Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Today was one of those days when work came first, therefore we bring you Tuesday's Texture a bit late. Behold the beauty of the Cycad.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Two  Melodious Laughing Thrush  babies waiting patiently for mama and breakfast.

Last week we noticed that the adult Melodious Laughing Thrush was gathering mouth fulls of seed and flying off into the brush. A day or two later we discovered these little twins chirping up a storm while mama was off gathering more seed. I love how they look like little grumpy old men. Here is a link to a video we posted back in April of last year of the adult MLT singing to it's reflection in our shed window.

Mama MLT stocking up on seed. She reminds me of a
PEZ Dispenser.
Dispensing of the seed.

Bellies full, they waddle off across the driveway.


Yesterday we received the Jane Mount painting we bought from The Curiosity Shoppe and it came wrapped in this heart shaped bubble wrap. Lauren said someone sent it to them and she thought we would appreciate it and wrapped our painting in it. Appreciate we did. When John saw it he exclaimed, "that's sick".

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Some of you might recall that we posted news about MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE shutting down it's pineapple operation back in December 2009. Well not long after the news came, we got word that Hali'imaile Pineapple Company was going to take on 1000 acres.

Today we read this article in Maui News that is very encouraging 6 months into the new operations.

When we heard of the operations shutting down in December we began thinking we needed to get more pineapple in the ground. So in April we finally got around to moving the old pineapple patch and planting an all new one. The old area where they had been for the lat 3 years was rather depleted and the dirt was really compacted. We relocated the plants along with about 10 new ones into a new mound in the garden. Pineapple seem to do well when planted in loose soil and close together. Besides, it sure makes water a whole lot easier.

Below are some images from our recent pineapple patch relocation.Stay tuned... it only takes about 22 months for pineapple to be ready for the picking.

Store bought Maui Gold pineapples are only $2.79 at Costco.
Cut the tops off the pineapple and let air dry a few days then place in water until roots form. Usually in a week or so.
Pull off some of the bottom leaves so that about 1"of the stalk is bare before letting air dry and placing in water.
We prepared this mound for the relocation of the old pineapple patch.
We added rich mulch and perlite to the soil so that the roots could take hold. The mulch and perlite also help to keep the soil moist.
The old pineapple patch. These actually look pretty good, but most were not even rooted. The ground was just too hard and depleted of nutrients.
While my mom and nick were here back in April, Nick helped us relocate the old pineapple plants, some of which did not survive as well as  adding in about 10 new plants from the Costco purchases.
The patch as it was this morning. Most have actually doubled in size and are firmly rooted. Looking to add in3 more this week.
Detail showing new growth.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


A few days behind in the continuing flora series. Here are some pink flowers blooming now. Stay tuned for red and purple... the last 2 in the series.

Pink Trumpet Or Pink Tecoma and Silver Trumpet Tree or Tree Of Gold
Pink Trumpet Or Pink Tecoma
Hot pink Plumeria at sunset.
Candy Stripe Plumeria
Candy Stripe Plumeria open
Double Pink Hibiscus and Madagascar Periwinkle
Pink Ginger or ‘Awapuhi – Ula’Ula


Some of you may remember we were looking for a very particular jar scraper last year and thanks to our reader Toko, we found it. She suggested we try TJ's in Wailuku and sure enough…there it was. So we bought 3 and a ton of sweet treats. The Frango pineapple coconut mints were from a stop at Macy's though.

BIG NAHALO to Toko for steering us in the right direction.