Tropic Gothic: A Goth in Hawaii

What I wore today

I know I’m in head to toe hot topic but I promise you it’s because I used to work there. 

Did you know there’s a fake stonehedge in Virginia made of foam?

Yeah.

That was the first thing I did when I moved to the mainland. I went to Foamhege. 

TropicGothic: entertaining Maui bus drivers since 2003(that’s public school buses until 2008). 

KinderGoth-A Mini coloring book for a toddler goth. I drew this for a little girl who is Aspergers and her focus is Goth culture. At four she knows more about Tim Burton than anyone I know. 

I also drew it in mind for a sweet transgendered goth child and zis siblings. Which is why I made a merperson. 

Print them out. Make your own. 

Color me goth. 

Hello D! For some ridiculous reason, I decided that I wanted to go to Oahu for my honeymoon. It's his first vacation ever, and my first time going on vacation somewhere that has *gasp* sunlight and beaches. I hadn't intended to go to Honolulu at all (I generally don't like crowds) but now I'm wondering if there's any Goth nightlife there. Got any suggestions? - Goth and her pale mate.

Honeymooning for Goth Lovers

-Honolulu Zoo at Night

Walk hand in hand in the moonlight and watch the bats come out with the one you love

"Ever wonder what the Zoo is like once the visitors leave and the gates close? Join us most Friday and Saturday evenings to find out! Just as everyone else leaves the Zoo, you will be guided by educators on a two hour walking tour to learn about and visit with the Zoo’s most intriguing animals. Watch some of our animals prepare to sleep, while others are just waking up. Learn about the animals’ biology and behavior, and the role that the Zoo plays in conservation of our endangered species. The tours will conclude in our classroom with skull displays and light refreshments."

http://www.honoluluzoo.org/education-programs/twilight-tours.html

-Clubbing

-Dance the night away at one the many events geared toward our local goth scene. Depending on the season come and catch our Goth Prom with your new wife or husband or enjoy the Ms. Vampire and Count Dracula pageant. 

http://www.djnocturnaandlana.com/shows.htm

Looking for culture?

Iolani Palace tours:

Tour the only Palace in America and learn about Hawaiian History. 

http://www.iolanipalace.org/Visit/Tours/BasementGalleryExhibits.aspx

Want something spooky?

"Our second tour called image is our driving tour.  If ‘chicken skin’ is what imageyou’re looking for, this is the tour for you!  On this imagevery intense and spooky tour, you’ll be taken around the southern part of the island as we make dead stops at some of the island’s most haunted locations of all.  You’ll exit the van at each location to spend some time up close and very personal at these spooky places.  Many of these sites are modern day haunts, and many were made that way from terrible events of the past.  This tour includes a visit to the infamous and very haunted site called Morgan’s Corner, made famous in countless books and tales.  "Amazing tour!  This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Oahu!  Attached are some photos to use as you wish." A. Williams  Facility Security Officer

$59Adults (12 and up) $49 Child  (Nights) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights.  Tour time approximately 4 - 4.5 hours. Some walking is required**  Flashlight recommended. RESTRICTIONS:  Wear closed toed shoes and a light jacket on this tour.  No high heels. Flip flops not recommended.  Includes complimentary Waikiki pickups.  Pickups start at 6:30PM

PLEASE NOTE: Sites on this tour are very intense and dark.  We DONOT recommend it for children under 10 years of age, or to Seniors or others who have trouble walking or have trouble getting in and out of a van.”

I’d go for this tour rather than wondering by yourself because Hawaii is VERY haunted and you want to respectfully follow protocol. 

http://www.oahughosttours.com/tour.htm

If you’re getting Honey Mooning in the Summer go to:

A OBON DANCE

Dress in Kimono or come in street clothes. Buddhist temples are welcoming their loved ones who have passed on back into their homes with dance, good food, and live music. 

