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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Blanket...


The other night I walked home…

And I came upon a woman that reminded me of my Mother…

Except my Mother didn’t smell of urine or have a swollen infected foot with rotten bandages…

We talked for a while. She reminded me of my Mother…

Except my Mother didn’t have flies buzzing around her…and carry around little bags of rotten food…

We talked about all kinds of things in life. Some made sense. Some didn’t. At least not to me. At least not right then and there. But who am I to judge…

She really reminded me of my Mother…

Except my Mother didn’t have a plastic trash bag wrapped around her legs as her only means of keeping warm on a blustery rainy night…

And my Mother wasn’t beholden to a wheelchair…

She spoke kindly and laughed here and there. Much like my Mother…

She also had soft clear eyes and was overly self-conscious about her appearance and perceived body odor…

Much like my Mother when she was bed ridden…

I asked her what she needed the most. She said a blanket to keep warm. The trash bags on her legs weren’t warm at all…

So I stopped by my house and picked up my Mother’s blanket. The large warm one she used often. When she was alive…

I delivered the blanket later that evening much to my friend’s surprise…

She couldn’t eat the sandwich or drink the orange juice I also brought. She said she hadn’t been hungry for a while and other people would just dig in her bags and steal it anyway while she slept…but she thanked me…

So I covered her up with my Mother’s blanket…

And for a brief moment of time in her long life of suffering…

She was my Mother…

And I was her Son…

All our past and history was suspended and didn’t really matter…

I told her I loved her…

She said she loved me…and gave me a big smile…

Much like my Mother…

And in the end…

That’s all that really matters anyway…

Warming Up...

Pele and Kanaloa...

Kāne and Poli'ahu...

Ho'okupu...


To cause growth, sprouting; to sprout...

Word Smith...



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thumbs Up...


Thumbs up for Daddy...

Sharing...


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5th Element...


This is a new shaving cream can after three uses. A fifth consecutive face showed up. I could really see his eye from my vantage point in the shower...

Kū and Hina...


Beautiful akua of balance...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wonderful...


Sweet wonderful you...

Girl Power...

Akua Pele...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ho'olaulea...




Dizzying whirly spinning nauseating fun...

Rhythm and Groove...


Getting into the rhythm and groove of Haloa...

Hawaiian Plate...


From the Kamehameha Schools Ho'olaulea today...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Visionary...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hōʻailona...


My boys and I noticed a low lying rainbow, or ua koko, above Kapalama as we were eating outside of Costco this afternoon. When we exited the warehouse about a half-hour later, we noticed the rainbow was much higher and right above was the clear profile of a woman with hair flowing and arm outstretched pointing towards 'Ewa and Wai'anae. She had eyes, nose, mouth and all features. We all stopped in disbelief. I captured what I could with my iPhone camera which leaves so much to be desired. Koa also said he saw a Mo'o, or lizard by her neck. I saw what looked like a Manō , or shark, near her body. Mahalo Ke Akua...

E ola mākou i ke Akua...Hāloa mau loa...