Category Archives: Events for Families

Go Diaper Free

IMG_3851[1]It was pleasantly shocking news to learn that our granddaughter was potty trained by her parents in both #1 and #2 within five months of age. Wow, that’s great news! Now getting through those messy early years can be shorten, not to mention saving of a lot of time, money, and the environment.

Over the next year sign language was taught, now when she wants to go to the restroom she gives the sign, pretty soon she will be able to ask verbally. Last week when coming home from Waikoloa, Hawaii, about an hour and a half drive, she signed twice, so dad pulled over the car to the side of the road and she did her thing. I swear that’s the best thing since the mobile phone.


Amy and I own a grocery and convenience store in Naalehu and want to help our customers reduce the use of diapers. Yes reduce diaper sales! Our business mission is to help lift our community and associates. So if we can help babies GoDiaperFree, we’re heading in the right direction. To help, the store will sponsor and host a GoDiaperFree class at the store.  An optional book GDF 0-18m book will be available to purchase onsite at the class. To make reservations go to Wiki-Wiki Mart’s Facebook page and register in Events.

“If you wish to begin helping your baby use the toilet instead of diapering full-time, and you want to learn how to do elimination communication but don’t know where to begin, this book is for you” Andrea Olson, Founder, Go Diaper Free

We hope to see you there.

Here are the event details below:

EC flyer - Google Docs

Sherry Okuyama holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and is a Go Diaper Free Certified Mentor residing in Hilo, Hawaii. She has practiced EC with her daughter from the day she turned a month old. She teaches new parents (of babies ages 0-18 months) how to begin EC with confidence and ease + loves helping families discover a new way of being with babies… free from dependence of diapers.

Make Family Time a New Year’s Resolution

Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy and peace filled New Year
Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy and peace filled New Year.  Photo taken by Karen Clark, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the most active volcano in the world.

As we begin a new year, make enjoying family time a New Year’s Resolution.  That’s a resolution you’ll not regret and the benefits are eternal.  Although you don’t see the benefits immediately, have faith and watch the fruits of your labor of precious time grow. We all need hugs and someone to be with. Here are some bonding and family time ideas.

  • Have weekly dinners with family, more often is great.
  • Do chores together and help one another, do family as a team.
  • Plan a vacation and travel together.
  • Look for special occasion to celebrate one another, such as birthdays, anniversaries, nation and local holidays.
  • Do camping trips together, enjoy the beach, mountains, snow, and outings
  • Enjoy sport events together.
  • Go to the movies or music event.
  • Play, teach, and listen to music and entertainment together.
  • Spend time with grandparents and family members who live at their own places.
  • Find a church you enjoy and attend regularly with family members.

With Love and Respect,

Amy and Carl

Free Days at National Parks – Parents and Children enjoying Earth and Nature

Enjoy our National Parks with the children, fun exploring, learning, and relaxing with the family.  America’s Best Idea – National parks – gets even better this year with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.  For more information visit:

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise. Free offers may change, please visit the National Parks for details. 

If you’re in Hawaii, visit the probably the most active Volcano in the world – Kilauea Volcano, part the the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  The hot thing to do is visit a live lava flow.  It’s the coooolest thing you can do.

Real Hot, be careful… Aloha!

Volcano, HawaiiHalemau’ma’u Crater, Hawaii Volcano National Park, Located on the Island of Hawaii  –


Children and the Internet – Opportunities and Dangers – Invitation to Pot Luck Dinner Program – Tues. April 12, 2011

Larry Czerwonka, CTO Screenspaces

Train our children young before seven years old.
Internet Training for Parents

Larry Czerwonka, CTO for Screenspace, will be sharing about the opportunities and dangers of the internet and children. He will be sharing the vast opportunities of the internet for training children early by an “involved” parent. Contrary he understands the dangers; Larry has been involved with a case involving MySpace and underage girls that led to the arrest and conviction of a sexual predator.

His client list includes AOL, Microsoft, Disney, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Mark Burnett Productions, Emmy Awards and many others.

Moderators(s):                          Larry Czerwonka and Carl Okuyama

Date:                                         Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Time:                                        5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Cost:                                         Pot Luck Dinner,  No Fees

Sitter:                                      Amy Okuyama (librarian) will help the children. If you would like to help sit, your assistance would be much appreciated.

Place:                                       Carl and Amy’s Place, 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, located above Hilo Medical Center (take second left street passed Hilo Medical center – Lahi Street; then take first right – Kilikina Street; then  to 1346 Kilikina; left side); two-story grey colored house.

RSVP:, (808) 937-4392

Starts at Home Map - 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Starts at Home Map – 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720