Ooh Baby, Baby, It’s a Wild World…

Kaleo is officially on tour again. He actually left a while ago, but it went like this: Tour bus call at midnight on a Thursday, then I saw him in Santa Barbara on Sunday. The bus dropped us off at home early Monday morning and we had two delightful days off. Tour bus call again at midnight on Tuesday. Then he came back down for a show in SD on Friday. Back on the road after the show at about 2AM. Soooo, I was spoiled and got him every few days for a while, and now it feels like he is really gone because I won’t see him until October 19th. Bummer. But it IS nice to just be home and get back to working on my upcoming projects, which I am dying to blog about, but alas, I should wait. And we all know how I am at waiting. Ha! Maybe that’s why I have been avoiding the blog. I’m afraid I am going to prematurely blurt out the exciting things that I have on my plate. !! I am so bad at waiting for anything. “Good things come to those who wait” Really?? Because I also thought that “The early bird gets the worm!”  I mean, I suppose there is an argument for waiting. But in the grand scheme of things, why not just have good things NOW? *sigh* All in good time, I guess. Let’s change the subject before I spill the beans. And NO it is not a baby, you cheeky monkeys.

I saw a movie with Whitney yesterday. Surrogate. It really had me pondering the reality of where modern technology is going to take us and the fear that people have of actually LIVING their lives. It gave me such a sense of sadness and longing to grab Kaleo’s hand (figuratively speaking, he’s touring) and run through the flower fields of our life together, savoring each and every waking moment. I guess you have to see the movie to catch my drift, but it was very thought-provoking. Of course, I was thinking all of this during the movie, which made me lose my place (because there is no Tivo) and therefore causing me to ‘rest-my-eyes’ at the end when all the heavy, important stuff was going down, leading me to have to ask Whitney in the bathroom upon leaving the theatre… ‘So what happened at the end? Tell me all the details I missed.’  (sorry Whit).  Anyway, my real point here is that we should  try to live without fear as much as is realistically possible. And believe me, Yours Truly is a serious work-in-progress. So I’m not saying that I have it all figured out, and that I live this way all of the time. But think about how free you would feel if you didn’t stress yourself out about: Failing, dying, your loved one hurting you, making a fool of yourself once in a while, getting old (ok, guilty, but whatever, it’s my blog), being yourself, and so on… Oh, and by Fear I’m not talking about those gut-feelings, or instincts that can actually save our lives by making us jump out of the way of a speeding car, I’m talking about letting our minds cloud with enough self-doubt that we don’t experience life the way it can be. Let’s just say that we have the tools within us to be able to choose. In each situation, ask yourself: Am I coming from a place of Fear or Love?

Ok, it’s late and I just stepped down from my soap box. Thanks for letting me blog your ears off. It really was an interesting concept for a movie, from what I was awake for. hehe. So it is Sunday night and I’m getting ready to turn in. Bella is fed and pooped and is freshly tucked into her cozy pink bed. She really misses Kaleo when he is gone, it’s really cute. Usually for a day or two after he leaves for tour she will kind of hang out outside of his studio door just in case he’s just in there working. Awwwww our pig. Love that little girl. But Kaleo will be home in exactly three weeks from tomorrow, which isn’t too bad considering the usual tours, and I am so, so excited for him to be here. In that time I intend to: re-plant the third bed of our garden with lettuce and cucumbers and use our yummy, rich, compost; rosin my bow and start to learn a scale on my violin; try out some new yoga teachers; clean my closet-room and box up my giveaways for Stand Up for Kids; make a couple of new playlists for my yoga classes; and a few other things that I can’t talk about yet! Ha! You thought I was going to blow it, huh? Nope, this time I am keeping my trap shut until the right time.

Pig is snoring and my eyes are getting heavy. Until tomorrow… Goodnight porridge goodnight spoon goodnight mittens goodnight moon.

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Good Morning!

Apparently, according to my dad, I don’t blog enough. He’s right, and I wish I could figure out the super neat-o app on my iPhone from WordPress to allow me to blog from my travels. But there is just something comforting about writing from my laptop, using ten fingers to type, instead of two thumbs, and seeing everything at one time on the large screen. Holy Moly, I just realized that I am hanging on to the old school, instead of surrendering to the new technology! Resisting the iPhone blog update app is like resisting email writing in preference to mailing an actual letter… I love when I find things out about myself. It’s not that there is any real meaning to it, but it certainly makes me go hmmmm. But I do love blogging. It makes me more aware of things around me, as I try to put what I see in words that other people can understand and relate to. So I guess it’s as if I am translating my thoughts, as random and wild as they can be, to actual English. English that the masses (you) can totally get. Yeah? Did that translate, or am I in too deep….? Well anyway, I guess for now old fashioned blogging on a computer will have to suffice. Speaking of old fashioned, lately I have noticed that I’ve been gravitating towards the use of words and sayings that I think my Bubbie would have used, and I know for a fact that I have heard either my parents, or the parents of my peers say. I mean, even the use of ‘old fashioned’ instead of ‘old school’ (or skool, if you want to be really crazy), and ‘peers’ instead of friends, peeps, homies… You get the idea. Some awesome ones are:

‘Whatever floats your boat.’ Um…. WATER! water floats my boat!

