My WeChat ID is kahaluu

Probably the most reliable way to reach me is through WeChat. I hope we can be WeChat friends. WeChat is free. My WeChat ID is kahaluu.

The reason I suggest WeChat is that because sometimes I don’t have my phone, its normal SIM, and/or T-Mobile/Google/Skype lacks service in the area that I’m visiting.

So although you may have established a non-WeChat mode of connecting with me. Please feel free to use WeChat in case I haven’t responded timely. Otherwise you’re also welcome to just continue using the mode you find most convenient in contacting me. Thanks!


Ancestry DNA results are in!

Weird but great that Ancestry emailed notification on a Sunday morning, yesterday. No surprise per our family’s genealogy but corroboration that I’m Chinese-Hawaiian. The weird part was that I tbought percentages would be expressed as fractions of 1/2. What they found was that my DNA says I’m 90% East Asian and 10% Polynesian. Close enough that it’s no surprise.

Spitting saliva was easy. Now the on-going effort to find proper names and dates to fill-out the family tree. And whether to pay all the nickels & dimes for Ancestry’s additional services is debatable. I’m trying to find more value in this weighed against my time.

News, 8/11/17

  1. New format per WordPress has been deployed. I’m currently figuring out how to better organize the content, and will do this for easier reference.
  2. My freeze dryer is on the way! Harvest Right got it shipped today, and anticipated arrival via boat to Honolulu is August 21-24, 2017. As we run the Kahalu’u Country Store, we’ve become an affiliate for Harvest Right (see ad below). If you have any requests on what might be interesting to freeze dry, please let me know. I’m currently thinking local luau favorites and florals. Also any post delivery questions in general are welcome.
  3. The ‘awa baskets on the R&D page are doing fine to-date. I’m using three different types of media: (1) compost only, (2) 60% compost & 40% soil, and (3) 1/3 each of compost/soil/black volcanic cinder. They are increasing order of expense. It’ll be interesting to see how well the ‘awa plants do in these different media. Regular application of EM Bokashi and best practices are a standard regiment. As such they will be able to carry the label as ʻAwa nō ka ʻoi ™ (the best ‘awa) for Hawaiian Kava Center LLC.
  4. EM Bokashi. Normally I use American grown rice or wheat bran. Interestingly, I got a few hundred pounds of Japan grown rice bran. The amount is too small for a normal run, so sale of this type of EM Bokashi will be made available at the farm by arrangement. However, notes will be made to characterize its qualities. American bran will continue to be used for our Hawaii and U.S. mainland customers via store or mailorder.
  5. Lotus flowers are still pending for Hawaii Lotus. Since the lotus were started from seed, it’s anticipated that it’ll be another year before blooms start to appear. However, young plants <1yr are available for sale by arrangements at my farm, $20 each.