Swap-bot Time: August 7, 2022 9:31 pm


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: August 7, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

I am on swap-bot to make friends and have fun. Here is a little about me:

I love piano, ukulele, and stringed musical instruments from different cultures., I am interested in making soap, artistic bookbinding and making/restoring ukulele. I make lei using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees.

I welcome pen pals from the Hawaiian Islands who want to share friendship. I currently have tons of mainstream writing stationery, so no need to send more to me, unless you have written a pen pal letter to me on it. Email pen pals are also nice. I am more interested in forming friendships than accumulating stuff. I would like to find some like-minded people.

I love to cook. I experiment with adapting recipes for use with local Hawaiian ingredients. I grow many kinds of tropical fruit and like to use them in recipes. I cook mostly vegetables, fruit and whole grains. I don't cook with dairy, eggs or meat. I have too many vegetarian cookbooks, so no need to send more to me.

My husband collects retired license plates from all over the world. They don't need to be old, just no longer on a vehicle. If you would like to add to his collection, please send me a message to see if he already has a plate from your area.

I'm more about giving than receiving, so if you are sending to me in a flat rate box swap, you have the option of sending an electronic amazon gift code to save time and postage - envelope or small box 15, medium box 25, large box 35. Amazon codes count as profile-related, so if we are partners in a value-specific swap, you can send a code and save the postage of mailing a package. Hearts for these options because I use amazon.com to buy my books and e-books for school.

Some favorites:

  • Ocean - I love exploring the beach. Please do not send sunscreen - some of them have chemicals that are banned in Hawai'i because they kill the reef.
  • Earth - I love being outside, hiking to waterfalls and great views, planting native trees.
  • exercise: walking, hiking, mountain biking, kite flying
  • thin, durable bookmarks - I use them in my cookbooks, so ones that can be wiped clean are great.
  • natural, plant-based essential oil soap
  • big tree forests
  • pen pals
  • musical instruments
  • For shopping and physical gift cards (not electronic), my favorite store is Lowes Home Improvement.
  • I collect antique, old, and unusual switch plate covers and electrical wall plug covers (not plastic ones). If you would like to send one, please tell me about the type it is to see if I have a wall plug that it will fit on.

    A agriculture, Anthony of Padua, additional ounce stamps


    C cacti and carnivorous plant seeds

    D dog treats

    E Earth, essential oil soap bars, exfoliator, electric vehicles

    F forests, fruit trees, face scrub, forever stamps, friends, flash drives

    G gift cards, global forever stamps

    H Hawai'i friends



    K kites

    L long-sleeved cotton t-shirts

    M musical instruments, magnesium bath salts, marbles, milagros


    O Ocean, oatmeal soap, o-furo

    P piano, pen pals

    Q quartz crystal balls

    R rosemary, rain

    S sundials, stretch tubes (for exercise), solar power, sumi-e, seeds to grow herbs succulents, and cacti (not expired)

    T trees, thumb drives

    U ukulele, unused USA potage stamps, USB drives


    W worry dolls, white whippets

    X xylophone, X-acto knives


    Z zori

    Things I Use:

    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow herbs, cacti and succulents. I can use actual seeds, but not so much things with plant designs on them. It's too hot here for most vegetable and flower seeds. I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds. Please do not send packets of wildflower seeds - these can be invasive in Hawai'i.

    • art supplies: No big craft stores here, so I love to receive tools and materials, like wood glue, classic X-acto knives and blades, any Dremel tool attachments, small drill bits, wood and stone carving tools, double-sided tape, wide packing tape, white-out tape

      • For flat swaps, I like: unused USA postage stamps, seed packets, milagros
  • For papercrafts, I like artists' pens with colored ink.

  • Things for the puppy: dog treats

  • Things for the plants and farm: sharp hand-pruners (Corona or similar), outdoor digital thermometer, solar powered anything.

  • Sealed, unused packages of natural skin care samples/products, like exfoliator, face scrubs, face wash, moisturizer, essential oil perfume, magnesium bath salts, essential oil soap bars

    Things I Don't Need So Much:

    • fabric, stuffed toys, knick-knacks

    • skin sensitivities - parabens, preservatives, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate (common in liquid soap). Unfortunately, I cannot use products that are used, unsealed, or do not list ingredients. Please do not send sunscreen.

  • There are some papercraft things I don't use. I don't make scrapbooks, junk journals or greeting cards, so please do not send glitter, stamped images, embellishments from a craft store, journal cards/project life/prompts, things cut from magazines, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, used postage stamps, coloring pages/cards/books, scrap paper.

  • Please don't send food or drink (this includes tea bags), unless it is for a cooking swap, because some foods tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first.

  • Please don't send makeup or nail polish - I don't wear them. I prefer natural skin care products - see above.

