“Oke aloha ke kuleana a kahi malihini” (Love is the host in strange lands)
Keiki watches a hula dance telling a story about Lili'uokalani
The torch lighting ceremony at Kuhio Beach keeps the spirit of O’ahu (the gathering place) alive.
People of all ages gather from around the world to watch hula and listen to oli (chants) and mele (songs) telling stories that have been told on this island for hundreds of years.
By the end of the ceremony the torches will be lit, surrounding you by the dance of flame and flesh.
“Place inspires me to be.”
Here are some pictures to tide you over until I am back from vacation. That will be Sunday after I attend the birthday celebration for Queen Lili’uokalani. I have at least one interview and some locations to post. Until then, enjoy ;)
- Looking into the TRADEWINDs
The surf at Sandy Beach
Sunset viewed from the Windward side of the island
Image via Wikipedia
It’s 5am and I’m still working on this site. Lucky for me I have you guys around to give me something to do while not being able to sleep. My plane leaves at 4:40pm from the Louisville International Airport. Then I’ve got roughly 24 hours before landing on the island of Oahu.
I suppose it will be fitting if my all-nighter leaves me in a dreamlike state for the entirety of the flight. I will try to scribble down some in-flight musings to share with you when I land.
In the meantime I thought I would take this opportunity to give you some general updates. I will arrive in Honolulu around 1030am on August 31st. The first week there I am going to consider my vacation, so you might not hear from me. If that is the case I will try to unload a few entries on you when I come back to the computer.
TWG has been in the works for a little over a month now. While I haven’t been able to provide all of the content I would like, I think it will be for the better that I started getting everything worked out before my move. In theory I should be able to focus on content when I land, rather than the format and outline of my site.
Time for a confession. . . I created a twitter account for the site. This is a form of technology that I have been refusing to embrace but I thought I would give it a shot. For anyone that is interested in tweets carried by the WINDS: theTWgazette is where you will find them.
I think that is about everything. Start looking for “On Location” entries. A new landscape will provide a burst of inspiration for my writing. Haha, and every place I visit will be new and noteworthy.
Take care and I’ll see you in Hawaii!