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Hawaiian Odysseus' OHANA--Outstanding Hubbers And Niches Award

Updated on August 28, 2013
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My Fabulous Five

Like the petals of the lovely and delectable plumeria blossom, the five Hubbers I am paying homage to in this article individually and collectively contribute sweet blessings on a daily basis to the HubPages community as well as the entire global village. The sweet fragrance of their combined Hubs permeate Hubsville and create a mystical Shangri-La ambience that only serves to encourage, inspire, and motivate countless others in the genesis of literary efforts par excellence!

The criteria I used? Simple enough.

Which Hubbers provide me with ample, enjoyable, and unique content? You know, significant literary meat that I can sink my teeth into, swallow at will, and enjoy the resulting emotional warmth, intellectual sustenance, and spiritual caffeine for hours, sometimes days, later.

In addition, which Hubbers continuously and faithfully drop by to visit, whether via their own Hubs, comments left on mine, questions asked or answered, or personal messages? In a coconutshell, which Hubbers constitute a dynamic social presence here on HubPages?

Finally, which Hubbers, in my less than professional and always quirky Hawaiian Odysseus manner, have that intrinsic je ne sais quoi , that special chemistry, that elusive magic, if you will, that destines them for the next level ?

The five writers I picked may or may not be familiar names to you, dear reader. But mark my zealous HubPages words, these Hubbers' faces will someday grace the home page of HP as part of the elite penmen that make a huge difference on this wonderful writers' online haven.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my fabulous five !

Hey, there, Georgie Girl! Georgie Lowery

I had not been on HubPages for very long when I decided that it was high time to become a Hub Hopper. At first, I would read every single Hub that I encountered in the process and post my comments. It didn't take me long to realize that this was burning me out.

So I became more selective, and by that, I mean I started looking at the pictures. No kidding, this Playboy style of reading was very productive for me. Here on HubPages, writers really put some careful thought in selecting the photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, cartoons, etc., that best complement their final drafts. I approached each Hub the way I walk into a thrift store or an estate sale. What visual images lured me with their siren calls? (I'm Hawaiian Odysseus , remember?)

One day, when I was using the Hopper like a television addict uses the remote control, a face flashed before my eyes. And not just any face, mind you, but a woman's face, and it was smeared with what looked like mashed AVOCADO ! I love avocado, so I had to take a second look. Plus, there's a huge bit of fool in my makeup, and I wanted to find out more about this foolishly intriguing Martian female.

And that's how I discovered Georgie Lowery.

To know Georgie is to love Georgie. She has a lot of moxie and pulls no punches with her writing. For example, she has no qualms about sharing her weight control issues with the world, and--by the way--assessing her progress through the latest profile pictures, she has been liberally shedding the extra pounds. I am so very proud of her.

Through reading the plethora of Georgie's articles, I'm busting the myth that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Georgie will be the first to tell you that I learned a few beauty tips as a result of reading one of her enjoyable Hubs.

Ka'imi'loa No Ka 'Oi benisan85745

Let's face it. None of us enjoy pain. Whether it's mental anguish, soul angst, emotional discomfort, or plain a$$-kicking hurt , pain is not what we'd consider a welcome companion.

What if, however, there were no medications or quantities of drugs--not even the illegal stuff--that could effectively stop the pain for 24 hours straight?

How would you live your life?

How would you ever find a way to go to sleep at night?

More importantly, how would you ever find the motivation to wake up each morning?

Fortunately for most of us, we don't have to worry about these nagging questions.

Still, I imagine there's quite a few people experiencing a good amount of pain each day who write for HubPages. Me? Yeah, I have some personal pain I'm dealing with. It's the pain of having to deal with an ugly past. How it affects my loved ones in the present, decades after the ordeals of yesteryear. Daily, I pray for God to help me be a blessing where once I was a curse. Thankfully, the prayers are being answered in the affirmative.

But, you know, all that pales in comparison to the pain a beloved friend--like me, a transplant from the islands and someone I just recently met through HubPages--experiences. And the sadness of it all is that his pain never ever goes away.