  • Please don't send things that smell of cigarette smoke or cigarette smoke with perfume/dryer sheet smell added to it. Thank you for understanding.

  • It is difficult to remove plastic on an island. watch this to learn more


Fabriqueen rated for 4 x 4 July on Jul 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for everything you chose for me! It's all wonderful! Have an awesome day! Hugs, Diane
arimails rated for Handmade with Love- Jewelry #6 on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: Hello Malia, thank you so much for these friendship bracelets! They are so beautiful, you are very talented :) I LOVE THEM! <3 <3 <3
Neenarneenar rated for 4 x 4 July on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: thank you.. adorable yellow bird tags
myancey rated for 4 x 4 July on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: Aloha! Thanks for the flamingos and owls and notecard thanks a bunch. Have a great day! How’s the weather in Hawaii during the summer?
bestdayever rated for 4 x 4 July on Jul 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the goodies! I really enjoyed looking through the cancelled stamps. I like the Christmas stamp with Santa's legs the best! I am going to use the stickers on my Dad's birthday card -- he is a musician. I bought him a ukulele in Maui the last time I was there. Be well and mahalo nui loa. (P.S. My ex-husband's family is from Pukalani, howzit? I am haloe, but i miss the ono food!! broke da mouth lol)
Autist rated for Halfway to Christmas! on Jul 6, 2022
HexG rated for Profile surprise swap on Jul 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you!! (♥Ő‿Ő)
Ahdridri rated for Thrift store bubble envie on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: I truly cannot overstate how much I love this little herbarium journal!! Thank you so much!!
KathleenHope rated for Writers Scavenger Hunt on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️Malia, I love love love everything you sent, and look forward to using it all! Watch your mailbox for a return RAK!! Thanks again! ❤️❤️❤️
Autist rated for FUNTASTIC SWAP - OCEAN on Jun 13, 2022
Comment: Wow…LOVED the book!! I don’t own a DVD or CD player, but I passed them on to a friend!! Thank you so much for participating in my swap!! It is so fun!!
mizutama rated for Tape Destash on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you! Love the extras!
Tara21cd rated for Box of… swap #3 mini on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the book, video and magazines. It was a fun swap.
Peachapatchi rated for Orthodox Christmas Swap on Jan 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for a beautifully wrapped package. I loved opening all my presents and could tell you put a lot of thought into them. I especially loved the Putumayo CD because I collect them!
Comment: The silk scarf is lovely. Happy New Year to you.
Artistic rated for Stationery Stocking Stuffer ❄️ on Dec 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. And thank you for the gift for Mom.
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: What a wonderful package to open! I can´t decide if I like the rescued cross stitch, interesting playing card, or stationery best. Thank you for your generosity.
lrm1980 rated for 4 x 4 December on Dec 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the amazing swap! I love all of the generous and wonderful goodies you sent.
TeaNi rated for WIYM: Stuff the Stocking-December USA on Dec 15, 2021
Comment: thank you so very much for the lovely little icon of Mary & Christ- I absolutely love it! Wishing you a merry Christmas!

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groundhogstamper on Dec 29, 2021:

I love the Grinch Christmas card you sent for the Christmas card tag - US only. I knew this from you when I saw the pineapples in our mail! That and all of the goodies you enclosed, it is all so very special. Thank you so much.

Artistic on Dec 17, 2021:

Just wanted you to know how much I am enjoying the Envelope Advent Countdown. The global Christmas season facts and the jokes are going into my December Daily journal. I'm at #17 as of today.

CariahCreates on Aug 16, 2021:

Thanks so much for the adorable felt food pancake from my LSRUS July wishlist. I love it!

bblue on Aug 11, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wishes you sent via the LSRUS wishlist. I love the pelican bookmark! Did you draw it? Or who is the artist?

ThrivingWell on Aug 10, 2021:

Thank you So Much, for the delightful goodies, for my LSRU July wishes!!! I love the notecard, your note, the beautiful postcards (esp. the Japanese watercolorist one) & the origami cranes are going to make a great addition in my zen room! 💕 ~ Z

bostianh on Jul 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the beautiful happy mail surprise from LSRUS July Wishlist! Everything you included I am so excited to use. I especially love the maps, postcards, and other ephemera. Thanks for your generosity.💖

AngelOH73 on May 17, 2021:

Where are you? I want to send you something. PM me info, please.

chimerix on Apr 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for the really cool print and for the gorgeous earrings you sent! I absolutely love them both. Aloha

user6937 on Mar 17, 2021:

Hi, wanted to let you know that your tag (Pick Two) has made it to Canada - shaped paper clips & the old milk bottle cap. What does "milk cap bottle cover" game mean on it?

Soph on Mar 5, 2021:

Hello from Berlin! I am happy that my Random Flat Envie - Pay It Forward Tag reached you safely. It was a pleasure to put it together for you. The round papers are for origami crafts.

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