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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer Swell...


The end of days. The Southshore Summer Swell was still pumping strong this morning...

Growth...


Elliott's sprouts are taking off...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You...


As the remains of the day quietly slip into Twilight...
And the Sun burrows into the glowing embers of my heart...
Somewhere across the World...
Lost in the cold darkness of night...
Emerges the morning rays of love's enraptured dawning...
In all the promise, hopes and gentle dreams...of you...

Sets..


One of the last great sets of the Summer at Kewalo...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sprouting...




Little Mustard plant seeds sprouting up a storm in the wet paper towel and plastic cup environment...

Puka...


Ready to make puka shell necklaces...

Practice...


World famous surfing lessons on Waikiki Beach...

Alike...


Like Father, Like......Daughter...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rest...


Rest your weary head World. Close your eyes. Drift into sweet safe slumber as you quietly slip into Twilight's gentle embrace. I will be right here when you wake up. I am not going anywhere...

Hope...


The green paper akua. Master. Servant. The Pursuit of Loneliness...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Good...


Some people look good hanging out at the beach...

Hōʻailona...


A family of Honu feeding on limu at One'ula Beach in 'Ewa, O'ahu...

Hōʻailona...


A flash of rainbow colors in the clouds above Mauna 'Ala. The Royal Mausoleum holding our beloved Ali'i...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stir...


Stir-fry green bell peppers and fishcake...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Faded Dreams...



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Love...


I found a teeny tiny fragile love right outside my apartment building...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ke Akua's Love...


Meredith has finally made it. After losing her job and a bad divorce ten years ago, she finally got off the street Thursday night after eight years being homeless with the last two living on the sidewalk in front of the District Court building at Hotel and Alakea Street. Much Aloha to John and his street ministry for helping find her a bed in their home. She called me Wednesday to help her get some of her bags into storage which she had saved money for. She had so many suitcases and trashbags filled with all her Worldly possessions. It took two days to get her bags sorted. She was able to throw away a lot but still had a lot.

Her beautiful friend, Renee, who is deaf, guarded her bags while we transported them back and forth to Richards Street to fill the car. I had to push a cart filled with bags and suitcases for about 75 yards. People were staring at me because I was dressed somewhat nicely but looked like I was homeless pushing my cart down the street. Meredith and I had to laugh. An attorney friend of mine drove by and yelled out the window. I didn’t have time to explain to her what I was doing. She probably thought I had hit hard times.

There were so many mo’o, or lizards, in her bags and mo’o eggs stuck to things when we pulled the tarps and trash bags off of her belongings. I told her they were her protectors. She left her canned food at the Bus Stop for others to pick through at night. We filled my car to the brim. I still don’t know how I stuffed everything into my backseat, plus her and her bags in the front seat. We couldn’t fit her camping chair in my car, the chair she slept in for a few years, which was given to her by a Hawaiian trash collector who felt sorry for her. We passed it over the fence by ‘Iolani Palace to a man and woman living on a blanket and they were so grateful to have a chair to sit in. We went to the McDonald’s drive-through to get her dinner and had a nice time talking. It seemed like I had known her forever. She told me much more of her story. She is so courageous.

While she had a steady group of well-wishers and small circle of friends watching out for her, she had her share of evil. From the guy who threw a flammable liquid on her while she was sleeping to light her on fire, melting one of her suitcases with her papers inside, to the guy who threatened her that he would hit her on her head with a hammer while she slept. She ended up wearing a hardhat while she slept but someone stole it a few nights ago. Another woman, a city employee according to Meredith, expressed it was her “life’s mission” to get rid of Meredith. She was also mean to a Salvation Army kettle ringer too as Meredith learned from others. Then there was the postal employee, in uniform, who smiled and introduced himself to her after work to see if she was okay, and then who showed up at 3:00 a.m. the next morning to proposition her for sex. Meredith’s unwavering faith in Ke Akua kept her safe in my belief. She had many Guardian Angels and ancestors around her.

When I took her to her new home, she couldn’t believe it. I left her there last night after meeting John, her new Kahu. This morning, I picked her up and took some more of her bags, which she kept with her to sort, to the storage locker. She said she took a hot shower, the first in as long as she could remember and loved her bed but her back hurt because she had slept sitting up in her folding chair for so many years now. She had to prop herself up with the pillows and sleep sitting up a little. She just can’t believe that she finally is off the street.

When I spend some time with Meredith, we laugh and share so much. When we depart, I am so ramped up with the ‘uhane hemolele that I feel so alive with so much spirit. I am so blessed to have our paths crossed. Sometimes in life, you just need to reach out to someone with a smile or a hello. It can change your whole World…

Friday, August 19, 2011

Privacy...


Simply not amused...

Signs...


I often find Ke Akua, not when I gaze upward...but down...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy...


As a father, with all the electronic and computing distractions today, this scene makes me very happy...

Mejiro...


Japanese White Eye bird...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Innocent...


Some innocent will never be set free...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ephemeral Life...

Tonight I felt an urge to go by Punahou to see if the Night Blooming Cereus were unfolding. I was astonished to see so many beautiful blossoms spread out under the beautiful Moon of Hina...

Such fragile delicate beauty...

Framed by the Moon peering through the background...

Like a fragile unfolding love living a full lifetime in a single night of ephemeral beauty...

People out exercising asked themselves what is that crazy bald man doing...lol...

Mahina slowly emerged from the center of love's nocturnal blossom...

I remember reading about Queen Lili'uokalani traveling to Punahou to view the Night Blooming Cereus. Several years ago, I used to bring her one during the Summer when they were in bloom. I wasn't able to for a few years. Tonight, I resumed my tradition of Aloha again. After selecting a beautiful blossom, I drove to the Capitol. As I was driving, I stopped at a stoplight and held the blossom up to my nose and closed my eyes. Inhaling the subtle fragrant flower's essence... As I sensed the same smell Lili'u enjoyed 100 years ago during her pain... I burst into tears...

Lili'u remains lovingly proud and dignified...

I sang her a song honoring Ke Akua and her in the still of the night... There wasn't a soul around the whole time I was there taking photos...

The beauty will fade by morning as the blossom ends its ephemeral existence...

The beautiful Night Blooming Cereus of Punahou. Framed by the beautiful glowing Moon of Mahina. A beautiful gift fit for a Queen...as she watches vigilantly for her people. Bearing witness. Continuing to lead from the Otherside...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Incognito...


Trying unsuccessfully to blend in and be discreet...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Namaste...


Quiet dignified strength... In life, it is okay to be different...

Potential...


Little vessels of enormous potential for profound growth. Like children...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Creative Power...





The beautiful sights of akua Pele doing her powerful mesmerizing thing like only she can...

Voracious...


This Lemur wanted to devour me...

Creation...


It is a rare opportunity in this life to behold the magic of Creation such as with akua Pele at Halema'uma'u crater in Kilauea Volcano...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hoa Aloha...


E ku'u hoa Aloha. Namaste. The White Tiger of Moku o Keawe...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Still Life...


So much love and energy in the reflective quiet of my life...

Friday, August 5, 2011

'Aha...


'Aha Aloha...

Expanse...


The expanse of the Heavens this morning at Hawaiian Memorial Park as we prepared to honor a beautiful hulu kupuna. Aloha piha e Kunuiakea...

Hōʻailona...


This Hōʻailona showed up around the time there was a controversy with culling sharks in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands who had acquired a taste for endangered baby Hawaiian Monk Seals...

Hōʻailona...


These rainbows followed me from Waimea Valley to Honolulu. A much needed sign after an intense draining spiritual experience...