Archive for May, 2009

Daughters of Hawai’i and Their Calabash Cousins

Sign for Queen Emma Summer PalaceI think most of us tend to be curious about a place marked “National Historic Site,” especially when it has a gift shop too!  I was nosey and went in to see the little gift shop and man did I find some really cool stuff and some really cool staff willing to share their knowledge!

I discovered connections to things I had seen elsewhere, I saw books with names I recognized, and there were books about things that had already become a focus for my insatiable curiosity about the history of our home.  In future posts I’ll fill you all in as I get through the items I bought at the gift shop.

The setting of Queen Emma Summer Palace is so peaceful.  It is a piece of Hawai’i’s Royal history that sits for all to view.  All can hear that history as told by those who give guides through the summer home of one of Hawaii’s very special Queens.  Queen Emma is the queen who founded The Queen’s Medical Center which remains until today as a non-profit hospital and the trauma center of Honolulu.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

While the Queen Emma Summer Palace is frequented by tour buses and visitors with inquiring minds, I just found it alluring  because of its quiet beauty and its little gift shop that held so much in store for the culturally hungry.

Another thing that was drawn to my attention by the ladies in the gift shop was something known as the Daughters of Hawai’iThis organization “maintains and operates two palaces to promote the history and culture of Hawai’i.”  The only problem was that to officially become a “Daughter” I would have to be able to trace my family’s Hawaii residence back to years prior to 1880.   Well, I’m fairly sure about 1920 or slightly earlier but 1880 might just be a bit too far back.  But, I can still be a Calabash Cousin!

A “calabash” family member is one who has grown up around you and/or shared a close friendship with you.  Well, that fit!  So, I sent in the application and was pleasantly surprised to soon receive a welcome letter.   In the body of the letter was written,  “The “Calabash Cousins” was established in  1986 as Letter from the Daughters of Hawai’ia support group to the Daughters of Hawai’i whose mission is “to perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawai’i and of historic facts, and to preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian language.” 

Funny they should mention that!  Did I tell you guys about H2O and the recent decision by the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents?   Such a coincidence!  See?  Now it’s my duty!  🙂

If you have not visited the Queen Emma Summer Palace, you should add it to your to-do list.  You’ll find it an educational endeavor and one that was very worthy of your time!

Queen Emma Summer Palace
2913 Pali Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 595-6291

Kawaiaha’o Church Finds Treasure

Kawaiahao Church at the end of the rainbow

That’s Kawaiaha’o Church at the end of the rainbow in this photo.  It’s all about the angle. It might be Queen’s hospital or Honolulu Hale  at the end of that rainbow, if you were coming from a different direction, but this worked for me! It worked even better when this story about finding the iwi (bones) hit the news.  This happens so very often when new construction happens.  My initial comment when I heard about this  was, “tell me a better place to have something like this happen?!?”  This is on the Church grounds.  They have indeed found treasure at the end of that rainbow! (Just for recognition’s sake, I have included a photo of Kawaiaha’o Church below that was taken from the angle that people are most accustomed to seeing.)

Most common view of Kawaiaha’o Church

Hawaiians have always believed that the power or mana of a person, their spiritual essence as it were, is in their bones (iwi).  Many Hawaiians still hold fast to this belief and many others, whether they believe it or not, recognize and respect it as a valuable part of our culture.  We will revisit this topic in a future post because I want to learn and share more about it.  I think it will help to explain some things that have puzzled me, and probably some things that have puzzled others.

Even if the traditional Hawaiian view of the significance of the iwi (bones) is not their view, most local people will take a step back, respect the significance of findings such as this, and send everything to a screeching halt!  I applaud the deference shown by our government offices and the businesses that honor this tradition.

Then I saw this and was aghast!  It was okay when they were widening Queen Street and relocated the remains of many.  Nobody complained then.  If they did, I never heard about it, or it escaped me completely.

Memorial stone commemorating unmarked graves at Kawaiaha’o ChurchI only know this grave stone that sits on the corner of the church property, at the intersection of Punchbowl and Queen Streets, that carries an inscription that reads:

“In memory of our beloved unknown friends of yesteryears found in unmarked graves during the excavation of Queen Street.  These 102 beloved souls are committed unto Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, and their remains tenderly laid to rest in peace in this place.”  November 20, 1988

A little church trying to enhance its ability to help and educate the community is now the target of this ugly publicity?  An article I read said that the remains of the family in question were not touched.  I’m not a party to any of this and I do not know all the details but, if this is the case and there was no damage done, all I can say is,Auwe!

For all of the times that something like this has happened, I can’t think of a better situation.  The families can rest assured that this matter will be handled with the greatest of care.  My heart goes out to this little church and its parishioners.  This is quite a quandary but I know that the iwi will be given the full focus and attention of the leaders and members of this historic institution.

