Words Fail Me!

Family Connections…

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In the film “Native of Owhyhee” on Ōlelo Community Television an individual made the following comment: “For the Hawaiian, Ancestral spirits are not spirits that once existed in the past and are gone.  They are present now!”  To me that rings true.  Are those Elders of our family who are departed suddenly no longer members of our family?  Of course not!  The heart loves who it loves and it is that loving which makes them and us “family”.

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Without physicality spirit lives in a different kind of reality no longer limited by a body defined by time and space.  So those who are “gone” are not actually gone… they are just “present” in a different way.  The fact is that relationships are not dependent upon proximity or geography.  When a child goes off to college and no longer lives in the house with his family…

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Giving In to the Lava!

THE BORG OF THE PACIFIC !!

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LAVA FIRE

I was watching a video about the lava making its way through the Royal Gardens development and across the Chain of Craters Road on the Big Island.  Whatever vegetation the lava came into contact with burst into flames.  Ditto for houses.  But the lava moved slowly.  So slowly in fact that people were able to stand there and watch it creep towards them!

HOUSE GONE

Obviously some people were upset about the whole situation, especially if it was their home being consumed!  But as a I watched the lava on the video slowly, inexorably, creeping wherever it felt impelled to, I thought about how Life is exactly like the lava: some things must just be accepted, given in to, and not resisted.  As the Borg instructed on Star Trek, “Resistance is futile!”  All I can say is, “Indeed!”

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Inside the Mind of A Hotel Porter

CHANGE IS GOOD !!

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About halfway through my first trip to Hawaii in June of 2004 Dan, Mom, my sister Suzanne and her two boys arranged to fly over to Maui for an overnight stay.  Having had a whole week of non-stop family I was ready for a break so I opted to stay behind in Waikīkī.  While they were gone I was tasked with transferring all of their luggage from the Sheraton to the Royal Hawaiian where they would be staying for the second week.  After an hour of hard labor the luggage and I were finally in the Royal Hawaiian’s lobby, discovering that their new room would not be ready for another FIVE hours!  This meant I had to come back later to complete the transfer!  I went out for a drink to soothe my ruffled feathers!

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Change, like moving the luggage, can be an inconvenience, one…

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The Lava of Creativity

Does Fear of Failure Kill Off Your Creativity?

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Hawaii’s history begins with the lava.  Artwork begins with a mindset that wonders about what can be.  While the finished product does have its value, creativity is more about the lava that gives form to the new work than it is about the final product.  The dictionary defines creativity as “The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.”

The lava of creativity is the conversation going on within myself, a conversation which I have had to learn how to hear.  I first got started in artwork in 1989 when an editor wanted something to accompany an article I had written.  The first thing I heard within myself was, “But I can’t do professional artwork!  I’m not that talented.  I haven’t been trained.”  Luckily for me all of my monastic training…

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The Silence is Deafening!

So TINY yet so BIG !!

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On the Big Island when going to the City of Refuge you eventually gets off of the highway and onto City of Refuge Road.  As you descend branching off of it is another road called Painted Church Road which leads, not surprisingly, to what is called the Painted Church.  I believe it’s formal name is St. Benedict’s Church.  The church is smallish and built in a style typical of the area… the point is that from the outside there is nothing to make this church stand out as something special.  Passing inside however is like entering the looking glass and winding up in “somewhere else”!

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Someone long ago (I’d heard it was Priest stationed there) painted the interior walls and ceiling with various scenes.  The pillars holding up the choir loft are painted in such a way  to almost resemble barbershop poles.  Biblical scenes…

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The Silence of Our Friends

He Who Casts the First Stone…

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Currently there is a lot of public discussion about developing tolerance of others, of their different traditions, religious affiliation, skin color, sexual orientation or culinary customs, and that is a good place to begin.  Diamond Head - Collage Series 2012smallerBut tolerance is a poor substitute for acceptance!  Tolerance implies that we are simply putting up with something.  Acceptance, on the other hand, implies encouragement of another.  But do we even care enough about others to encourage them?  I suspect that acceptance of others is somewhat dependent upon how we view them in relationship to ourselves.  If we mutter within ourselves “At least I look better”, “I’m not as dumb as they are”, “I would never choose that!”… then we hold ourselves in a position superior to the other.  Such a stance makes acceptance very difficult, if not impossible!

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Duane’s Ono-Char Burgers!

Hamburgers and REPENTANCE…. Hmmmm….

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Before my 2007 Kauai trip I read a review of a hamburger place called Duane’s Ono-Char burger which made me really want to find it.  So on one of the days when I decided to drive all the way around the island I kept an eye out for it.  Somehow I could not find it!  I knew I was in the right vicinity but no Duane’s Ono-Char!  So I pulled off of the highway and took a winding road down towards the sea which eventually ended among some homes and a little beach park.  As I sat there for a minute trying to decide whether or not abandon my search for the elusive Duane’s burger, a young guy came out from behind one of the homes and headed towards the park.  From the car I called out, “Can you tell me where Duane’s Ono-Char burger is?”  I swear…

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