Yearly Archives: 2008

The President Elect, ‘Iokepa, and I…

President Elect Barack 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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Elusive 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… more). We’ve  heard … Continue reading

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Home Again.

 Don’t get me wrong.  We are grateful for the loud, echoing voices of genuine friendship and loving support we’re hearing from across that big continent.  They say: “I can imagine the joy you’re feeling, home on your beloved Islands.” And … 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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Accepting Limits.

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

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Ho’oponopono.

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

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What’s a Nice Jewish Girl…?

I realized, when Yiddish words began to creep unconsciously onto our website, that the time has come to declare myself front and center. To answer the implicit (and often explicit) question: Why is a decidedly Jewish woman speaking on behalf … Continue reading

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Getting Older.

‘Iokepa and I have mothers on each coast of the American continent. They were both born in 1912. You do the math. (My mother still lies about her age–and she can easily get away with it.) We’ve called them the … Continue reading

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