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  1. 7 points

    My first speech about diabetes

    Today finally dawned and I was ready to give my presentation to a diabetes support group. I must admit that I was anxious because I felt like I would be a rookie in the group trying out for the big leagues. It seems so ironic to be trying out for the big leagues among a group of people with a chronic illness but there I was. 1PM rolls around and the introductions begin. Sure enough there are several people there with 20 years of experience with Type 2. One lady had lost her fingers and parts of her legs to complications and yet she manages to drive a stick shift automobile. Another lady looks healthy but commented that age is catching up to her and it is a little harder to manage. Like many of us, she was able to control her diabetes with diet and exercise. I can only say that it was a humbling experience. I introduced myself and then expressed that just meeting them gave me hope that I could live with this for a long time. I then share my journey. Many of you know the stories like Macy's and such so I won't repeat them. After my presentation, I can say that I was accepted. What I had to say wasn't surprising and it was accepted. Auntie Edna emphasized we all had different journeys on this path and thanked me for sharing mine. One of the veterans commented how much easier it is now than it was 25 years ago. Apparently, the first thing done was to get you started on insulin. The Internet and groups like DF are actually changing that. So while it feels like we are beating our heads against the wall, change is happening. Hui Malama is actually trying to reach out to doctors locally and challenge what they think they know about diabetes. I hope I will have the opportunity to do this again. To me, it is so fulfilling to share and help others. Once again, unexpectedly, I learned something new. I have come a long way and it is exciting to look forward to where I might go.
  2. 4 points

    The marriage of Nicholas Hernandez and Kala Daily

    Thursday, September 27, 2018: For Kala and I the day to leave Hilo has finally arrived. Work and school projects caught up as best as they can be. House as ready as it is going to get. Packed. Documents in hand like birth certificate and Social Security card for the bride, tickets, hotel, and rental car set! We flew out of Kona since we save over $200 for some odd reason. This means a 90 minute drive from Hilo to start the trip. I offer to take Tim and Kala out to dinner before we leave. We go to our first restaurant, get seated, get water, are told the server will be right with us, then get ignored. I declared I would leave if I finish my water and no one serves us. No offer for drinks or anything. I finish my water and we leave. They thank us as we leave! Off to Hilo Burger Joint. We are seated and have drinks in under 2 minutes. Unbeknownst to me, trouble has been brewing on the horizon. Nick's parent's decided today (right before they have to leave too) would be a perfect time to look for Nick's birth certificate and can't find it. Kala is near tears. I then get asked what will we do? My answer is that we still make the trip and you go see Nick and have the best time you can. Sometimes things happen. She is not satisfied with this but soldiers on. We get our dinner and the certificate gets found so all is back on track. The flights are uneventful. We land, get the rental car, get settled in the hotel and have the "in-laws meet" dinner which I will save for another article. The big day arrives and we get down to the courthouse. The pastor is a pro and all goes off without a hitch. Kala and Nick are married and we are all one big family. We then go to the County Line BBQ House which is also another good (short) article. The chapel was nice but I swear someone was cutting onions in the room. I even had a few tears. Here are some pics. San Antonio has a beautiful river going through the downtown area. It is cool (temperature and cool wise) and one can meander for hours exploring shops and other things or take the river taxi. In the area of the chapel, they have the locks on the fence much like Paris used to do. When Dean (Nick's Father) and I saw this we looked at each other and said we needed to find a lock. There was a store that made a killing selling locks to fools like us and we gladly paid. Since getting married is a legal process, there is paperwork to be done. Dean is in the background. He has an article dedicated to him but he doesn't know that yet. Exchanging the rings... You may now kiss the bride... Married... The lock ceremony. After they close the lock, they throw the keys into the river. The city dredges them up daily. In the first picture is my new found Mexican Grandmother (abuela),Nana who will also have an article dedicated to her. And that is it, in the space of one-half an hour my daughter and I are part of the Hernandez family and they are part of ours. Kala then proclaims, "I'm hungry!" and we are off to find the BBQ place the pastor recommended for lunch.
  3. 4 points

