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In case you haven’t heard, the Waikiki Aquarium is holding it’s annual Seahunt (Easter Egg Hunt)  on Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Registration is taking place now. If you’re a member, you would have received a flyer in the mail by now. If not, you can register online. FOWA members at most levels are FREE. If you’re not a member, the cost is $10 and that includes your admission to the aquarium. Other additonal costs incude the Go Fish game, a Seahunt t-shirt, and food at the event.

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Today as I was driving to my toddler’s play group I drove past a white Toyoto Camry. Since we were stopped at a stop light, I happened to look over at the car.

To my dismay, I saw a unrestrained child in the backseat with an older Asian woman. The child was NOT in a child safety seat! The child appeared to be between 10-16 months old. I couldn’t really see his whole body because it seemed like he was standing on the floor and the woman was holding him up. There was an older Asian man driving the car.

The light turned green and the car drove off. I was so upset about it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day.

If you happen to see this car or know this person, the license plate is EVE 544.

I’m not sure if there is any good reason why someone would be driving a car with a child who is not in a car seat.

What would you do if you saw a moving car with a child in it who was not restrained? Do you think there is a  good reason why someone would be driving with an unrestrained child?

Tell me what you think.

Here’s a coupon for a Zippy’s Mini Zip Pac for $4.99 at the Fast Food counter. The promotion starts today.

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Zippy’s is offering a special Kids Eat Free promotion every Tuesday from November 10th thru December 1st.  The promotion includes POG + Macaroni and Cheese + 1 small scoop of ice cream. This Kids Eat Free promotion is with the purchase of any adult plate lunch or breakfast plate.

2009 Aloun Farms Pumpkin Patch field trip with my preschooler. Every year we visit the pumpkin patch as a family. So my preschooler got to go twice this year!

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    Very hot and very dusty!

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The  jack-o-lanterns that we carved from our pumpkin picking.

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Trick -or- treating at Kahala Mall…so crowded! This is a great event for the family. If you haven’t tried it, be sure to check it out next year.

* I blurred the faces of the people in front of us…just in case.

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Hope you enjoyed your Halloween this year.

I wonder if anyone knows how to read anymore? We are such a visual generation with so much TV and video games. We are used to eye-catching visual stimuli that when we come across a simple sign we disregard it.

Today we went to the Honolulu Zoo. Yes, I shelled out $2.50 for parking in the zoo parking lot. (Don’t let me get started on the rate increase at the zoo parking lot…that’s a post in itself.)

Little One and I were enjoying the monkeys and lemurs since they were putting on a show for everyone. They were very active and noisy today. It was pretty funny, even Little One was laughing at them. As we walked around that area, I noticed a family standing in front of the lemurs. The father had a bag of bread in his hand and was tearing off pieces  and throwing it at the lemurs and the fish in the pond. I couldn’t believe it! Didn’t he read the numerous signs asking people NOT to feed the animals because they are on a specialized diet and that human food can make them sick? By the way, he was not a tourist.

I happened to see this family again in the African Savanna. They were walking right in front of me. The same father stopped in front of a plant and started breaking off branches. He threw a couple of them on the ground. At first I thought he was breaking off pieces that were sticking out and were posing a danger to people walking by. NO! He finally broke off a piece of branch that had some flowers on it and he stuck it in his child’s stroller.  Later I heard him say to his daughter, “…don’t touch it because it’s grandma’s plant.” Interesting! Is it okay to take plants or cuttings of plants from the zoo? Maybe I can give him the benefit of the doubt since there wasn’t a sign posted that said, “Don’t take or break the plants!”

Everytime we visit the zoo, we always go to the Keiki Zoo. It never fails that I see at least 1 person eating or drinking in the Keiki Zoo. Sometimes it’s a tourist but most of the time it’s not. I can see why tourists might make that mistake but I have little sympathy for the “locals” who eat/drink in the keiki zoo. There is at least 1 or 2 signs posted at the Keiki Zoo entrance asking people not to eat or drink in the Keiki Zoo. There is also a sign with rules for everyone entering the Keiki Zoo. Have you read them? Today I saw 2 different families eating/drinking in the Keiki Zoo. One of the zoo keepers had to talk to the mommy and she apologized and left the Keiki Zoo. The other family “hid” their child’s drink as the zoo keepers walked by.

All I can say to these people is “AUWE!”

I think it’s pretty sad that my fellow kama’aina can not follow the rules. The Honolulu Zoo is a great place to visit for kama’aina families as well as tourist. You would think that “we” would want to take care of  this familiy destination.

Remember children learn what they live. They learn from our example. So what are we teaching them when we don’t follow posted rules or we steal plants? We are teaching our children to not respect rules and to not be good citizens. 

Then we wonder why our children behave the way they do.

Just a thought.

If you happen to be visiting Kahala Mall, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt is already open. Red Mango refers to themselves as the “Pioneer of Authentic Frozen Yogurt”. They claim that they are unique because of the “authentic, all-natural, nonfat frozen yogurt…”

They feature 4 flavors of frozen yogurt, unlike Menchies and Yogurtland. They serve original, green tea, pomegranate, and tangomonium. If you like tart, you’ll love tangomonium (it’s their exclusive flavor).

They also offer probiotic iced tea in three flavors. I haven’t tried them myself but I may have to now with this $1 off coupon. This coupon ends at the end of September.

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If you happen to try it,  let me know how you like it.

It’s a little worrisome to hear that there has been more deaths from H1N1 in Hawaii. The Star Bulletin just reported that there were 4 more confirmed deaths in Hawaii between June and August, including a child younger than 5 years old. The child had no underlying medical conditions. The adults that died were in their middle ages, not elderly people.

As a parent of young children, it is disconcerting to hear that a child less than 5 years of age has died from H1N1. It is even worse if your child is in daycare or preschool. Let’s face it…there are always children with runny noses and coughs. At this young age, they touch everything and everyone. They also sneeze and cough in each other’s faces. Teachers have their hands full trying to sanitize and disinfect. Even trying to make sure everyone washes their hands effectively is a daunting task.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrote an interesting poston his blog about his children’s daycare. He talks about the delay of the CDC guidelines regarding managing H1N1 at day care centers.

You would think that this would be a priority since these young children are at high risk.  So what is a parent to do? Has your daycare or preschool informed you of their guidelines regarding the management of  H1N1?

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