Don’t be hatin’

I am not doing this for vanity or to make you jealous, all though some of you maybe…I NEED the vitamin D. And thanks to modern technology I am doing blogging not from my living room but from the pool. :) With Arms of Audio getting ready to start again, I wanted to ask this question…for those of you who are familiar with our Daily show- what did you like the most? Fine Art? Live Music, Interviews, Special Events, Pets or Kooking with KrisT.

According to the stats Kooking with KrisT far surpassed every one of our topics and after I got sick I was not able to continue. But friends I will assure you – I am doing my best to make it happen again. I will be posting some of my recipes and photos and when I can I will bring back the show. In the meantime we have EXCITING things happening.

Live Music starts on Saturday night with Timo playing his originals at the Rebel Bite in Long Beach. And Monday it begans, the long awaited back and forth between the Spicy Wife and the Musician. I hope you tune in. Go to to catch up on we did last season and give us feedback. If you are an artist, musician, chef, photographer or any other kind of artist and want to be featured on Arms of Audio, just hit the contact us button and we will be sure to get in touch. Timo HollywoodIMG_0008




1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, ESPECIALLY to do something creative.
2. The drawing in of breath

Since Arms of Audio is starting again I began thinking of what the top questions are that we ask our special guests, artists, musicians, photographers, chefs. The first question I ask is “What INSPIRES you?” But until today I didn’t know the true definition of the word. I thought about my answers in the past and how across the board they were. The answer for me is now SIMPLE. Its one word. Aloha

The literal meaning of Aloha is “breath” or “breath of life.” How interesting that my inspiration coincides with the very meaning of the word. But Aloha still is even deeper than that. To know Aloha is to hold the key to live righteously in this natural world. Here is what the ancestors taught us…

“Aloha is being part of all and all being a part of me. Where there is pain it is my mine. Where there is joy it is also mine. I respect all that is a part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why its being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian. This is Aloha.

Its not my hands that paint canvas with colors and shadows, if it were my work would lack the inspiration of a great painting. It is the breath of my heart. It is the breath of Aloha that moves my hands. Because when I paint now that I am away from my home, I think about the divine inspiration that continues as the Islands grow bigger. I think of the rain. The hikes, the beach, the sand, all the flowers my husband surprised me with to wear in my hair. I think about the meaning of leis and how the fragrance and the beauty makes you forget for a time any pain. I create my own Hawaii where I live now. I think of what it important. Family “ohana” simple pleasures, staying in beautiful moments for as long as they last.

I look forward to a new season with Arms of Audio. A show about Art, Music and Life. I look forward to interviewing you and asking YOU….What inspires you friend?

Until then. Aloha

Hilo Slumber


Ever notice how a song can immediately transport you in time like the time machine in Back to the Future actually worked? Or somehow all the “treckies” know the secret to time and space. Like Ice Ice Baby- instantly you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. Its almost like you can taste the air that day. And if you have really had a home, you remember everything. For a moment its like you are right there. Breathing it all in. For us its Hilo. And Hilo is known for its rain. And by rain I mean a rain with no comparison to Seattle rain or Portland rain. Sure it might be rain. But its almost magical. When you are drenched in it, running through the streets its like you feel washed by the Ancient Hawaiians. Its a rush of Aloha. It makes you laugh because your sopping wet. It reminds you of the power of nature. I realized by accident that I needed Hilo Rain to sleep. Sleep with peace feeling at home with everything around you. We had to make a move to California to get treatment. But the last few nights it was just too hot and too noisy to get back to bed. And there it was the blessed app on the Iphone. We turned on Heavy rain pour and almost instantly my breathing slowed, I got relaxed for my head to my toes and didn’t wake up until the morning.
Timo wrote a song called Hilo Slumber. And every time I hear it I feel that transport and I let myself go. Its a song about our love for each other, for life and our Art. All the dreams we said we would never give up. And we never have. We have had to take the back burner to almost everything, but we are coming back. Its like a thunderstorm is starting to form and you are all in for the dreams we promised to downpour. When you listen to this song I hope that you are transported to your place. The place where you love, and live. The place between awake and asleep where anything is possible.