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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friends...



I made a new teeny tiny Beautiful Rare Land Snail Friend up in the Mountains...

Life...


When Kāne...
And his Life Giving Waters...
Lovingly Embrace his brother Kanaloa...
Life is Renewed...

Hula...


Thank You...


Thank You...
My Beloved Sweetheart...
For Keeping Us...
All Alive...

Beauty...


To See the World...
Through the Life Giving...
Waters of Kāne...

Verdant...


Lost...


Sometimes I am...
Drawn In...
Lost in You...
Never Wanting...
To Return...

Here...


If You only Knew...
How Your Love...
Keeps me Alive...
Keeps me Here...

Mauli hiwa...


Precious Life...

The first step to Healing...
Is to Cherish Life...
Not just Wanting to Survive...
But Wanting to Live...

Ola...


Life...

'Ohana...


Family...

You...


In an Endless Universe...
With a Thousand Worlds...
There is No Place...
I Would Rather Be...
Than Right Here...
With You...

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lehua...


Wao Akua...


Today was a most Beautiful, Reflective, Healing and at times, Intense, day, in the Wao Akua. Surrounded by Powerful Spirit...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ola...


Life...

Hāloanakalaukapalili...


'Ohana...


'Olopū..


The Sacred 'Olopū Adzes...

Ke Ana Ko'i...
Mauna-a-Wākea...

Nā Ko'i Na'i Aupuni...
The Kingdom Conquering Adzes...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rain...


Today the Rains Fell...
Washing Away my Past...
The Hurt...
The Sorrow...
The Regrets...
Leaving me Only...
Beautiful You...

Life...


Heal Thyself...


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Eternal...


To Love...
To Be Loved...
Is to Live...
Forever...

Descent...


I Couldn't Take My Eyes...
Off of Her Beauty...
In Her Silent Descent...
As She Closed Her Eyes...
To Softly Kiss...
Eternity...

Hula at 'Iolani Palace...












Monday, September 25, 2017

Ka Hali'a Aloha...




Today was a most Beautiful Day Indeed. Mayor Joseph J. Fern Elementary School hosted its First Inaugural Founder's Day since its establishment in 1924. Joseph J. Fern, born and raised in Kohala on the Island of Hawai'i became the first Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu where he served many years. He was Native Hawaiian. Kumu Wada of the Hawaiian Studies helped to organize the event with much help from the Administration, teachers and parents.

About 450 students from Kindergarten to 5th grade participated along with about 50 parents. Organizations participating and supporting the event included the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Pālama Hawaiian Civic Club,  Office of Hawaiian Education-DOE, Office of the Mayor, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

From the moment all the nicely dressed children started pouring out of the classrooms headed to the cafeteria for the celebration, the energy was palpable. Young smiling faces, excited to see the lei, kihei, pū'olo and other 'ālana. Greetings of "Aloha!" reverberated throughout the throngs of tiny bodies moving in unison. 

Every ethnicity was represented by the student body. Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Samoan, Tongan, Portuguese, Caucasian, African American, Korean, Micronesian and mixes of every Beautiful type. A mini-United Nations.

From the ho'okani pū, the sounding of the conch shells, to the oli, the chants, the mele, the songs, and even a student assembled film on the Life of Joseph J. Fern, it truly was a Magical Morning. I was often moved to tears watching the little faces singing Hawaiian songs, or chanting the oli they practiced so long and hard to memorize and deliver to Honor their Founder. 

The procession of tiny hands grasping Beautiful lei and flowers to place them at the foot of a portrait of Joseph. The room was filled with unseen, but felt, kūpuna of yesteryear, beaming with pride of the hali'a aloha, the loving memory, for not only Joseph, but all things Hawaiian. 

Mayor Fern was Beloved in his day. A father figure, who didn't take sides, and who was a great listener and mediator. A true kanaka of the old days. Gracious. Dignified. He struggled with Diabetes, like many Hawaiians, and succumbed to the disease at Queen's Hospital.

In a World seemingly going mad, it was so Healing, Beautiful, Hopeful...to see such a diverse group of our Future. All together. Bound together by the simple Love for a Beautiful Man. Bound together by the Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Culture. There remains so much Hope for this World. We were humbly Blessed to bear witness to it this fine Morning.

And somewhere in the Universe, Joseph J. Fern, filled his Heart with Love, garnered from a Lifetime of struggle that suddenly made it all seem very much Worthwhile. All for the Children. Nā Mamo...

Healing...


You can Heal Yourself...
If you Love Yourself...
Forgive Yourself...
And Emanate Light...
To Help Heal Others...
In a Universe...
Where We Are...
Truly One...

Hula...


Beauty and Grace...


Ola...


Life...

Wound...


I really need to learn how to Unwind...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mo'o...


Ne'epapa...


Nā Mamo...


Maka...


Hālau...