Sending heartfelt wishes for a peaceful resolution and for God’s blessings for Kawaiaha’o Church and the treasured iwi entrusted to their loving care!

Preserving Hawaiian Language and Culture

Standing alongside a group of people supporting the perpetuation of the Hawaiian language and protecting the native culture of my home feels like such an honor to me.  It is so important and such a necessary part of our cultural preservation.  Hawai’i’s is a culture that could have very easily been lost.  We have to prevent that from ever happening!  The culture is alive and we have to keep it that way!

The best part is that we’re not alone in this and we’re not just grasping at straws.  The University of Hawaii has taken a position and sees it the same way!  I almost fell over when I saw this and, while bringing me close to tears, it reinforced my resolve to support this endeavor.  Besides, I want to learn the language too!  🙂

What follows is an excerpt from UH News that was actually published back in March.  I had not seen it until now but I was stunned as I read it — pleasantly stunned.  Check this out and be sure to focus on those bullet points:

A new paragraph, 4-1c(3), also was added to BOR [Board of Regents] policy. It states:

“The University of Hawai‘i is committed to diversity within and among all racial and ethnic groups served by public higher education in Hawai‘i. The President, working with the Chancellors, ensures the unique commitment to Native Hawaiians is fulfilled by:

  • providing positive system-wide executive support in the development, implementation, and improvement of programs and services for Native Hawaiians;
  • encouraging increased representation of Native Hawaiians at the University of Hawai‘i;
  • supporting full participation of Native Hawaiians in all initiatives and programs of the University;
  • actively soliciting consultation from the Native Hawaiian community and specifically P?ko‘a, the system-wide council of Native Hawaiian faculty, staff and students that serves as advisory to the President;
  • providing for and promoting the use of the Hawaiian language within the University of Hawai‘i system
  • providing a level of support for the study of Hawaiian language, culture and history within the University of Hawai‘i system that honors, perpetuates, and strengthens those disciplines into the future;
  • encouraging Native Hawaiians to practice their language, culture and other aspects of their traditional customary rights throughout all University of Hawai‘i campuses and providing Hawaiian environments and facilities for such activities; and
  • addressing the education needs of Native Hawaiians, the State of Hawai‘i, and the world at large, in the areas of Hawaiian language, culture and history through outreach.”

Linda Johnsrud, UH vice president for academic planning and policy said, “By clearly articulating UH’s commitment to Native Hawaiians in the mission statement, the BOR sends a message that we take our obligation seriously, and that we recognize the critical role of higher education to the quality of life of current and future generations of Hawaiians.”

OMG!  Sending a huge “Mahalo!” to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii for stepping up to the plate on this.  We couldn’t have asked for any better support for the continuance of such a significant undertaking.  This is such a crucial step for the restorative nature of this project.

Damn I’m proud to be a University of Hawaii alumnae!

H2'? - Hawai'i Bilingual o HonoluluNow we just need to work on the State of Hawaii officials to get them to recognize the need to carry this through on their end as well.

So, to do just that, the next ILINA WAI prayer service (“a Spiritual and Artistic Vigil to End the Hawaiian Cultural Genocide”) will be at Mauna ‘Ala on Friday the 29th at 6:30 a.m.   This activity continues that same evening.

Ilina Wai logoDate: Friday, May 29, 2009
Time: 6:30am – 7:30am
Location: Mauna ‘Ala – Royal Mausoleum
2261 Nu’uanu Ave
Honolulu, Hawai’i

Here is a full description and more information:

What: ILINA WAI, an H2‘? – Hawai‘i Bilingual sponsored “Underground” Vigil to End Hawaiian Cultural Genocide until the Official Languages Act is adopted by the Hawai‘i State Legislature

When: May 29, 2009 6:30 a.m.

Where: ILINA WAI is a movable private gathering of Hawai’i Bilingual members and their friends, beginning with a 6:30 a.m. prayer & fasting vigil at Lili’uokalani’s Tomb in the Kal?kaua Crypt at Mauna ‘Ala (the Royal Mausoleum).

P? ILINA WAI, a classical chamber music ‘aha mele will be presented bilingually promptly at 7:30 p.m. ON THE SAME DAY, when members and their guests will gather beginning at 6:00 p.m. at 3810 Maunaloa St. in Kaimuk? (where free parking is available on 15th and 16th Avenues) bringing “potluck” p?p? food and drinks to share, plus a suggested $10 musicians’ honorarium (a donation is required for admission).

Please remember that ILINA WAI vigils are private, not public, events for Hawai’i Bilingual members and their friends.

