Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Rainbow City Honolulu

A  L  O  H  A !

Today is the day.

The day 

you don't know about.

After 30 years

We are going

'Somewhere Else'

Not to visit for a few days,

but to live for a while.

A new home.

All the hopes
of making it here. . . 

I remember the day
we got our 
Hawaii Drivers licenses;
The day I got my degree
from University of Hawaii.

I know these streets so well,
driving over them so many
days and nights
as a taxi driver,
health out-reach 
to the sex workers,
Riding motorcycles
in the pack. . .

Special ocassions
with family & friends 
long gone. . .

I have a memory
for every block,
every beach,
every stretch of 
country road.
On 4 wheels 
and two.

Lots of
"Used to be"
"When did they build THAT?"

I'm leaving a lot
of myself
on these streets,
roads. . .

I cannot think
about my friends
and Ohana,
The Local Culture,
without crying. . . 

Aloha Neighbors!

What seemed unthinkable
is subsumed in a bigger 

A fresh begining
in a beautiful new place.

Instead of retiring
in place, we are 
fresh and new 
- beginning again -
as we did here.


30 years.

Half of my life.
Here's to the next

I'm very glad
that YOU are coming 

Our blog party family
is portable!
[Thank Goodness!]

So ride the spiral.

See where we are landing-

Oh I know we'll visit Honolulu.

Nights in my dreams,
and some sunny day...
at least for a visit. . . 
I Shall Return.

There may be a few
scheduled posts
as we sort out
internet connectivity.
I may not be visiting
as normal for a while.

But stick around.

Something good
is set to publish tomorrow.
Kitty and I will be
learning new routines.

Honolulu I Am Coming Back Again 
 Andy Cummings 

" I seem to hear the Pali calling me
I seem to hear the surf at Waikiki
And from Pacific Heights
I seem to see the lights
Of a city that is very dear to me
I seem to see the waving sugar cane
The coco palms all nodding in the rain
In fancy I am led 
Back to dear old Diamond Head
Honolulu, I am coming back again
Honolulu, I am coming back again. "

Words by F. B. Silverwood Music by David Lindeman.
Copyright 1922 F.B. Silverwood. 
Andy Cummings made this memorable recording
 in the late 1950s of the 1922 composition. 

Released on: 01-01-1955
Andy Cummings and his Hawaiian Serenaders 


Gunilla Bäck said...

Good luck! Moving can be both sad and exciting at the same time.

Magia da Inês said...

Bom domingo! Ótima semana!
❀ه° ·.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh wow the moment has come! I'll be thinking about you tomorrow Cloudia, hope all goes well, I'm sure it will.. Looking forward to hearing all your exciting news.. I wonder what Pixie thinks of these goings on :)

TexWisGirl said...

bittersweet anticipation...

Dina said...

Wow. It's hard leaving a loved place, but now you'll have two loved places. Makes sense, the reasoning behind your move. I wish you nothing but the best, dear Cloudia.
We all look forward to totally new blog pictures and impressions.
Shalom, go toward peace.

LOLfromPasa said...

Oh my goodness. I am surprised (especially after reading your book) AND I wish you well in your new home. I left Hawaii 41 years ago but only after living there for 7 years. It remains in my heart and I know it will in yours. Warmest best wishes to you. xx

Teresa said...

Best wishes to you for your move!! What a wonderful farewell post!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

How very exciting, Cloudia! Cheers to your new adventures in a new place! Aloha 'oe.

Cloudia said...

Thanks. I am overwhelmed by the day and touched deeply by your support and kind wishes. Pixie kitty is actually handling better than we are!

RedPat said...

An exciting day, Cloudia! You are brave to make such a big move but I'm sure it will turn out to be the right move!
Our Kitty moved twice with us and he handled it much better than I did!

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, Cloudia! Congrats on your move! I can't wait to see where you end up, it is very exciting. I have a guess as to where but I will keep quiet until I know for sure. Wishing you best wishes on your move, I hope all goes smoothly! Happy November!

Elephant's Child said...

To all of your family.
Take your time, we will be here when you are ready.

Kaya said...

Cloudia, it's a beautiful farewell post to a place with so many memories! Wow! You are having a big change! I wish you all the best. Be happy Cloudia!!!!

Cloudia said...

I appreciate your comments today more than you know. Thanks so much

William Kendall said...

I'd wondered... a big change for you! Best wishes to you, Cloudia!

Tammie Lee said...

Wishing you a lovely new beginning!
May the move overflow with grace.
May new dreams be fulfilled to your hearts delight.

Tammie Lee said...

ps you are such a tease ;-)

Halcyon said...

Wow! I knew you had some big news, but didn't think it would be that you're moving. I think you're the kind of person who will find happiness wherever you are. Enjoy the new adventure!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for the very real blessings

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I wish you a lovely new beginning, and a joyous life in your new place! I'll be watching for further news as you find time. Be happy; and keep your Hawaii spirit with you. Aloha, dear friend!

rupam sarma said...

Best Wishes.

Small Kucing said...

A new beginning. Sad to leave but also a new adventure had begun . All the best to you

Spare Parts and Pics said...

So hard to leave anyplace after 30 years, but especially Hawaii! New beginnings are great, and I know you will make the most of it!! I'll be checking back often.

Cloudia said...

Much appreciated dears

Giga said...

All the best for the new place of residence and admit that you are brave. I would have had a lot of concerns. Best wishes.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I wish you all the best. My hubby has moved 22 times. We vow that this is the last one! Can't wait to hear more! happy trails!

Karen S. said...

Aloha Cloudia, take all the time you need, (I know the feeling of being off the grid this busy time of year) safe travels, and may happiness follow you to your new home, and I'm so excited for your new beginnings! Life is a most "anything is possible" journey!

Friko said...

I thought it might be this news when you asked for me to pop in and take a look.
Happy Landings dear Cloudia and blog-invisible significant other!

You are both very brave.

GreenComotion said...

Best wishes for a Happy Move!
May your dreams come true, Cloudia!!
Have a Great Weekend!
Peace :)

Hilary said...

I had to scroll back to see when the big day was. It's hard for me to think of you as living anywhere but Hawaii.. but I know you were elsewhere before and that you had plans to be still elsewhere again. May your future be bright. I don't doubt it will. And I look forward to hearing all about it.