Pua Melia
Pua Melia

Yesterday’s monthly rummage sale was absolutely amazing! We got to meet so many folks, some residents from Hawaii Island, and a few from our Neighbor Islands, as well as visitors from the mainland. After learning of our great project and all of its benefits, they pledged their support and donated. Every little bit helps.



A big Mahalo goes out to Gretchen and Mike Klungness who gave their time to be there and assist with the event. Mahalo also to the staff of Hilo Coffee Mill that assisted with the set up and storage of the rummage items.

I would also encourage anyone reading this, to subscribe to receive these posts via email (its easy, see the button on the right). And share the Carousel Of Aloha with the WORLD! It benefits everyone! And everyone can help, because it is a community built project.

So, next month’s rummage sale in on February 2, 2013 at the Hilo Coffee Mill during their Farmer’s Market @ the Mill.  Mark your calendars now. If you can help on that day, let me know.

There is an Hawaiian saying: `A `ohe hana nui ke alu `ia which means:  no task is too big when done together by all.

Lets do this!


Meetings Tonight

Carousel of Dolphins
Carousel of Dolphins

Sorry for the late notice. We are having two meetings tonight at Hilo Coffee Mill. The Fundraising slotsetic Committee Meeting will be from 4:30pm until 5:30pm and the Board Meeting will begin at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited. Hope to see you tonight.


Christmas in the Country

Christmas in the Country Aloha ShirtAloha all,

The 2nd Annual Christmas in the Country Craft Fair at Hilo Coffee Mill is going to be a benefit for the Carousel of Aloha. Mahalo nui loa to The Mill for their generosity. This year is going to be even bigger and better than last year. There will be over 40 local crafters with items like Christmas wreaths, jewelry, Pysanky eggs and a whole lot more.

There will be a big food booth with broke da mouth food, games for the kids, pictures with Santa and Carousel figures and of course, music and entertainment.

The Carousel of Aloha will manage the affair with the support of our volunteers, Hilo Coffee Mill staff, and Market @ The Mill vendors.

This will be a great fundraiser and we’re excited for the day.

When: Monday, November 12th
Time: 10:00am until 4:00pm
Where: Hilo Coffee Mill, 17-995 Volcano Rd, Mountain View, Hawaii
Contact: Katherine Patton, email:

All items will be Made In Hawaii.

Katherine Patton, President

After a Long Day – Yen Chin

Cut out the design traced on basswood
Yen Chin, Hawaii Island Project Manager

My legs feel tired and stiff.  That comes as no surprise to me because I spent most of the day fabricating carving benches in preparation for the Introduction to Carving Workshops that we have scheduled for the next few months.  Fortunately, I had a couple of helpers who turned what would have been a trying couple of days labor for me alone into a very productive morning.  I have long said that two people working well together can accomplish much more than twice what two people working separately can do.  And in this case three people working together made short work of the task.  Well maybe not that short, but we surely made a fine collaboration.

When I take part in a good collaboration I always get a warm fuzzy feeling; I always get filled with hope for the human species and find reason to break into an easy smile, something that the evening news never provides.  Therein lies the attraction to the Carousel of Aloha Project for me, the knowledge that my work matters in this world and that together we can.  I know that we’ve probably all that slogan attached to election campaigns both locally and nationally, but that doesn’t mean that it must be an empty slogan, and empty promise.  I have faith that it won’t be for the Carousel, but faith must partner with sweat, ingenuity and good old fun before we can take our first turn on the big wheel.
In a few days I will put my chisels to the wood.  I’ll try out the new carver’s mallet I ordered through the internet.  It’s a big hummer that weighs in at 18 ounces or almost as much as a framing hammer.  I tried it for a few minutes a couple of days ago and thought that it was a tad heavy.  Good for the heavy cuts of roughing out but more than I want to wield for a whole day especially when carving fine details.  I suffer from intimidation.  I fear that I won’t be able to render the hibiscus that the class will carve at the end of September.  I’ve felt this way before.  I felt this way many times during my three weeks in Oregon carving with Ken Means, but I always managed to work my way through the fear.  Going beyond the apparent limits that fear creates is another aspect of this project.  I think that it has to do with finding our true selves, of becoming more of what we really are rather than settling for the best that comfort allows.
Tomorrow I will work in the garden.  I will use other tools, quiet tools that I don’t have to plug into the wall.  I’m carving out our landscape too, and that too feeds my soul.  But now I need to rest my body.
Yen Chin, Hawaii County Project Manager

Fundraising Committee Meeting 7/10

Join our next Fundraising Meeting and help us find ways to raise money. 5:00pm Hilo Coffee Mill. Come ready to help with ideas and your sleeves rolled up. It isn’t easy to be a huge part of Hawaii’s future.