Every month, our friend Evelyn hosts the Carnival of Aloha on her blog, Homespun Honolulu. As the name suggests, life in Hawaii us the theme of this blog carnival.
Our article Perceived Risk, and Point of View, which is about our reflections on scuba diving vs. hang-gliding, is featured in the February 2009 Carnival of Aloha, along with six other articles about diverse aspects of life in Hawaii.
By visiting this month's Carnival of Aloha, you can read about Haleakala National Park on Maui, and attend the Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Honolulu. You can sample a local treat called malasadas, while you learn about birds called white-eyes (one species of which lives in our islands). And last, but certainly not least, you can learn a few things about Hawaii's connections to the new U.S. President, Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu and spent a considerable portion of his childhood and adolescence there as well.
Go and have a look!
As always, we thank Evelyn for graciously hosting the Blog Carnival of Aloha every month.
About the photo: This landscape typifies winter in the minds of those of us who live on Hawaii's Big Island. Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, is the tallest mountain in Hawaii, rising 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level. Its name means "white mountain," and in winter you certainly can see how it got that name.
We can see Mauna Kea from several spots in our garden, and from one of our kitchen windows. I took this early morning shot from our neighbor's field. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can spot the astronomical observatories on the summit.