Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2023 3:25 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: September 25, 2023

Country: United States
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About Me

I am on swap-bot to make friends and have fun. If you would like to correspond with a friend from Hawai'i, please start by watching these two short videos and tell me what you think of them:

Simple Acts of Kindness

I love piano, ukulele, and stringed musical instruments from different cultures., I am interested in making/restoring ukulele. I make lei and jewelry using seeds from Hawaiian plants.

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 from anywhere on Earth 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.

I follow an Earth-centered path. Everything I do centers around caring for her - reduce, reuse, recycle, planting trees, beach cleanups, water conservation, sustainable agriculture, plant-based diet, reducing fossil fuel consumption, any efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and climate change, replacing plastic with Earth-friendly alternatives.

It is difficult to remove plastic from an island. watch this to learn more
To learn more about how a plant-based diet can help Earth, I invite you to watch this YouTube film

Some favorites:

  • Ocean - I love exploring the beach.
  • Earth - I love being outside, hiking to waterfalls and great views, planting native trees.
  • exercise: walking, hiking, mountain biking
  • big tree forests
  • pen pals
  • musical instruments

    A agriculture, Anthony of Padua, additional ounce stamps, Amazon gift cards

    B beach, bicycles with fat tires

    C carnivorous plants, chew toys for a medium-size dog, cooking

    D dog treats

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

    F forests, fruit trees, face scrub, forever stamps, friends, fossils

    G gift cards, global forever stamps, guitar

    H Hawai'i friends, herb seeds

    I Ice sculptures

    J jars filled with shells from the beach

    K knots in wood

    L long-sleeved cotton t-shirts without words, Lowe's gift cards

    M music, musical instruments, magnesium bath salts, mbira, meditation

    N ngoni, natural fiber scrunchies (cotton, linen, silk, bamboo, hemp)

    O Ocean, oatmeal soap, origami, oven mitts

    P piano, pen pals, painting, postcard forever stamps, puka shells

    Q quartz crystal balls

    R rain

    S sundials, stretch tubes (for exercise), solar power, sumi-e, sterling silver jewelry clasps/rings/chains/findings/headpins

    T trees, travel, tea houses

    U ukulele, unused USA postage stamps

    V visitors, visual fireworks (colors, not loud sounds), violin

    W worry dolls, white whippets, watercolor, water, waterfalls

    X xylophone

    Y yellow highlighter pens

    Z zori, zafu and zabuton

    Things I Use:

  • art supplies: No big craft stores here, so I love to receive tools and materials, like wood glue, small drill bits, wood and stone carving tools, decorative wide packing tape, white-out tape, small silver clasps, headpins, rings, and findings for jewelry-making.

  • thin, durable bookmarks - I use them in my cookbooks, so ones that can be wiped clean are great.
  • natural, plant-based essential oil soap
  • For shopping gift cards, my favorite stores are Amazon and 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 outlet that it will fit on.
  • For flat swaps, I like: unused USA postage stamps, herb seeds (sealed and store-bought due to USDA requirements)
  • I like artists' pens with black and colored ink, drawing, watercolor painting
  • Things for the puppy: dog treats, squeaky plastic (not stuffed) chew toys
  • Things for the plants and farm: sharp hand-pruners , outdoor digital thermometer, solar powered anything, thick work gloves
  • 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...the puppy chews them up

  • 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.
  • Paper crafts or paper crafting things.
  • Please no food or drink (this includes tea bags), because some foods tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat, or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first. I don't drink coffee. If a swap I am in has a food component, please send a treat for my dog.
    • Most plastic things. The exception is vinyl/rubber/soft plastic squeaky toys for the puppy because he tries to eat cloth stuffed toys.
  • I do not collect artist trading cards, postcards, used postage stamps, kawaii things, recipe cards, book pages, ephemera, lettersets, tags, coloring paper, paper shapes, stamped images.

Favorite Music

I listen to instrumental music from different countries. I also like folk music and instrumental jazz.

