In solidarity with Ukraine

28 02 2022

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

Rebekah





Stepping out again

18 02 2022

With pandemic numbers decreasing, I ventured out of my bubble yesterday to socialize by attending two in-person gatherings —a belated birthday lunch with my friends Lori and Yo, and a meeting of the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club.
Lori, a foodie and of a former restaurant conglomerate, knows the chef at Artizen and treated Yo and me with gift cards she wanted to use. I first met Lori at a Reiki workshop long ago where, I think, she took on the role of sous chef for the meals. I honestly don’t recall how I met Yo, perhaps through Lori, but we both spent our childhood in Wahiawa.

Me, Lori, and Yo

 

In the evening I attended the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club dinner meeting. It was very interesting with several guest speakers informing via Zoom on a large video screen.

Guest speaker on Zoom

Approximately a dozen club members were very polite, donning face masks except when eating and sitting five- or six-feet apart, although I am pretty sure we were all vaccinated. For a special treat, Jolene and Haleaha taught us how to fashion roses out of ti leaves.

Ti leaf rose

 

 

Some members of the Koʻolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club who braved an in-person meeting and removed their face masks only for this image. I am not in the picture because I’m the photographer.


Someone doled out thoughtful parting gifts of COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests and hand sanitizer. I love my Hawaiian civic club.

Be well. Love,

Rebekah





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!

~Rebekah





King Kalākaua’s crown

31 01 2022
Kalākaua’s crown

In yesterday’s class taught by historian Ronald Williams about King David Kalākaua of Hawaiʻi, who reigned from 1874-1891, we learned about the coronation. It was an event to assert national independence around the world. The crown, a symbol of nationhood, originally was decorated with 192 small diamonds, 22K gold kalo (taro) leaves, emeralds, rubies, opals, and other gems. Gold-covered pearls from Scotland lead the eye to the top; eight lines of them represented the eight major islands of Hawai’i. I was impressed by the gold kalo leaves.

Gold-covered pearls

When the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893, many of the jewels were stolen out of the crown. They have since been replaced. Current visitors to Iolani Palace can see this crown.

~ Rebekah





Late to the party

30 01 2022
YOSHIKI

Thanks to PBS Hawaii I am a new fan of pianist-composer-drummer Yoshiki Hayashi. Last night I saw on TV the concert he played at Carnegie Hall last year, and I was enthralled. Why haven’t I heard of him until now? You may find him on YouTube. Bravo!!! Gratefully,

Rebekah

 





Enjoy going out again

19 01 2022

Recently during the pandemic environment I braved going out with friends in public. Not to bars or anything like that, but rather to open-air eateries. They were such enjoyable occasions. I rationalized, by this time most smart people are fully vaccinated with their booster shots, and only smart people go to (name of restaurant). 😉

The Chinese Lunar New Year starts in February, and I’d welcome another get-together for dim sum. Here’s a photo of ”The Jin Dui Sisters” that surfaced in my memories album from two years ago. What do you say? I think it’s time.

Jin Dui Sisters: Lori, Cynthia, me, Laverne and Emma

Kung Hee Fat Choy!

~ Rebekah





Prepping for ʻOnipaʻa

16 01 2022

January 17, 2022, marks 129 years since the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Following a scheduled Peace March in Honolulu that will end at Queen Liliʻuokalani’s statue, there will be a program of music and speeches throughout the afternoon on the grounds of Iolani Palace.

For Ka Lāhui Hawai’i Kōmike Kalai’āina Chair, Leiānuenue Niheu, “ʻOnipaʻa” is a unified call to the people of the sovereign Hawaiian nation to come together as one force, one will, and one people to resist the settler colonial establishment that governs our islands.”

The Onipa’a Peach March and Gathering annual event helps ensure that the great wrong that was done to Queen Lili’uokalani and the native people of Hawai’i by a small group of American businessmen on January 17, 1893 with the support of US Marines will never be forgotten, she said. 

My good friends, the ones you can always count on for help, came to my  studio today to make very large lei garlands to decorate Keliiponi Hale, the palace pavilion, for the big day. There, kamaʻāina and visitors alike may view a special memorial to native Hawaiian scholar, teacher, and activist Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask who passed over on July 3, 2021.
 
My friends Joe, Girly, Tom, Nancy, Gwen, and I gathered on the back deck to fashion seven lei, each 10 feet long. We had picked the plant material early in the morning—mostly sturdy green ti leaves.
 
Joe went to the pavilion yesterday and photographed it so we could have a better idea of the venue to be decorated.
Clockwise from upper left: Joe, Girly, Gwen, Rebekah, Tom, and Nancy beside the lei garland

Joe

Gwen

Girly

 

Nancy and Tom

I am so very thankful for my friends. As Joe says, an activity like this is better and more fun with a group.

~ Rebekah 

 








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