Happy New Year : Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

As the year 2008 wraps up here in one of the last time zones
on the globe, I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.

pohoiki road laundry day

pohoiki road laundry day

For Christmas Arvin got me a trip to the summit of Mauna Kea, 13,600 feet above sea level. In his beautiful words to me: “There, on the first sunset of 2009, we will reflect and celebrate the amazing year we had in 2008” and afterwards “gaze at the stars and imagine the beautiful and bright future together.”

Summit of Mauna Kea, Big Island of Hawaii

Summit of Mauna Kea, Big Island of Hawaii

It’s been a wonderful, busy, crazy year.

We’ve had beautiful days:

sunny day in puna

sunny day in puna

We’ve seen some rain:

the endless torrent of winter rain, 2008: puna, big island of hawai'i

the endless torrent of winter rain, 2008: puna, big island of hawai

We even had a surprise visitor we named ‘Ioke, who has taken to hanging out on our lanai:
'Ioke on the lanai

Arvin and 'Ioke

Arvin and

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

Best of all, we had a wonderful year filled with friends and family—the best kind of year of all.

May the lava beneath your feet always be cool:

pahoehoe lava, big island, hawai'i

pahoehoe lava, big island, hawai

Have a happy, wondrous and prosperous 2009!

Love and Aloha,

jeff and arvin, kalapana, big island, hawai'i

jeff and arvin, kalapana, big island, hawai


7 thoughts on “Happy New Year : Hau’oli Makahiki Hou”

  1. Beautiful pictures and what a lovely Christmas present and thought…hope 2009 is a wonderful year for both of you and the novel

  2. Wonderful photos and sentiments. Happy new year to you both as well; I’ll be in touch for real one of these days soon. : )

  3. Happy New Years Guys!!

    Nice blog!! Can’t believe the hawk is that friendly. What is going on? That is really very unusual!


  4. Hi, Jeff! Gene sent me your blog link…OMG! You guys! This is just awesome! I cannot believe you have an i`o allowing you to get so close on your lanai and Arvin holding her on a stick!!! Wow! I am soooo jealous! Curious… Why did you name her Loke (Rose)?

    Loved the entire blog. You guys are such romantics! I love you and miss you!

    Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!

    Love and light,


  5. Awesome, boys. So glad you had a wonderful New Years on top of the world.
    Take care of that bird, whatever she is and come see us.Love you both.
    Cousin Bill and Mick

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