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Monday, September 30, 2019

You...


Such Soft Beauty...
Smoldering Embers...
Of Desire Ignited...
In my Fragile Heart...
Simply Beholden...
Deliriously Enraptured...
By Sacred You...

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Kūlia...


Ahonui...


It has been just over 100 years...
Since you Departed this World...
Still Guiding...
Still Witnessing...
Still Supporting...
Still Loving...
Waiting Patiently...
For Us to Rise...
To Unite...
To Save Precious Beloved Hawai'i...
And the World...
So Here We Are...
And So We Shall...
Rise and Unite...
Love you...
To the Ends of the Earth...
And Far Beyond...

Ko'i...


Ola...


Ua Kapu Ke Ola Na Kāne...
Life is Sacred to Kāne...

Oli...


Hula Kāne...


Hula...


Love...


Hula at Kamananui...


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ho'olau Kanaka...


Hula...


Hula ākea...


'Ike Hula...


Simply Lovely...


Grace and Beauty...


Hula is Light...

Welo...


This past week I had the humble Honor once again to attend Fern Elementary's Founder's Day celebration honoring Joseph Fern. The first Mayor of Honolulu who successfully ran and was elected on multiple occasions, he was a kanaka who was well-loved and a great example of Aloha and diplomacy. Born in Kohala in 1872, he eventually succumbed to the ravages of Diabetes where he passed at Queen's Hospital in 1920.

Joseph lived during the most tumultuous times in the islands and through drastic changes in the political landscape. He was so well-loved that he was granted a state funeral and his body laid in the Throne Room at 'Iolani Palace.

I, as well as many others, were moved to tears to bear witness to the children of Fern Elementary pay tribute to this Beautiful Kanaka. With the Royal Hawaiian Band providing powerful performances, the children sang Hawaiian songs and danced hula in a Beautiful Tribute. 

To see so many Beautiful little faces. Hawaiian, Filipino. Samoan. Tongan. Fijian. Japanese. Chinese. Caucasian. Portuguese. Micronesian, and mixes of every ethnicity you can imagine at a school that serves many underprivileged and disadvantaged communities in the area, all singing Kū Ha'aheo and other powerful mele brought a deep sense of Healing and a most Powerful Sense of Hope in the Love that filled the school cafeteria.

The Unseen Ancestors of these children, of this Congregation of Beautiful Little Humanity also filled the cafeteria beaming with Heart-filled Smiles as they watched their Legacy, their mo'opuna, bind all with Love.

So truly humbled and grateful to Principal Glen Miyasato and Hawaiian Studies teacher Eric Wada, and all the faculty and staff who put so much effort into this yearly tribute which was resurrected several years ago at the school after many, many decades since the last Founder's Day programs.

It is Love and Aloha which binds the school. The students. The families. The underlying fabric of the Hawaiian culture. History. Values. The soft, yet resilient, shimmering Healing fabric of Aloha.

There in these little Hearts lay the Hope for the Future of our Precious Beloved Islands. Of our Precious Beloved World. And I have no doubt, that in a most Beautiful Place on the other side of the Veil, that Joseph Fern, and his kūpuna from time immemorial, quietly watched, finding their own Heavenly Healing, knowing that all of their suffering and sacrifices in their Lives, was so very worth it. So very, very worth it...

Aloha Kekahi i Kekahi...

Love One Another...

Chewiewok...


I made a new friend the other day walking past a telephone pole. His father is Chewbacca and his mother is an Ewok. His name is Little Chewiewok...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Breathe...


So Captivated...
And Enraptured...
By Beautiful You...
As Heaven and Earth...
Stand Still...
I Remind Myself...
To Simply Breathe...
Yet Once Again...

Monday, September 23, 2019

Maka...


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Ho'omana...


Night...


Night...
Quietly...
Softly...
Arrives...
Delivering...
Beautiful...
Fiery You...

Remnants of the Day...


Welo...


Heritage...

Hiwahiwa...


Beloved...

Hula Noho...


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hula...


Friday, September 20, 2019

'Ohana...


Hula is Love...


Blossoms...


The Lovely...
Precious...
Beautiful...
Blossoms...
Of Hula...

Hula Kāne...


Beauty and Grace...


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Crime and Punishment...


I remember telling my boys, Elliott and Koa, not to jump on the bed. I entered their bedroom because of raucous laughter. I took a photo of their disobedience not to encourage them, but to capture evidence for their eventual prosecution and trial. They both pled guilty and were sentenced to one week of no Teletubbies, and one week of eating Oreos only with Dad. That meant I broke the cookie apart and ate the half with the white cream. They got to eat the bare chocolate wafer half....

Love...


When the Snow Goddess...
Poli'ahu...
Loving and Tenderly...
Embraces...
Hāloa...

Take Flight...


Take Flight...
And Never...
Look Back...

Partake...


Remembering Uncle Henry Chang Wo, Jr...
Who Departed this World four years ago...
Here Offering a Ho'okupu and his Love to Lono...
In the time of Makahiki...
Now he sits with Lono...
And partakes of 'awa...
With Michael Kumukauoha Lee...
And Uncle Walter Kamana...
And Many Others...
Who Patiently Await our Sweet Reunions...
After Our Work Here is Done...
And Our Lessons Learned...
And Our Love Shared...
With Each Other...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Kūlia...


Monday, September 16, 2019

Remembering Hula at Kapalua...