Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2021 7:48 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: February 26, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

I am on swap-bot to find pen pals. Here is a little about me:

I love musical instruments and instrumental music from all over the world. For visual arts, I like watercolor painting and Chinese brush painting. I'm interested in making soap, handmade paper, artistic bookbinding and making/restoring ukulele. I make jewelry and lei using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees.

I welcome pen pals 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. I love to travel and explore new places. I am always looking for interesting places to visit next. I would love to read about your own travel experiences rather than from a travel book. I am more interested in traveling and 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.

I'm more about giving than receiving, so if you are sending to me in a flat rate box destash, you have the option of sending an electronic amazon gift code to save time and postage - envelope or small box 10, medium box 20, large box 25. Hearts for this option because I use amazon.com to buy my instrument strings, music and instrument construction books. I love to experiment with handmade musical instruments.

Some favorites:

  • Ocean - I love walking and swimming at the beach.
  • Earth - I love being outside, hiking to waterfalls and great views, planting native trees.
  • the color gray and the gray scale from black to white
  • birds
  • exercise: yoga, walking, hiking
  • worry dolls - these are tiny handmade dolls, made by you or from their native home in central/south America.
  • thin, durable bookmarks - I use them in my cookbooks, so ones that can be wiped clean are great.
  • natural, plant-based essential oil soap
  • Favorite scents: sweet grass, lavender, orange, ginger, fresh cut burdock root
  • big tree forests
  • international and USA pen pals
  • musical instruments
  • friendship bracelets, made by you

    Things I Use:

    • Asian bamboo paint brushes

    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow herbs, cacti and succulents...I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds .

    • body part milagros and prayer beads from different countries

    • art supplies: watercolor paint, very fine-line brushes, medium and fine grit sandpaper, colored pencils, mechanical pencils and lead for them, wood glue

    • unused USA postage stamps

    • For flat swaps, I like: unused USA postage stamps, seed packets, sandpaper, milagros, origami paper

  • For papercrafts, I like origami, bookbinding supplies and supplies for making handmade paper. I also use watercolor paper, watercolor paint and brushes, colored pencils, beautiful and unusual letter-writing paper and envelopes. I also use writing instruments like mechanical pencils and sketching tools. I don't use markers so much and they usually dry out before I get to use them. I like pens with colored ink, but the multipack ones from dollar stores usually don't write well or are old and dried out when still in the package.

  • Things for my puppy: collar, harness (size medium - must be new due to his skin allergy), leash, chew toys that are not fiber-filled.

******** Things I Don't Need so Much: *****************

I don't make scrapbooks or greeting cards, so please do not send glitter, stamped images, embellishments from a craft store, journal cards/project life/prompts, memo paper, things cut from magazines, ATC supplies, list pad paper, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, synthetic fabric, tags, used postage stamps, coloring pages/cards/books.

  • Please don't send food or drink (this includes tea bags)..these 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, but I like sealed, unused packages of natural skin care samples/products, like exfoliator, face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, essential oil perfume.

  • I have more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime. Please do not send books unless they are from my Amazon.com wish list.

  • Stuff from big box and chain stores. Why pay to mail something that I can find here? I would rather receive something you make or a natural product from where you live.

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


ArtfulFig rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: I loved the postcard of the sparrows. I really enjoyed hearing about the java sparrows that 'stayed' at your home.
Comment: Thank you for your letter. I enjoyed reading about you and your life.
Wingsofgossamer rated for Painted Papers on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: The painted papers you created are so nice. Your style is really beautiful. I’ve been doing collages lately and I was looking forward to using the papers but yours are possibly to pretty to change!
Wingsofgossamer rated for Pagan/Wiccan penpal on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Hello, Malia. Thank you for the wonderful letter outlining your beliefs 😍I’m looking forward to replying to your thoughts in kind.
sjbult rated for BIG happy mail swap -1 usa on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you
Cynfully rated for BIG happy mail swap -1 usa on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the awesome swap. You did good I cant wait to check out the CD and i loved it all. Much Love
squince rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Maddashin rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Sad that they just kill these beautiful birds for their feathers Thanks for card
TonyaAshe rated for Goodies swap #7 on Feb 9, 2021
crochetjunkie rated for BIG happy mail swap -1 usa on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Wow! What a wonderful swap! Thank you so much...I can’t wait to watch this!
jmjackson rated for BIG happy mail swap -1 usa on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you! What an interesting bunch of stuff! BTW, my daughter's name is Malia.
LaughingVixen rated for Valentine's Day in a Box on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for such a fun swap. I love everything you sent. So much fun stuff to play with and new ramen... mmmm! 8)
laterdayze rated for Goodies swap #7 on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you
LisaRea rated for A Note For You # 80 on Feb 2, 2021
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Quick Pick 3 Swap #14 on Jan 29, 2021
Comment: What great picks, thank you! That bookmark is beautiful! And thank you so much for the amazing foreign stamps! They are going on my collection now! I'm so excited, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness 💐 PS: your handwriting is LOVELY
Eulegirl rated for Happy Mailbox all MONTH December on Jan 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the mail you sent me all month. You clearly read my profile and sent things in my favorite colors and that you knew I would like. I appreciate it so much!
Ashzaller rated for Pocket Notebook Swap #2 on Jan 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Sorry for the late rating-<3
JBuchner rated for Goodies swap #6 on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: What a great swap! I love everything you sent. Thank you so much.❤️❤️❤️
ericabella rated for One Eyed Re-Gift on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Hi Malia! Thank you so much for the cute mermaid case and the sweet crocheted parrot. I love them!
Comment: Thank you for the card and awesome mini cross stitch! Happy Swapping!

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FeltPrincess on Feb 25, 2021:

TYSM for the crochet patterns for the profile surprise tag in forums! :) They are cute.

jamicam on Feb 23, 2021:

Thanks for the Random Flat Envie - Pay it Forward tag! It was fun going through things and reading the brochures. I'll make use of the pressed flowers right away. Thank you!

user6937 on Feb 2, 2021:

"Themed Envie Tag - Rated Swappers: your Hawaii themed envelope has arrived. Very interesting (I loved the mythology story I found when I looked it up), but also sad to hear about the Ohi'a tree. So much of this continues to happen in our world.

TryshaH81 on Nov 15, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome Kawaii envies from the tag in forums!!! Love them!!

Autist on May 9, 2020:

Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL dance card and the Ariel stickers. I love them both very much.

From the I wish for... tag

Cheers, Evan

stephiedee on Mar 1, 2020:

Thank you for the mulberry papers and vintage postage for the "I wish for" tag.

chimerix on Feb 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Korean papercrafting kit and Valentine's Day surprises for the Pick 2 tag. The papers will definitely be seeing use on my ATCs. Aloha

bblue on Sep 8, 2019:

Thanks for the "I collect" forum tag. The Miffy cards are cute!

jinxspinx on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you so much for the PIF that I received!! I loved all the randomness!!! It was a lot of fun opening!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 24, 2019:

Thank you for the Batman PC you sent for the Send to the Person Above You PF tag. It was very thoughtful of you. I love it!

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