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on: January 31, 2019 07:32:34 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by underthemountain
Relevance: 64.6%
What: Craftsters Meetup, Aloha Hawai'i on O'ahu
airport: Honolulu International Airport
lodging: still researching options
When: JUNE 19-21
What to bring: good sunhat, lots of sunscreen, good walking shoes
Who: definites: UTM, , kbrison, Averia, Wulf, Mountains and Clouds, craftaddchick, loves2experiment
maybes: alwaysinmyroom, kayrun, TheSapphireMoon, edelC, faemystique, Mistress Jennie

Hi all!

I know that our next Craftster Meetup in Asheville, NC hasn't happened yet, but kbrison suggested that I get this out there so that people can start making plans.  It happened and it was epic!  Time to start planning for the next meetup!

I would like to propose holding our 2020 meetup in Oahu, Hawaii sometime in late June/early July.  We have a date: July 10-12!
Craftster Clouds and Mountains lives there and I grew up there and go back every 3-5 years so I know the place well.  We will be flying into Honolulu International Airport.  We also can take a day trip or longer to the Big Island (Hawai'i) too.

There seemed to be some interest before so I thought I'd get it out there.

So why Hawaii?  Well, it's my home so I know my way around the place and I have a couple of friends from high school that still live there.  Also the locals are amazing and I think we'd have a blast there because there is so much to do: hiking, surfing, shopping at the Aloha Flea Market, snorkeling, interesting Asian and local art museums, lei making, luaus, etc.  

Here are some snaps that I took a couple of years ago.

Anyhow let's chat about it!

Mahalo! Rox
on: May 01, 2019 10:26:12 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by Mountains and Clouds
Relevance: 64.8%
I feel like Ive heard talk about the Aloha Swap Meet *possibly* being shut down at some point. But Im really hoping it wont happen, as they closed the Kam swap meet a few years ago. Sad (I think there is always talk about re-doing the stadium or building something else there. *sigh*)
[sorry to be Debbie Downer. I hope it stays open!]

Also, just leaving a couple more photos to help the fence-sifters decide... Tongue

on: May 02, 2019 07:15:51 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by underthemountain
Relevance: 64.8%
Aw, what an awesome story Jennie!  Queen Lili'oukalani was a talented woman.  In addition to being a queen she was an accomplished songwriter.  She wrote Aloha ʻOe among many others.

Lei making is definitely on our list of things that we will be crafting.  We can string simple leis and if we can gather the materials (i.e. find places to pick flowers) I can teach everyone how to make a haku ("head") lei. 

on: May 03, 2019 02:42:27 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by underthemountain
Relevance: 64.8%
Hi wulf, maybe we should all pipe in on how we want to spend our time and on doing what.

I loved our meetup in Canada and I agree with AM that visiting people was the best part.  I was so happy to reconnect with old friends at the Asheville Meetup and to meet some new people too! Smiley 

What I'm thinking is that those of us who are local can teach a bunch of the different crafts (lei making, Hawaiian angels, nose flute making, etc.).  We can also spend part of a day at fun places like a hike in Manoa, or visits to the Bishop museum, the Honolulu Academy, or The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu. At night there are places that have free hula shows and Hawaiian music. What I'd like to do is give us all a fun, local style experience that won't break the bank. 

I have friends and probably Mountains and Clouds does too that can help us.  Jennie is also helping me find other Craftsters in Hawaii that might be able to do something with/for us.  There are alot of fun things that we can do this way that I want to explore. 

We can also think about spending some money to do things that aren't easy to get for free like attending a luau.  We can also put together a list of experiences like Polynesian Cultural Center that people can do afterwards on their own.   It is a wonderful place, but it is pricey.  I used to go because I had the kamaaina rate which was affordable.  I think they also have discounts in the magazines around Waikiki.  https://www.polynesia.com/packages/

Anyhow the people in Hawai'i are very laid back and I think you'll enjoy hanging with us locals.  We can also explore all the stuff we have for the tourists too.  It's all good. 

The first thing we all need to do is get a proper plate lunch!   This is from Yummy's...one of my favs.  All Hawaiian plate lunches come with 2 scoops rice and mac salad.  We love our mayo!!!
on: May 06, 2019 06:17:52 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by Wulf
Relevance: 64.8%
Oh, that plate lunch looks so good! My brother-in-law just taught me about mayonnaise on rice. I liked it, but my sister was giving us the ol stink eye - she thinks its not classy or something. Grin UTM and Mountains and Clouds, I thought youd appreciate this bit of Hawaiian cuisine thats crept into Canada. Poke shops appeared all over the place a couple of years ago. (Poke - pronounced po-kay - is a chopped raw fish snack.) But I guess people didnt know how to say it, because many of them now spell it as if it were French, with an . That we know how to pronounce!

on: May 22, 2019 06:14:26 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by underthemountain
Relevance: 64.8%
Aloha!  Just wanted to share a pic of Lana and her halau performing at a recent luau. 

Smiley  Hula lessons for you all are in the works!  Smiley
on: May 22, 2019 08:24:16 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by EriChanHime
Relevance: 64.8%
How lovely, underthemountain! I love wearing pa'u to dance, and am happy that my group wears them much more frequently now, rather than the sarongs of my youth. Smiley Will Lana allow you to mention which dancer she is?

While this is a dorky photo while we were waiting to perform in a Styles of Asia benefit fashion show, I do actually wear this outfit to dance. I'm on the right (in a Hawaiian outfit), and my teacher is in the middle (in a Samoan Princess dance outfit), and one of my Hula sisters is on the left (in a simplified Tahitian outfit). We're not strictly a halau, but rather a Polynesian dance group, though.  Cheesy
on: October 24, 2019 09:48:52 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by underthemountain
Relevance: 65.1%
Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about our trip and that we should be purchasing tickets and making hotel reservations soon.  I've been checking around and wanted to ask if you could you please weigh in on where you stand in regards to our lodging if you are 100% sure that you are coming with us in July?

Would you rather stay in a home together where we'll be in one spot like this:


have everyone rent their own room in Waikiki and find spaces to do crafting, etc. together?  

Mountain and Clouds has offered up her home as a meeting place and we can also sit on tables at the beach park to craft if we can't find a nice spot in the hotel.  

One of the reasons I'm asking is that many of us are planning extended visits and might get better deals on our own.  Another is that the homes are tiny by mainland standards.

Anyhow everyone please weigh in if you are coming.  I'm going to message both the yeses and the maybes just in case some of you changed your mind and are definitely coming.

on: November 24, 2019 09:18:53 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie, Message by underthemountain
Relevance: 65.1%
Hi everyone!

Thanks for voting!  Our new meetup date is: June 19-21.  I've added this to our main page.

Let's plan for a dinner-time gathering on June 19.  Place/time TBD.

It might be a bit early to purchase airline tickets, but we should all make hotel reservations soon.  It seems that we missed all the promos, but in thinking about some of the really fun and beautiful hotels I remembered the
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

It's cool because it has a tiny lagoon (see the very bottom of the pic--it is cut off) and fun places to hang out at inside the village.  Anyhow take a peek and let's chat.  It seems they are all $400/night once the taxes etc. are added in.

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