Spring equinox 2019 update

20 03 2019

Greetings, studio fans ~

What’s happening? For me, Spring is better than welcoming a new calendar year. I like to survey the garden around the house as well as the garden in my mind. It’s a time for trimming, plucking, and weeding out the old; and for planting new, more desirable seeds.

This morning I tended the basil, pinching off the flowers from most of the sweet herb because I want to use it instead of letting it go to seed. I left some of the flowers on the plant for the bees. Everyday I check the side yard to see if any of the avocados from my neighbor’s tree have fallen, and to pick up and toss old breadfruit leaves from the ground. I strip off the bottom layer of all the ti leaf plants that I’ve cultivated mostly to make lei. The kou tree, planted for its shade and orange lei flowers, makes a lot of rubbish with its palm-size leaves and ball-bearing-like seeds, so there’s raking to do. Looking up, I see the avocado tree is finally flowering!

Actual Ma‘afala breadfruit tree

Then, I’m revisiting the studio’s purpose “Old-fashioned letters, painting & healing.”

Letters. I’m honored to be invited to coach the Ko‘olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club members tomorrow night in writing autobiography. I intend it to be a fun activity as we write individual anecdotes and craft pretty booklets. I have chosen as jumping off points these questions: “What was your best birthday?”  “Who is your strangest family member?” “What is your greatest fear about falling in love?” “What is the craziest thing you have ever done?” And then for the brave, “How?” and “Why?”

Painting. My collage group (painting with hand-dyed paper) is exhibiting its artworks the month of April starting April 3 in the main gallery at the visitor center of Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden, on Luluku Road in Kaneohe, Oahu. I’ve agreed to design the look of the “Collages & Clay” that also includes ceramics. I’ll draw on the memory of observing how Susan Rogers-Aregger and Noreen Naughton placed pieces for a show.

Hand-dyed paper collage of breadfruit leaves by Rebekah Luke

Healing. It has been exciting to teach, attune, and certify five new Reiki Masters and Reiki Master Teachers. The Reiki Intensive training spands eight days, with the current program ending next Sunday with “Journey into Mastery.” I am team teaching with Reiki Master Teacher Lori A. Wong. I am reminded that “Yes! I am a Reiki Master!”

 

Aloha,

Rebekah

 





Art at Kapalawai Cafe and Deli

1 03 2019


Kalapawai Cafe and Deli, at 750 Kailua Road in Kailua town, Oahu, is exhibiting six of my original paintings currently. They are in the back on the way to the patio and decorating the hallway walls by the restrooms. I like that they are away from the kitchen in a day-lighted area where viewers can linger and not bother customers at tables.


Kapalawai Cafe and Deli is just that—a small, trendy island eatery with a bakery, deli, and drinks. Eat in or take out is your choice.
This is the first time I have hung my work in a restaurant. The feeling early in my career was that people go to restaurants to eat, not to buy art. We’ll see. The daytime manager was a pleasure to work with. Additionally, the prices of the paintings are reduced from the original amounts.

Please consider stopping in this month to feed your tummy and your soul.
Rebekah





Announcement: Sign up for the Unlimited Reiki System of Natural Healing

11 02 2019
Reiki Master Teachers Rebekah Luke and Lori A. Wong are set to offer Reiki Intensive classes on March 17 and March 24, 2019, both Sundays during Spring Break, at Rebekah’s healing space in Kaaawa, Oahu. Both women are certified independent Reiki masters from Dr. Mikao Usui through Mrs. Hawayo Takata.

You are invited to learn the “Unlimited Reiki System of Natural Healing” to help heal, harmonize, and balance the mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Reiki is the universal life force energy found in all living things. Please share this notice with your friends who may be interested in the training, too, and we can have a larger class.

Classes are as follows:

     REIKI LEVEL I (Healing on the Physical Body Level, Yourself & Others)—March 17, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     REIKI LEVEL II (Healing on the Mental and Emotional Levels, Distance Healing) and REIKI LEVEL III (Master Certification; Teacher Certification)—March 24, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Both classes will be held at 51-151 Kaaawa Park Lane, Kaaawa, HI 96730.
Tuition of $150 for each class is payable in advance, and it includes training, materials, initiation, attunements, and certification. Lunch and healthy snacks will be served.
To register, please phone or text Rebekah at 808 220-9642 or reply to rebekahluke@hawaii.rr.com by the end of February 2019. Send a deposit check of $50 to be applied to your tuition by February 28 to Rebekah Luke, P.O. Box 574, Kaaawa HI 96730. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. When you have registered, you will receive a confirmation by email.
In gratitude,
Lori A. Wong and Rebekah Luke

 





Gau recipe

6 02 2019

Kung Hee Fat Choy, studio fans! Here is the recipe for Chinese Gau, compliments of my Aunty Yun. My company Chong Hee Books published it in Everyone, Eat Slowly: The Chong Family Food Book.

