My friend Cynthia

24 07 2022

So…

My friend Cynthia has a good eye for design. She hosted a July birthday party for three pals in her back garden — an immaculate lawn bordered with edible crops. One corner is a welcome meditation space under a pergola with tasteful outdoor furniture. What’s your mood today?

Breadfruit

Avocado

 

Pineapple

 

Lemon grass

 

Dragon fruit

 

Fig

 

Sweet potato

 

Rebekah, Emma, Cynthia, Lori

 

Be well. ~ Rebekah





Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch

9 07 2022


The Hawaii State Farm Fair down the highway at Kualoa Ranch goes on for one more day on Sunday. We ran out of energy earlier than in previous years, but not before scouring the plant booth for herbs, and the produce booth for bananas, tomatoes, and a pineapple.

We stood in a long line for fresh lemonade in a quart size Mason jar. We made the rounds in the agriculture exhibit tent. And we admired the 4-H farm animals.

Our grandkids are off island this summer, so we skipped the kiddie rides and the ponies. Finally, we headed home before any appetite lured us to the plate linch line; tacos seemed popular.

If you are on Oahu, you might consider taking in this rural experience.

Be well.

~Rebekah





Memorable weekend with old friends

19 06 2022

In early June I was invited to fly with classmates and spouses to Volcano, HI, in advance of our high school reunion on Oʻahu. We rented a five-bedroom ”cabin,” in the ʻōhiʻa forest, and it was stocked with everything you needed and didn’t know you needed. So very tasteful! We had a wonderful, mellow time. We played and sang music all day long, and there was always someone in the kitchen preparing food.

L to r: Girly, Dee, Davolyn, Nancy and Rebekah
Me with a ti leaf decoration I made for the koa table. Dietrich Varez prints on the wall. (Photos courtesy of Joann Kaakua)

When it was time to leave, we telephoned the owner to thank her. She replied she was putting the place on the market, but first she would sell the furnishings separately—all except the Dietrich Varez prints. Darn it! Those were the pieces I wanted!

Oh, well.

Be well.

~Rebekah





Punahou class reunion sweetness

14 06 2022

The Class of ’67 gathered for its 55th reunion this past weekend from Thursday through Sunday. Scheduled events included informational talks, a dinner for ourselves plus one guest each, the Alumni Luau for all alumni under a huge tent on Middle Field, and a potluck picnic at the beach at Bellows AFB. My contribution to the potluck was several home-baked mountain apple pies, my specialty.

My family was disappointed, thinking that there was no pie at home to enjoy. I surprised him with two pies that I baked this morning to freeze and enjoy later. That’s done!

Be well.

~Rebekah





Wow, it’s nearly summer!

22 05 2022

Massimo

June first is the last day of school, and as Massimo the long dog’s family has vacation plans away from home, he gets to stay at our house for about ten days. 

Meanwhile I’ve planned an off-island trip to Volcano for a rendezvous with my Punahou classmates. This is a big five-year reunion for us. We’re celebrating on two islands. It’s a tight group. The people I stay in contact with the most these days are from high school.

In my world, summer also means art.

  •  Nohea Gallery at Kahala Mall opens “Aloha ʻIa Nō Nā Koolau” exhibit on May 28 and invited three of my oil landscapes to be in the show.
  • “Collage and Clay” exhibit is on tap for June 3-25, at ARTS at Marks, Nuuanu avenue and Pauahi street, Honolulu, with a Meet-the-Artists Reception there from 2 to 5 pm, June 18.
  • Last but not least, I am teaching “How to Paint”—three subsequent courses, again, after my mentor Gloria Foss. Can’t wait.

Be well.

~Rebekah 





Morning gather

27 04 2022

I can’t help it. Every morning for years I have gathered kou flowers, and when the calamansi is bearing I pick those, too. I string the flowers into lei, and I make marmalade from the citrus. Today’s lei is for a friend who is leaving the Islands to work in Arizona. His last concert for a while that he will conduct here—the University of Hawaii Nā Wai Chamber Choir—is tonight. I will put up a couple jars of marmalade for later gift giving.

Be well. Your friend,

Rebekah





Who doesn’t tire of flowers?

12 04 2022

 

Kou
Lilikoʻi

I am lucky. Brilliant orange and purple blossoms from our kou tree and passion fruit lilikoʻi vine greet me every morning with the promise of flower lei for dearest friends, and fruit to eat and juice. The lei will dry nicely to a burnt orange and resemble  paper, lasting a while. I will use the lilikoʻi juice in dessert and beverage recipes.

Gratefully yours,

Rebekah








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