Google Bon Dance dates starting at the end of May until August to find the nearest temple to you to watch live Taiko drummers, paper lanterns a drift at sea, and eat awesome Japanese food. 

http://www.staradvertiser.com/features/20130527__Obon_Dance_across_isles.html?id=208981461

Japanese culture abounds in Hawaii. In fact there is a very beautiful tea garden at University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

“Designed by noted landscape architect, Kenzo Ogata, the garden was completed in November of 1963 and formally presented to the Center by Taizo Ishizaka, president of the Federation of Economic Organizations of Tokyo.  And during a trip to Hawai’i in 1964, Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko of Japan blessed the garden during a traditional hold and release ceremony of koi (a gift from the Hawai’i Goldfish and Carp Association) into the garden stream.  The royal couple also planted a coral shower tree along the pathway leading down to the garden.  In 1994, the now Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned to view the garden they had blessed 30 years previous.”

http://www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/campus-maps/japanese-garden

Curious about other Oahu events in months to come?

http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/plan-a-trip/events#ajx-set={ “sfresults” : {“url” : “http://www.gohawaii.com/featured-island-events/ajaxloadpaged”, “params” : “mIslandId=(kauai+OR+oahu+OR+lanai+OR+molokai+OR+maui+OR+big-island+OR+statewide)&membersPageNumber=2” }, “id” : “sfresults”, “c” : “0” }

If you are honeymooning on Maui NOTHING MORE GOTH THAN A BLACK SAND BEACH! 

Wainapanapa in Hana Maui is a beautiful spot to enjoy the sun under a parasol. 

May your love be dark and beautiful! 

My friend told me that black people can not be goth  is that true?
Anonymous

You’re friend doesn’t know shit.

I LOOOOOOVE Black goths. Dude, they are a wonderful bunch of people and I’m friends with a bunch.

Like Tropic Goths, they come up against the whole idea that you need to be pale.

AS FUCKING IF.

Be punk rock about that shit! If you have a great fucking natural brown complexion well then, YOU WERE SO GOTH YOU WERE BORN BLACK.

That’s right.

And for my Polynesian titas and braddah men out there, you guys can rock that shit too. Nothing sexier than a Gothwaiian or a Gothanesian.

Follow some great blogs: iamsogothiwasbornblack, blacksheepgoths and of course my crazy ass.

I SEARCH for goths of color. Because we are rare and beautiful birds, like the Hawaiian crow.

Wat? You neva seen one Hawaiian crow?

Tell me dis bugga not cute? Almost as cute as da Hawaiian Bat, o’peape’a.

Neva seen one Hawaiian Bat? Well den, you need fo’ do some research eh?

So I have been slacking on the fashion photos.
I assure you my lovelys, I still dress well or die trying.
Though, the fact that I’m in a public school day in a out makes for a interesting wardrobe. For example, it has taken a decidedly 50’s turn for the fashionable :D

So I have been slacking on the fashion photos.

I assure you my lovelys, I still dress well or die trying.

Though, the fact that I’m in a public school day in a out makes for a interesting wardrobe. For example, it has taken a decidedly 50’s turn for the fashionable :D

What I made with my kidlings at work

What I made with my kidlings at work

Rocking out my awesome 808 All Day Shirt. On the back it says “Just another day in paradise.” Note the skull skirt and leggings.

As a local Hawaii girl I have always had a female I looked up to who had long hair. I’m not talking shoulder length, I mean down to your ass, down to the floor thick gorgeous never  been dyed Hawaiian goddess hair.

And that long hair isn’t just a coincidence since most local women keep their hair long for Hula where having your hair shorter than back length makes you stick out like a sore thumb.

So of course I told my mother I wanted “fancy girl” hair. I saw my peers at four of five with already hip length hair and I wanted it.

But my hair, while Asian in color and abundance, is European in fineness. It grew in patches, leaving my mother to attempt to cut it all to a uniform length.

Then when I was older I still wanted long hair but I was a tomboy and I hated brushing it. My mother never started at the bottom of my hair. She’d rip through the rats nests until I was crying. I refused to let anyone touch my hair. Which meant it was almost always natted and dredded.

