Yearly Archives: 2007

Exclusion or Inclusion?

Last summer ( it seems years ago), ‘Iokepa wrote the words for this website. He wrote: “If you have a single drop of native Hawaiian blood, we invite you to join the conversation.” The aboriginal Hawaiians never judged their relationship … Continue reading

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In the Heart of Dixie

We are in Southwestern, Virginia, and for me–who reared young sons in Roanoke from 1986 to 1994–it is a coming home. Nowhere are people more compassionate, less likely to erect barriers to intimacy–or more falsely maligned–than in the heart of … Continue reading

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A Very Different Ocean.

It was nearing our wedding anniversary; we were travelling in the thick of the Eastern Seaboard, and we tried to conjure up what might be the best gift we could offer one another–and ourselves. The answer was obvious. What we … Continue reading

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A Note of Gratitude.

If Return Voyage is an outrigger canoe, you, dear friends, are the wind in its sails. If Return Voyage is the grand metaphor for our individual search for authenticity and meaning, you dear supporters are the concrete, literal fact of … Continue reading

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The Written Word Versus the Oral One.

It did not feel good,” Maxine Hong Kingston wrote in Hawai‘i One Summer, “To be a writer in a place that is not a writing culture, where written language is only a few hundred years old.” The rich oral traditions … Continue reading

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The Power of Words…a Digression

We spent a titillating evening at Poets House in New York City. These rooms, in downtown Manhattan, have served as a gathering, reading, and writing space for three generations of America’s most talented. This night, the Spring Street address was … Continue reading

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Moving Mountains

We have been in New York City for the past week, and we are loving the concentration and intensity of creative energy on this other Island. A new friend, in casual conversation, brought up the historic and current plight of … Continue reading

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Please…It’s Your Turn, Add Your Stories…

Give us a break. We know full well you are out there because our wonderful son, Sam, in Baltimore (he’s our computer-savvy guide through these techno jungles) has added a statistic counter to our website and to this Ever Changing … Continue reading

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Pure Science Meets Pure Spirit

Perhaps, nine years ago now, we were camping (actually, living in a tent) at Kaheka–the Salt Pans Park– on Kaua’i, when we met Lou. Over these past ten years, we have met hundreds of visitors to the Island, at that … Continue reading

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On the Theme of Oppression?

I continue to be amazed by the unforeseen sources of support for Return Voyage. I could not have predicted the non-Hawaiian hearts that ‘Iokepa’s message–the native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual message–would touch. But I should have. After all, the authenticity … Continue reading

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