❤ Things I Love to Receive ❤

  • meaningful friendship exchange with age 50+ women who like to travel

    • unused USA forever stamps: domestic and global

    • Amazon electronic gift cards

    • large, beautiful, mailable, handmade envelopes

    • something from my wishlist, favorites, or profile


Comment: Thank you so much, I have put it up. Can't wait until I start decorating for Christmas ⛄
Comment: Thank you! I adore the wrapping paper!! I'm putting it in my Yule stocking, but I don't know if I can wait that long!!
Response: Don't wait! Open it now and use it for Samhain 🐱‍👤
babyblues65 rated for Destash- Med flat rate box on Aug 23, 2023
Comment: Hi Malia, thank you for this amazing box! I've never gotten anything from Hawaii before! Loved the Hawaii ephemera!!!! All of the stuff is so much fun to go through! Thank you! Have a wonderful fall!!
Carly rated for WC ~ Make-A-Gift SUMMER 2023 on Aug 16, 2023
Comment: I absolutely loved the poppet! The package was adorable-I appreciate it as one of the most unique and cool gifts I’ve received! Thank you so much!
Conni59 rated for Recycled/reused paper USA on Aug 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the cds...I look forward to having a listen! Wrapping was colorful and fun which is always a good combination!
rainydayangie rated for WIYM: Filled Bag Swap on Jul 30, 2023
Comment: Wow! What an incredibly thoughtful bag of goodies. Thank you so much for the care you put into this. I love it, especially the sea urchin and spikes, and the dried flower from your yard!
amparolewis95 rated for 1 Day Quick Swap #7 on Jul 28, 2023
Response: You're welcome.
heliogal rated for BS&S ~ JUNE 2023 stocking stuffer on Jul 27, 2023
Comment: Wow Malia!! It is always a special treat to receive swaps from you!! This was so gorgeous how you had everything arrange so pretty in the starry bag!! You put all my favorites in there: bell, seeds, crystals, oils, frankincense resin (YAY!) witchy stickers. I really appreciate the care and thoughtfulness and mindfulness you put into to everything you do!!!
Cindymt rated for Quick Quick #4 on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for everything you sent! I cannot wait to use it!
JuneRosebud rated for TF July '23 Stocking Stuffer on Jul 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you; into my December drawer it goes...
Comment: Thank you so much. Looking forward to tearing it open in December. Enjoy your weekend. Happy Swapping.
Katjavdh rated for WYIM: Just swap something! #2 on Jul 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful mail! I really like everything you sent me, and your study sounds amazing. I would love to visit Hawaii someday! Enjoy your trips to California and Colorado :)
JBuchner rated for I made it myself! on Jul 12, 2023
Comment: Wow!!! Thank you so much! I absolutely love your photography! Camping on the cliff in the national park sounds amazing! I can’t wait to listen to the CD! You made my week with this swap! ❤️❤️❤️
nanc6124 rated for Handmade swap on Jul 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the coloring, the picture and notecard =)
Response: It took me hours to create/fold the hand-colored origami cat, make my photography into a postcard, and stitch the notecard...lesson learned! =)
Silvi rated for Swap di carta - Giugno 2023 on Jul 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much! I couldn't bealive You sant me a lettere from Honolulu!! I love so much your swap!
Comment: Wow thank you so much for all the lovely sustainable items and for sharing some interesting information, your island certainly seems like a brilliant place to live! I’d absolutely love to work as a special needs teacher in Hawaii!
Eulegirl rated for WIYM: Just swap something! on Jun 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the kitty notes and tree stickers!!
jekbot rated for 4 X 4 June on Jun 25, 2023
Response: You're welcome.
Begokschaf rated for 4 X 4 June on Jun 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you

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heliogal on Sep 23, 2023:

Malia, I received your AMAZING spell bag for the PIF Pagan/Wiccan forum tag. As with everything you send it was full of thoughtful things packaged beautifully!! I love that you made me a protection, peace and prosperity spell bag- everything that I need right now!!! I feel such a powerful protective energy coming from the Hawaiian sea urchin spines!!I Thank you so much for including something from your home place!!! I also love that you including your home grown basil and all the different seeds of all kinds of basil!! It smells so so so so good! The handmade butterfly seed paper is gorgeous!!! It almost seems just too pretty to plant! I very much appreciate the green blood stone heart!! I will carry that with me when I need some extra help!! And oh my goodness your rowan wood runes are priceless!!! Those are so special ad so filled with magic!!!! Your skill in crafting them is evident!!!! I feel so lucky that you tagged me because you always send the most wonderful , magical, totally from the heart swaps!!! Thank you for really making my day so very happy!!!! Wishing you receive three times as much happiness back!!!

CariahCreates on Aug 23, 2023:

Thank you for the seeds from the surprise tag

CariahCreates on Aug 1, 2023:

Thank you for the Pagan Wiccan tag with the spells and the movie.

shinyserra on Jul 18, 2023:

Thanks so much for the adult coloring sheets for the "Send to the person above you" tag!! I love them

chimerix on Jul 1, 2023:

Thank you for the CD. I do love Chopin. Have a great day.

Forum tag- Send to the person above you

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

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