And then of course ukus, or head lice, the bane of any girl or boy in Hawaii. Rid the lice shampoo didn’t work on me and I had it over and over and over again.My mom didn’t cut my hair short like alot of mothers did.

My mom didn’t want me to grow out my hair.

It’ll get stringy. It’ll get yucky.

We disagree on a lot of things. I hate the way she is overly controlling in my life despite the fact I left her house 6 years ago.

But she couldn’t stop me from growing out my hair. I didn’t cut my hair for a year and a half and that is why it’s the insane length it is now. I fucking love my hair. I love how long it is and I even love its fineness now because it is heavy enough as it is.

But I was despairing that I would have to cut it because I want to do more rockabilly hair styles that require hair curling. I don’t blow dry my hair and I don’t hot curl. The rag method wasn’t working.

And then I found this blog!

Rapunzel’s Resource is a blog about styling REALLY long hair like mine. French twist out of your reach?

No problem.

Want gorgeous spiral curls but your hair is down to your ass.

There’s a great tutorial.

A big reason my mom and a lot of people balk at having long hair is the “maintenance.” Well I’m pretty fucking lazy and I can still maintain mine. I use alot of shampoo but by de-tangling with conditioner in the shower, I don’t really need to brush it in the mornings. I keep it in a loose bun when I sleep so it doesn’t tangle when I toss and turn. I brush from the bottom. I use olive oil and coconut oil to condition. I shampoo every two or three days.

So for you Hawaiian girls or Samoan girls or just girls with long hair, don’t despair over cute shorter retro hairstyles. Don’t cut your hair.  Try to work around it, write blog posts and we can all share with each other.

http://rapunzelsresource.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/welcome/#comment-5208

Goth Tumblr Swap

So I saw Gothic Charm School’s Goth Tumblr Swap and I was like …I WANNNA DOO THAAT! And I would totally make a cute cute box for someone FROM MAUI with MAUI STUFF THAT WAS COOL AND GOTHTASITC! So my lovelys, who wants to do a goth tumblr swap? Message me back post haste and you will receive a box full of wonder in exchange of course for a parcel full of darkness. :D

She serenades the ocean

She watches the blue sea

She calls out to the selkies, the mermaids of the deep

She’s calling to her lover

The one she’s yet to meet

His eyes have always haunted her in visions in her sleep

Portrait of a Trumpet Player in Haiku Maui 2009

A Hawai’i Hottopic

Ginsberg,
You thought of Whitman,
Dreamt of him
Molesting peas with bare skinned paper fingers
Thought of him under fluorescents
Placed him on your mental alter of idolitry
Oh great writer who has come before me 
Help me navigate through the mundane
Help me wade through this intensive special—
bullshit
But Leaves of Grass
While nice, remain on birthday-cards for me
So to you dear Ginsberg
Alan
Can I call you Al?
And you can call me D
[Anything just not Dee Dee which drops my IQ 25 points}
Ginsberg,
Al,
I think about you a lot
Mostly thought when I’m looking at my two conflicting work schedules and thinking,
I hate this crap
I hate this crap so fucking much I can barely stand to even look at it

I ask myself what kind of writer
Fuck
what kind of person
Kills them self over a bitchy 19 year old boss
A hyperactive blue haired Korean mouse
in tiny cut off shorts
Who calls me “a nice girl”  and tells
Everyone
that this is my “first real job”
And then smiles at me like we’ve been best friends since,
fovever

I’d like to think you’d punch her
or at least tell her to shut the fuck up
And that this job
Selling eighty dollar jeans with holes in the knees
and Pantera shirts next to Justin Beiber watches—
is a fucking joke
Not a real job

I see you and I squatting out by the parking lot
Smoking cloves and talking shit
I see you playing jazz on the loud speakers
Cranking Charlie Parker’s
Scrapple From the Apple
Loud enough for the whole soul-sucking mall to feel in their throats
Forty percent discount, nine dollars an hour, and a gold fucking star