His name is Ka'imi'loa--The Seeker --and his HubPages handle is benisan85745. Like me, he, too, has a past that he's not proud of. Like me, he finds refuge and solace in giving of himself here on HubPages. The intensity of his desire to connect with others through his writing, like me, is directly proportional to his earnest prayer for reconciliation with God and making amends with humanity.

The excruciating physical pain Ka'imi'loa has to live with on a daily basis perpetually brings him to that proverbial fork in the road several times a day. He asks himself often, Do I find a way to go on, or do I bite the bullet now?

In respect to those who appreciate excellence in writing, I have to say that I'm grateful that he finds a way to keep on keeping on. And this is where I address the key difference between Ka'imi'loa and me.

This island bruddah has introduced what I think is a unique niche to the HubPages community. When we were kids growing up in Hawai'i (by the way, I am one generation older than Ka'imi'loa), our respective teachers literally nagged and coerced us into discarding our local pidgin English dialect. The prevailing thought was that island youth could only compete successfully with our mainland counterparts if we were taught to speak proper English.

What's really sad is that a beautiful facet of our paradise culture was almost decimated by this tunnel vision style of teaching. Pidgin English is part and parcel of what makes the 50th state characteristically distinct from the other forty-nine members of the union. No one forced us, thankfully, to get rid of our flag because it resembles a Union Jack. So why were our very own mentors trying to force compliance among a sovereign people whose very survival depended upon a hodgepodge language uniting a multitude of different nationalities?

Ka'imi'loa liberally peppers his delightful and humorous narratives with authentic Hawaiian language references as well as the singsong pidgin English dialect. In that sense, he perpetuates Hawaiiana. To do so on an increasingly popular, highly-trafficked, and global forum such as HubPages is incredibly brilliant.

I once told Ka'imi'loa that he'd have made a terrific stand-up comedian. Fortunately for us, he's our in-house bed-ridden comic Hubster. If I had the finances, I'd fly to Arizona every day to talk story with him. Chances are, he'd frequently tease me about sounding like one haole . He'd be right, you know, and-invariably-I'd have to stop him mid-sentence a few times to give me the definition of a Hawaiian word or contemporary pidgin English phrase.

Treat yourself to a HubPages version of a Jamba Juice Tropical Tango and check out some of Ka'imi'loa's Hubs.

How Much is that Doggy in the Window? wetnosedogs

There's a saying--you've heard it--about how dogs resemble their masters.

I'd like to make a point that the opposite can be just as true. There's a Hubber I know who is the personification of the phrase, A dog is a man's best friend.

Fellow literature aficionados, allow me the pleasure of introducing you to wetnosedogs.

But before I continue, I have to interject a bit of a disclaimer that may explain any awkwardness I might encounter as I continue to pay homage to this individual.

Pssst...come closer...okay, I have something to confess. I have, for several months now, engaged in a mutual following with wetnosedogs, and while it is usually easy for me to determine basic traits about the people I follow and/or who follow me, truth be told, I have absolutely no clue as to wetnosedogs' gender.

My gut tells me that wnd is a female. But my island brother, Ka'imi'loa, thinks wnd is a bruddah.

I know I could ask, but the usage of neutral avatars--in wetnosedogs' case, an image of Roscoe the dog--may very well be an indication, loud and clear, that this is a personal and private issue.

You may be thinking at this point that I'm making too big an issue out of something trivial, but I'm merely pointing out one of the characteristics of HubPages--the usage of avatars--that may very well raise this same question for you at some point in your HP sojourn.

Okay, this long disclaimer notwithstanding, let me accentuate the point I really want to make. Simply put, wetnosedogs is a wonderful writer whose two core niches happen to be mystery book reviews (nice segue from one mystery to another, wouldn't you say?) and the facets of life that most of us would easily overlook.

What's truly endearing about wnd's Hubs is the casting of Roscoe and his fellow canines (and Felix, the lone feline in the mix) as models for the digital photos that complement the articles. A bit of rustic chic creates a cute and heartwarming metaphorical bookmark for HubPages readers, and wetnosedogs wields this appealing literary flavor in just the right dosages.

In my heart, what really draws me to read wnd's Hubs as well as respond so favorably is this individual's propensity for being such a faithful follower. While it is statistically true that most followers do not regularly read all or even most of the Hubs of the authors they follow, I am amazed that just about every Hub I've written since wnd and I became mutual followers of each other is graced with a positive comment from wnd.