    Giving a speech on March 20, 2018

    Tony has invited me to try my hand at writing articles. I see myself as a sort of Erma Bombeck and it will be interesting to see how this works out. This Tuesday, March 20, I have been invited to be a guest speaker at Hui Malama which is a medical outreach program designed to reach out to Native Hawaiians and give them access to quality healthcare and education. This is something sorely needed. Auntie Edna visited us and gave us a very good presentation about diabetes. I shared my story with her and was invited to reciprocate. It was originally going to be in July but an unexpected opening came up that I was asked to fill. My goal would be to share with the audience that I can live with diabetes. I live a normal life and do all the things I want to do. While I have to watch what I eat and exercise, I should have been doing those things all along. I confess to being a little anxious since this will be outside my comfort zone. Much like when I posted my introduction here. I feel like I am going to be preaching to the big leagues and will likely have people in the audience that have really struggled with this. Aunty Edna has been supportive. I explained how I controlled diabetes and she was surprisingly accepting. Like many of us here, her philosophy is that if it works for you go for it. I am going to walk in wearing my size 44 pants and belt and then drop them off to show what can be done and then go from there. All the accomplishments to date really stemmed from finding out I had diabetes. I believe I have learned from the best out there and plan to share what I have learned. More importantly, I can show that it worked.
  4. 4 points

    Old dogs and old tricks

    Charlie, my daughter Kala's dog, is a tad overweight. She has been exercising more with him and has modified his diet a little. Sounds familiar.... The diet change has been a little bit of a struggle because he won't eat. After a few days of this, Kala has become concerned and has turned to the most reliable source of trusted information out there, Google. This in spite of the fact that my Mom for a good deal of her life bred, raised, and showed Afghan Hounds. We have had our share of temperamental dogs over the years but she seemed to always know how to handle them. I offered a simple piece of advice that I remember my Mom telling me once and I was given short shrift because it couldn't possibly work. So there has been this epic struggle to get Charlie to eat. Pleading, sitting with him, scolding, taking away the food after 5 minutes, the gamut... Kala had some evening plans so the task of feeding Charlie fell to me. I was apparently also going to be responsible for making sure he ate. I was given this long elaborate instruction set that I promptly ignored in old dude fashion. I was not going to invest all that time and energy in getting a dog to eat. Feeding time rolls around and I add about a Tbsp of olive oil. My mom said, that in many cases, adding a little fat to the dinner will make them eat it. She would use olive oil, cheese, bacon fat, or butter. Not a lot either. Dinner was gone in under 5 minutes. I can relate since I too love olive oil, bacon fat, and butter. I loved it even more when she came home and saw the empty dish. She was happy that he ate and I explained what I did. While I would have loved to take credit for the "Dad, you're a genius!" comment from my near college graduate daughter that sometimes thinks she knows more than the old man (many times she actually does but I will never admit it), I had to give the credit to her grandmother. This morning, we "rinsed and repeated" with olive oil and peace, for now, reigns once again. This old dog is resting on his laurels and especially enjoying his morning coffee.
  5. 2 points

    Life post volcanic eruption

    Reading this article really made me realize the dramatic change that has occurred here on the Big island. I have lived in Hawaii since 1989 and Kilauea was always erupting. The air indeed is much clearer than it has been in years. Particularly in Kona on the Big Island. I ride my bike down here frequently and the changes are indeed dramatic. Many of the spots mentioned, I have visited and have seen things no one will ever see like the hot ponds. There are now new places and landscapes to explore which is also exciting to me. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/05/01/hawaii-news/how-kilauea-volcano-forever-transformed-the-landscape-of-lower-puna/?HSA=3b0dbb83c6de4afa472a7496a948e5aff8501bad
  6. 2 points