Starving for my art would be too dignified

Would you sell out to pay your cell phone bill Ginsberg?
Or to eat?
What about to a corporation that enslaves overseas workers to make these
studded
distressed
jeans for
pathetic
spoiled depressed teens
with their hair all in their faces
Would you get as angry as I get
Folding them?
Knowing I have to sell this shit with a smile and “believe in the product”

I see you having a crazy fit
Throwing money from register 1
                                                     2
                                                        and 3
Ripping Twilight Posters from the glass and breaking the Justin Beiber display in an insane fit of sanity
I see you giving them
All of them
At Hottopic
My bitchy boss included
a double salute with matching middle fingers
For you, Ginsberg
Are braver than I
I, who watches my muse slowly die
as I sit and silently pray to be fired
[And until then use my forty percent discount on frivolous cartoon panties]

Dear Ginsberg,
Alan
Al
I want to tell you that I write at midnight for you
That I too feel the rage that you did and probably still do
Toward the atrocities of a overfed society of selfish lonely children
But even as I fight Babylon, I am part of it
Willing and unwilling,
I am a tiny cog

A Hawai’i Hottopic

Ginsberg,

You thought of Whitman,

Dreamt of him

Molesting peas with bare skinned paper fingers

Thought of him under fluorescents

Placed him on your mental alter of idolitry

Oh great writer who has come before me

Help me navigate through the mundane

Help me wade through this intensive special—

bullshit

But Leaves of Grass


While nice, remain on birthday-cards for me

So to you dear Ginsberg

Alan

Can I call you Al?

And you can call me D

[Anything just not Dee Dee which drops my IQ 25 points}

Ginsberg,

Al,

I think about you a lot

Mostly thought when I’m looking at my two conflicting work schedules and thinking,

I hate this crap

I hate this crap so fucking much I can barely stand to even look at it

I ask myself what kind of writer


Fuck

what kind of person

Kills them self over a bitchy 19 year old boss

A hyperactive blue haired Korean mouse

in tiny cut off shorts

Who calls me “a nice girl”  and tells

Everyone

that this is my “first real job”

And then smiles at me like we’ve been best friends since,

fovever

I’d like to think you’d punch her

or at least tell her to shut the fuck up

And that this job

Selling eighty dollar jeans with holes in the knees

and Pantera shirts next to Justin Beiber watches—

is a fucking joke

Not a real job

I see you and I squatting out by the parking lot

Smoking cloves and talking shit

I see you playing jazz on the loud speakers

Cranking Charlie Parker’s

Scrapple From the Apple

Loud enough for the whole soul-sucking mall to feel in their throats

Forty percent discount, nine dollars an hour, and a gold fucking star

Starving for my art would be too dignified

Would you sell out to pay your cell phone bill Ginsberg?

Or to eat?

What about to a corporation that enslaves overseas workers to make these

studded

distressed

jeans for

pathetic

spoiled depressed teens

with their hair all in their faces

Would you get as angry as I get

Folding them?

Knowing I have to sell this shit with a smile and “believe in the product”

I see you having a crazy fit

Throwing money from register 1

                                                     2

                                                        and 3

Ripping Twilight Posters from the glass and breaking the Justin Beiber display in an insane fit of sanity

I see you giving them

All of them

At Hottopic

My bitchy boss included

a double salute with matching middle fingers

For you, Ginsberg

Are braver than I

I, who watches my muse slowly die

as I sit and silently pray to be fired

[And until then use my forty percent discount on frivolous cartoon panties]

Dear Ginsberg,

Alan

Al

I want to tell you that I write at midnight for you

That I too feel the rage that you did and probably still do

Toward the atrocities of a overfed society of selfish lonely children

But even as I fight Babylon, I am part of it

Willing and unwilling,

I am a tiny cog

sansmith:

lovely-lailah:

Bat Cappuccino Set by Sami Rinne

Cuuuuute!

OMG YES!!!!! I WANT I WANT!

sansmith:

lovely-lailah:

Bat Cappuccino Set by Sami Rinne

Cuuuuute!

OMG YES!!!!! I WANT I WANT!