‘She’s cruisin’ for a bruisin’. I say that about our pig and I feel ridiculous every single time.

‘Oh for cryin’ out loud!’ Ok, that one is for you, Fuchser. Why you crying out loud, Leenda??

And one of the funniest things I think I ever hear my Bubbie say: ‘If I had a dog as ugly as that, I’d shave his butt and make him walk backwards.’ Ha!! I am so totally bringing that one back! I mean, the visual!! Oh, Bubbs, you are so missed.

I would LOVE to hear some of the funny old sayings that you’ve noticed yourself using lately. Reply, reply! I think we should have a movement. Let’s bring back old names too, why not?? I’ve named my new plants Alice and Olive. Some other fun ones are Clementine and Fannie. Isn’t Fannie the most awesome name you’ve heard all day? I bet Kristen Wiig would name one of her characters Fannie. Maybe even with a Y, Fanny.

The fabulous Kristen Wiig

The fabulous Kristen Wiig

I really do love her. And the pink and black, it’s just to die for. I read somewhere that she is a vegetarian and does yoga, which makes her even cooler in my book, in addition to the fact that she is just such a silly goose and makes up the funniest characters that you KNOW you’ve seen somewhere in real life. Have you SEEN Forgetting Sarah marshall?? Helloooo, Prana? GENIOUS!

Have any of you checked out that website, engrishfunny.com? It’s hi-laaar-ious. It shows actual tee shirts, signs and such that are found in Asia. I will leave you with a couple of morsels before I head out to my day.

slap my fro???

slap mah fro???

And todays winner is……

But what if I want the grass to smile at me??

What was in that grass?

And I’m out. I am going to get a book for my 4.5 hour train ride to Santa Barbara tomorrow morning. I LOVE trains, I’m Uber-excited. However, it does leave at 7am. Eh, no big deal. I get to see Kaleo when I get there, and meet up with Eden to celebrate her Birthday! And then after the concert come home on the tour bus and have two days off with him before he heads back out. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday in my book. And of course I’m totes spending the extra 16 bucks for business class on the train. That way I will be guaranteed a seat and not have to fight for one or heaven forbid, STAND. I mean, I could stand, but not for almost 5 hours, and have you seen me walk? My closest homies all want to go in on getting me a helmet, let’s just leave it at that. Maybe I SHOULD rock a helmet. It could be so fashion-forward, like Lady Gaga-ish. If I bedazzled it, or whatever the cool name is these days, and wore it around NYC I bet I could start something. Or be committed, depending on the fashion police.

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Melanie

Aloha Oe

Let me start by stating the obvious… We miss home!! Ahhh! We had such a great trip back, thanks to everyone in our families and all of our friends. We started on Oahu where the boys played a show at the Pipeline. Anuhea opened for them with her lovely songbird voice, her mean chops on the guitar, and her talented band. What a sweetheart that girl is. Playing at the Pipeline is like having a reunion each and every time. The backstage is always packed with friends and family from all over the islands. Only thing is that there isn’t really a place to watch from because they pack it in like sardines, but everyone had a great time, so it’s all good. Wait, wait, wait! Hold on, I forgot how it REALLY started! We got off the flight, checked in to the hotel and jumped in the water. Then Kaleo got a call from Peni from Natural Vibrations. They were playing Hot Hawaiian Nights on the rooftop of some restaurant. Of COURSE we went! It was like our own private show because they only let so many people in since they were filming. It was so nice to see Natty Vibes and their families… Kaleo and I snuck out before the show was over (we are getting really good at that!) and called it an early-ish night. The next morning, Remy, Whitney and I walked down to the end of Waikiki by the zoo and I led a mini-yoga class on the beach. Until we were interrupted by a flatbed truck backing up with the back-up-beeps and everything. Awesome, guys! ANyway, we consistently go to Dukes when we are home. I don’t know if it is necessarily for the food, but the atmosphere is great. You sit there with friends and family and talk and eat sashimi while enjoying a drink, but the real allure is that at any moment, you can just walk out to the sand, drop your clothes and jump in the water! Or pick up a board and paddle out, right there! And then when you’re pau, just shower off (or not), and walk back up to your table, barefoot and happy. Ahhhh, I miss home!