    Good Customer Service can still be found

    I would like to comment on a product that is based in the USA, OttoLock. http://ottodesignworks.com First pleasant surprise is that they are based in the United States and claim to manufacture their products in the United States. I was looking for a bike lock that didn't weigh a lot to lock up when I stop for coffee, lunch, and so on. Fiare has a Kryptonite U-Lock that I can mount on the frame. While it is a solid lock and I can leave unattended for a short period, it is heavy... With Kokopelli, I am working on travelling light. I know that any lock I get that compromises on weight will simply not be as secure. One quote I found is that "I can offer cheap, light, or strong, pick two" to be apt. I came upon the Cinchlock which is just some stainless steel bands wrapped in kevlar, coated in a cut resistant plastic and set up as an oversized zip-tie. There is a combination lock that allows you to open the band. It is very light and the idea is to stop an opportunity theft like grab and go. If someone has a few minutes alone, it can be cut with snips or a hacksaw. Really just for cafe stops. I ordered mine and received it. It was less than I expected as far as the lock mechanism seemed flimsy. The combo wheels were loose and it just did not have a good feel. I managed to lock it (not on my bike, just testing) and then found it would not unlock. In frustration, I beat the mechanism with a hammer, threw it away, wrote a bad review, and was ready to move on. I did like the idea of the lock and decided to communicate my experience with the manufacturer. I left feedback and quickly received the automatic "we will be in touch with you email". The next day, Tammy emailed me, and we began a correspondence. I was, as expected, asked to return the lock so they could determine what was wrong with it. I had to admit my dumb action and fully expected, "Sorry we can't help you". I would not be disappointed in that. To my surprise she sent an email that showed her belief in the product and empathizing with my frustration. She insisted on sending me a new lock, the latest model. She explained that earlier production models did have some problems with the mechanism and they were using different and better components. It was possible I received some overstock or simply a defective one. I then felt bad because they did not have a fair opportunity to correct this and offered to buy a new lock or to donate to a charity that they would support. That offer was declined, she wanted to send me a new lock at no further charge. You don't often find service like that anymore. I am interested to see if I have a better experience with the new lock. To make this right, I plan to donate the purchase price of the lock to my Rotary club.
  7. 1 point

    Lava River

  8. 1 point

    Lakefront Property

  9. 1 point

    Volcano dangers

    Even "drive-up" volcanoes as Kilauea has sometimes been referred to can be dangerous... http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/05/24/hawaii-news/puna-man-just-wanted-to-live-after-nearly-losing-leg-to-lava-bomb/
  10. 1 point

    Brewing Cocoa

    My daughter is home for the summer and has picked up a job at the Hawaiian Crown Chocolates. This is the place where I get cacao nibs. They also have brewing cocoa which is addictive. I have taken to brewing it with coffee and making a type of mocha beverage. Add cream and sweetener and it is far better than anything made at Starbucks! http://hawaiiancrown.com/product/brewing-cocoa/
  11. 1 point

    Mauna Kea Adventure

    I was going through some old photos and came across these. This was a Sandalwood (Iliahi) tree planting on Mauna Kea. Iliahi was a thriving tree until the demand for it decimated the population in Hawaii. The planting takes place at roughly 6,000-8,000 feet. The weather is very changeable. What started as a clear and sunny day became misty and showery. This area is also the headwaters of the Wailuku River which feeds Rainbow Falls in Hilo. After planting, we went up to about 11,000 feet on some of the back roads. Astronaut training for Lunar and Martian missions would take place here. The last photo is an endangered Mauna Kea Silversword.
  12. 1 point

    April Fools - Then and now

    April 1, 2018 - Easter Sunday, April Fool's day and the 72nd anniversary of a destructive Pacific wide tsunami. April 1 1946 2:28 AM HST. An earthquake in the Aleutian islands (Alaska) generates a tsunami that travels across the Pacific ocean. 6:45 AM HST, a little under 5 hours, the tsunami strikes the Big Island of Hawai'i causing massive damage along the coast and resulting in 159 deaths statewide. Residents had no warning and no time to evacuate. This event led to the creation of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and the deployment of tools to learn more about tsunamis and to help predict when and where they might strike. The idea of the tsunami has always held a strange fascination for me and I now live in a place that is unusually susceptible to their effects. I see reminders of their destructive potential daily. We have a beautiful park upon which there was once a Japanese settlement known as Shinmachi. Shinmachi was devastated in 1946 and, after rebuilding, tragedy struck once again in 1960. Shinmachi was not rebuilt and the bayfront is now one large park where many people enjoy recreational activities, unaware of what was once there. I woke up today and Shinmachi was on my mind so I decided to write an article in memory of them and all others that suffered on that tragic April Fool's day when the normally placid ocean played a particularly cruel prank with little warning. I don't particularly believe in places being haunted but, if a place could be haunted, Shinmachi would surely fit the bill. Then and now...


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