A rooster hanging out on the library’s front lawn… I’m going to have to illustrate this iridescent fellow…

Hamoa beach in Hana…Lisa and some younger Hawaiian boys were explaining to me about how you can tell how fresh water pervades the salt water (the surface is kinda “shiny blurry” and when you dig your toes in the sand while in the water, it feels cool…). She and I spent the entire afternoon on what writer James Michener calls, “the world’s most beautiful beach”. I’m so grateful…
Ah, Popoki (we named her this, which means “cat” in Hawaiian, despite the fact that Mark suggested “Puhi” which means “burnt” in Hawaiian)!

Sunny on the way to Upcountry

Even the morning Upcountry bus rides are poetic with panoramic views of rain-gem-ed and green carpeted mountains…

While we were in Hana, Lisa gave me this weird-looking fruit…prickly-pear? It tastes like a lime Jolly Rancher…after I opened it, and left for work, it mysteriously disappeared…

Bus vista…

I love Malama Maui Nui…achieving sustainability can be a beautiful and rewarding challenge…

I’ve been creating these illustrated “artbooks” of various items gifted to me here in Hawaii for clients and 501c3s and friends. Akua/Auka and I collaborated on another version with his amazingly profound poetry. Each printed artbook is one-of-a-kind serves as an ongoing personal Maui souvenir…

Jackfruit (it tastes like Juicy Fruit gum) from the yard…there’s also oranges, lemons, breadfruit (ulu), grapefruit, bananas and avocados..
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So somehow, this Hbb managed to lose her phone. (So sorry Evan D., maybe if Goldawn reads this he can tell you my communication status and give you my email…)

She’s actually surprised it didn’t happen earlier…so much new-ish-ness:

  • new Hawaiian family (Akua’s brother and his girlfriend are visiting…Dan left for his homeland…)
  • new adventures with new Hawaiian family (lots of driving around with deep chats and Hana relaxation)
  • new cuddly cat that hangs out with the new Hawaiian family…she’s uniquely similar to Sophia in that she hugs you back by leaning into the space between the chin and chest…
  • new fitness consulting clients (I’m very, very, very lucky to have these people in my lives…lots of laughter…brilliant people re-learning how to walk…)
  • new work environment/protocols…and yes work family…
  • construction at the new work environment
  • much heavier weights I’m lifting…the dumbbells are tricky to use because my wrists are small in comparison for what my limbs (albeit still skinny because I’m a vegan) can easily bear…although I don’t grunt, I definitely drop the weights on the floor for safety’s sake; the upside is I can seemingly walk twice as fast now…we’ll see what happens once the marathon approaches…

I’m still creating a lot of jewelry for various clients and 501c3s, however a lot of photos are on my phone…and well, that item is probably somewhere on the side of Hana Highway…

C’est la vie…

xo,

Helen(a)…my Hawaiian family calls me Helena which I kinda like because in Korean, adding an “a” at the end of a name is a term of endearment.

P.S. Thank you to Mark and coffee shop staff for having me sing at Paia Bay Coffee House Sunday (yesterday)…Thank you to Frank for the beautiful Hawaiian flowers. The protea are an ongoing theme in my life…

P.S.S. From now until April, for every helenbobelen.com purchase a pair of earrings and/or artwork (with protea!) will be donated to a reputable 501c3…

P.S.S.S. Below is video of Keali’i Reichel with hula dancers…

Flowers from Frank…and our little yard…