Semper Fidelis personified...that's the essence of wetnosedogs.

If you're looking to slow the pace of a rat race lifestyle to a comfortable stroll through the Alabama woods, take it from me, you'll find wetnosedogs a faithful companion as well.

Massachusetts is a Great Spelling Bee Stumper...It's Also Home to kashmir56

In the virtual community of HubPages, you don't have to lock your doors. For a guy my age, I love that old school quality about HP.

You won't be able to walk more than a block before getting waved at by one of your neighbors.

A group of four young boys are getting in one last game of marbles before dashing off to school. Just a hundred feet to the north, a couple of girls are skipping rope.

There's old Mrs. Daggett walking home from Mr. Kim's neighborhood grocery store. And who's that handsome man carrying her groceries for her?

Why, that looks like...it is! It's kashmir56!

I chose the above way to introduce kashmir56 to you to accentuate the fact that Tom (his given name) is a real gentleman, a kind and sincere man who spreads a lot of cheer and encouragement to others here on HubPages. Given the tendency for today's social tsunami protocol to be more about numbers rather than personal integrity and true connection with others, it certainly is refreshing to find someone like Tom who is blessed with both social networking savvy and authentic social connection.

Tom's comments on my Hubs reveal a genuinely caring and empathetic soul. Sometimes, you can quickly discern when some commentators are cleverly parroting back just enough of your Hub to make it seem as if they'd read the entire article and were truly engaged in sincere social discourse. Not so with kashmir56. He takes time to discuss specific points while sharing anecdotes drawn from his own similar life experiences.

Tom has over 400 followers and is himself following over 500 individuals here on Hubpages. In two years, he has written 43 Hubs. I mention these numbers to underscore the fact that there isn't just one set rule as to how a member navigates his or her course over the HubPages passageways. For Tom, what appears to have worked and continues to work for him is an emphasis on developing genuine friendships. Building social bridges first, according to Tom's apparent strategy, then enables his big rig semi-trailer Hubs to keep moving forward.

kashmir56 enjoys writing articles about his Christian experience, his love for dogs, his enthusiasm for the Beatles, and his great appreciation for HubPages and the friendships he's made.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then reading, enjoying, and emulating your style after Tom's while simultaneously tweaking it to fit your unique personality and writer's voice might very well lead to your success on HubPages.

Ms. HubPages Personality Karen Hellier

Karen Hellier is the sole reason I'm working on this Hub in the early evening of the third of October, 2012, instead of tending to my eBay business.

A few days ago, Karen issued a Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge via one of her Hubs. Because of my admiration and respect for Karen and a fondness for her delightful writing, I took up the gauntlet. Three days into the challenge, and still not finished with this second Hub (yes, I have some cramming to look forward to), I'm feeling that same kind of deadline anxiety that accompanied being the lead actor in my high school musicals, waking up in a cold sweat as I struggled to remember my lines.

Thankfully, my impulsive nature is matched by a stubborn commitment to finish what I started. By hook or crook, but mostly by the black nectar of caffeine, I will accomplish my mission.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like you to meet the Princess Grace of Hubsville, Karen Hellier.

Karen is a prolific writer, yet one never senses any urgency or ambitiousness in her writing. With utter sincerity, I once gave Karen what might arguably be the highest form of praise one writer could ever give another. I told her that reading her wonderful writing was akin to hearing her voice...as if we were sitting across from each other in a coffee shop and casually having an exchange of words. And the voice I hear when I read her work isn't pinched or racing or simply all over the place...it is shy yet moderate, then increasingly confident, and always...always the voice of one who is pleasantly smiling.

If we who are members of HubPages were to select a Welcome Wagon committee for new members, Karen would be my first nominee. It's hard enough to pound out Hub after Hub (as of this writing, Karen has published 116 Hubs in just eight months, the equivalent of almost a Hub every 48 hours); yet Karen also finds time to write sincere and meaningful responses to others' comments as well as read and comment on their writing. The excellent quality of both her article writing and her social commentaries exemplify her proclivity for being personable, accommodating, and accepting.

