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Temple Valley…appropriately named

So, Adam & I have lived in Temple Valley for quite some time now and had seen the temples from afar. Actually it looks like a huge graveyard from the road. However, once you drive up the road there is an ancient temple in the back that cannot be seen any other way.

Today, as an attempt to procrastinate even farther my friend and coworker, Marc, invited me to go across the street and check out the temple. Wow, I wish I had gone before. I’ve included some pictures of this amazing place.


This is the temple from the parking lot

melfalls.jpgย Me by a small waterfall on the temple grounds


This huge gong is said to usher the spirits into the afterlife

group.jpgThe group of us who wentmarc-and-mel.jpgMarc and Mel

We read that the temple was made not using a single nail. It was erected to honor the Japapese immigrants who came to Hawaii. For any of you who are heading out this way, come over and we will walk over and check it out! It was well worth the trip!


Life in paradise.. ha..

What began as a minor traffic accident at the Waikele Center parking lot ended in the brutal beating of a young couple by two men and a woman, police said.

Two witnesses told the Star-Bulletin that a large crowd of shoppers watched in horror Monday afternoon as a petite 23-year-old woman was punched in the face by a man and knocked unconscious, and her 26-year-old husband was stomped and kicked in the head. Meanwhile, their son, about 3, sat in the back seat.

Authorities have charged 45-year-old Gerald D. Paakaula of Waianae with second-degree assault. Bail was set at $20,000. His teenage son was also arrested for second-degree assault and referred to Family Court. The woman, Paakaula’s wife, was not arrested.


The alleged attack began after the couple’s gray Dodge Durango hit the Paakaulas’ green Chevrolet while trying to pull into a parking stall, according to a police affidavit. Neither car was damaged, the witnesses said.

The teenage boy in the Chevy got out, angry his vehicle was struck and allegedly began yelling profanities, calling the other driver “f—-g haole” and kicking the driver-side door, according to the affidavit.

A 43-year-old female witness, who asked not to be identified, told the Star-Bulletin that the teen began punching the man, who was still sitting in the driver’s seat.

The affidavit said the 23-year-old woman got out of the Durango and tried to push the teen away from the vehicle and her husband. At that point the teen’s mother jumped in and started fighting with the woman, police said.

The witness said the teen’s mother got on top of the woman and began punching her.

Paakaula then came out of the Baskin-Robbins holding ice cream cones, and his wife told him that the other woman hit her, the witness said.

Paakaula allegedly “punched the woman in the face, picked her off her feet and slammed her onto the asphalt,” apparently knocking her out momentarily, according to the affidavit.

Another witness, a 65-year-old woman who also asked for anonymity because of fears of retribution, said the woman flew back 10 feet, landing under her car.

The driver of the Durango had gotten out of the car, was allegedly punched in the throat by Paakaula and fell to the ground gasping for air, police said. The teen then allegedly kicked him in the head and face, causing him to convulse, police said.

The teen’s mother finally told him to stop after “she sees blood pouring out of this guy’s mouth,” the 43-year-old witness told the Star-Bulletin. The man’s legs pointed straight out and quivered for 15 to 20 minutes, while a nurse in the crowd called 911 and said “he’s seizing,” she said.

The couple were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.

The affidavit said both received concussions. The man’s eye socket and upper jaw were fractured, and his wife sustained a fractured jaw, nose and wrist.

The older witness told the Star-Bulletin that she was disturbed by the use of racial slurs.

“It’s really sad to see,” she said. “You would think that we as Hawaiians would have outgrown that.”

ย That’s life in Hawaii as a “non-hawaiian”.. Or Haole.. As we are so affectionately reffered to as.. And we are supposedly the “racist”…

One Year Later

Another year has passed and we decided to take a little trip. On our way to see Grams and the rest of the family we stopped off at Kawela Lagoon, where we were married. Funny how some things change and others stay the same.



We’re still crazy!


Adam has learned new tricks…LOL


But we still are crazy in love…so that’s sayin’ something!


