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Wiki Wiki One Day Show

April 6, 2011

One of my favorite events here in Honolulu is the Wiki Wiki One Day Show. The Wiki Wiki–meaning quick–Show is the only show dedicated to vintage Hawaiiana collectibles here in the Islands. It’s only one day and happens just twice a year, attracting antique vendors and collectors from neighbour islands as well as the west coast.

I eagerly await the show, saving up all my change just to cash it in the day before. This way I have a budget so I don’t spend my entire pay cheque on trinkets and ephemera from days gone by.

Each vendor has a unique display of merchandise ranging from cases of costume jewelry, coins and stamps to large scale vintage art, furnishings and figurines with prices varying from under a dollar to the thousands. The Kokeshi people always show up, this time with a collection of nodder dolls all with amazing detail. And the mid-century modern guy always says he’s going to bring more stuff.

costume jewelry

Kokeshi Dolls

We always get there right at 9am for the early bird entry. They let the riff-raff in at 10:30 at which time it becomes literally  impossible to move about not to mention all the good stuff is gone. I do a quick walk through perusing the tables making a mental note of all the things I want first. Then I decide which pieces I must have, weighing each one against the next, then quickly go back to purchase. The only draw back to this approach is sometimes the item you deemed a “must have” has already been scooped up by some other discerning collector.

Among the loot we walked away with this spring; a set of 24 bamboo etched glasses, a beautifully illustrated Matson route map, an old magazine called Paradise with a neat article on a real life cast away, and some tiny tiki mugs, all for a total of $44.00.

Bamboo etched glasses

Matson Route Map

Castaway article

If you’re into vintage collectables and love Hawaiiana this show is definitely for you. The next one is in October, I’m already making contributions to my changes jar. Get there early to avoid the crowd and for first dibs on the really  good stuff. For more information go to


Operation Blue Room has not Been Forgotten

April 3, 2011

So I’m sure many, all 2 of you, are wondering what the hell happened to the bathroom project. Well nothing has happened, literally nothing. Bob came in November and was a tremendous help getting all the wonder board and hardy board in. Which if you’ve never worked with it, wonder board is NOT wonderful.

At any rate we have just finally managed to finish the 3 step, it’s never going to leak, water proofing procedure, at least for part of the bathroom, and are ready for tile. The next few days will be very excited as we start to see things actually take shape or at least texture and colour.

The Other side of the Island

November 17, 2010

Yokohama BayAfter we left the dump we decided to continue on towards Makaha and Yokohama. I had never been to the west side and was excited to see these beaches and breaks I had heard so much about. I have to say the beaches are as pretty as people say and even better, basically empty. We drove through Makaha to the end of the paved road where we found a deserted stretch of sand. The surf was small but kind of an intense shore pound. We didn’t have boards so we just played in the white wash. It was like a mini vacation, like being on a completely different island.

Yokohama Bay

Shore Break

Shore Break

Dump Run

November 16, 2010


After all this exciting bathroom activity we had amassed quite a collection of refuse, mostly bags of broken tile and concrete. Needless to say it was time for the inevitable dump run. It turned out to be a fairly enjoyable excursion to what seemed to be a set for a Planet of the Apes sequel. Sadly no scavenging allowed (sorry Bob). We unloaded our pile and off we went on another adventure.


Operation Blue Room: Week, I’ve lost track

November 16, 2010

I don’t know how long it’s been but I think both Ian and I agree it’s been quite a while. Ian even claims he’s beginning to like the old bathroom, I don’t even remember what it looked like. Progress seems slow but we’re almost ready to close up the walls. The plumbing is almost complete as is the electrical. We ran wires yesterday and installed the can lights (canadian translation = pot lights).

thanks to Bob for sending us the circular fan, the only one in Hawaii

I know what most of you are thinking, where do they shower? It’s true, we are dirt bags but thankfully I insisted on a temporary shower and I have to say it’s my favorite part of this whole bathroom reno. It’s pretty awesome especially when it’s a full moon (no pun intended).

Outdoor Shower

Additional photos include new windows, shower floor and new toilet drain.

Operation Blue Room: Week 3

November 11, 2010

So much for my day to day update on the bathroom remodel. It’s funny how much you think you’ll get done in a few days and all of a sudden 3 weeks has gone by and there’s barely and visible difference. I say “visible” difference because lots has happened you just can’t see it. Mock up of the sink v1 went in and then came down. Toilet and sink vents got moved. Framing of the sloped floor for the shower happened. The ceiling got removed. The toilet got moved. Framing happened. (Keep in mind we live in a single wall house so there was NO framing to begin with.) All that and 3 weeks later and we’re almost ready to put up sheet rock and hardy board. We’ve received pretty much all the fixtures and have almost all the stone. The next few days will be exciting!

Operation Blue Room: Day 1

October 19, 2010

so I finally gave in. Ian’s been bugging me about demo-ing the bathroom for about 8 months now. After seeing pictures of Liz and Andrew’s house completely gutted and Allie and Dave’s house literally on rails I felt something as small as a bathroom couldn’t be that bad. We started with taking out the closet in our bedroom to make extra room for dual sink vanity, something I insisted on, although we now have nowhere to put our clothes.

In this photo you can see the hole in the wall where the closet once was. It created a en-suite of sorts to our bedroom. Something I was sad to see disappear.

Ian caulking the new tongue and groove from the inside of the bathroom.