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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Signs...


Elliott and I watched the hula performances at 'Iolani Palace before entering the palace itself to see the special night tours in Honor of Queen Kapi'olani's 182nd Birthday Celebration. We moved along inside of the palace to see each room and listen and watch performances. It truly was a Beautiful and Magical Evening. There were some special moments between Elliott and I during the tour, moments that brought us closer, and suspended time. It made the night even more Special for us. 

When we departed, we headed towards where our car was parked. We walked out the back gate of the Palace and headed past Queen Lili'uokalani's statue. The area was desolate and not a Soul could be seen. As we approached her, I immediately felt the desire to speak with her, but first a chant arose asking permission to approach her Sacredness. No sooner had I begun my solemn chant, heavy and huge raindrops began to slowly plummet down from what appeared to be a clear sky. There were heavy clouds gathering in the distance towards Nu'uanu and Mauna 'Ala. 

I continued chanting, awaiting the deluge of heavy rain which seemed like it was ready to explode from the Heavens. I had my camera out and on my shoulder, and thought that the rain would probably soak my camera, maybe destroy it. We didn't flinch, however, as we both stood there. Completing my chant as we were pelted with these large drops. I even pictured us running for nearby cover after my chant if the downpour arrived.

As I finished, right on cue, a Beautiful all-encompassing warm wind blew from the direction of the palace and enveloped the two of us. I had to brace myself a little because it was that powerful. Then as quickly as it started, it completely stopped. I looked at Elliott with a huge smile and said, "Wow...did you feel that? That was a direct answer. That was her." 

He smiled and looked at me and said, "Wow...did you notice how the rain stopped at the end of your chant?" I said I hadn't because I was too busy noticing the wind. We both gazed upwards at the clear skies and canopy of stars and then both laughed in delight. I spoke to the Queen. Then we departed again, walking in silence to the car, reflecting upon the Gift we just had received. 

Such was a Special and Beautiful Moment in Time. A shared Blessing and Gift. Between a Father and Son...and Their Beautiful Beloved Ever-Present Queen...

Palace Grounds...


'Olu...


Grace...

Hula...


Ku'u Hae Aloha...


Friday, December 30, 2016

Beautiful Marsha...


No'ono'o...


Reflection...

Nahenahe...


Entrance...


Hula...


'Iolani Palace...


Ka'iulani...


Maka...


Hula 'Ulī'ulī...



Hula...


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Welo...


Heritage...

Ne'epapa...


Beautiful Pomai...


Hula...


'Iolani Palace Hula...


Love...


Nahenahe...


A Musical Gift for a Queen...

Throne...


Ho'olaule'a...


Queen Kapi'olani's 182nd Birthday Ho'olaule'a...

No'ono'o...


Reflection...

Hula for Queen Kapi'olani...


Queen Kapi'olani...


Her Majesty Queen Kapi'olani's 182nd Birthday at 'Iolani Palace...

Hale Mua o Hālawa...


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hula...






Love's Eternity...


Sheer Determination...


See Me...


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Verdant...


Humility and Gratitude...


'Auku'u...


Monday, December 26, 2016

Stand....


I Stand...
Seemingly Alone...
Embracing the Winds of Change...
Firmly Rooted...
In Love...
Standing Strong...
For You...
All of You...

Father...


Dad showing me how to look like a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter using only a pair of pantyhose. How I miss that crazy guy...

The Divine Goddess...


Baby Blues...


Carpenter...


Ola...


Life...

Ephemeral Beauty...


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Work Space...


I finally found the perfect workspace I needed to increase my productivity, and most importantly, finish writing my book. I just couldn't find the right place, or time, or energy, to complete it this past year. I am committed to finish it in 2017. It truly is one of the reasons I am still alive and here. Maybe that is some of the unsettling procrastination I find myself in, that if I do finish it, my survivability in the World wanes. It is ultimately for my boys, lessons and stories throughout my Life that have taught me the incredible meaning of Life itself.  I know, however, that it will have meaning and value to many others throughout the World beyond my two sons. 

My workspace gives me solitude, yet I remain close to my loved ones, such that knowing they are safe and sound, and present, lets me truly focus on my task at hand. It gives me a view of the city below, as I can see the multitudes of people and families living their lives, often unaware of the collective struggles as well as celebrations, in all that this Journey of Life has to offer, large or small, which truly connects us all. It allows me to isolate myself and listen to period music which elicits strong memories and emotions which imprint onto the words committed to paper. 

It lets me gaze longingly upon the black horizon of the ocean as my thoughts carry themselves around the World to loved ones near and far. Finally, it opens up to the endless and boundless Universe and night sky, as I peer into Forever, allowing my ancestors, angels, Spirit Guides and my God, to channel the knowledge and insight from the Heavens needed to ensure that my messages of Love, Redemption, Kindness, Forgiveness, Hope, Faith and Resurrection ring true. Mahalo Ke Akua. My search is over. It was right in front of me this whole time...

Rusty and Violet...


"Merry Christmas Rusty..."
"Merry Christmas Violet..."
"I love you my Snookums Woogie Woogie Wusty..."
"I love you my Wubby Wubby Chubby Bubby..."
"Your breath is horrid..."
"Your butt smells..."

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Decisions... Decisions... Decisions...