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Friday, May 31, 2019

'Ike Hula...


The Graduate...


Hurry...up...Dad... Take...the...picture...

Love...


If I Follow...
My Heart...
I Will Always...
Find You...
Always...

Hula...


Welo...


Heritage...
Manaola...

Happiness...


Happiness...
Of the Soul...

No'ono'o...


Somber Reflections...
On a Shared Journey...

Laupāhoehoe...


Ne'epapa...


Hula Kāne...


Kapu Kai...


Pilialoha...


Hula Ma'i...


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hula Kāne...


Ho'omaika'i...


Monday, May 27, 2019

Maka...


I opened up some aluminum foil to put bacon on it and this guy was looking at me. He obviously wanted my bacon...

The Echo of Our Song...


The Legacy of Her Love...

Journey...


No Words...
Just Gratitude...
And Love...
For This...
Shared Journey...

Forever...


With You...
And Your Love...
I Can Truly See...
Forever...

'Ekolu Kānaka Nui...


Three Great Men...
Whom I Love...

Once...


We Shall Pass This Way...
But Once...
On this Shared Journey...
Of Life...
Of Love..

Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi...


Love One Another...

Imua e nā Poki'i...


Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Class of 2019...

Ho'omaika'i...


Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Class of 2019...

Aloha Pau'ole...


Trustee Corbett A.K. Kalama...
Kamehameha Schools...
The Aloha Chant...
'Ike Hawai'i...
'Ike Aloha...
Ka Mana Nui...

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ke Akua...











The Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Class of 2019 Baccalaureate Service...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Mai Poina...






Naue...
Building a Vacation House on a Ancient Hawaiian Cemetery...
Never Forget...
2008...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Love...


There is a Sacred Place...
Where Love Lingers...
In Soft Caressing Whispers...
Where Dreams are Borne...
Upon Gentle Winds...
And Quietly Arrive...
In Lovely Ebbing Currents...
Where I Can Always Find...
Beautiful You...

Koa...


My son Koa's Thirteen year run at Kamehameha comes to an end this Sunday. Graduating with the Class of 2019. Grateful to Ke Ali'i Pauahi. Grateful to Princess Ruth Ke'elikolani. Grateful to Kamehameha Pai'ea. Grateful for all of the Loving KS Kumu, Staff and Administrators for helping to raise this Young Man. Love him Immensely...

Helemanō...



Another Beautiful Sacred Hulu Kupuna has left on a New Journey of Eternal Love, Light and Everlasting Peace. Such a kind Beautiful talented Soul willing to share his Love, Aloha and 'ike Hawai'i with so many. I remember just two years ago when you were Honoring our Beloved Queen Lili'uokalani and Peace on Earth. You were so strong and full of Spirit.

Just like how you Honored Kamehameha the IV, Queen Emma and Prince Albert with Beautiful kahili at 'Iolani School.

Then not many months ago, a close-call and in the hospital. They were going to release you the next day. I quietly entered your room as you were passed out snoring. I sat there quietly until you awoke. Then we made eye contact, and both laughed. I will never forget that gracious self-deprecating humble laugh. 

I remember talking with you about so many things, and then before I left, we prayed together. I remember praying my Heart out. I remember looking in your eyes and letting you know just how much I Love you, as tears fell all around your chest and neck, as I hovered over you. I remember trying to hurry my prayer to finish before the nurse reentered your room. I remember feeling a little embarrassed for being too emotional and thinking I was overreacting to your situation and prognosis.

I remember your tear-filled eyes, and reassuring baritone voice, still strong as ever. We talked about the foods that brought us Happiness, yet kill us at the same time.

I remember sharing the photo and story about the giant white-tip shark above Wai'anae uka, above Helemanō. How you wanted me to send it to your phone. Many times, again and again. When you couldn't find it, I would send it again. How you treasured it. Like how I treasured you.  Helemanō. The shark on the move.

Love you Helemano Lee. I shall look for your in the skies over Helemano. Watch for me. Running through the grassy fields below. Running to you...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mo'olelo...


Hula...


Life...


Today, I was catching up on long overdue comments on some Facebook posts that Resurrected themselves on my Timeline, even one from two-years ago. I try my best to respond to each comment as time and energy permits, but sometimes I post too many new posts when Inspired by Spirit and end up further and further behind.

I was taught, "Aloha aku...Aloha mai..." Where Love is Given, Love is Returned. This, of course, doesn't mean that you Give Aloha with the expectation of anything in return. That is Kahiau. Giving without expectation. However, as a recipient of the Love, Time, Energy and Thoughts of others, I have an expectation of myself to share humility and gratitude, and Love right back.

