Yes, I’ll weave a lei for your boat

24 01 2023

On Chinese (Lunar) New Year’s Day, one is not to do any work, but I didn’t mind creating something new for a gentleman who asked if I could make a lei for his boat being launched that day.

I enjoy making fresh lei, and my crew and I have made scores of the garlands for yachts that have finished trans Pacific crossings.

So I gathered the materials from my garden: green ti leaves, alaheʻe (native mock orange), kupukupu fern, and cherry.

They didn’t really need any cleaning. A quick rinse with water and trimming off the stems from the ti was enough.

I made the lei wili style—“wili” means to wind—using 924 (24 gauge) paddle wire from the floral crafts store.

We had agreed on a price for an eight-foot length, but I wanted to use all the material I picked, so the lei became ten feet long.

It was a gorgeous January day, and I was able to meet the customer at 2 pm at the Kaneohe Yacht Club bar. “I’ll be the one with the big lei,” I said.

As you can see, the lei fit perfectly, and the customer gave me a tip. That’s what I mean by “gentleman.”

Welina mai kāua e “Seas the Day”! I hope you catch lots of fish!

Love,

Rebekah





Reunions

18 01 2023

This January has started out as reunion month. Besides my birthday, we celebrated my first cousin Ernie’s and his wife’s 50th anniversary, their son’s wedding, and the ʻOnipaʻa observance that was the 130th year since Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi was overthrown.


Birthday cake materialized at Orchids restaurant at the Halekulani resort hotel on Waikīkī Beach where my friend Lori took me. My hubby came home with a cute whole round cake. I felt too lazy to take up his offer to shop at Macy’s where there is a close-of-business sale, but I remedied that today when I bought a new outfit and cheerful new bed sheets.

Ernie and Karen were honored at a nine-course dinner at a Chinese seafood restaurant. They flew to Honolulu from Palm Springs for their Golden Anniversary.

The next day their son Geoffrey married Jennifer at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. Cocktails and dinner in the Maile Ballroom with slack-key guitar music by Harry Koizumi—oh la la!


Then yesterday I went to ‘Iolani Palace to meet up with hundreds of people in a peace march from the Royal Mausoleum to the Palace grounds.

We’re already almost three weeks into 2023! Let’s keep going!

Be well.

Rebekah





Ocean view

19 09 2022

Riding along in the passenger seat when heading North on Kamehameha Highway from Kahaluʻu to Swanzy Beach Park affords good views of the ocean, once past Ka’aʻawa Valley. Roll the window down for a clear camera shot and tradewinds that allow you to sniff the salty air.

Have a great day and be well! 

~ Rebekah





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





Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch

9 07 2022


The Hawaii State Farm Fair down the highway at Kualoa Ranch goes on for one more day on Sunday. We ran out of energy earlier than in previous years, but not before scouring the plant booth for herbs, and the produce booth for bananas, tomatoes, and a pineapple.

We stood in a long line for fresh lemonade in a quart size Mason jar. We made the rounds in the agriculture exhibit tent. And we admired the 4-H farm animals.

Our grandkids are off island this summer, so we skipped the kiddie rides and the ponies. Finally, we headed home before any appetite lured us to the plate lunch line; tacos seemed popular.

If you are on Oahu, you might consider taking in this rural experience.

Be well.

~Rebekah





Morning gather

27 04 2022

I can’t help it. Every morning for years I have gathered kou flowers, and when the calamansi is bearing I pick those, too. I string the flowers into lei, and I make marmalade from the citrus. Today’s lei is for a friend who is leaving the Islands to work in Arizona. His last concert for a while that he will conduct here—the University of Hawaii Nā Wai Chamber Choir—is tonight. I will put up a couple jars of marmalade for later gift giving.

Be well. Your friend,

Rebekah





Who doesn’t tire of flowers?

12 04 2022

 

Kou
Lilikoʻi

I am lucky. Brilliant orange and purple blossoms from our kou tree and passion fruit lilikoʻi vine greet me every morning with the promise of flower lei for dearest friends, and fruit to eat and juice. The lei will dry nicely to a burnt orange and resemble  paper, lasting a while. I will use the lilikoʻi juice in dessert and beverage recipes.

Gratefully yours,

Rebekah








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