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Art in the garden extraordinaire

29 01 2019

 

Creator Ira Ono has put together the most charming fine arts gallery in a garden I have ever seen. A friend insisted on taking me there today. Now I agree it’s a must see when you visit Volcano on Hawaii island, where I happened to be for a high school class reunion.

The place is called Volcano Garden Arts and Cafe Ono. I was first attracted to the whimsy of interesting objects d’art mixed within the landscape, such as the colorful tea garden.

A pair of extra large blue-and-white pots stand like sentinels at the beginning of a path

Ono Tea Garden

Nearby, a small clearing ringed with mature pines offers a meditation space with a wooden bench at one edge and an altar at the opposite end.

Other sculpted figures provide additional oriental touches.

Large prayer flags decorate a secluded space for a luncheon or tea.

Mister Rabbit

Bird house spigot

Umbrella-ed tables

Two different lizards

    Miniature succulents

Besides the garden there is an indoor space selling fine art by local artists—2D, jewelry, glass, textiles, an array of gift items. I ran into Ira Ono himself, and we had a delightful conversation that ended with him offering to rep me and my hand-dyed tissue paper collages. The artist has good taste.

~ Rebekah





Teacher turned student

15 01 2019

    “Lava Flows to the Sea” by Rebekah

Some friends asked me at the beginning of the new year, are you teaching now? Well, the short answer is no. There is nothing scheduled.

At the current exhibit of my large hand-dyed tissue paper collages, another local artist struck up a conversation, admiring the work and explaining that he was unfamiliar with the art medium. He said he would like to learn how to do it, to add to his skills in oil, acrylic, and water color. He was sure he would have to pay some money for lessons. Did I teach it?

I said my teachers were the late Gloria Foss and the late Susan Rogers-Aregger. I was among the next “generation,” but I am not teaching the method, I said. He said I was being selfish. That remark was hard to hear. I’m reflecting on it.

So, if I’m not teaching, what am I doing? I am studying voice, hoping to continue singing as a chorister, and attending Hawaiian language classes. In other words, I am a student.

Having reflected on “selfishness,” I’ll share that there is a scheduled program of tissue dying and collage making by the students of Foss and Rogers-Aregger. Interested persons may come to simply observe or pay fees to participate in the art making. 

The following Tuesdays in 2019 for collage workshop at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center:

January 15, 29

February 12

March 12, 26

April 9, 23

May 14, 28

June 11, 25

July 9, 23

August 13, 27

September 10, 24

October 8, 22

November 12

The following dates in 2019 for tissue dyeing at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center:

February 23 (tie dyeing fabric on February 24)

March 2 and 3

Contact Peggy Hoefer at go_hoefers@hawaii.rr.com for more information.

If you go: “Fiery Volcano Collages and Doodles” by Rebekah Luke and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa runs until Jan. 27, 2019, at the Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center  Lecture Room, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.





A menu worth repeating

7 01 2019

Oh, the food! Does the food make the party? In the case of last Saturday’s art show opening, yes! Kealoha and Kahikionaokalā Domingo of Nui Kealoha caterers outdid themselves with its farm-to-table menu, supplemented with basic additions of punch and cookies made by me.

Here we share the Nui Kealoha’s menu for the January 5 “Fiery Volcano Collages & Doodles” and the recipes for the cookies and punch, giving credit to their origins. Easy peasy and refreshing.

Kids loved these as well as seedless grape clusters on the side. Take precaution with grapes, a possible choking hazard, for very young children. For the punch, look for a ginger ale without high fructose corn syrups at the store.

Clockwise from lower right: classy menu, poke ʻulu, koʻele pālau tartlets, burnt ʻuala canapé.

 

I found the recipe for chocolate cookies on the back of the Western Family Baking Soda box.

 

Punchbowl recipe by my cousin Elly. From Everyone, Eat Slowly: The Chong Family Food Book (Chong Hee Books, 1999)

Enjoy!
~ Rebekah








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