Yearly Archives: 2011

On The Road Again.

I am told that there is a distance of 26,000 miles around the Earth’s equator – that dead center mark among the latitudinal grid lines we studied back in fourth grade.  We, who live in proximity of that equator, tend … Continue reading

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Dependency.

We have a dear friend who is a native Quechua Indian from Ecuador.  Quite some time ago now, he asked in his delightful English via Spanish accent:  “Do you know how you know that you are getting old?”  And then … Continue reading

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Change We Choose Not To Believe In.

We’ve been off Island long enough to see (without blinders) the changes. After fifteen months away, it has felt important in these past months to explore our old haunts, to revisit the paths we’ve walked together for fourteen years, the … Continue reading

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The Demise of All Empire.

When I first joined lives with ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani, almost fourteen years ago now – and I heard this aboriginal Hawaiian speak of the historic take-over (gun held to the head of Queen Lili’uokalani) and the imposition of American ‘ownership’ … Continue reading

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“I’m Not Important.”

I want to speak about our friend Francis Xavier Warther – and I want to speak about a great deal more as well. Francis Warther, now crowding ninety years old, grew up in my hometown – Baltimore. His childhood and … Continue reading

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Dueling Books.

‘Iokepa and I have been blessed with emails from innumerable thoughtful and generous readers of Grandmothers Whisper.  The most commonly recurring descriptive words have been:  “Inspiring…authentic…and courageous.” We hear those words in this way:  The authentic aboriginal Hawaiian culture is … Continue reading

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The Story of Our Borders Bookstore. It is the Story of Hawai’i.

I do understand the possible bewilderment engendered staring at the title over this page.  What on earth does the now-defunct bookstore chain have to do with the nation of Hawai’i?  I will digress. The Story of Our Borders Bookstore. There was … Continue reading

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Welcome Home Kanaka Maoli??

There are two distinctly competing versions of this story.  Both are equally true. In both stories, ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani and I have just returned home this week to Kaua’i –  the Northwest-most Island in the Hawaiian archipelago – after more … Continue reading

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A Book Review for Grandmothers Whisper

In early April we met the editor of a Virginia business magazine over lunch in Roanoke, Virginia.  Unexpectedly, three full months later –  on the very day we arrived home to Hawai’i – this book review greeted us.  We thought … Continue reading

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Grandmothers Whisper Wins the ‘Best of Year 2011 Visionary Award’!

Like all stories, this one has a beginning, a middle and an end. After thirteen years of writing and rewriting, Grandmothers Whisper found its way to a book that you could actually buy and hold in you hands last Thanksgiving.  … Continue reading

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