New job

Adam got a job at Sear’s Automotive at Windward Mall. He started training on Saturday and will contine four hours per day for the rest of this week.
Sounds like he may be bored, but hey…it’s a paycheck right? ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite part about his job is the badge that he has to wear:
“Hello my name is Adam. I’m in training.”
(I’ll try to post a picture later…)

Hurricane Kailua

Gnarly clouds roll in
I’m sure many of you saw the crazy weather we were having here on the islands. I felt like I would be blown away at any moment. Palm tree outside my classroomBranches were coming in my classroom windows, the power went out one day and kids were not allowed to go home
Girls outside my classroom get blown over
…the saga goes on and on.
Thankfully, the wind has died down and the rain has subsided at the moment. And students are finally coming back to school. Although, “Bad weather” as an excuse from parents seems a bit stretched. I mean, on the mainland kids go to school with feet of snow on the ground. We get rain and no one can function it seems.
The thing that is irking me the most is the power outages! I swear someone can sneeze on the island and the power goes out. Every single morning this week our power has been out. I got wise and started setting my phone alarm, but today was the kicker…the coffeemaker didn’t work because the clock was out. Now that’s a problem!
The gospel truth!


It’s that time of year again.. Even though the Denver Broncos aren’t going to be there this year, football Sunday at the Prices continues this Sunday with the Superbowl Brewhaha.. Much like your average Broncos Sunday, being that we will all be wearing Broncos gear regardless of who is playing. But, sadly, we will all be cheering for the Colts to win this year. It’s sad.. I know.. But the AFC needs to win a Superbowl. It’s been 13 years. That being said, all you reading this now, need to cheer for the Colts on Sunday.. Thank you and goodbye… GO BRONCOS!

Criminals on the loose

Just thought you might all be interested to know that apparently you are not required to tell your employer in Hawaii if you have been convicted of a felony! Adam found this out today as he was job searching. When you apply it asks if you have been convicted and then says (Hawaii-N/A).

I think this is because everyone is a criminal on this island. Just my guess…:)

Back to the grind

Well, we’re back and back to our ordinary lives. Well, at least I am. We came back to school on Thursday to begin the 3rd quarter. As usual, I had a ton of really poorly done work to correct so I could enter grades. I have to say that it is depressing how little my students do.

Adam is frantically looking for a job. We were hoping he could collect unemployment, but the first check won’t come for about a month and we don’t know how we are going to make rent, let alone eat or pay bills. *sigh* so fun to be young right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, we are happy to be home. Dad is staying with us right now and we have had a lot of fun with him and our other family who is visiting.

Hope all is well with you.

Portland Overview

We just got back into town a couple hours ago. Susan did indeed pass away just a couple hours after I posted the last post. It was peaceful and she did it during the 30 seconds Brittany stepped out of the room. I’m so glad that she was in a great place when she finally let go. Hopewell House made a horrible experience more bearable for Brit and the family.

We flew in the next night and I’m so glad we did. Adam and I got to spend a lot of quality time with Brittany up at Mt. Hood. Susan was definately smiling on us as it was the most amazing conditions Brit or I had seen in years. The only downside of the day was we were there while they were recovering the body of the recovered climber. All of us were very happy to frolick in the snow and hurled many a snowball at each other.

Along with racing go-karts, watching movies and driving around town it was a great 2.5 days in Ptown. I wish it had been for longer or for better situation, but it was great to be home none the less. Brittany may still meet us in Rome for New Year (and we hope she does) but will come to Hawaii for an extended (and much needed) vacation soon as well.

I will post pictures from our trip soon, but right now my shower and bed are calling! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and are ready for Christmas in just FIVE days!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sad Day for Broncos Fans

Despite all the Broncos Prayersprayer.jpg

cheers.jpgAnd the wearing of Broncos Parephanalia

And having two buddies at Mile Highmilehigh.jpg cheering our boys on

And putting in our rookie quarterback, Jay Cutlercutler.jpg

The Broncos still lost to the Seahawks 20-23. The Seattle kicker made a field goal with 10 seconds left in the game.

Never fear…we are going to kick booty next weekend because the Broncos Fans, Chapter HMH463 will be reunited back here on the island.

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