The story of the peacock

20 05 2020

Willy

Aloha mai e studio fans ~

Today I publish for the first time “The Story of the Peacock.” I was given an assignment in my Hawaiian language class to write a story, or mo‘olelo, using action verbs in the past and present tense. I wrote it in English first. When I translate it I must follow a certain sentence pattern and avoid the verbs “to be” and “to have,” so it will not be word for word.

“The Story of the Peacock” isn’t very sophisticated, in my opinion, so I think it will make a good illustrated children’s story. Several years ago I designed bilingual books (Hawaiian/English) for an early education program. This might be a good addition to the library.

The End. Copyright 2020 Rebekah Luke

~ Rebekah





Happy Mothers Day!

10 05 2020

“Tiare in a Royal Cup,” oil on canvas by Rebekah Luke

Since the 2020 coronavirus season began, approximately, I have published to my Facebook wall one artwork of mine per day. This is fine-art posting #36, “Tiare in a Royal Cup.” Many pieces of this historical China pattern used by The Royal Hawaiian Hotel found their way to thrift shops. One time I saw a sample in a display case along the hotel corridor on the way to the Surf Room. A tiare, or Tahitian gardenia, found its way to my souvenir teacup. This painting is in my own collection. I wish Happy Mothers Day greetings to everyone! ~ Rebekah





A pause to enjoy the fruits of my labor

24 03 2020

Many weeks ago I was interviewed by a Japanese magazine about my art. The editor, local translator, photographer, and I met at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden, a scenic and photogenic spot in windward Oahu.

Impression Gold was planning an issue entitled “Hawai’i the Door to the Art Resort” for American Express card members. For me, it was a unique experience. Usually I am the one writing the stories and making the images.

Today I went to the post office to fetch mail. (Everyone is being careful to avoid the coronavirus.) What a surprise to receive a complimentary copy of the magazine with a two-page spread about me, my hand-dyed tissue paper collages, and my oil paintings. How exciting! I only wish I could read Japanese. Can you?

 

Many thanks to editor Mr. Yoshiaki Nimura and team.

~ Rebekah





Ke aloha nō! Greetings!

22 03 2020

From my garden to brighten our day





From icky to humorous; a Hawaiian language lesson

3 03 2020

In papa ʻŌlelo (Hawaiian language class) we are learning about possessives as well as how to build sentences, being mindful of verb tenses. I offered a descriptive sentence from a real-life experience that kumu Keoua Nelsen had fun with:

There was a dead rat in the glove compartment of my car.

Ahahaha!

Translation: There are some dead rats in our car! How many dead rats are in your car? 7 dead rats! Oh, really?! Best that you swap for a new car!

Don’t worry. We cleaned it out!

~ Rebekah

P.S. The Hawaiian for glove compartment is “ka pahu mikilima,” literally “the mittens box.”





My choral (and) conducting gurus

28 01 2020

Mark Hayes with me and Rev. Danette Kong in the pink lei

This past weekend I attended a three-day choral music workshop by well-known pianist-composer Mark Hayes. Keawalaʻi Congregational Church at Mākena, Maui, founded in 1832, was the venue.

My takeaway, literally, was a folio of sacred and secular music and a series of published articles on how to improvise at the piano. I later found all of the “Improv Notes” on the www.markhayes.com website. One can download them for free.

I am reminded of other times in Honolulu and at Cannon Beach, OR, when I was fortunate as a chorister to sing under the baton of Rodney Eichenberger who is associated with Florida State University. He has coined the motto “what they see is what they get.” I found a Facebook page named “The Rodney Eichenberger Cult.” Indeed, he has a following!

I mined the internet and found “The Life and Philosophy of Choral Conductor Rodney Eichenberger, Including a Detailed Analysis and Application of His Conductor-Singer Gestures” by Adam Jonathan Con. The preview of the book at books.google.com is a fine description.

I’m now inspired to sing in a spring concert with my group, the Windward Choral Society, this February 9, at 4 pm, at St. John Vianney Parish in Kailua, Oahu. We will be singing African-American, spiritual, and gospel numbers. Susan McCreary Duprey directs.

The best part of the weekend on Maui was meeting up with my cousins Rev. Danette Kong, who is the music director at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church, and Steven Lum and Prince Steven who came from Oahu and joined us at this beautiful spot.

Looking toward East Maui from Mākena

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church

L to r: cousins Steven, Prince, Rebekah, and Danette

~ Rebekah





Not exactly a hurricane

13 01 2020

Stormy-weather view, still gorgeous. (Photo by the author)

KAAAWA—The weather dominates the news this week. I don’t recall a wet season this bad; it seems to get worse each year. Extreme wind and rain reminiscent of a hurricane has downed trees, caused the ocean tide to deposit sand on Kamehameha Highway, and raised hopes of school children for no school.

All we can do is wait for the sun to dry things out so we can begin the clean up. It looks like residents like us will have to do it themselves because professional yard services are booked. Ours is not the only community with weather-related challenges, yet I thought of sharing some views to remind folks to travel with caution.

Road crews standby amid sand-covered highway at Kaaawa Beach Park.

Some of the debris at the high tide line on what used to be green lawn. Too much plastic.

Approaching Kaaawa Elementary School and looking toward Kaaawa Valley

Unstable atmosphere

Ebb tide

Stay safe, everyone!

~ Rebekah








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