Let’s Go Hawaiian—Equine Therapy

What is equine therapy?

How can it be used—as in Kai’s dream in Aloha Roseto treat returning veterans with more invisible wounds?

Why equine therapy in this 1 minute video

How it works in this 5 minute video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx-UTXE1MbM—5 minutes

Read this excellent article to find out what you can do to help.



Let’s Go Hawaiian—What is a paniolo?

000001101702The Big Island has a rich “cowboy culture” more than a century old. Like the fictional Franklin Ranch, paniolo (thought to derive from the Hawaiian pronunciation of ‘espanol’) culture is centered in the upcountry ranchlands of Waimea. In 1798, Captain George Vancouver presented Kamehameha with five black longhorn cattle. Horses arrived five years later.

panioloIn 1816, when John Palmer Parker married royal granddaughter Kipikane, he was awarded two acres of land for $10. With the help of Hawaiian workers, Parker quickly established a booming beef, tallow and hide business with whaler ships.

By 1832, Parker contracted Mexican vaqueros, to wrangle his herd. They brought boots and saddles, a new language and a new lifestyle for the island. The vaqueros trained local men to rope and ride. Their cultural contribution to the Big Island includes the guitar, ukulele, and close-knit family and community ties.

cowboy1Over the next century, the Parker Ranch grew into one of the world’s largest privately-owned cattle ranches. Paniolo traditions continue. Although today’s paniolo often use ATV’s in open country, you can visit local ranches and explore the beautiful landscapes of Waimea either on horseback or ATV trail rides. Pau riders, women dressed in colorful flowing garments, still exhibit paniolo traditions during island parades and festivals with both the riders and their horses draped with fabulous leis.


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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Behind the Scene Photos in the Creation of Aloha Rose

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Anyone remember what happened between Kai and Laney while taking a picture of this guy, the honu, green sea turtle?

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What sights did Laney see in her personalized helo tour of the Big Island, courtesy of Kai Barnes?

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Why was the Place of Refuge so meaningful to Kai?

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What was Laney’s favorite Old Testament mural in the Franklin family church?


Scene of the Franklin Ranch waterfall



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Let’s Go Hawaiian—America’s Only True Monarchy

King Kamehameha the Great who unified the Hawaiian Islands


David Kalakaua

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King Kamehameha III


The beautiful and tragic Princess Kaiulani

Lililuokalani—last Hawaiian queen


What happened to the Hawaiian monarchy? How did Hawaii become the 50th state in the United States of America?

Intrigued yet?

Read more about Hawaii’s colorful history in


Let’s Go Hawaiian—Today we remember Pearl Harbor on December 7

And the sacred dead who gave their lives on this hallowed Hawaiian ground for freedom.

Honor their memory today—Honor the sacrifices of our currently deployed armed forces who continue to fight for freedom around the globe.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Hawaiian Wedding Cake #Recipe

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Yellow Cake Mix

20 oz. can of crushed pineapple

1 package vanilla instant pudding mix

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Kool Whip


1. Follow cake mix directions and bake in 13×9 pan.

2. After removing from oven while cake is still hot, punch holes in cake with a fork.

3. Spoon pineapple over cake.

4. Prepare pudding mix using milk.

5. Add cream cheese to pudding.

6. Blend well and spread over pineapple.

7. Cover cake top with Kool Whip.


For more recipes and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Aloha Rose Launch Party—November 2013


Tapping into our inner Hawaiian, we had a blast at the Aloha Rose Launch Party on November 23. You’ll have to imagine the mellow sounds of “Over the Rainbow” by Bruddah Iz. But take a look at some of the fun activities that day—

The Decor


The Food

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The Hula Lesson



The Giveaways


The Quilts of Love Presentation to the Christian Life Home


Inspiration behind Aloha Rose, Reading Excerpt, Book Signing


Photo Booth



Mele Kalikimaka from Aloha Rose


Many thanks to those who made this launch party happen—the wonderful people at Abingdon Press; David and J.T. BBQ pitmasters; Debra, Barbara, Micky, Molly the decorator extraordinaires and cooks; Beth, Patti, Liz, Steven, and my daughters for hosting; Daren at LifeWay; Sherry from the Christian Life Home; Hal for his wonderful photography; Sweet Cherry Bakery for the cake; my husband for his behind-the-scenes audio-visual expertise; the beautiful Hayes Barton Baptist Church facility; and the Aloha Rose reader/guests. You are the best.

Mahalo to you all for a wonderful day. Wishing you always tropical breezes and plumeria blossoms,


Let’s Go Hawaiian—For Happily-Ever-After Island-style Weddings

What would your Hawaiian wedding look like?

Here are some ideas—


Traditional Hawaiian wedding dress—simple lace shift with pua, flower, embossed white on white


Note groom wearing traditional open-ended cigar-leafed lei.


Romantic Venue


The Little Touches


Traditional Bridal Lei—Pikake Jasmine resembling pearls


Unforgettable Moments


Uniquely Hawaiian Wedding Entertainment


Big Island Whimsy


What God had joined together, let no one put asunder.

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Let’s Go Hawaiian—Maui Chicken Recipe

Tired of Thanksgiving turkey? Try this or bring some aloha flavor to your turkey leftovers.

Island home of Tutu Mily and Teah—Here is a favorite chicken dish from Mauiimages


6 boneless chicken breasts

2 Tbsp oil

20 oz pineapple chunks

1/4 vinegar

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp soy sauce

1 minced clove garlic

3 Tbsp cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Red or green peppers optional


1. Brown chicken in oil.

2. Combine remaining ingredients.

3. Pour over chicken.

4. Cover and cook at 400 degrees 30 minutes or till cooked through.

Best served with rice.


For more recipes from Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

In honor of their new Quilts of Love releases, The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose, authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter are gearing up to ring in the Christmas season with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th with fellow Quilts of Love author Lynette Sowell!


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. Winner will be announced at the “Christmas Bee” Facebook Party on December 10th. Connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January’s Quilts of Love book!

So grab your copies of The Christmas Quilt and Aloha Rose and join Vannetta, Lisa, and Lynette on the evening of December 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on December 10th!