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I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been working on my new book; a romantic comedy that I am loving to pieces. You know those books that make you laugh– the ones you actually have fun with? This is one of those.

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Plus, I haven’t really had anything to blog about. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been waking up, and breathing air and everything, but I’m at that point where I don’t want to bother anyone with the minute details of my life.

Until now.

So I was googling my name to find Makena’s Shadow book reviews, as writers often do (yes, it’s pretty factual because I googled that too.) and I came across one on Amazon. It was three stars. THREE. STARS. So I read the review (even though said google search said not to) because I had to. You know how it is. It read: “The story ends where there could have been much more; this was what prompted the ‘medium’ star rating.”

I didn’t know whether to be mad, or feel flattered.

Makena’s Shadow was written for grades 8 and up. It is within the higher end of the “recommended” word count parameter (go google it) at over 65,000 words, and came out to 230 pages (line spaced one-and-a-half times.)

I could have been insulted, but basically, the way I took that review is: the person deducted stars because they wanted to read more. Not because I needed to write 40,000 more words to make my book complete.

I chose to look at it like it’s a weird compliment.

I found a nice review for my first book, Fricken Kids, along with the Kirkus review I blogged about before, (at least, I think I blogged about it…)

And then I found a review from School Library Journal.

It took a few days for me to read but I was finally able to open it this morning.

This might not seem like such a big deal to anyone, but it’s a HUGE deal to me. Unlike some people that I’ve found via google, I don’t have an enormous support group. Never have. (I can’t even get ‘likes’ on Facebook from people who are supposed to like me!) I only have a small handful of people around me who tell me to keep plugging away– but these people also do not read what I write, and don’t have any feedback to give me.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, it’s nice to have people who say that they believe in you, but it’s also nice to have other people who are into reading tell you that you are doing a good job. You know?

Anyway, here’s the review:

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I feel so grateful and blessed whenever I find out that people actually took the time to read and review my books.

So, thank you to anyone out there who bothers to review anything I write. Like I said, it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it’s HUGE to me.

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Happy 2015

I’ve been wanting to say that for days, but on top of the hardcore cleaning that my family and I “like” to do (something I learned from my Hawaiian grandparents who wanted their house to sparkle before every new year) our power went out, and the Internet threw in its panties right along with it. It’s all ‘g’ though (yeah I’m showing my age, but so what gonfunnit?) the high winds that we got the other night brought us this:

Mauna Kea 1.4.2015

Mauna Kea 1.4.2015

And the power going out? Meh, it wasn’t that bad. We played ‘can’t-catch-me’ with the dull rays of our flashlights, listened to the oldest boy play music and giggled about silly things most of the night. Times like that make me appreciate the simple things in life.

Anywho, I wish you the best year ever and hope that you keep on pushing to do all the things you set out to do this year.

Aloha and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

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Try this

Note: for some reason, this is not loading on my phone. If this is happening to you, here is a direct link to click:

Ocean Defender

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It’s our Queen’s birthday

So here is a song she wrote, lovingly performed by Weldon Kekauoha & friends.



Queen’s Jubilee written in 1887 by Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha, otherwise known as Queen Lili’uokalani.

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Heroes of the day: the Aldrich brothers

I haven’t done one of these in a long, long time. It’s not that I don’t think of people as heroes, because I see them all the time both in person and in the news. I’ve just been lazy. Really, really lazy.

And busy.

Anyway, I meant to post about these kids a while ago but I didn’t (see excuse above.)

So a while ago, I came across an article about these two kids Noah and Lucas whose amazing parents allowed them to participate in a triathlon.

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Very inspiring to see kids these days doing something other than sitting in front of the TV with their video games, right? But even more inspirational is that they are only 6 and 8 and that the best friends and brothers competed and crossed the finish line of a triathlon together!

Big brother Noah made sure his younger brother Lucas (who has lissencephaly and is unable to walk and talk) was well protected during the race and even added, “he’s just like any other kid out there.”

I can just imagine what the future holds for them.

8-year-old Noah and 6-year-old Lucas competing in a triathlon:

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 12.58.34 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 12.58.12 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 12.58.05 PMThe family runs Lucas House, a place where families with children who have life-threatening conditions will be able to go for respite and palliative care once it opens. Go visit their website to learn more about them and to help them get it started.

Read the Amazing Oasis story here.

Lucas House: (from website) "a place where children of Idaho and surrounding regions with life-threatening conditions and their families can come and receive respite and, as needed, end of life care." Click here to learn more and/or donate to this cause.

Lucas House: (from website) “will be a place where children of Idaho and surrounding regions with life-threatening conditions and their families can come and receive respite and, as needed, end of life care.” Click here to learn more and/or donate to this cause.

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