A roundup of edibles in my garden

26 09 2021

How does your garden grow? Do you know where your food comes from? In North America, the fall season is harvest time. My hubby Pete and his family harvested peaches, apples, tomatoes, and cucumbers; they ”put up” or preserved the surplus to eat later.

Here in the Islands, in our own small garden, we are thankful for these fruits and vegetables:

Ma’afala breadfruit
Starfruit (carambola)
Sweet potato
Noni (Morinda citrifolia)
Red hibiscus for tea
Haden mango
Lilikoʻi passion fruit
Kukui (candlenut) tree
Kukui nuts for ʻinamona

There you go! If you don’t have room for a garden, consider growing in pots, perhaps even a tray of herbs in your kitchen. Or you could go to the local farmers market and support a local grower. 👩‍🌾


Be well.

~ Rebekah

Holoholo ma Heʻeia Pier

20 09 2021

Taking the scenic route home north from Kaneʻohe along Kamehameha Highway on Oʻahu, I checked out Heʻeia Pier. Seemed like it was the same as always except for the operators of the open-air restaurant at the end. It’s been some years since our pal Mark Noguchi fed us there.

Kaneʻohe Bay view

On a quiet Monday morning there were a few customers ordering poke bowls, a couple of water craft going out to sea, a tour boat, a fishing boat, pole fishers, the mail carrier, and uncle already on his way home. So peaceful.

Mokapu Peninsula way out there


Good rules of the Pier

Recycle station

Coral Queen

Getting ready

Fuel dock

Going home

Have a good week, and be well.


My animal kingdom

24 08 2021

Six non-human creatures share our home, but family would argue there are seven. I am sure I have mentioned them from time to time, but today I’m rounding them up in a single post. By home I mean the property including house and garden.

The animals are Willy the neighborhood peacock, Snowball the cat from next door, the feral chickens, Big Fat Dove, the pigs who visit on the other side of the fence, and last but not least, JJ the family dog. Questionable is the Madagascar gecko.

Big Fat Dove
Our dog JJ

Ah, life in the country. Take care of the animals, and be well.

~ Rebekah

Lei-making technique for table decor

15 07 2021

Katrina and her mom want to make lei for a couple of yachts arriving at Waikīkī in the TransPac yacht race later this month, and they sought me for coaching. Coincidentally, I planned to fashion table decorations for the 97th Anniversary party of the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club tonight, so I suggested they watch me demonstrate the technique. We met under the gazebo at Kaneohe Yacht Club. The two took step-by-step photos and quizzed me about plant material.

The colors of the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club are green and yellow. (Katrina Molenda photo))
Light green ti leaves, Song of Singapore, and lime puff blossoms comprise this table decoration. I used 24-gauge paddle wire from a floral/craft supply store to fasten the material together.


Only a few summer fruits

11 07 2021

So far there are not many mangoes, avocados, passion fruits, breadfruits, nor calamansi in the garden this summer. Is the reason insects, weather, and/or lack of fertilizer? How many can you find in these photos?

Haden mango
Maʻafala breadfruit
Lilikoʻi (passion fruit)

I’m grateful, nevertheless.

Be well!



That was fun!

5 06 2021

Family and friends, art appreciators, customers, patrons, and angels attended the Opening Reception for the “Collage & Clay” exhibit, now showing through June 25, 2021, at The Arts at Marks Garage in Honolulu.

It was hosted by Dan Fox-Aregger in memory of his wife and my art teacher and mentor Susan Rogers-Aregger. Pianist Joerg Alfter entertained, and sales appeared to be brisk as the gallery staff continued to write up sales tickets.

Here are my paintings created with hand-dyed tissue paper.

“Lava Flows to the Sea” (top) and “Coconut Trees Backlit by Volcanic Glow” diptych (bottom)
Collage paintings and 3D works in clay comprise this colorful art exhibit.



Come to the show!

26 05 2021
Artworks will be on display through all of June.

My cohorts and I create paintings from hand-dyed tissue paper after our teacher the late Susan Rogers-Aregger. I am fond of the piece above entitled “Crater View” that I made of the volcano.

Artists, front L to R: Dorothy Brennan, Rebekah Luke, Florence Aoyama, Rob Boolukos. Back L to R: Joy Ritchey, Peggy Hoefer, Karen Kim, Maite Bonis, Faye Maeshiro

~ Rebekah

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