Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday Hula


 Let's look in on the Prince Lot Hula Festival

" Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance,
which expresses all we see,
smell, taste, touch, feel,
and experience.
It is joy, sorrow, courage, and fear. "

"Have you ever heard 
the earth breathe? "

Kate Chopin


  Moanalua Gardens 
is a place long associated with Hawaiian history.
This great Monkey Pod tree 
is known to be over 100 years old. 

During the 1850s, King Kamehameha V
had a Summer cottage in the valley.

 Here, away from the prying eyes
of Honolulu Town, the court could enjoy
hula, chant, the Hawaiian language,
and the other traditions that outsiders
were trying to eradicate.

Lovely Hula Maidens

  "He lei poina ‘ole ke keiki "

' A lei never forgotten
is the beloved child  '

This Hula Mound
is an important place to devotees of the tradition.

" I cannot help feeling that the chief end of this meeting is plantation profits,
and the prosperity of the country,
the demands of society,
the future of the Hawaiian race
only comes secondarily if at all. "


" A'a i ka hula, waiho i ka maka'u i ka hale "
 Hawaiian Saying
' Dare to dance, 
leave shame at home.'

'KALO' is better known as 'TARO'
the staple food of Hawaiians

"Tell me what you eat,
and I shall tell you what you are."
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The stone Poi Pounder, the Kalo Board, 
and the Bowl: THIS is Hawaii !
Note the plastic glove

" There is no love sincerer
than the love of food."
George Bernard Shaw

Bringing Home the Kalo
Wrapped in a Traditional Ti Leaf Package. 

" We may find in the long run
that tinned food is a deadlier weapon
than the machine-gun. "
George Orwell

Below is a snippet of Hula and Chant
for you to experience.  Mahalo for Visiting! cloudia

Friday, July 29, 2011


A L O H A !

Beach Morning Mellow

" It was morning;
through the high window
I saw the pure, 
bright blue of the sky 
as it hovered cheerfully. . . 
It too seemed full of joy, 
as if it had special plans, 
and had put on its finest clothes
for the occasion.  "

Herman Hesse


" The world is glittering with gold,
and yellow streamers of sunlight
wind through the tree boughs
like GOD was throwing
a party. "

Christine Anderson

'Green Dream'

" A scoop of pure honey
set in a green bowl."

Godfrey Smith

My Blue Heaven

“If the sight of the blue skies

fills you with joy,

if a blade of grass springing up in the fields

has power to move you,

if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,


for your soul is alive.” 



Eleanora Duse 



And now. . . 

     . . . Let's DANCE! cloudia

Thursday, July 28, 2011

All You Need

A L O H A !

" There'll be bluebirds over
the white cliffs of Dover,
just you wait and see. "
Nat Burton
" Birds sing after a storm;
why shouldn't people feel as free 
to delight 
in whatever sunlight 
remains to them? "
Rose Kennedy

 This little one was photographing the adults.
I went for my camera but missed that shot.
Here they admire her capture.

" What's done to children, 
they will do to society.  "
Karl Menninger
" You have a lifetime to work,
but children
are only young once.  "
Polish Proverb

 > < } } ( ° >
The Hawaiians of old
communicated with nature.
Nature taught them
all they needed to know.
The skies, in particular,
were eloquent.
Even today,
Hawaiian skies speak,
even to the most
Earthbound among us.
The other morning,
the sky was singing!
SO much was going on up there.
Like the sweep of a grand mural,
like libraries of great books;
My camera could never capture it all.
But a message formed
In my inner self,
 words without a voice,
but eloquent:

" Everything you need to be happy
you have.
have provided it to
you. "
Of course, I can't talk about it
or folks will think I'm crazy.
But you and me?
We're past all that!
So if you worry like I do
about this uncertain life,
just remember:
whatever you possess
or lack,

What You Need to Be Happy,

You already have it!

      Warmly, cloudia


Wednesday, July 27, 2011


" Being the recipient of a smile
can be deeply rewarding. "

Tom Corwin


A L O H A !

" Until the great mass of the people 
shall be filled with the sense of responsibility
for each others' welfare, 
social justice can never be attained.  "

Helen Keller

"The government,
which was designed for the people,
 has got into the hands of the bosses
and their employers, the special interests.
 An invisible empire has been set up
 above the forms of democracy." 

Woodrow Wilson

" Nothing is so infectious
as example."

Francois De La Rochfoucauld

> < } } ( ° >

The people in the bubble
at the pinnacle
believe that they are levitating
disconnected from Earth
and from the rest of

The country we all built
as they chop away
at branch,
trunk and root.

Have You, fellow American,
called your "representatives'
to HOWL?!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wheel? Well!

A L O H A !

" America 
I'm putting my queer shoulder
to the wheel.  "

Allen Ginsberg

“Just as tall trees are known by their shadows,

so are good men known by their enemies”


 Chinese Proverb

" The Republicans are the party
that says government doesn't work 
and then they get elected and prove it.  "

P. J. O'Rourke