Yearly Archives: 2014

The Sweet Everyday Oddities of Hawai’i.

Hawai’i is many things to many people.  To my parents back in the early ’60s, it was the most romantic interlude of their 58 year marriage.  (So much so, that when I broke my mother’s heart by falling in love … Continue reading

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“According to Its Nature…”

We are frightened of all the wrong things. We are terrified that we will die; we are afraid of how we will die.   Let me count the ways:  by cancer, by Ebola, by ISIL terrorists, by warring gangs on city … Continue reading

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The Only Way Back…

This is not going to be an easy story to tell.  Not easy because I might seem to be targeting our dearest friends, our most heart-felt supporters: the uniformly educated, caring progressive, environmentalists on our Island. These are Americans; many … Continue reading

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“When Does a Sovereign Hawaiian Get to Vote?”

Exactly as they’re doing elsewhere on the continent this week, here in Hawai’i Americans  are casting early-voting ballots in primary elections. We are voting for state offices – the governor, the legislature; we are voting for federal offices – the … Continue reading

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Please Read the Preceding Story First.

‘Iokepa and I have been gratified by the considerable response to the “Add Your Voice to the Cry for Freedom” essay that precedes this one on this page. From just one of our supporters in faraway Virginia: “My eyes were … Continue reading

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Add Your Voice to the Cry for Freedom.

Six months on the road – with our new book, The Return Voyage, in hand – we drove across that vast American continent, spoke out on behalf of my husband’s people.  We return home to witness the budding fruits of  … Continue reading

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“Oh The Places You’ll Go…”

Thanks to Doctor Seuss, when the calendar announces the annual cap and gown ceremonies, his classic book (named in the title of this essay) is easily the most down-right real graduation gift I can imagine.  I think of this now, … Continue reading

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A Final Comment to: “Something Powerful Is Happening in Hawai’i”.

It was our friend Phil, in Louisville, Kentucky, who read the earlier essay (below) and quoted Winston Churchill: “It’s not the end.  It’s not the beginning of the end.  It’s the end of the beginning.” With the ancestors’ guidance, we … Continue reading

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Something Powerful Is Happening in Hawai’i.

September will mark seven years since ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Īmaikalani and I took this low-tech, low-profile, ancestral-driven show on the road.  That is seven years since we packed up our ten years of grooming on the beaches of Hawai’i and took … Continue reading

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Guilt by Association.

Please join me here.  Follow my thoughts – the story trail – from the generic to the very personal. We humans make (what seem to be) reasonable assumptions about other people based solely on their chosen associates.  We assume that … Continue reading

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