Relaxation at Bellows Beach Park

5 09 2017

Bellows Beach Park at Waimanalo, Oahu, remains a favorite picnic venue for local folks. Here is my photo record of a most relaxing day with friends this Labor Day. Lucky we live Hawaii.

Joe and Girly’s gang at Bellows every Labor Day and Memorial Day. It’s a standing invitation. Sun, surf, shade, barbecue, libations, music all day long.


The Moku Lua punctuate tints of veridian, cobalt, and ultramarine of the sea and sky.


Restful tideline

Bodysurfing anyone?


Bellows is popular with families.




The view toward Makapu‘u with skies so clear we could see Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Maui islands in the distance beneath the clouds.


Catch a wave!


Salmon belly on the grill


Roasting veggies


“‘Okole Maluna” means “Bottoms Up.”



Mahalo e Ke Akua.

My paintings at the Punahou Carnival

2 02 2014

“Kaaawa Beach Park”


20140202-083720.jpg“Red Trunks”

Good morning, art lovers! I am offering these three recent oil painting originals of mine to the Punahou Carnival for sale in the Art Gallery booth this weekend! Feb. 7 and 8.

The deal is 50-50. Half of the money is donated to the student financial aid program (that’s how my parents could afford to enroll me at Punahou) and half is paid to the artist.

Art is just one of the scores and scores of attractions at this annual Honolulu event. Good eats, music, rides, games, crafts, plants, white elephant, variety show, midway, and more.

The main walk-in entrance is at Punahou and Wilder streets. But here’s a great tip: Park your ride at Central Union Church (Punahou and Beretania) and walk.

Bring moola to spend. It’s for a good cause. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Copyright 2014 Rebekah Luke

Lanikai diptych

11 04 2011

This is my finished painting of Lanikai Beach on Oahu. Oil on canvas. Each panel measures 20″ wide x 16″ high prior to framing. Beach goers are familiar with the iconic outrigger canoes, twin islands, and shady palms. This is the scene from Karl-and-Julie’s. I can’t wait for them to see it. © 2011 Rebekah Luke / All rights reserved

Wa'a Kolu, Moku Lua

Julie's Coconut Tree

Season’s greetings from Rebekah

21 12 2010

The moment I made this photo of Miss Marvelous and her mom, I knew I had our Hawaiian greeting card for this year.

Everyone at Rebekah’s Studio—DH (Darling Husband), Alice Brown, Ula and I—wish you a Happy Winter Solstice!

I hope you don’t mind a re-post from 9-11-2009 that tells how we celebrate:

“With the winter holiday season upon us, most families are starting to get into the spirit. The signs include that real or imagined cold snap on Halloween night, slick merchandising catalogs overflowing from our mailboxes, store mark downs everywhere, and the lure of local craft fairs and festive events.

“Conversations now include, “What are you doing for (fill in the holiday)?” and newspaper features carry tips on how to remain stress free. We want to remember family and friends and hope no one is left alone. As families extend generationally, geographically, and by marriage, there can be many decisions to make.

“DH and I have a couple of philosophic ideas and old-fashioned traditions that give us a sense of peace. They link to our respective roots—Hawaiian Islands for me and Pennsylvania (Delaware County) for him.

“One is to acknowledge and be mindful of the Hawaiian Makahiki season, roughly from mid-November through January (exact dates depend on the moon). The planting season is over, work is pau (finished), and warring ceases. It is the time of the god Lono.

“The best of the harvest is dedicated to Lono in the form of ho‘okupu (offerings). The people give thanks, relax, socialize, play outdoor games, and generally enjoy themselves. No stress. It’s officially okay to play!

“The other is adopted from Winterthur, Delaware, not far from DH’s birthplace. As tourists we visited Winterthur, a museum and the former country estate of Henry Francis du Pont. During his life H. F. du Pont collected whole room interiors of various periods, not to mention whole street fronts, and installed them in his mansion.

“The museum decorates the rooms of this big house for Yuletide, and visitors can tour them around the same months of Makahiki in Hawaii. The holiday decor matches the period style of each different room. It’s educational and very festive.