What is most endearing about Karen Hellier--a quality that comes out in her writing, her social networking, and Christian lifestyle--is her deep love for and commitment to her children and her second husband, a true friend and stalwart support for many years. I mention this because women who work professionally as well as maintain their domestic responsibilities and who still find time to wrestle with the painstaking transition from visualized Hubs to finished product Hubs have got to have knights errant for husbands. If there's one thing I know for sure about Karen Hellier, it's that she is deeply and forever in love with and appreciative of her man.

That said, I imagine there are millions of women similarly situated who are thinking about joining HubPages. (I wish I could just have 1 percent of them signing up under my referral tracker. Ah, an old guy can dream, can't he?) These women and their significant others would do well to read Karen's Hubs and use them as primers for developing their writing skills and long term success stories here on HubPages.

And lest I forget, gentlemen, you, too, would be treated to the creme de la creme by reading Ms. Hellier's written gems.

Epilogue...and Just Enough of a Hint That There'll Be More!

Okay, so there you have it, dear reader. If you've followed me, you now know a little bit more about the Hubbers who have influenced and inspired me the most.

It was great fun writing this Hub, even if it did involve an extra amount of stress. Good things can occur as a result of increased challenges in one's life. In any event, it was a blessing for me to write this Hub, just as it is my earnest prayer that it will be a blessing for each of the five Hubbers featured herein as well as all of our collective readership.

If I regret anything, it's that I wish I could have had the time and energy to expand the numbers. As I labored over the drafts and corrections for this Hub, I thought of several others who have made a significant impact in my HubPages experience.

On the flip side, reading these words is like diligently watching the rolling credits following a Stan Lee Marvel Comics superhero movie. You just know that there'll be a segue glimpse of the next heroic epic.

I won't make promises I can't keep, so I won't hold myself to any set time as to when this will happen again. But I'd love to drop a few Hansel and Gretel crumbs, just the same.

  • A pair of South Africans I'd love to have coffee with
  • Someone in Hawaii
  • Is there a doctor in the house? (No, but there's a nutritional expert in India!)
  • On the border of two eastern states
  • A champion Canadian writer

That's it. The credits are all done. You can leave the movie theater now. Don't forget to take your box of popcorn and unfinished cups of Coke with you. Aloha!

~Hawaiian Odysseus

Talkin' story on the ol' front porch!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Hi, Rajan! I am guessing that it's about mid-morning for you as I write this at 10:32 at night. Thank you for reading one of my earlier hubs, always a compliment in itself because you must have a very busy schedule. Please have a memorable weekend, and may you continue to be a blessing to others as you have been here in the HubPages community. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hi Joe,

    This is a terrific tribute to these hubbers and I can see they rightly deserve this. Your tribute extols the persona and writings of these hubbers, most of whom, unfortunately and it's my loss, I haven't really read. I'll make efforts to read up their hubs, as time permits.

    As for you my friend, I always find your writings so very refreshing and a joy to read.

    Voting this up all the way.

    Aloha! And have a great weekend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Aw, shucks, Mary...ha-ha! Thanks for the wonderful compliment, but I could never measure up to the fabulous marcoujor. If she's not on her toes, she may just be another of my featured favorite hubbers one of these days! All kidding aside, I really apppreciate the vote of confidence and the fact that you are very faithful to your loyal followers. True, there are other writing sites available to all of us, and we may be wise to take full advantage of any writing opportunity, but HubPages by far is my very favorite literary community. More than the mechanism, it's the people that utilize it responsibly and with that certain gracious spirit of sharing that make it come alive for me. I know that you can truly relate to what I'm saying here. Thanks, Mary!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    I really think you need to be the official PR man of Hubville! You are always spot on in your writing and each of these hubbers is as incredible as you make them out to be. I know I keep saying it, but your writing style is just so darn good! Easy to read plus it makes you want to follow along right to the very last word.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ignugent17

    Glad you liked this hub, my friend. I think that whenever we have an opportunity to lift someone up, it's a double blessing to do so. Thank you so much for the generous and gracious you are doing this with your wonderful hubs and comments here on HubPages.

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Wonderful hub. I also enjoy the hubs of kashmir56. Thanks for sharing. It is always nice to hear good things from other hubbers.

