Good-bye 2019, hello 2020

31 12 2019

WAIMĀNALO — We came to Joe and Girly’s on New Year’s Eve again this year. Ono grinds, kanikapila with friends in the garage, and fireworks display from the backyard. It’s perfect.

Their dog Izzie waited and ran back and forth with each of the loud booms from late afternoon and into the night.

Izzie

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Aloha,
Rebekah





Winter holiday fun

19 12 2019

Nohea Gallery at Kahala Mall called me again this year. It’s been a steady stream of customers and onlookers at this beautiful place of handmade things by local artists. Mostly I am a gift wrapper, but I can show you around, too. Owner Laurie Baron has asked me for some wreaths, a freshly made product I will bring to the store on Monday afternoon for buyers. I’ll be doing a demo between 4 and 6 p.m.

Everytime I’m on the floor, I see something new on display. Believe me, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for your family and friends, or for yourself. Come down to see us and say, “HI!”

Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa!

~ Rebekah

 





Artist, age 8

22 11 2019

The artist

Mr. Nowack’s Second Grade Class at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Oahu, held a special art show this morning. Our beautiful granddaughter Perrin was excited to show us her masterpiece. She has been talking about it for some time.

The work is entitled “Nine Puppies” and was inspired by Andy Worhol’s art, she said. She was the only student who made use of a computer app—Procreate App.

Inspiration and technique

“Nine Puppies” by Perrin

Other works of hers included a mask, a self portrait, “Hot,” and a miniature easel.

Mask by Perrin

Self portrait, Perrin, Nov. 2019

“Hot” by Perrin

Miniature painting on a miniature easel

 

We found Perrin’s explanation of cool colors amusing.

We are so grateful for the school’s emphasis on the arts. You can tell from the photo that the teachers love what they do. Perrin said all three teachers are in the classroom at the same time.

 

From l to r: Papa, Perrin, and Dad

I overheard Perrin’s mom say she would frame “Nine Puppies.”

Perrin, I am very proud to be your Popo. Good job!

~ 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.





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!





Congratulations to the Class of 2019

26 05 2019

Across America families are celebrating the graduation of young people from schools and colleges. Commencement ceremonies for The Kamehameha Schools take place today, and my friends the parents of Punia Sonoda-Pale wisely selected last night to throw him a party. This is how it’s done in Hawaii!

One of the nice touches were the lighted table centerpieces handcrafted by Punia’s family and friends. So clever and creative! Here is the graduate decorated with flower lei.

Punia Sonoda-Pale

I mua! Go forth!





Today’s menagerie

9 05 2019

These four creatures have names and depend on the people for food, so I guess they are ours: Massimo, JJ, The Fat Dove, and Willy the Peacock.








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