Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2023 11:46 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: December 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.

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
  • 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, composition books (blank, to take notes in school)

    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, 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 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:

  • 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.
  • I love useful handmade things, but I am not a fan of decorated paperclips, ATC/coins/tiles/inchies, paper pockets, scrapbooking paper or supplies, and most things made with a hot glue gun.

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 for the card and movie! That was a great surprise. Merry Christmas to you!!
Comment: Malia, thank you so very much for the Celtic Woman CD and your adorable handmade card! My dad loved Celtic Woman, so this will bring back lots of good memories for me. What a nice surprise! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Comment: I love Purple Rain! Thank you so much! This made my day!
Comment: Thank you for your Merry, Merry, Merry card. I will enjoy listening to the sound track for the Polar Express. It is a favorite Holiday movie of mine. Happy Holidays.
Comment: Thank you for the warm greetings and the music - I love soundtracks - Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you very much! I used to play piano but I grew out of it. And thank you for the CD!
Comment: I can't wait to open it! I loved the little 'for now' bits too. Thank you so much!!
spicemom rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #2 on Nov 16, 2023
Comment: Hi Malia Thank you for the cute card and awesome goodies Spicemom
Comment: Thank you for the flip flop card and movie. Yes I have seen that one but it is one of my favorites.
Comment: Thank you so much for the owl and Disney postcards, the Ahsoka bookmark and the Sgt Pepper CD, I do not have it. I can't wait to listen to it. I really appreciate everything you sent. The deer and rabbit card is so cute
Comment: I'm truly touched by the beautiful card and the delightful extras! Your thoughtfulness shines through, and I genuinely love every bit of it – a rare occurrence for me. Thank you for going the extra mile; it means the world. Warm regards, Meghan
Kairbear rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #1 on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: Malia! Thank you so very much for the lovely Christmas card and the DVD! I can’t wait to watch it! I’m sure it will take me back to the islands that I love so much! I appreciate you thinking of me and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Rbrstmpr rated for WIYM-Christmas count down 1- US on Nov 10, 2023
Comment: Yowza! I love the snowman card front you attached to the back of the envie!! So very clever! Thanks.❤️❤️❤️ just opened my envie and love all the goodies you chose for me. The Japanese book pages are my favorite.
bpl76 rated for WIYM-Christmas count down 1- US on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you look forward to opening it on x-mas day !!!
Beepycat rated for WIYM-Christmas count down 1- US on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: Aaahh thank you so much for the Andrea Bocelli CD! I am putting it my car and listening to it on my way to work tomorrow 😻 happy holidays!
Response: I hope you love your Christmas profile gift 🎄
desbaby59 rated for Quick Halloween Postcard on Nov 2, 2023
Comment: This was a lovely postcard. I’m so sorry your Halloween spot burned down that’s so sad. I hope you found something else enjoyable to do.
ericabella rated for Quick Swap HappyMail #23- INT on Oct 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much, Malia!
Comment: Thank you for the gifts! I will be adding them to my goodies that will be opened for Christmas. I appreciate it so much. I can’t wait to see what you chose to send me! Happy Swapping and Happy upcoming Holidays!
Aumonae rated for WC- Samhain Altar Box Swap (USA) on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: Everything was absolutely perfect! Your presentation was phenomenal and I only wish I could give you more than a single heart. Thank you for all your time and effort in this swap!
SaraRose08 rated for Four X Four X Four #2 on Oct 12, 2023
Comment: Ahhhh, THANK YOU! I could tell instantly without even reading the note that you took the time to make this swap profile based! I absolutely love that! This is the first time that I've received physical music, and a fantastic one at that! The stationary and washi is so cute too! Can't wait to make use of all of this! 🩵

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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

CariahCreates on Aug 1, 2023:

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

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