    Voted up and more. :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Aloha, and thanks for stopping by once again! Good to hear from you again!

    Yes, I have learned a great deal about writing as well as optimizing the HubPages experience from these brilliant writers, just as I am gaining so much from you and others as well. Now if I can just get more writing done...: )

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I loved reading about other hubbers. What a great tribute.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @carol7777

    Hi! My wife and I are traveling to Forest Grove, OR, this morning to be with family from Maryland and Hawai'i for Thanksgiving, but I wanted to do some HP work/recreation before leaving. It was my extreme pleasure to read one of your recent hubs during this time.

    Your artwork is beautiful, and I hope that's one of the niche products you'll be offering on ebay. One really cool thing, as you already know and are employing, is to link the HP writing with the artwork with the eventual ebay listing and marketing.

    Isn't the second half of our lives exciting? All kinds of new possibilities! Thank you for graciously sharing not just your beautiful writing talent but also your personable manner in connecting with others here in this wonderful literary neighborhood.

    Aloha, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from me and mine!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I loved reading about these people and many are on my following and followed lists. There seems to be a group of us here that supports each other and keeps the boost up. Thanks again for your wonderful kind words..I am going to read some of your Ebay hubs as we are thinking about selling stuff on there. Thanks again for this wonderful writing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Liz-reviews

    Words are powerful. Wielded with balance, moderation, and--yes!--aloha, they can take us for a marathon ride on the crest of a wave.

    The individuals I've paid tribute to by way of this Hub are ordinary people like you and me. But when they work their craft, they're bigger than life. They inspire me to work even more diligently, to listen with greater interest and empathy, and to take metaphorical snapshots of people, places, animals, things, and events so that I can have ample inventory from which to weave my own magic.

    Thank you for the gift of YOUR words. Looking forward to enjoying more of them.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Hey, Karen! Glad you liked it! I see that you're burning the midnight oil...and then some! Same thing going on here on the West Coast. I definitely want to meet this challenge and will probably come dragging in at the last second and collapse at the finish line, doggedly holding up a sign that reads, "They shoot Hubbers, don't they?"

    Talk about a marathon rush! Have you got some great coffee brewing or what?

    All kidding aside, I'm actually having a wonderful time experiencing a real sense of camaraderie, connection, and bonding with you and all of the Hubbers taking part in this. And you know what's really neat? It wasn't an administrative event but, rather, a grass roots effort spearheaded by the lovely and talented Karen Hellier!

    Thank you for being a modern day Pied Piper, Karen!

    Goodnight, and sleep well! Tomorrow, we Hub Bravehearts go at it again!

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    Eunice Elizabeth 4 years ago from Vancouver, BC

    Aloha HawaiianOdysseus

    What a Fabulous Hub and tribute you have written to your fellow Hubbers! I loved every minute of this Hub. I have had the awesome enjoyment for visiting Waikiki twice in the last 2 years. What a wonderful place to be. As a Haole I loved how friendly everyone is and settled into a very relaxing routine, the sunsets my favorite thing among many. I look forward to visiting the Islands again.

    You my friend are an awesome writer and I look forward to reading your Hubs in future. Well done on the tributes to your fellow writers.

    Voted for everything on this Hub.

    Liz-reviews

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Oh my goodness, I am honored and humbled, and blushing all at the same time. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tribute, and for including me in this hub. I am also thrilled that you mentioned my wonderful husband who is, as you said, very supportive. I of course have shared your hub on Facebook, and with friends. I, in turn, think you are a fabulous writer and the way you put your thoughts together with grace, humor, and knowledge combine to make your writing so interesting I don't want your hubs to end. I guess that means you have to write many, many more! But, I am happy to see I inspired your 10 in the beginning of this month! Thank you SO much. My ears were burning!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You got that right, Georgie, about being in tight with the island bruddahs! : ) You're so cool you make penguins look hot!

    Thanks for passing the Hub around. I'm looking forward to hearing reports from you about how the apprenticeship is going and the level of difficulty or challenge that you're experiencing.

    I just remembered. You know Simone, the young woman who does the cool videos for HubPages? I think she's brilliant. Anyway, her middle name is Haruko. That's my Okinawan mom's name. I tell you, I am finding reasons on a daily basis for being here on HubPages. There's no such thing as coincidence!