Dylan!

Dylan!

We got to see so many people while we were on Oahu. Uncle Danny and Nancy, my dad and Renee (and the doggies! Dylan and Sydney), and my dear friend Galit and her beautiful daughter, Alegria. I have been friends with Galit since we both moved to Oahu during our Junior year of high school. I came from the Big Island and she came from  Boston via Germany and Spain. We were both the new kids and therefore became extremely close. After high school, she went to Japan and then away to fashion design school in Spain and we lost contact… Until now! I am so, so grateful to have found her again, as she has always been one of my closest friends. And she is exactly the same as she always was, absolutely beautiful. Now if only I could see Emma when I go home… But alas, she is on Kauai. I always knew my little earthchild Em would end up there, happily married with an organic garden and looking the exact same as she did when she was 20. Like seriously, the same. But with even better hair, if you can believe it.

Galit, Alegria and me

Galit, Alegria and me

So Oahu was great. We miss all of you there so much. Then we headed over to Kona. Our main goals for coming home to Kona after the show was to see Delta, attend the Campbell/Stevenson wedding, and to visit family. Unfortunately, our dear friend Delta sadly passed away four days before we made it home. He had been battling cancer since the end of January, and it finally took over. He was so strong, and such a positive icon for the community. He will be so greatly missed by everyone he knew, throughout the islands and beyond. Our hearts go out to Juanita, Amber, and all of his family and friends. We love you Braddah Delts. FBI for life.

Old airport the day we got home...

Pine Trees the day we got home...

Old Airport the same day...

Old Airport the same day...

The day after we arrived in Kona there was a bachelor/bachelorette party for Sam and Keli. Although the details were a little unclear, we figured out that the guys were to dress up as ridiculous tourists, and the girls were to dress as pirate/pinup girls, or something to that effect. Kaleo was supposed to meet the guys at 3 (!!) to start their festivities. I got ready at mom’s house with Whitney and Remy, and we went down to Kona Inn to meet up with all the pirate pinup girls. Arrrggghhh! We showed up and there were about 30 girls dressed in the best costumes ever! I had no idea sleepy little Kona had all of those awesome outfits. The idea was that Keli had to cross a bunch of scavenger hunt type things off a list. When those were done we would surprise her with… Sam! All of the guys would be meeting us at On The Rocks in town. So we finish up at Kona Inn and walk down towards our final destination. With a quick stop at Bubba Gumps to try and get a man to give Keli his underwear. What?! It was on the ‘list’! There was an older gentleman, maybe 70,  sitting alone at the bar…

Him: Hey what is this, a birthday party?

Us: It’s a bachelorette party! Arggh! (we were pirates, get it?)

Him: Wow, looks like you girls are having fun! Cheers!

Us: Hey, are you wearing underwear?

Him: Why, yes, I am actually. *blushing* Why do you ask?

Us: Because we need them, Arrgghh! Can we please have your underwear for the bachelorette and then she can have her prize! (of course this is making total sense to us and only us)

Him: Hmm, well, I uh… What the hell, I don’t see why not! (heads to the men’s room)

Us: Yay! Arggh! Woo-hoo!

A few minutes later he comes back with his tighty whities folded discreetly in his hand and gives them to Keli! Who takes a photo holding them. And yes, gives the sweet old man back his bbd’s. And we’re off! We walked down to the next venue to meet up with the guys who were expertly dressed as ridiculously bad tourists.

I don't even know what to say!

I don't even know what to say!

It was a great night out with all of the guys and girls! Of course, we did sneak home early that night too. 🙂 Kaleo had to surf early in the AM.

Kaleo and the groom

Kaleo and the groom

The bride and her girls dancing on the bar at Ocean's

The bride and her girls dancing on the bar at Ocean's

(sorry for the blurry shots- Kaleo’s camera was on the wrong setting. It’s artsy…)

While we were in Kona, our friends Mark (the shark) and Rene had their baby! Beautiful little girl, Isley Liberato. Congratulations to the happy couple! We love you guys…

Kiholo

Kiholo

Puako sunset

Puako sunset

So now it’s time for the wedding. A little background first… Sam and Keli used to date, back in the day. They were made for each other. They parted ways, and dated other people. That ended, and Sam and Keli got back together. Sam proposed, Keli accepted! And the prophecy is fulfilled, as the boys say.

the Bollingers

the Bollingers

We went out a little early because Kaleo and Bret were in the wedding, along with Muff, B, Ruth, etc. The ceremony was down at waters edge, so close in fact, that the entire wedding party was standing in the ocean! The ceremony was officiated by Mike McMichael, who was ordained for the wedding, just like how we had Remy do ours! There is something so special about having a loved one perform your wedding ceremony.

