Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Acmon Blue (Butterfly)

Here's a photo of a Acmon Blue Butterfly, Plebejus acmon, that we saw at Mission Trails Park over the weekend. He was the size of your thumb nail but oh so pretty. Just goes to show that beauty comes in small packages.


Jen said...

What nice pictures you take.... and alot of them! I love to come and look.

So as a wayward Hawaiin, do you have any tips about a white family moving to honolulu... my husband will be going to law school there, we have visited hawaii 4 times and love it, but I'm a bit scared of the move, I have heard that natives are not too keen on us mainlanders moving over there :) Also, any idea where to get an oahu phone book, I can't find one to save my life!!

Wayward Hawaiian said...

Thank you Jen! Heheh. Flattery will get you everywhere. ;-) No problems with a white family moving to Honolulu. I think Oahu is probably 60-70% Caucasian and largely from the mainland at some point so you are in good company. That being said, the trick to being "local" is in the attitude and the mores. The locals are very kind and welcoming and some people take that as a sign of weakness and step all over them. They are the ones that are frowned upon. Others embrace the attitude and offer it in return. They are the ones that are welcomed. In that way, it's pretty much like anywhere else. There are also a lot of Asians there who sometimes don't speak their mind so there are a few customs that will help you out. 1) if you see shoes all taken off by the door, please take yours off too. 2) generally it is nice to offer to pay the tab if you go out to eat with someone and they will normally fight you for the bill. Don't let them win all the time. 3) People may go to bed a little earlier so if you're at a party, you don't want to be the last one out or if the hosts look tired, don't overstay your welcome. 4)Sometimes people won't say if you're doing something rude so sometimes it pays to have a local friend that will tell you when you're doing something that is considered rude (nothing comes to mind but what the hay). Overall, many locals adore mainlanders and love to hear all about the mainland. A few, however, are resentful at the high housing prices that came with the influx. That, unfortunately, is unavoidable. Even they are fine w/ you once they get to know you.

Finally, an Oahu Phone book...should be available online or in a decent library. You could also call Hawaiian Telephone and see if they'll mail you one.

Hope that helps.