    Have a good evening. I keep a prayer in my heart for Ka'imi'loa daily! Who knows? Someday, we'll all be on a beach somewhere plotting the biggest Hub caper ever! Aloha, Georgie!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    I never thought I'd ever see the day when I would be the first to admit that old-fashioned, old hat, old school were pretty cool concepts. It's nice to belong to a community of friends and neighbors where people genuinely grasp on tightly to the notion that by helping others, they're improving their lot in life.

    You are very deserving of the accolades, Tom. Thanks for being such a dear soul and a big help to newbies like myself. As a result, I'm sharing the hospitality with others, and they in turn will pass it on. And thus we do our part to make the world a better place to live in. I believe that with all my heart. Aloha, Tom!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend your kind words have touch me very deeply, thanks ! I must tell you i learned my social networking skills on Windows Live Spaces where i bloged for eight and a half years till they closed it, i learned a lot there that helped me here on Hubpages. Many of my friends from Windows Live Spaces are now all my facebook friends and are my true Internet friends. And you also have been a true Internet friend from day one, thanks ! It was also great to read about all these other great hubbers here in this awesome hub .

    Vote up and more !!!

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

    I did pass this around, and I still feel awesome. I also think I'm finding myself in tight with the Hawaiian HubPages Mafia. SCORE.

    ps. Ka'imi'loa, people spelled and said Georgianna wrong when I was a kid. I feel your pain. And thank you so much for those words. They mean a lot. :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @chrisinhawaii

    Thanks, bruddah, for the wonderful tip! I can definitely learn a lot from you. More and more, I'm discovering what a terrific community HubPages is.

    I'm sitting in a Starbucks shop in Oregon, a little less than an hour from home, waiting for my wife who has a naturopath appointment. Several times, I've looked around the shop and wondered, "Hmm, I wonder if he/she is a Hubber..." I do that quite often now, along with giving things, people, animals, and places a second or even third look..."Now that would be something to Hub about." LOL!

    Have a good evening, bruddah! Blessings to you and your loved ones. Aloha!

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    Wonderful! I also enjoy hubbing with Karen, wetnosedogs and kashmir! I'll have to check out the others as well.

    And keep going! You can get those 10 in 10! Maybe do a spinoff (or several?) from one of your previous hubs. That way you don't have to rack your brain wondering what to write about. Take one hub...break it down into it's main points (or take the outline you used to write it)...and then write an in-depth hub about each of those main points. Then link them all together as a series of hubs and multiply those hub views!

    Easier said than done, I know...but I'm sure you can pull it off.

    I'll see you at the finish line haha!

    Voted up and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good afternoon, xstatic! After reading you outstanding Hub about voice-overs a few weeks ago, I can almost hear your rich and resonant radio voice as I read your words. : ) Thank you so much for your feedback. It means a great deal to me because I labored with this one, more so because of the ambivalence of joyfully paying tribute to writers I admire yet touched by a nagging sense of disappointment in myself for not finding an appropriate floral picture that would have had more petals...and thus a representation for a greater number of writers.

    That said, have you ever done a Hub challenge? I'm starting to have doubts that I can meet the seemingly simple challenge of ten Hubs in ten days. The way things are going, I might have to draft up 5 haiku verses on day 10 (just kidding). I love haiku, but I'm not familiar with how to submit them without HP getting on my case about sub-standard writing.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me. Have a great Friday and weekend!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Outstanding! This is the most entertaining and interesting tribute Hub I have read. It really makes me want to seek out and read some of these people. WND is the only one I have read and enjoyed a lot!

    You are and outstanding witer yourself and I was glad to see this on my notification page.

    Up on all counts for this one!

    Oh, one more thing. I have only been to Hawaii once. The woman I was with had lived there and tuned into a radio station that mostly featured woman DJs who delivered a delightful patter between records in pidgin mostly. I loved it and was really taken with Hawaiian music as well.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning, wetnosedogs, and thank you for your kind words. Your loyalty to your peers is the glue that holds a community together. I could not pass up an opportunity to accentuate and share that with others. You have made a significant contribution to my presence and growth here on HubPages, and for that, I will always be grateful. (And the wonderful added bonus is that I had the chance to meet your wonderful pet friends.) For all of this, I thank you!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Thank you for your kind words. I am surprised you included me, of all hubbers. I know there are a great many that would be a better mention.

