Thanks again!

17 10 2019

Ten years since 2009 and 83,000 visitors since opening day. Thank you so very much for supporting my blog Rebekah’s Studio. Old-fashioned letters, paintings, and healing. Welcoming you from Kaʻaʻawa, Oʻahu, Hawaiian Islands.

I have written about many topics. Enter the subject of your interest into the Search Box. ~ Rebekah





Acknowledging Indigenous Peoples Day

14 10 2019

My haʻawina hale (homework) for papa ʻŌlelo (Hawaiian language class) was to write down my moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) starting with my maternal grandmother. I think it is fitting that I share it on Indigenous Peoples Day. Each of us is indigenous to somewhere. I believe my ancestors were indigenous to China and the Hawaiian Islands.





“Our” shama thrush

17 09 2019

The fauna that Hawaii can claim is the variety of birds. Lately, a shama thrush has been visiting our small water fountain to take a bath. We know it’s here by its “tsk tsk” song. Other songs are more melodic.

    Shama thrush at Makaua, Oahu




Flora and fauna

30 08 2019

Good morning, studio fans! Look what greeted me when I woke up: a pair of doggies and fresh blooms of white ginger.

JJ and Massimo

Amongst the red ti

Ahh, it’s a wonderful start of a successful day. On the calendar are finishing up one final volcano collage for my exhibit, a voice lesson, and a “Pau Hana” happy hour at my friend Kathryn’s. Hey, it’s Aloha Friday!

~Rebekah 





A party with my cousins

18 08 2019

Waking up the morning after and recalling so many moments of yesterday, challenged to name the best of them, I settled on the cliché “A good time was had by all.” The occasion was a reunion of about 45 Chong cousins, including partners, from my mother’s side of the family. My mother was the youngest of 13 who lived to adulthood. We descend from Chong How Fo and Pan Siu Chin who met in an orphanage in China.

Aunty Rosa, widow of Kim Kiu was the sole representative of the 2nd generation (who came to Hawai‘i from China) and the only one still living because Kim Kiu married her when she was comparatively younger. And it was fun to see the youth of the 5th generation.

The photos I’m sharing here were made by Jerome Osurman. Thank you, Jerome! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Cousins gather for a lunch at the Kalihi Union Church Welcome Center in Honolulu.

On-screen interviews with small groups will be edited into a new video to come.

Hula maidens Meilin and Kiri. Hula dancer Verdine is on the screen. A video of past family reunions played throughout the day.

Unique table centerpieces composed of a ti-leaf-and-pink-ginger table wreath around a goodie bag of peanut sesame candy and colorful shrimp chips. Note individual favors.

Ashley, Kiri, and Larry peruse the table of door prizes.

Kiri draws the family tree of her grandparents’ clan.

Titus and Rebekah tell viewers it’s time for the younger generation to embrace the “torch.”

5G members Jayson and Aaron

Cousin Laurie, our chief planner extraordinaire

Rebekah (that’s me) offers grace.

A good time was had by all!





My Hawaiian volcano collages

14 08 2019

LouisPohl A new exhibit of my art opens on August 27 and extends to September 27, 2019, at LouisPohl Gallery on Bethel street in downtown Honolulu. I’d love to see you at the reception on First Friday evening of September 6. Home-baked chocolate cookies!

News photographs of the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano inspired me to create images in collage. I decided to go big and abstract like the feeling I have when I think of Hawaii the big island. My original collection included pieces depicting the captivating orange fire of Pele, and happily those pieces are now in private residences. The remainder of the tissue paper paintings is in comparatively quieter colors. For unity I have created a new piece entitled “Crater View” in muted tones especially for this exhibit.

Love, Rebekah





Kū Kia‘i Mauna

18 07 2019

Stand, protectors of Mauna Kea.  Eo!

In my head and in my heart all day long is the ho‘ōho (call) of “Kū Ha‘aheo E Ku‘u Hawai‘i,” a contemporary Hawaiian anthem composed by Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/mkjSeDhpcRs

Kū ha‘aheo e ku‘u Hawai‘i

Mamaka kaua o ku‘u ‘āina

‘O ke ehu kakahiaka o nā ‘oiwi o Hawai‘i nei

No ku‘u lahui e hā‘awi pu a i ola mau

 

Stand tall my Hawai‘i

Band of warriors of my land

The new dawn for our people of

Hawai‘i is upon us

For my nation I give my all so

that our legacy lives on

 

 








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