Yearly Archives: 2008

The President Elect, ‘Iokepa, and I…

President Elect Barak Obama, ‘Iokepa, and I shared a couple vacation nights together on the Island of O’ahu, on our way back to Washington state for the start of the second Return Voyage outreach; on his way back to an … Continue reading

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Security?

We–every last one of of us–build walls that we hope, pray, and assume, will protect us from life’s vicissitudes–from the winds of change. We call them:  Career,  Family, Home, Reputation, Insurance Policies (health, house, automobile, and more). We’ve heard of … Continue reading

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HOME.

We are grateful, indeed, for the loud, echoing voices of genuine friendship and loving support from across that Big Land:  “I imagine now the joy you are feeling to be home on your beloved Islands.”  And from within this Tiny … Continue reading

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Almost Home.

We sit now in the magnificent shadow of Mt. Rainier, in Western Washington. We have not seen the Paciifc Ocean in more than eleven months. Our airplane tickets are a reality–another miracle of generosity and support for Return Voyage. On … Continue reading

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Huliau–The Return Voyage, Indeed!

So, the Return Voyage metaphor turns literal today. This enormous expanse of continental United States lay now between ‘Iokepa, me–and home. Two twelve-hour days of driving–from Baltimore to Urbana, Illinois, and from there to Mitchell, South Dakota–are under our belts … Continue reading

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Ritual…Once Again.

I wonder aloud: “Is ritual, removed from the context of community, a distortion of the purpose of ritual?” Jews require a minyon–a community of ten–for most prayer and ritual. Kanaka Maoli gather into a communal circle for ho’oponopono. Is ‘Iokepa … Continue reading

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The Limits of Confidence

I am feeling–on this mid-summer, early morning–the refreshingly cool, crisp air in what, a bit later today, will feel like a wall of heat and humidity. I’m loving that breeze on my skin: It evokes, in a cellular way, childhood … Continue reading

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Ho’oponopono.

This heading is more than lovely Hawaiian word that rolls off the tongue like music. It is an even lovelier–or rather, a more potent–life changing, cultural mind-set, by which the kanaka maoli, the aboriginal Hawaiians, will potentially instruct the world. … Continue reading

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Ritual.

Within the next week, ‘Iokepa and I are heading to Nashville, Tennessee–with a purpose. That purpose is the celebration of the marriage of our son, Sam and our new daughter, Elizabeth. In many ways, this takes me into new territory–breaks … Continue reading

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What’s a Nice Jewish Girl…?

I realized (when I ended my last Ever-Changing Page entry, to my own surprise, with a Yiddish word) that the time has come to declare myself front and center. To answer the implicit (and often explicit) question: Why is a … Continue reading

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