Born and raised in Hawaii, I am a retired high school English teacher who enjoys every moment of life doing the things that bring joy, adventure and relaxation. I can spend hours on the dance floor free-style dancing, playing mahjong or taiko drumming. I am co-founder of the Big Island Jazz and Blues Society responsible for bringing in performers like Maria Muldaur or Ray Brown Jr. to our humble Hilo town.
In quiet moments I love working with my bonsai and spending my time designing my koi pond. Working with our rich Volcano soil planting organic vegetables is also an enjoyable pastime. Travel to distant lands is always exciting, my favorite spots being Iquitos on the Amazon, Machu Picchu, the Cotswolds in England and bungie jumping in New Zealand.
Saturdays find me with the wind in my face on the back of my buddy's softtail Harley heading for brunch at Daniel Thiebault's in Waimea or the Fifties Place for a burger in Laupahoehoe. I love being a biker babe and we're saving our pennies to do a one-month bike tour to Sturgis and the Badlands next year. Maybe one day I can learn to ski and hope happy visitors to my House of Bonsai will successfully get me there.
I was a caregiver for my awesome 101-yearold dad (he passed in December) and yes, we have longevity in our family. Dad comes from a family of 15. He and Mom taught us to be resilient and independent, to let nothing stand in our way and to always have a sense of humor. I have some fabulous stories of Dad's to share with all who visit and want to take home a treasured piece of the islands found nowhere else in the world. Come and visit me in Volcano, and partake of a unique experience.