It seems like recently, I have been coming across comments from friends and loved ones who are no longer here with us on this Earthly plane. To see their name. Their words. Their thoughts. Their Love. Their Kindness. Their expressions of their Being, large or small. Is such a Blessing. 

I respond to them, as if they are still here. Sitting on the other side of the Internet, looking at their computer or electronic devices. Thanking them and sending them humility, gratitude and Love. For in my Heart, I know we remain connected across the Spiritual Veil.

To be Honest, I am not sure how it all works. I know I have chanted with others on a Sunny morning on a beach in 'Ewa as part of a ceremony, and asked our 'aumakua and ancestors to come in. My Mother showed up, four months after her passing. She gave me such Beautiful words, through a Beloved gifted friend, that just brought me to tears. No real words could be mustered as I sat there, and looked at my feet and the sand, watching the droplets of my tears plummet down as my Mother spoke.

It was my Mother, who on her deathbed at hospice at home, who described in detail the unseen people who filled the living room, the day before she passed, after I again prayed with all my Heart asking for the ancestors to help comfort my Mother. They arrived in force and stood at the end of the bed. Some holding brown wooden bowls, or 'umeke, trying to feed my Mother as she hadn't had any solids or liquids in her dying state.

It was yet another Beloved Gifted Friend who humbly asked my deceased Mother and deceased Grandmother to come in to receive my Beloved sister Nalani as she laid in her hospice bed in Hilo and was fearful of crossing over as time drew near. Sure enough, my sister saw both my Mother and Grandmother that night in her room as we all cried in humble gratitude.

I have had the Beautiful Spirits of our Hawaiian ancestors who lived hundreds of years ago visit and send messages when their iwi, their bones, were in my possession and care, for proper disposition. Such kindness and Love from across the Veil. Humbled me so many times.

Messages and advice from well-known historical figures in Hawai'i, from akua and kupua, gods and nature Spirits. Archangel Michael. Kamohoali'i. Queen Lili'uokalani. Christ. Mo'o. Lunalilo. Hi'iakaikapoliopele. Kamehameha the Third Kauikeaouli. Ka'ahumanu. Kalākaua. Kāne. Ke Akua-God Himself. So many shared experiences, and Beautiful stories of the experiences of others. The Veil is thin. Love and Life are Truly Eternal.

Today, when I came home, I ran into a neighbor and we ended up catching up on Life. He pulled me aside and let me know that he had been diagnosed with what is effectively a terminal lung disease with a life-expectancy of about three more years if he is lucky. His lungs have been filling with scar tissue. After talking for quite awhile, he revealed that he had been working with concrete for many years when he was younger. 

I shared that he may have inhaled the concrete dust and that may be what has been scarring his lungs, decreasing his ability to respirate. His eyes lit up and he exclaimed that it made sense. Even his doctor never said anything about his history working with concrete and a possible causal connection. I am not sure where that thought came from as the image popped into my head. It might have been my ancestor, or his ancestor, providing that 'ike. 

Tonight I looked it up and sure enough, there is a term for it. Silicosis. I will give him the name of the disease tomorrow hopefully when I see him again, so he can at least keep the Faith understanding his prognosis better.

Of course, most of our conversation centered around on defying the odds of a prognosis of a slow certain suffocating death arriving soon enough. Tears filled his eyes and we talked. I could tell it was still hard for him to talk about his own mortality and demise. He said his wife was taking it hard. 

He said that he wakes up Happy each day and has had such a Blessed Life. I expressed that same sentiment myself, that each waking day and moment is a True Gift. We need to make the most of each day. Any of us can be taken before tomorrow arrives, diagnosis or prognosis or what.

I let him know that I will Pray for him. We talked a little about religion, faith, God, Spirituality, and he opened up on some of his Beliefs. I tried to reassure him, as best as I could that Life and Love are Truly Eternal, and that only One here in the Universe will ultimately decide when it is our Time to Return to Him. No disrespect to any physician, diagnosis, or prognosis. We all need Hope to not only Survive, but Thrive in the Ephemeral Time any of us have left here.

For the first time, in twenty-one years of seeing him, I looked him directly in the eyes before we parted, and said, "I Love You brother..."

In the meantime, continue to talk with those who have departed this World. The Loved Ones. The Ones who are still connected to our Words. Our Thoughts. Our Emotions. Our Memories. For they surely will answer us in our Times of Need.

In the sudden Breeze. The soft cooling tingling Light Rain. The animated excited Chirping of Birds. The unseen Loving Embrace, not felt physically, but felt Emotionally with the sudden outpouring of Tears. The fluttering Butterfly that makes its appearance just at the Right Time. That is Them. That is Us. That will be Me.  Showing My Undying and Eternal Love for You...

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hula...


Hawai'i...


Welo...


Heritage...