages seven campsites along the coast of Kauai. All campsites users are required to get permits with a corresponding fee charged per permit. In order to obtain permits and additional information, please contact:

Parks Permit Section
Department of Public Works
Division of Parks and Recreation
4444 Rice Street
Mohikana Building, Suite 150
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Phone: 808-241-6660

Kauai County Camping Areas
  • Haena County Beach Park
  • Hanalei Blackpot County Beach Park
  • Anini County Beach Park
  • Anahola County Beach Park
  • Hanamaulu County Beach Park
  • Salt Pond County Beach Park
  • Lucy Wright County Beach Park

File Extension Resources

Not All PC-users are computer literate. Every computer users have different level of knowledge as how their computer works. Some are just enjoying their basic PC operation skills with user-friendly software and the Internet. What about PC trouble shooting and maintenance? Sometimes we did research or even hired someone to fix the problem.

I started using PC about 6 years ago. I had tried various PC applications in my job or just for fun. I do not have formal education in using a computer, just based on experience. But there times that I wanted to learn more or to study more and be aware of the different file extensions while working with my PC.

It was my first time to come across with file extension csv. I wonder what this symbol represents and how does it work. Thanks to File-types.com for writing an article about it. I have learned that file extension csv is an acronym for Comma Separated Value which is useful in exchanging data from one application to another.

For novice PC users and those who have years of experience but have no formal training in PC, File-types.com is one of the best place to find resources of the different file extension types such as: QP3, HQX, IMG, JNPL, LNG, MPG, NTH, QIF, WIDGET and much more.


Kauai State Parks Camping Areas

There are three campsites managed by the Division of State Parks in Kauai. And there is a corresponding users fee for eacg campsites.

For more information about and to obtain a permit for each State Park, contact:

Department of Land & Natural Resources

State Parks Division

3060 Eiwa St. Rm 306

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Phone: 808-274-3444

The Advantage of Personalized Holiday Gifts


Personalized gifts with the recipient's initials for example - are the most treasured gifts for your friends and family because they are unique and something special. It shows to them your thoughtfulness and how you cherished their friendship and love. They will really appreciate your presents. These gifts can be purchased anywhere by simply looking for a store's personalized item area. It is easy and can be done while you wait or it may just take you from 1 hour to few days to claim the item you wanted to be personalized. It is easier to search and buy personalized items online because it is far more convenient, nearly always cheaper. Also you can compare the prices easily and there are lots of promotions being offered now.

What are the best personalized holiday gifts for your family and friends? There are plenty of options but I prefer the following items:

  • Personalized thumb drive starting at $7.99 after discount, available in 14 different colors and up to 16 GB capacity with free custom label engraving. There are also 32 themes to choose with 2 lines of personalization text on the reverse side.
  • Personalized Pen starting at $1.59 after discount with 3 unique styles and multiple colors plus free line of personalized laser engraved text.
  • Business Card Flash Drives starting at $15.99 after discount. It looks like a business card but the back side hides a small USB cable (2GB) and the front side can be engraved with 3 lines of personalized text.
  • Wooden USB flash drives starting at $15.99 after discount. Available in 2GB and 4GB in capacity, wooden design with 2 color choices plus 2 sided custom laser engraved text.

All personalized holiday gifts are 20% off. Enjoy shopping online and Happy Holiday!



Kauai National Botanical Garden Tour

West Kauai Camping: Polihale State Park Pictures

Polihale is a large sand beach backed by dunes featuring excellent views of the high sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and beautiful sunsets.

Taking our camping station wagon car bound to Polihale, it took 2 hours including some stops from Lihue. Passing Waimea Area. As you enter to the Polihale Park, you will amazed by the dramatic view of the mountains. It is very close to you. You can never imagine how beautiful are the views of nature here.

There where 4 camping sites to choice, either site have emergency phone access, rest rooms, shower, drinking water, some have table picnic and grilling area.

Below are some pictures of Polihale Beach Site.


Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry

Sears knows best. Aside from providing costumers the best possible deals to be availed online and from any Sears stores in your area, they also launched Heroes at Home Program to provide support to the our Heroes – military service members, veterans and their family members. This program is also supported by various non-profit organizations in the country. It also aimed to enable Americans to give thanks and to make the wishes of our military heroes and its families possible and realize.

Serving our country and being far from home, away from the loved ones, risking lives, fighting for America and protect its people are some of the commitments made by our military members. Can you imagine yourself being one of them? How would you feel when you missed your family for Christmas and other important family events for a single time?

At this moment, there are 525, 451 (out of 29,333 military families) contributions to the Heroes at Home Program. This data shows that this program needs more help, support and contributions from us.

