Dreamy, heavenly, romantic

11 09 2022
Full moon with Jupiter

After a congratulatory Distinguished Service Awards Dinner meeting of the Honolulu Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League last night, an occasion of many speeches, a full moon lighted the way home. I awoke in the middle of the night remembering that my friend and table mates Becky and Susan asked me for a Hawaiian poem to read at a wedding. They wanted something that celebrates the love between two people.

My thinking box came up with “Lei Aloha, Lei Makamae” composed by Chas. E. King. It is not the over-sung Hawaiian Wedding Song duet, so we thought it would be perfect.

Stay in love!

~ Rebekah





You look familiar

28 08 2022
Do you know when you meet someone who looks familiar in one setting, and you don’t know why or can’t recall where you’ve bumped into him or her before? That happened to me last night at the thank-you party at Kaneohe Yacht Club with Lisa. We’d both come solo, so we shared an umbrellaed table. In July we made the lei for the Pacific Cup yachts that sailed from San Francisco to Kaneohe, the reason we were at the party. Then, after sharing our stories we realized we sing in the same choir on Oahu, the Windward Choral Society. In fact, at our last gig, we sang shoulder to shoulder in the alto section. We sure had a laugh about that one! Ahaha!

Windward Choral Society, artistic director Susan McCreary Duprey

Be well, and keep on singing!
Love,
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 





Crazy vs. calm

27 03 2022

As our island state opens up, the last one from COVID, I sense, a feeling of craziness out there on the roads away from our familiar bubble of home. We have forgotten how to act. For example, yesterday morning I attended the memorial service for my friend Piʻikea. We had waited two years to celebrate her life.

It did not occur to me to mingle as Pete and I looked about and then went to our car in the shade to partake of the lunch.

I am sure Piʻikea would forgive us, while saying, ”Dummy!”

The painting pictured is of Piʻikea’s taro garden. She was a high school special education teacher and used the loʻi as her outdoor classroom to help her students learn about life, the land, and growing their own food. Eia ka maia a ke kalo mai Luluku mai no Lono.

Rebekah





Stepping out again

18 02 2022

With pandemic numbers decreasing, I ventured out of my bubble yesterday to socialize by attending two in-person gatherings —a belated birthday lunch with my friends Lori and Yo, and a meeting of the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club.
Lori, a foodie and of a former restaurant conglomerate, knows the chef at Artizen and treated Yo and me with gift cards she wanted to use. I first met Lori at a Reiki workshop long ago where, I think, she took on the role of sous chef for the meals. I honestly don’t recall how I met Yo, perhaps through Lori, but we both spent our childhood in Wahiawa.

Me, Lori, and Yo

 

In the evening I attended the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club dinner meeting. It was very interesting with several guest speakers informing via Zoom on a large video screen.

Guest speaker on Zoom

Approximately a dozen club members were very polite, donning face masks except when eating and sitting five- or six-feet apart, although I am pretty sure we were all vaccinated. For a special treat, Jolene and Haleaha taught us how to fashion roses out of ti leaves.

Ti leaf rose

 

 

Some members of the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club who braved an in-person meeting and removed their face masks only for this image. I am not in the picture because I’m the photographer.


Someone doled out thoughtful parting gifts of COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests and hand sanitizer. I love my Hawaiian civic club.

Be well. Love,

Rebekah





Impressive impressions

10 02 2022

Gallery ʻIolani on the campus of Windward Community College in Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu, is the spacious venue dedicated to the current Windward Artists Guild exhibit. The entrance to the show space is from the lobby of Palikū Theatre.

“Impressions/Expressions” runs until March 4. I stopped by yesterday with a friend to take a look, and, wow, I am proud to be a member of this art group.

Many thanks to Antoinette Martin, the gallery director who designed the show, and to Lauren Faulkner, the awards juror.

More than 100 artworks from 38 people—both recognized professional artists and newcomers to the art community—are in the fine-art display.

An artists reception for the public is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 11. COVID vaccination protocols will be in effect.

Below are photos of pieces by me and my friends Dorothy Brennan and Bernadette Chan.

“Crater View” hand-dyed tissue-paper collage at right, by me.

Ceramic vases by Bernadette Chan

“The Committee” tissue-paper collage by Dorothy Brennan

 

I hope you will come to see the art show!

~Rebekah








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