Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Aloha Where You Like Go?

A  L  O  H  A !

“ For an exile,
 no remembered face 
or scene 
is too incidental 
to clarify 
the basic mystery
 of being.”

Czeslaw Milosz

That quote
opens the first chapter
of my autobiographical
novel about being
an exile,
alone & new
in Hawaii

Driving my taxi
in this new city,
I met people
who taught me lessons:
bright lessons,

as well as lessons
from the night side
of life.

One special passenger,
and older local woman,
"Auntie Na"
gently showed me
much about life
that I had

Her Pidgin
 - our local 'lingo' -
is uniquely
of Hawaii,
but I think
You will
Understand -

Oh June, you young still yet.
 You hungry for experience,
 and that’s the way it should be.
 But when you come older, 
like me,
 don’t worry,
 you still going be
 learning, still get planny things
 fo do; 
no  more time for boredom! 
Morning, noon an’ night time 
get beauty, 
an my family.
 I stay so grateful to 
be alive in dis Hawaii. 
Every tree, rock,
and blade of grass 
has Mana. 
Everything around us
 is wondrous, 
if only we can see.
 I no need night club
 - get nightingale, 
da moon, da clouds,
 and choke memories!”

My own fears
 about ageing shifted, 
and lightened 
as she spoke. . . "

Please join Aunty,
and me,
Kimo the Dog,
and a cast of characters
torn from Honolulu's
REAL people.

You DO NOT need a 
Kindle, or iPad
to read E-Books.
Download in 1 Minute!

Please read the forward
and chapter one for free

I hope you will decide
to ride along
with us.



Reader Wil said...

I admire you for doing so much.And I shall try to download your book. I don't know how but ...I'll find out somehow.
"Groeten" from Holland, Wil

PhilipH said...

Auntie Na - now THAT'S what I call a woman of the world. Worldly wise and entertaining with it!
Good fortune to you Cloudia - hope your book is a great success. You deserve it, and no mistake.

bea's blog said...

Wonderful ✿゚・
Beatice from

Akelamalu said...

Auntie sounds very wise! Congratulations on the new book. x

Brian Miller said...

that is really cool...i think i would love to drive a taxi sometime...what a cool place to hear everyones stories.....

aloha from va

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad you got this out for Kindle. Hope you have amazing sales!

Dave King said...

The quick way to my heart is via Czeslaw Milosz. Thanks for this.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I loved Auntie Na Cloudia, having read 'Aloha Where You Like Go' I can totally recommend it as both an entertaining and informative read.

Patrycja (photoopassion) said...

Great and interesting post. I like it.
I also invite you to my blog. ;)
Yours. Have a nice day.
You can also find me on the fanpage and keep track of my work:

Cloudia said...

Thanks for coming to the book launch! Have more wine. Cheese table over there-

wenn said...


Myrna R. said...

I have your book. Lovely. Hope you sell at least a million. You deserve to be known or rather people deserve to know you. Make sense?

Hilary said...

It's a good thing I got an ereader/tablet for a gift. I'll check in very soon from that device, Cloudia.

TexWisGirl said...

bless you, dear cloudia. i wish you much success!

Filip and Kristel said...

Exceptional blue sky.


Fireblossom said...

Pfffft! I'm way ahead of ya...I already read it!

Anonymous said...

First quote surely much felt.

Much success upon your book, and yes, Auntie Na, a joy.

Please have you all a good Thursday.

Full-On-Forward said...

PLEASE read this Book---It will give you insight into a friend that you can totally relate too! Love ya my Sister in Christ!

Great post!


LifeRamblings said...

congrats on your new book Cloudia. all the best.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! A wonderful read on paper; must get a Kindle and try it zapped from the cloud-o-sphere. Like one reader said, "can't wait for the next book!" Soooo, how about one from all your years on da boat and the rowdy spirits from the dock and ocean, eh? Save my wine and cheese. DrumMajor

Anne said...

Hello, Dear! I've come to your blog from the blog of one of my sweet commenters ~ you know how that goes ~ :) ~ Now following you!
So nice to "meet" you!


I was quite happy to peek into your book even without an e-device!:) Oh Auntie Na, I knew exactly what she meant...and Milosz is one of my favorite poets. Many congratulations on this book!

SandyCarlson said...

God bless that lady and her lesson, and thank you for sharing it with us.

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

All the best with the book...

21 Wits said...

I'm so happy that I own an original, genuine live book! (Ha ha) Bought it for my trip to California last year- although didn't get much read on the plane- it was a mother-daugher and grand-daughter trip! :) A most lovely story- if one hasn't read it yet- get it!

Cloudia said...

These comments from each of you are the True success I'm so grateful for.

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I have a Kindle and see it retails at 7.49 for me in Europe.

magiceye said...

Good on you Cloudia!!

magiceye said...

Namaste /\ from Mumbai

rupam sarma said...

Great .Congrats, Best wishes .
Greetings from Assam, India.

Bob Bushell said...

I would love to join you, but, I can't. Read "About us" on my blog. But, I love your pictures.