Wednesday, December 31, 2008


As 2008 exits and 2009 comes rushing in, we thought we would take a look back at the past year here at CFC. Mahalo to everyone who stopped by to read of our adventures in Haiku, Maui.

John made new doors for the tractor shed after the alteration to the structure.
(visit often to see this structure undergo further transformations in 2009)

We removed the door leading into the garage... as we did not ever use it... besides, it leaked.
After we altered the size of our tractor shed to conform with county permitting, we planted and created a natural stone pathway between the back and front yard. Notice how much the plants have grown in less than 1 year.

In preparation for our big Readymade photo shoot, we renovated the bathroom and laid new flooring in the bedroom, painted stripes on the lanai and updated the outdoor shower.

John launched his online portfolio.

Our great friends Lauren and Derek arrived for our big photo shoot and interview for Readymade Magazine. And then we rested.

For John's Birthday we went on an amazing whale watching cruise.

This month was when Kekoa came into our lives.
John and shoebox to the rescue, are you my mommy?, first night of all night feedings, day two...exploring his new home.

Kekoa knew when he saw the pink and red bandana's that it was nap time. He preferred sleeping on anything that was reddish, orangey or brown in color. Lucky for him... our home was the perfect place to runaway to.

Our big 6 page feature came out in the May/June issue of Readymade magazine. MANY, MANY MAHALO'S Derek! Check it out here

Conn launched his online portfolio.

Kekoa turns 2 months old, learns to eat bugs from a plate, and practices the fine art of camouflage. John builds him a coop. We start the weening process by keeping him out side during the day .

This month our home was featured by Grace Bonney on the wonderful design*sponge. We are honored. Click here to see the entire post.

Conn's mom, sister, grandma, nephew and Nick came to visit.

Kekoa still in weening mode. He loves to spend mornings in the house while we have coffee.
Starting to show his colors, a water bath in the house with a blow dry and his first dirt bath in the coop....THE NEXT DAY!

He likes sleeping on things that he blends into, showing more and more colors in the coop.
The last shot is the day he was terrorized by a dog while in his coop. We were not sure he was going to make this day after bleeding for 3 hours from a broken beak. A quick trip to the vet for a little super glue and back home for some R&R. He was a week away from being released and we had to go through a whole new training process after this. His beak healed in a few weeks time.

Conn's family had a nice long vacation and were here through much of July.
Fried chicken picnic on July 4th in Lahaina, a hike in Kipahulu and dinner at Mama's Fish House.When ever clothes were lying about, Kekoa would roll around in them. Spoiled rotten after the attack...sleeping on the bed and a last hand fed breakfast of slugs and bugs before his release.

Keoka was released back into the wild world of Maui.

AUGUSTA few days of not seeing Kekoa after his release, he decided to show up and claim the lanai as his daytime hangout. Showing his teenage temper by puffing up.

Gabi and Larry made their way to the Valley Isle for a few weeks this month and managed to get a rare viewing of the endangered Hawai'ian Monk Seal.

Kekoa turns 5 months old this month and is turning into quite the well dressed man. He actually went missing a week before we left for our mainland trip.

We made our way back to the mainland in September and October with stops in Manhattan for a few days then upstate NY and Indiana. We enjoyed our visits with all our friend ... 4 legged and otherwise!

We are 1 of 3 featured designers in the Design and Home Issue of Modern Luxury Hawai'i this month. WOW! Check it out here.

A few weeks after returning home from the mainland, Kekoa finally returned home. Above left is what he looked like September 14th and right is when he returned from his "foster parents" on October 18th.

Barack Obama elected the 44th President of the United States!!!

Jenny "Honey" Joyce paid us a visit for 3 wonderful (but too short) days this month.

We went on an amazing Christmas day hike on the Lahaina Pali Trail.

Christmas came and went and before we knew it...
Hau'oli Makahiki HouHAPPY NEW YEAR!

And as if all that was not enough....just like last year...

We did a lot of planting and making of things...These before and after images were taken 1 year apart. Stick it in the ground and it will grow!
1/08 - 12/08

A few of the things we made this year. A small table, refinished a medicine cabinet,made a ton of new pillows and a holiday wreath. The medicine cabinet were both featured on design*sponge here and here.

We saw a lot of these...
And if we could grow it, we ate it... and we ate like kings!
Carrots, scallions, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, star fruit, beets,okra, green beans.

Tangelos, swiss chard, beefsteak tomatoes, papaya.

White pineapple, bananas, navel oranges.

Hot Hawai'ian chili pepper water, salsa, mango jam, orange marmalade, guava jam and star fruit jam.Bacon in all it's glory.
Bacon cheeseburger, arugula salad with roasted prosciutto, pineapple and shaved parmesan, brussels sprouts with bacon, bacon wrapped turkey.

Mince pear pie, papaya cranberry muffins, mango upside down cake & pineapple upside down cake.

Banana semifreddo, lavender scented snowball cookies, pear crumble & orange zest cookies.

Lime cheesecake with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut, lime cheesecake, banana cheesecake & lilikoi cheesecake with lilikoi pineapple salsa.

Please visit us often in 2009 for the more Adventures of Conn, John + Kekoa In Haiku, Maui. We will have some new renovations and projects coming up that will be very exciting. To those of you who visited... we loved seeing you and hope you enjoyed your visits. We hope to see you again soon. We have a big project this year so stay tuned.
Aloha Nui Loa

c, j + k


S. Rankin said...

We've enjoyed stopping in to see what you three (Keoka included) have been up to! You've had quite the eventful year. Looking forward to seeing more in 2009. Conn, Any plans for a cookbook?

Happy New Year!

Conn said...

Thanks for visiting Shannon... golly... a cook book would be fun. Imagine all the taste testing!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I loved your year in review! It's amazing to see Kekoa's growth through the year.

I "met" your blog through your feature on d*s and am glad I did. I love it! Hau'oli Makahiki Hou to you.

Conn said...

Kekoa came by today and wanted us to pass along his well wishes for a Happy New Year to all.

baffle said...

(Always) Exciting.
(Always) Inspiring.
(Always) Wonderful.

More please!

dailydesignspot said...

hey guys...

what a wonderful year! wonderfully put together as well!! kekoa sort of stole the show!! amazing

i remember i think conn made a little comment over on my site about a car and i came across this today while browsing
i think that is the car from the old add


hope you have a happy and healthy new year!!

take care