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!



Home for the holidays

13 12 2022

Baked dozens of cookies, trimmed the tree, sang carols of joy in choir, and started wrapping gifts.

Now DH, JJ and I are enjoying some quiet days until Christmas morning when we’ll call on Mom Ivalee and hanai sister Ruth, and neighbors later in the day. 

Our kids and moʻopuna have plans to be in California with their other grandparents, so we’ll celebrate Christmas with them in January.

Oops! I almost forgot—that means Massimo, a.k.a. Trouble, will be at our house for the holidays!

Have a Merry Christmas, studio fans! Be well.


My friend Cynthia

24 07 2022


My friend Cynthia has a good eye for design. She hosted a July birthday party for three pals in her back garden — an immaculate lawn bordered with edible crops. One corner is a welcome meditation space under a pergola with tasteful outdoor furniture. What’s your mood today?






Lemon grass


Dragon fruit




Sweet potato


Rebekah, Emma, Cynthia, Lori


Be well. ~ Rebekah

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

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