Memorable weekend with old friends

19 06 2022

In early June I was invited to fly with classmates and spouses to Volcano, HI, in advance of our high school reunion on Oʻahu. We rented a five-bedroom ”cabin,” in the ʻōhiʻa forest, and it was stocked with everything you needed and didn’t know you needed. So very tasteful! We had a wonderful, mellow time. We played and sang music all day long, and there was always someone in the kitchen preparing food.

L to r: Girly, Dee, Davolyn, Nancy and Rebekah
Me with a ti leaf decoration I made for the koa table. Dietrich Varez prints on the wall. (Photos courtesy of Joann Kaakua)

When it was time to leave, we telephoned the owner to thank her. She replied she was putting the place on the market, but first she would sell the furnishings separately—all except the Dietrich Varez prints. Darn it! Those were the pieces I wanted!

Oh, well.

Be well.


In solidarity with Ukraine

28 02 2022

Praying for peace. Look for and thank the helpers. Love,


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!



8 01 2022

E holomua kākou! Let’s make progress!

What’s missing from this photo are the several birds that flew by my window and their morning matin.

My weekly Hawaiian language classes start up again this morning. I enjoy being the student. The papa (class) usually starts with ”Heaha ka mea hou?”, what’s new?

Well, we are still having class via Zoom, and we are starting to read and translate nā piliolana, biographies. After several years, the focus is on reading aloud and fluid pronunciation. I think singing Hawaiian songs most of my life and the love of Hawaiian music in my family was/is an advantage, as it comes easily to me. This morning’s tribute is to the late Bina Mossman, whose legacy includes well-known music compositions including ”Niu Hao Hao,” ”He Ono,” ”Ka Pua Uʻi,” ”Stevedore Hula,” ”Hele Au I Kaleponi,” ”Kuʻu Lei,” ”Mapuana Kuʻualoha,” and “Laʻelaʻe.”

E kanikapila kākou! Let’s make music to help us progress.

~ Rebekah

Welcome 2022

31 12 2021

Last year was quite a year, wasn’t it? While we may have lost friends and relatives, we will not be sad for too long, because the new year has blessings for us. We used to set new year’s resolutions. Then there were affirmations. This year I would like to suggest setting intentions. Here are mine, on a vision board reminiscent of a bubble chart. You can make one, too, as fancy or as unfancy as you like. Here is my vision board.

Gratefully yours, and with love,


Rebekah’s vision board

Merry 2021 Christmas!

24 12 2021

We wish you a safe and happy holiday with you and yours, wherever they may be.

Rebekah, DH, and JJ in Kaaawa, Hawaii

Countdown to Christmas

18 12 2021

“Did your mom always give you a birthday party?” I asked Pete, because he was born on December 20, so near to Christmas. “Always,” he said. And tonight we will celebrate a big birthday with dinner for eight. This begins our December holiday season.

Actually, it started on the 16th when high school friends and The Band Tantalus augmented by Ned on second guitar and Wendall on keyboard came over sing “carols at the spinet,” so to speak, to play music or kanikapila as we say in Hawaiian.


Tonight is the birthday dinner at home. Three other couples are coming, meaning table settings for eight. We will sing again, I’m sure. Four are choristers eager to practice Handel’s “Messiah.” Two of us will sing sections of it Sunday evening with our community choir at our director’s home. It is a performance for ourselves, unless the plan changes at the last minute. This year we are mindful of the pandemic viruses.

Monday, Pete’s actual birth-DAY, our two granddaughters come over for the whole day. They are on winter break from school. We’re baking sugar cookies (easy peasy with store-bought refrigerated cookie dough) and making fresh Christmas garlands.

For Christmas Eve day, a friend is hosting a party for another friend whose birthday is coming up. Party, party!

Looking at the Christmas tree, I see presents await. That’s the countdown to Christmas Day!



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