Based on a survey, the top 10 military family wishes that they need this holiday are:

1. kid’s shoes
2. boy’s pajamas
3. boy’s sweater
4. girl’s pajamas
5. boy’s pants
6. girl’s coat
7. boy’s coat
8. girl’s pants
9. girl’s shirts
10. girl’s dress

To help: We need to donate to the Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry . Your donations are not tax deductible and will be used to purchase Sear gift cards and shall distributed equally to all registered family.



Most Loving Lovebirds

Dear Aloha GEMS Readers,

I would like to introduce to you the most loving couple of the year. Chinkee - in yellow and red and Rita - in green and white. Look how lovely there are. Have you ever seen birds who can do that post? If had, then post a comment or show me their pictures.

Did you know that these birds was featured in the Garden Island Newspaper under the Garden Island Album last week. And we are very happy to see their picture above in the news! I never expect that their photos will be chosen.

Where are they now? They are still in their cage, happily chirping all day long!

Pre-Thanksgiving Sale: Sony 7.2MP Digital Camera at $129.99

A Sony 7.2MP Digital Camera W120-Pink at $129.99 from a regular price of $179.99 is one of the special offers from Sears Pre-Thanksgiving Sale. Tell me how much savings you will get, from this special deal? You are right! You can save as much as $50.00 for this offer. There are plenty of choices for Sony 7.2MP Digital Camera but I like this W120-pink model because of its unique features.

My favorite niece love pink stuffs. I missed her very much. I have not seen her for 6 months now. I told her to take more pictures as many as she can specially during special occasions, like birthdays, school recognition, holidays or when spending time with family and friends outdoors – swimming, camping and hiking.

Before leaving from their home, I left my old digital camera to her. It's just 2 Mega Pixels. Now, it is time to surprise her for a new one. It is 7.2 MP and the price is much cheaper than the old digital camera that I got. I can't imagine how happy she might be when she receives this holiday gift. She will share it with her younger sister.

Like me, you too can avail the Sears Pre-Thanksgiving Sale and avoid the stress on shopping after thanksgiving.


Teaching in Hawaii, Info for Non - US Applicants

The Department of Education (DOE) in the State of Hawaii does not sponsor visas and other types of employment authorization this time. The applicants must ensure that they are authorized to work in the United States.

If you have a foreign transcripts, you need to submit it for evaluation to the Educational Credential evaluators recommended by the DOE.

For more information about teaching in Hawaii for non US applicants visit their official DOE website.


Digital Gifts For Your Loved Ones

I made this post to remind my husband indirectly about the stuffs that he promised to purchase but it’s been 6 months now and he did not mention it again. He receives email from all of my posts every time I publish articles in my site. Please don’t feel bad, honey.

Here are some gift ideas for you to think about:

TV and LCD – We often watched TV on his PC. I am okay with that but in terms of the comfort while resting on the sofa facing on wide screen TV on the wall is more romantic and relaxing. Yes, I remember that we have a 13” TV in the other room but it's for your exercise, that’s one purpose why it’s on the other room and not in the living room. Will you still consider Sony 40V4000 40'' 1080p Digital LCD TV before the year ends? Yes? YES!!

Laptop – Just kidding. My old notebook is still working well. But it is worth looking for the latest model, specially one+t laptop bundle – pink. I think it’s cute.

Digital Camera – I know we have three of different brands. But we can not use it underwater. Please consider Underwater Digital Camera for our regular beach and outdoors. I love watching fishes and wish to take pictures under the sea. This might be one of the best gifts for us to enjoy while swimming and snorkeling.

I recommend shopping online for many reasons. It is convenient, no need for vendors and no pressures to buy, variety of products available, and able to compare products and features. A post on savebuckets features how price comparison shopping site works.

On Driving: How to Gain my Confidence Back

Dear Readers,

I originally posted this in The World of Filipinas forum seeking for some advises on how to gain my self confidence back after driving a dangerous left turn that almost hit our car. The reason that I posted it here in my blog is to help people like me (new drivers) with the same experienced and to gain advises and suggestion to all expert drivers that might come across this site.

I got my Learner's permit three weeks after my arrival in HI. (I did study HI learner's manual, a night before the written DMV test , just got lucky to meet the passing score 24/30). I was preparing for my road test for 2.5 months with a driving instructor plus my husband. Luckily passed the test and got license now. But if I am going to evaluate myself, I still need more info about driving. I just drove 2 times alone.

Two weeks ago while me and my husband was driving - me the driver and he was setting next to me. I made a dangerous left turn. I made a mistake on the understanding that it was safe to follow the cars ahead of me, and the traffic light is green. I made the left turn, and while I was in the middle of that turn, I saw a fast car coming and I pressed the gas hard, and the car did not hit us. I was nervous after wards husband too. We almost got killed. I told him not to trust my driving and be attentive on my driving.

After that incident, I lost my confidence in driving, husband is doing his best to gain back my confidence but I am still nervous and avoid to drive as much as possible.

