Swap-bot Time: June 7, 2023 8:23 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: June 7, 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.

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.

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, envelopes (mailable handmade art envelopes)

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

    G gift cards, global forever stamps

    H Hawai'i friends, handmade blank books (small) to fill with my artwork, herbs

    I Ice sculptures


    K knots in wood

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

    M musical instruments, magnesium bath salts, mbira

    N ngoni

    O Ocean, oatmeal soap, origami, oven mitts - thick, silicon palms, left and right handed

    P piano, pen pals, painting, postcard forever stamps, PDT sticker labels

    Q quartz crystal balls

    R rain

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

    T trees, travel

    U ukulele, unused USA potage stamps

    V visitors

    W worry dolls, white whippets, watercolor

    X xylophone

    Y yellow highlighter pens

    Z zori

    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, double-sided tape, 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, sturdy handmade mailable envelopes (5x7 or larger), adhesive PDT labels
  • For papercrafts, 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.
  • 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.
  • There are some papercraft things I don't use: stamped images, journal cards/project life/prompts, things cut from magazines, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, used postage stamps, coloring pages/cards/books.
  • 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.
  • I don't use makeup or nail polish. I prefer natural skin care products - see above.
  • things that smell of cigarette smoke or cigarette smoke with perfume/dryer sheet smell added to it. Thank you for understanding.
  • plastic craft supplies from China usually get donated to charity, so please do not dump these things on me.

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

Favorite Music

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


Comment: I will be saving till December. Thank you!
GummiBear rated for Private Gift Swap on Jun 2, 2023
Comment: I especially loved the way you wrapped everything! The journal was my favorite. Thank you!
Bellalesa rated for Happy Mailbox ALL MONTH MAY on May 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the collection of neat things...and I love the watercolor cards. And I love the batman boo,marks . Thank you again ...it was nice meeting you
DreamCloud rated for BS&S ~ May 2023 stocking stuffer on May 24, 2023
Comment: Malia, thank you for the stickers and ephemera. They were all in one of my favorite colors 💖
JuneRosebud rated for TF May '23 Stocking Stuffer on May 24, 2023
Comment: Into my stocking holder it goes=)
Karengrinehart rated for Sea/ Ocean find and send on May 22, 2023
Comment: Malia~ Thankbyou for the sea life items that you sent. I loved your letter and reading about the sea bird rescue work you support and participate in. Thank you for the lovely cd and paper craft art work you sent. This was a fun swap and I hope you received nice items too!
Lisapotterylady rated for Give me an M! (for May) on May 20, 2023
Comment: What clever items you choose for the Letter M! I love Paul McCartney, and the message on the magnet is a really good idea to follow as we get into the summer months.
estefaniagalan rated for Sea/ Ocean find and send on May 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for swapping:)
STUFFellaneous rated for WIYM: FLC Note Card #3 💚 on May 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much!!! Enjoyed your card and the extras!
Response: A Life Coach taught me not to share too much with strangers!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the stickers! They are terrific 😍 Thank you ☺️
SunflowersAndBarbedWire rated for ABC send ~ X, Y, Z on May 8, 2023
Comment: Thanks for all the XYZ stuff!
ensigncelery rated for ABC send ~ X, Y, Z on May 7, 2023
Comment: Whoah! You really went above and beyond for this swap! 🐇 The things you picked out for the swap are so cool (you're SO right, i LOVE this glittery card), but i think this milk cap cover you slipped in is my favorite part 💜 Thank you for the wonderful swap!
Conni59 rated for Paper and a Gift on May 3, 2023
Comment: Oh my goodness! I love, love the wrapping ❤️ Thank you also for the perfect gifts.
sgjolinar rated for BS&S ~ April 2023 stocking stuffer on Apr 30, 2023
Comment: I did open it!! And I’m glad for it. The herbs are perfect. And the opera, I am touched by your gift of music!! Brightest Blessings to you!!
heliogal rated for BS&S~ Beltane Care Package on Apr 25, 2023
Comment: What a lovely package of the senses you put together for me Malia!! I love the beautiful engraved spoons, the adorable apron, that gorgeous moon herb grinder (I was perplexed what it was until I read your letter!) The sachet of lavender and the rose incense smell sooooooo good ummmmm!! The very interesting delicious teas will be fun to try! I can't wait to listen to the CD how wonderful for you to include that!! What a wonderful Beltane package and lovely letter to help me celebrate on of my favorite holidays!! Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful gift!! Have a beautiful and happy Beltane!!
Comment: Thanks for the great package, I really like the bookmark, autographed music cd and tea. Lots of other nice goodies. It just arrived today - took awhile to make it to chilly Michigan from sunny Hawaii. But worth the wait.
Comment: Thank you for sending!
mariewilliams810 rated for Easter Celebration Box on Apr 11, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sending!
Response: Thanks for receiving!
Comment: Thank you so much for everything Malia! I love it ALL! Happy Easter!
Comment: Thank you for a lovely wrapped present. I also got a stencil from you and a card to say to open once I open my present. I will do so during the Advent season. Looking forward to seeing what goodie you sent my way this time. Always enjoy the items you choose for me. Thank you very much.

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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.💖

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

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.

DragonflyDreamer on Mar 2, 2021:

Thank you SO much for all the wonderful goodies you sent for the Surprise Tag! I'm so excited to listen to the CD. I Travel to Louisville every week (a three hour drive from Nashville) and am always looking for new music and audiobooks. You really made my day today! Thank you thank you!!! Happy swapping and be well.

FeltPrincess on Feb 25, 2021:

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

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