Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hawaii Calling

A   L   O   H   A  !
This curb in Downtown Honolulu on King St was cut from
 the reefs offshore. You can see tiny holes in it. 
(Click to Enlarge) It may well date back
 to Territorial Days, or even further.

" I had to dance topless 
for two years to make cash . . .
 But it was very enlightening. . . 
 I'm talking about
 light from the gutter. "

Susan Powter 
“We are all in the gutter,
 but some of us
 are looking at
 the stars.”

 Oscar Wilde

" Memory... is 
the diary that 
we all carry 
about with us. "

Oscar Wilde 

When Hawaii became the 50th US State
I was in elementary school
 (just barely).
Hawaii called out to me. 

Everything about her
enchanted me. I learned
 a few words of Hawaiian
from the National Geographic.

The islands were a long LONG away
from the snows of Philadelphia.

Sometimes I went with my Dad
driving around the City while he
conducted his business.
Arthur Godfrey's radio show
 was often on the radio,
(he was HUGE then)
with his ukulele's and trademark:
"How Ah Ya, How Ah Ya, How Ah Ya"
Which I heard as "How are You"
and also "Hawaii.."
I think that's what he meant
cause he broadcast from
 Honolulu sometimes.

There was one song I heard on his show
that is forever associated in my soul
with sunny leafy
 Philadelphia childhood 
days in the old Ford 
with my young father.

I had forgotten about that song
but it was not lost forever.
When I moved to Hawaii
I heard the song again!

It is called Kalamaula. Have a Listen-

' Take Peace & Smiles - Leave Your Comment '
Thanks for visiting!
                            Warmly, cloudia

Here is uncle Arthur singing a Hawaiian classic 
about a little shack in Kealakekua Hawaii.
Our first Hawaii home WAS a little coffee shack in KEALAKEKUA!!!!!!


David Cranmer said...

I enjoyed that video, Cloudia. Thanks for posting. And I very much like the Oscar Wilde quotes. He knew how to turn a phrase.

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful video and a fun post. The first time I remember hearing about Hawaii was watching episodes of Hawaii 5-0, not even dreaming that I would ever visit there one day.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oscar Wilde has a way with words like no other.. You love your adopted home as much as I do mine Cloudia:)

EG CameraGirl said...

When I was in the sixth grade, a new classmate moved into my neighbourhood. Her dad had been stationed in Hawaii for a couple of years and she could hula dance well enough for us 11-year-olds to be VERY impressed. :))

Erika said...

Wish you a nice w.e.
Ciao dall'Italia

Adam said...

great quotes

TexWisGirl said...

i think it is neat that you were 'called' there so young.

Bob Bushell said...

Well, some beautiful pictures, and the saying by Oscar Wilde.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I loved it all! The pictures, the song, the Arthur Godfrey video, and the quotes! Especially the Susan Powter one.

21 Wits said...

It just goes to show, dreams do come true! Aloha dear Cloudia!

Cloudia said...

Thanks! ♥

Charles Gramlich said...

Great music. I always love a good Oscar Wilde quote as well.

Filip and Kristel said...

That's a beautiful car and nice first fall picture.


Big Sky Heidi said...

Such a lovely place that called to you. I'm glad you could answer that call!

Myrna R. said...

How cool that your dream of Hawaii was set so early in your life. And you're living it. Hawaii is a beautiful dream. It's unlikely I'll ever live there, but I sure want to visit again. That's my little dream. Have a good weekend.

Betty Manousos said...

inspiring post, cloudia! that's a beautiful car and excellently photographed/processed


Betty Manousos said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Teresa said...

Wow! What a post! What a life!

Brian Miller said...

nice...i am glad that dream came due for you...what an interesting quote there in the first...we do what we have to do...and keep moving forward....aloha from va....err...actually nc today....

Elephant's Child said...

I am so glad you found your way home to Hawaii.

Cloudia said...

Thanks SO very much, EACH of You

Small Kucing said...

ALOHA Cloudia. So happy your dream come true

magiceye said...

Lovely rich melodious voice!!

Namaste /\ from Mumbai