Mike McMichaels and Kaleo

Mike McMichaels and Kaleo

The lovely ladies

The lovely ladies

The ceremony was short and very sweet. Afterwards, everyone walked over to the reception which was directly across the street. It was like another reunion! Picture 300-400 of your friends and family that you haven’t seen in a long time. And the babies! There were so many gorgeous babies! It seems like every time we come home there are more and more of them. My mom and Max were there and I got the ‘look’. You know the one. It was the, ‘uh-huh-everyone-is-doing-it-just-make-us-a-damn-grandchild-already’ look. Haha! Just kidding mom! But I KNOW what you were thinking. 🙂

So we caught up with almost everyone, and watched in awe as Ruthie and Muff sang their little songbird hearts out. We have the most talented friends, it’s crazy. Seriously, what is in the water in Kona, and why did I not drink any of it when I was growing up?!?! The party lasted until… well we don’t know because we did our amazing Wassman disappearing act again! But it was LATE. And of course, the entire party practically moved to the hotel anyway, so we hung out for a while at the pool with all of them.

The next day we met Kainoa and mom, Robin, Lehua, Darius and the Keikis down at Kiholo Bay. It is one of the most amazing places on the BI. Can I really say that? Geez, there are SO many places there that are just magical. We are truly blessed to be from there. But Kiholo really is beautiful. We pulled up to our spot which was way down in the bay, through the gate. We walked right over the reproducing rocks to the clear ocean and jumped in. If you don’t know about the rocks, I don’t think I can tell you. If you know, you know. So we went down the path to the other bay, where the island is and where all of the honus go to sun themselves on the black sand beach. The water is a delicious mixture of salt water and fresh water that comes from underground fresh springs. The water is so clear that it isn’t even blue, it’s just- clear. And the sand at the bottom is so black that it almost shines. As we swam around the smaller island, we would go through warm and cold patches of water that were made from the springs nearby. We swam out to the larger island and beached ourselves in the warm black sand. It felt like we were in some expensive, private island day spa where they exfoliate you with volcanic sand. But way better. Simply beautiful. We laid there for a while talking and laughing with our family, just enjoying the moment and really appreciating where we came from. Sometimes it takes being away for a bit to truly understand what you are missing, and what you are working so hard to come home for.

Coming from the ocean to the brackish pond to eat

Coming from the ocean to the brackish pond to eat

Kaleo and Tehani

Kaleo and Tehani

Kaleo's beautiful sister, Lehua

Kaleo's beautiful sister, Lehua

Kiholo

Kiholo

This was our last day home. We went to my mom’s house and had an incredible dinner that Max cooked, drank the bottle of vinho verde that we brought back from Portugal, and laughed histerically as Lehua, Max, and mom tried the Japanese eyedrops. Another wonderful trip home. When we got back to California, we had to rest for a day or so, then head up to LA for a red carpet party and a festival show. Talk about a culture shock! After being so relaxed and natural on the beach everyday, no makeup… To a red carpet party? Whoa. I mean, I never really feel like I fit in at those things anyway. Like I’m some loosy-goosey hippie chick in a world of… well, LA chicks. But it felt especially foreign after two weeks in Portugal and two weeks in Hawaii. But it was fun to play dress up for the night and pretend that I fit in, effortlessly… haha. 😉

Kaleo wore his Braddah Delts shirt on the red carpet

Kaleo wore his Braddah Delts shirt on the red carpet

Action shot? It's blurry...

Action shot? It's blurry...

Pepper dressing room right across from Ozzy's

Pepper dressing room right across from Ozzy's

We had such a wonderful trip home. Thanks to all of our family and friends who made it so special. My dad and Renee and the doggies, Uncle Danny and Nancy, and everyone on Oahu, mom and Max, Lehua and Conner, Kai, Robin, TT and my monkey, Kaiola, The Weigangs, and everyone on the Big Island, mahalo nui loa for everything. We are so grateful… but it is never long enough. We miss you all so much!

Mel & Kaleo

We’re home! Sort of…

Hi everyone! We got back from Hawaii on Monday night and have been adjusting to the time change once again. Usually coming back from from Hawaii doesn’t have much of an effect on us, but if you count all of the different time zones we (especially Kaleo) have been in these past few months, I can definitely say it’s taken its toll. So- we are back on track in the sleep department, and caught up on laundry, and now we are off to LA. No rest for the weary. Or is it for the wicked?? I can never get that saying right. I have SO much to share! It was so wonderful seeing all of you back home!! But it has to wait until we get back from LA tomorrow night. Updates coming soon……

Melanie