    I feel kind of speechless. So thanks again and see you on your ebay side.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Ka'imi'loa

    Me ke aloha pumehana, bruddah! Sleep good! Thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers. Goodnight!

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    Ho bruddah, da'kine maka (eyes) wen fill up one mo'time and bumbye I started fo'go t'rough my "Sally Field" moment once again.

    Hey Unc's, I stay humbled brah, and fo' the moment, I'll return to my keiki (child) days and I will address this proper....

    There is something to be said about how and why we became such "good" friends in such a short period of time. For the non-believers, it may be that we were bored and just happened to get attracted to the fact we both had something to do with Hawaii. However, I'd like to believe that our Lord brought us together for the sole purpose of consoling one another in the manner of Alo-ha style. To live Hawaiian style, breathe Hawaiian style, and be Hawaiian style, we cannot lose that Uncle. When you wrote what you did about us having to mask our Hawaiianess, and become proper, ugh, I hated that. Also, the fact that they could not pronounce "Kuh-eemee-low-wah", man that would infuriate me, (as I tried to pronounce their rather long German last name), when trying to help them say it. Our first encounter on Hub Pages, was ove the word(s), Walla Walla. I did not know if you were trying to say "Wela Wela, and thus beginning a friendship and relationship comepletely built on Kanaka curiosity, the same curiosity that the Kahiko wondered on the taste of Captain Cook...*rimshot*, bad joke!

    I will say this, you stoled my idea and actually published it. I "was" in the process of finishing up my ode to Hub Pages, and the people I deemed fit as my stepping stones in helping me write.

    Our mutual girl, or Ms. Apprentice, as I now refer to her as, is and will always be my number one. As for her and I, it was over her choice of music, and as always, I had to throw in my top-ten, and then told her how to download them, and we got into this discussion on 65k dial-up ancient cable system and cable company she has to deal with.

    You both are vey special and helpful for me in helping me want to write...when I can. I have over three years of college legal pads filled with words, but I cannot seem to put them in cyber-space. As for the trip out to Tucson, let me know when. I'll light up the Hibachi, we'll pulehu some meat, and talk-story allll night. Yes, we can invite Georgiegirl.

    Once again Uncle, Mahalo Nui Loa for the kind words. If I am some sort of motivation for you, then I hope I never stop. I love reading up on your daily adventures and your e-bay finds. As for me, I now must find a topic in one of my many notebooks for my next Hub, or I can really write the tear-jerker that has been dancing on the edge of my thoughts for the past couple of days. The Lord will let me know tomorrow, or "today" I should say.

    Me Ke Aloha Pumehana

    Ka'imi'loa

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Georgie! I have been so very, very busy lately, but this is a Hub that's been burnin' in my heart for a long, long time, and when Karen issued the 10-day challenge, I just had to accept.

    Georgie, you are an incredible inspiration to me. In just a short time, you've managed to become an incredible force here on HP...thank goodness, for the betterment of this community. I like what's happening with you and how you're looking up and beyond. Keep it up, girl. I'm sorry about the awful week you've been having...and yet so very happy that I could make even a small difference for the better.

    Now, wouldn't it be the absolute BOMB if we could write, cast, produce, and direct HubPages the Movie? It's all about having a vision, right?

    See you at Thursday Night Group. What group, you ask? You know, the one that starts out like this--"Hi, I'm Hawaiian Odysseus, and I'm addicted to HubPages..." LOL!

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

    Dude, being awesome is a full time job for you, isn't it?

    Seriously, I do not know what to say, so I will just say thank you. And thank goodness for the greenie face, or we may never have become friends. (Still scares the kids, by the way. It's awesome!)

    Also, I did not know what Ka'imi'loa meant, and I don't know why I never asked, but Benisan is another of my all time favorite people. I'd hop that plane with you just to LISTEN. :)

    Thank you again. I'll never be able to express what your kind words mean to me. Just know that you made an awful week turn out amazing. :D

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