I appreciate any suggestions and advises from my WOF family. Thanks


Quoted below are the replies

Start slow.
Find a drive that is simple, not too many intersections or mergers, do
it over an over, then add something more complex little by little.

Here for example, the driving between my house and the closest
supermarket involves two turns and both with a stop light.The advantage in my
case is that is an useful driving.Relax, anyone when starts driving will go
through these situations. In your case it is positive that you recognized that
you didn't do good.

Good driving,

and while I was in the middle of that turn, I saw a fast car coming and I
pressed the gas hard, and the car did not hit us.Sounds like you did good other
than the fact you should have judged the speed of the vehicle coming towards you
better and not made the turn until it was clear.Watch out for "old filipinos
with a hat on drivers in Hawaii" They are by far the worst.Especially if alls
you see is the hat!!! - ampalaya

hi shieangel, don't be discouraged to drive again. that's a common mistake that you have done, especially for a new driver like us. but we learn from our mistakes. good that you didn't have any accident. next time, try not to be distracted if you're behind the wheel. you have to concentrate and never remove your eyes from the road even a second. and as you have learned, every time you come to an intersection, you have to stop, look in all directions and proceed only if you're sure that it's safe to go. correct practice makes our driving perfect. so keep practicing... good luck.. - fe

We all make mistakes especially when we are new drivers. Judging the speed of other cars coming in our direction will get easier with more experience. My husband can't relax when I drive yet so he is always looking out for danger. Don't give up because the more you drive the better you will get. Drive defensively and always plan ahead. The main thing is to get back out on the road and drive every day. Each day the memory of your near accident will fade and only serve as a good lesson on what to watch out for. God Bless -Van

I agree with Carlos and on top of that you made the right decision to hit the gas....great instinct. Do you have any idea how many people will panic and hit the brakes? A lot. You made an important statement........."I made a mistake on the understanding that it was safe to follow the cars ahead of me, and the traffic light is green."That is a great self critique. One very important lesson is that a green light does NOT mean it is safe to go. It only means it is your turn to go. Always look to see if you think the other guy is not going to stop or in making a left on green that no one is coming your way from the other direction on HIS/HER green light. Also when moving on a green light, Always assume the other guy will do the wrong thing....that is driving cautiously. If the guy who almost hit you was driving like that he would assume you will turn in front of him and be careful and ready to hit his brakes just in case. I bet he didn't think you would make that mistake, so you scared the crap out of him....hehehehe. Maybe next time he will use a little more caution also.Every driver makes mistakes, even with years of experience. Just keep driving and the experience and confidence will come with time. There are no shortcuts to confidence. -Paul

Latest Wii Fit and Wii Games Deals

Talking about digital age, everyone knows Nintendo Wii – the world’s most popular gaming console from any form of advertisements such as newspapers, TV, radio, mobile, and the Internet. Growing number of families already have Nintendo Wii Fit with balance board at home. Family members are enjoying the services of Nintendo wii because of the different wii games to explore and to try on. Experiencing wii at home for a change is really worth trying. It is not just ordinary games that are played by your kids but for everybody. It is more than your expectations. Play your favorite sports such as tennis, boxing, bowling and much more without the actual gadgets but still having the same level of exercise and health benefits that you will get from Wii.

If you already have Nintendo Wii at home, try the latest Wii games and Nintendo DS.

What about the prices? Check the price comparison to avail the compare the prices of every item you like to purchase.


Paying Post: Referral Updates

This is my second post for my Paying Post Trail. I wrote an article about Paying Post: New Get Paid to Blog Site. I have some updates to share:

  • They Launched a new affiliate program Advertise on PayingPost blog network .
  • Affiliates earns $15 for each advertiser that creates a campaign.
  • Referral pays you $15 per referral by posting their 125/125 banner on your site and when the referees first blog is reviewed approved and accepted.

Based on my observation, I noticed that the number of advertisers was increased and each day more and more bloggers are signing up. There are few things that I would like to emphasise:

  • Under my Account, the Google Page Rank is 0, the truth is I checked my PR and it's PR 2 for my Aloha GEMS site, I do not know what's wrong with their software. My payperpost account is PR 2 and all other blog marketing sites that I joined. (Solution: I login to my account in payingpost -> my blogs -> update my accounts and then my PR 2 appeared. Yay!)
  • They need highly qualified bloggers. For instance: if you read the requirements under each post, they require higher Page Rank and Alexa Rank.
  • I sometimes noticed that Blogspot and other domain are excluded. This is also true in other blog marketing sites.
  • Always see 300 maximum words for $5.
  • I found out that some advertizers required Google Rank of 1 - 2 or more. But Take note: They required an Alexa rank between 200,000 - 399,999 . What is your Alexa Rank ? Mine is around more than 2,000,000. (Updates: my Alexa Rank is more than 1,000,000, yay!)

But I will still keep visiting this page.....

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