Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2024 12:59 pm


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: July 22, 2024

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. Tools for my path include musical instruments, gardening tools, work gloves, fossils, unusual shells, handmade wooden things.

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
  • natural fiber cloth hair scrunchies

    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, highlighter pens

    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, Pigma Micron pens

    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, wishniks, white whippets, watercolor, water, waterfalls, wild rice (lake rice that grows in Minnesota)

    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 beads made of translucent glass/shell/nice metal, charms, 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 new Pigma Micron artists' pens with black and colored ink, drawing, watercolor painting. I don't have much luck with opened pens, markers and brush markers as they seem to leak or be dried out when I receive them.
  • 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
  • I collect old picture frames, mostly wood, but sometimes metal, to frame my artwork and photos of ancestors.

    Things I Don't Need So Much:

    • Please no food or drink (this includes tea bags). I don't drink coffee. If a swap I am in has a food component, please send a treat for my dog.
    • I do not collect used postage stamps, book pages, ephemera, coloring book pages, or stamped images.
    • Not a fan of commercialized holiday decorations - we do not decorate our home with store-bought Santa Claus, Easter bunny, turkeys, pumpkins, and such.

Favorite Music

I listen to instrumental music and folk music from different countries.

❤ 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

    • PDT and return address labels printed with my swap name (pianoheart) and a graphic related to my profile

    • something from my wishlist, favorites, or profile


ariestess rated for WC ~ June Stocking Stuffer 2024 on Jul 20, 2024
Comment: Thank you! Can't wait to open this in December!
MichelleKemper rated for Senders Choice X3 #3 USA on Jul 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the great things that you sent to me! I love everything.
ellie rated for WIYM- No spending swap-US on Jul 17, 2024
Comment: What a nice surprise! Thank you so much for the audio books.. I will get slot of crafting done while listening to them.🌷
Comment: Thank you so much Malia for the lovely notecard and the nice message inside a drum circle sounds amazing!!! Your thoughtful gifts were very much appreciated too and I apologize for the late rating!!Thank you so much for a wonderful swap!!!
HappyMom rated for Senders Choice X3 #2 USA on Jul 13, 2024
Comment: MAHALO!! I've been missing Hawaii so much, and the news of another Maui fire is just devastating. Thank you for delivering a tangible connection for me - it's hard to describe, but it really helps. ❤️
Shorty140 rated for Blind 3x3 USA on Jul 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies! The note card is stunning, and I can't wait to use the stickers :) Thank you again! Heather
btbeth rated for Blind Envie Swap Summer 3 of 4 on Jul 10, 2024
Comment: what an envie full of fun, thank you!
Cynfully rated for Blind 3x3 USA on Jul 10, 2024
Comment: thanks for the goodies loved the sock monkey card
ultracinematik rated for Blind 3x3 USA on Jul 9, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the PCs, not card, pipsticks and bookmark. The bird washi on the envelope is gorgeous.
Comment: Thank you for the tea and turtle items. When I visit my uncle in San Antonio I also love the River Walk and missions.
Risna rated for Profile Based Happy Mail #01 on Jul 1, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely package! What fun to open the ebvelope and discover the items you picked! Love it!
PrairieKittin rated for BS&S~ June Stocking Stuffer on Jun 29, 2024
Comment: I can't wait to open this!! Thank you!! It looks intriguing!
Comment: Thanks for the nice note and goodies. I went to the riverwalk a couple of months ago. I want to go back at Christmas.
SamanthaJane rated for Greeting Card with Stickers #1 on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: What a wonderful envelope to receive! Thank you so much! I love the card with the birds and I really love the bird stickers! I love learning about places I have never been to. And thank you for the pizza cards. The kids will love them! We love to have make your own pizza parties! Great swap! Thanks again. Happy swapping! 🙂
CreativeFrog rated for Senders Choice X3 #1 USA on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies. I really love the handmade card :)
dreamrains rated for Greeting Card with Stickers #1 on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you.
LisaRea rated for March Box Swap on Mar 25, 2024
Comment: ty so much
Comment: Thank you for the lovely dove card and the CD!
Carachea rated for WIYM-Christmas count down 6- US on Jan 4, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome package!! I absolutely loved the drawing books and the thought that you put behind them. That truly means the world to me! I hope you had a great Christmas.
Comment: Hi, thanks a lot for the various Hawaii things. I enjoyed going through your stuff. One thing though, I actually don't like "ROC" and I know so many people might write it and think they "should" write "Taiwan ROC" for all sorts of reasons, but you actually don't need to write it. I addressed this on my site in detail when I wrote about it years ago. You won't offend anyone by not writing the "ROC" either, despite what some people may say without much thinking. Other than this, everything else in your mail is appreciated. You also sent quite some unique things to what I received here, so it was really interesting as well. ~Kiyasu

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TakenByChance on Jul 7, 2024:

Aloha Malia!
I’ve received your envelope for the forum “Swap Tag!” With all the used stamps!!! It was so fun to sort through these!!! So many new to me, and even some with neat cancels on the papers!!…I absolutely love the ones with the snow globe cancels 🥰
Mahalo 💕

LauraM540 on Nov 15, 2023:

Thanks so much for the Pick 2 tag....I loved the envelope of goodies!

thehappycow on Nov 9, 2023:

AATW October - thankyou so much for the wonderful package of pattern books!!!!!!

Courtney on Oct 31, 2023:

Thank you very much for the profile surprise! It was very thoughtful of you to send me an aatw package for October.

Sequoia183 on Oct 29, 2023:

Thank you so much for the amazing orange and black package I love it all

bostianh on Oct 23, 2023:

Thank you for the many happy mail goodies you sent for AATW October. I'm excited to watch Gifted Hands, I have never seen it before. Have a beautiful day and thank you for your kindness.💗

Highlander18 on Oct 17, 2023:

❤️❤️Thank you very much for the Oct AATW - wonderful Whale items!!!

SuperNay on Oct 14, 2023:

Thank you for the October AATW wish! I love everything you included. I appreciate it grately. :)

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

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