Why: ILINA WAI (“underground stream”) is a Hawai‘i Bilingual sponsored monthly “underground” spiritual and artistic vigil that began on April 30, 2009 at Mauna ‘Ala (the Royal Mausoleum) and will be observed at the end of each month until an Official Languages Act similar to Canada’s and Ireland’s is adopted by the Hawai‘i State Legislature, effectively confirming an END of the era of Hawaiian cultural genocide. Cultivation of Honolulu’s bilingual creative culture is instrumental in articulating Hawai‘i Bilingual’s vision, and since members of the Honolulu Symphony (America’s oldest symphonic society west of the Mississippi River) have endured more than three months without pay, and several members have already quit, ILINA WAI will increase Hawaiian bilingual social & cultural awareness among and beyond the Hawaiian speaking community while supporting Honolulu’s professional musical society by holding monthly bilingually presented chamber music concerts.

All ILINA WAI programs will be presented bilingually in Hawai‘ian and English languages at private gatherings at the end of each month until the State Legislature adopts the Official Languages Act, confirming an end to the era of Hawaiian cultural genocide.

For more information: http://www.causes.com/h2o

It’s worth looking into and it’s a cause worth joining.  I will urge all readers who call Hawai’i home (either ethnically and/or culturally through birth) to look into this cause, take it seriously, and take it to heart!  The culture of our home is worth preserving and the language is the first treasure we need to protect.  All else will stem from that.

Come, join in, and share the aloha!  Here’s a link to RSVP your attendance! You may need to join Facebook, if you haven’t already.  I have found Facebook to be quite useful.  A lot of Twitter members and business people seem to have found it useful as well.  It’s amazing how much you can learn about what is going on around you so it will be worth joining if only just for that.  You will also be able to follow the progress of this project as it moves forward.

Watch Out for the Box Jellyfish!

National Geographic photo of the Box Jellyfish

If these guys are on schedule, they should be out and about today!  Be careful and watch for signs posted on the beach!  With our winds being the way they have been recently, I’m not sure what the impact of that will be, if any.  The Portuguese man-of-war may provide a little visual alert, but you probably won’t see the box jellyfish coming.  Ouch!

It’s mostly the beaches on the East (the windward side) of O’ahu that will see more of our squishy visitors. If the warning signs are there, stay out of the water! We live with this phenomenon but it seems that Australia has a need to take a more serious approach.  We should consider ourselves lucky!  🙂

Dance Your Way to the Movies!

The Dance Flick movie posterThis is a brand new movie and it is scheduled to hit the theaters, nationwide, on May 22nd.  I saw the Wayans name and a reference to “In Living Color” and that peaked my curiosity.  

I always liked the show “In Living Color.”  I’m not sure why it was cancelled because it seems that just as we started getting into it, they took it off the air.  It was a neat show and we loved to follow the wacky antics of Jim Carrey! 

Fortunately, both Jim Carrey and the Wayans family have continued on with their crazy senses of humor.

Here is a description provided for the film:

Dance Flick” is a hilarious new comedy that brings together the talents of two generations of the Wayans family, the explosively funny clan who brought us the “Scary Movie” franchise and “White Chicks,” as well as the groundbreaking TV series “In Living Color.”

In “Dance Flick,” a young street dancer, Thomas Uncles (Damon Wayans, Jr.), from the wrong side of the tracks and a beautiful young woman, Megan White (Shoshana Bush), are brought together by their passion for dancing and put to the test in the mother of all dance battles.

“Dance Flick” sends up the dance movie genre, including such recent hits as “Step Up” and “You Got Served,” as well as the classic “Flashdance.”

Sounds interesting.  You can watch the trailer and see what you think!  If your life is on a budget, (whose isn’t) you might be able to get free tickets to see the show!  You’ve got to earn them though.  But it should be fun if you’re a nightlife person! 

zanzabar.jpg 

This Sunday, May 17th, they will be having a dance-off contest at Zanzabar in Waikiki.  They will be giving away screening passes, promo items, mini posters, and other stuff.  It’s from 12 am to 2 am. 

I’ve never been there but Zanazbar is a name that has been all over Honolulu for several years now.  I know that the college students from HPU like to go there. 

Zanzabar is located at:

2255 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawai’i
Phone: 808-924-3939

Check it out, have fun and maybe you’ll get free tickets in the process! 

Saying Aloha to Friends is Always Difficult

When a stranger shows up at church on a motorcycle (in complete motorcycle attire), most people would either raise an eyebrow, scratch their head or just freak out altogether.  My first reaction was, “Awesome, you’ve gotta love a guy who brings his motorcycle to church!”

Bikers go to Church too!

For me, this presented yet another way to impress upon the rest of the World that motorcyclists are not the rebellious, drunken, Godless, skull swinging, hell’s angels that everyone likes to think they are.  So there!