“When we visited, our favorite room showed how du Pont’s own family celebrated in the first half of the 20th century. The story was told that Yuletide, the time around the Winter solstice, was a time to visit and entertain friends, to rest and to celebrate a successful harvest. Children were seen but not heard.

“Decorations consisted of a small table-top evergreen—adorned simply with cookies, candles and strands of popcorn and cranberries—that was set atop a pie crust table. Gifts were exchanged among immediate family members only and placed in a basket for each person. If the children behaved well, they could have the cookies!

“We liked the idea so well that we brought home a furniture piece similar to a pie crust table for ourselves, in a nod to the East Coast style and DH’s regional heritage. Each year we hang on a small tree the wooden ornaments crafted by DH’s parents for their first granddaughter on her first Christmas.”

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

It’s rock-star snowing on Lanikai Beach

1 12 2010

I do believe it’s snowing here at Rebekah’s Studio! Just look at the snowflakes falling! And right after I posted this photo on my Facebook page with the caption “Thanksgiving weekend & no snow!” 🙂

Lanikai Beach - Thanksgiving weekend & no snow!

I’ve been staycationing with family all weekend down the coast of Oahu at my hanai brother’s and sister-in-law’s fancy beach house. I spent a few hours there on Tuesday and will likely go again tomorrow. I’m making a painting that’s a variation of this classic Hawaiian beach scene and the Mokulua (two islands). DH suggested I do some rock-star paintings. Is this rock-star enough for you?

And, thank you for a rock-star visual effect!

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

Watching the tide, planning my day

25 04 2010

When the tide is low I can walk far along the beach and hardly notice any bothersome civilization on Kamehameha Highway.

Not a minus tide, but a slow gradual ebb to just zero, long enough to walk from Swanzy Beach to Kalaeokaoio and back, completely on the sand, at least two miles worth.

The air is so cool.

The few houses between the water and the road and the rustling of coconut palm fronds muffle any traffic sounds. It’s easy to notice the bird songs mixed with the audible rhythm of waves breaking on the horizon reef and the quiet crackles-and-pops from the emerging tide pools.

The wide beach lures out kids and grownups one by one to play. An older couple in bathrobes enjoys coffee and scenery from their lawn chairs. A kolea pauses.

Smells of limu. Tastes of salt.

On the return trip I rescue flowered lavender flip-flops left by a little girl playing in the sand.

An amusing sculpture surprises. Oh, … hello!

Back in the studio and examining the tide calendar, I see the next similar low tide will be next week on May 1, 2 3, 4 and 5 — in the morning. If you go, give thanks and always keep a watchful eye on the sea.

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

A good day for going with the flow

22 01 2010

A good day, yesterday. Finished another painting. Caught up with Naomi at the park. Introduced baby and tried our luck at restaurant. Ate pasta with my friend Jan. Bought some starter veggie plants. Even put them into the ground. Every day, almost, my health improves. For now I’m simply going with the flow.

The Rope Swing

The Rope Swing. Painted at Kalaeokaoio Beach Park, Kaaawa. It’s historical. The swing is gone.

My friend Naomi. A painter and a sculptor. I hadn’t seen her since before Thanksgiving. February’s around the corner. Punahou Carnival time! and we compare art notes. She’ll have six of her whimsical ceramic sculptures at the carnival Art Gallery, and I’ll have two oils. As a featured artist, she gets to start with more than two pieces in the show. I think she’s a featured artist because her work always sells! Way to go!

Lunch with Jan. I had a lunch date. Until I’m driving again, DH is my chauffeur. I said, just bring baby along, I really want to see Jan. If it becomes unmanageable, then go on ahead, I’d take the bus home. You see, we were not sure how it would work out. The restaurant. At 8 months the baby is starting to express herself and crawl about. As the adults traded our latest stories over pasta, baby sat and ate so very nicely, checking out the other diners. She really is Miss Marvelous, already preferring shopping and going out with the girls!

The garden. To the 5 gallons of vermicast (worm poop) that I harvested and stirred into a section of the garden, I added okra, eggplant, celery, sage, lettuce, and mint. We still have beets, kale, basil, rosemary, garlic chives, salad greens, sweet potatoes, turmeric, and last season’s eggplant. I love it. To your health ~ Rebekah

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

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