Lazar and his motorcycle

Such was the case with Lazar, our friend pictured here to the right.  I look back on it now and laugh.  Here was a notable presence, complete with heavy jacket, helmet, and all, walking into church and ruffling a few feathers (I don’t really know if that’s true but I’m pretty darn sure).  Whatever the case, it’s certainly worth a chuckle because Lazar is so the opposite of the biker stereotype.  🙂   This was about three or four years ago now, I think.  More recently, I discovered that Lazar was someone with whom I could share my concern about the repeated motorcycle tragedies plaguing our roadways.  He was a biker who put safety first and wasn’t in denial about the danger.  Finally!

Alas, life being what it is, and Hawaii being where it is, we’re about to lose yet another we have said hello and then had to say goodbye to more people than I can count.  Honolulu International Airport has a revolving door, I swear!  It seems that you just find common ground and come to a meeting of the minds with someone and *poof* they’re gone.

Fan of Serbia and supporter of its causes.

Lazar has a great aloha for Serbia and now his heart is going to take him there.  I wonder if the Serbian people will understand “Serbocharged.”  I got it so I suppose they will.

Coffee hour with Bosa and Lazar

You’ll be missed, Lazar. I know you don’t believe it, but you will. This Saturday there will be a short service with prayers for the safe travel of our friends. I almost got out of this departure without any tears — no guarantees about Saturday’s travel moleiben (prayer service).

While many people have an affinity for different lands and different cultures throughout the World, one might say, “Yes, but why leave home and move there?”

Lazar and Vesna together.

Aha!  That’s why!  You’ll never catch me questioning or arguing with matters of the heart.  His lady, Vesna, awaits his arrival back at home, in Serbia.  May God bless you both, bless your lives together, and always keep you safe!

Aloha kaua (may there be friendship between us) always!

Tweet, Tweet, Rockin’ Carnival!

Twitter.com Blue Bird

I know you must recognize this little guy.  If you don’t, enjoy the Carnival and get ready to sign up!

Welcome to the latest chapter of the Carnival of Aloha.  What’s the mode of transportation for the Carnival?  We’re going on the wings of this very bright, adorable, blue bird!

Don’t worry, this bird gets all around the world without any trouble at all!  He is a tiny little thing so we might need to have several of them.  Don’t worry about that either, I see them everywhere!

Pua is the one who “flew” the blue bird to our Carnival by saying, Twitter about Hawaii Join Us that she posted over at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog.  Pua’s message said, “Let’s get our Hawaii blogging community even stronger! Our Hawaii mybloglog community and Evelyn’s monthly hosted Aloha Carnival – much mahalo Evelyn for doing this – are places which unite us Hawaii bloggers in our passion for blogging about Hawaii. How about ‘Twitter’ about Hawaii? I am ready. Are you?”  We all need to go leave a comment on Pua’s blog with our Twitter name — @Who?

As we gather all of our blue birds together, this is a rockin’ ride so we need to be ready for the trip!

Angie tells us how to Prepare for the unexpected over at True Aloha, saying, “Hope this helps some people with their travel plans! It gives us some peace of mind! Also, this carnival is a celebration, it me and the hubbs 13 year anniversary!” 🙂

We do need to hold on tight to those tiny wings so we need someone to tell us about fitness and staying strong!

Ryan Suenaga does a good job of this with the Ford Island Bridge 10K posted at The Athletic Diabetic.  I’m so jealous!  I really need to focus on getting signed up for that run!  I’ve never been out there.  Thanks for sharing this Ryan!  Hope you stay in top shape with no injuries!

While we’re up in the air with our little bird friend, let’s check out our celestial surroundings!

Sheila helps us out with a Stargazing Q&A With Hawaii Astronomy Expert posted at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “Before I took my first trip to Hawaii, I didn’t realize what a special place Hawaii is for stargazing. It was on my trip when I noticed the amazing number of stars I could see compared to home. This article is meant to help the novice (like me) enjoy Hawaii’s night sky.”

Ahhh, the night sky.  Andrew at A Darker View usually takes care of the night sky for us.  Andrew?  Hey, where’s Andrew?  Oh!

Andrew Cooper is talking about Digital Hawaiian – A Darker View posted at A Darker View.  This is great!  Thank you, Andrew, for the markup needed for those letters!  It would have taken me forever to find any of those and I’m probably going to be needing them soon too!

While Andrew talks about trying to assimilate the culture and language, let’s go get knee-deep in one of our favorite cultural events.

Kris Bordessa takes us to the Merrie Monarch 2009 in Photos posted at Big Island on the Cheap, saying, “Leslie’s view from the sidelines of Merrie Monarch.” I love this and it is so appreciated by people like me when we can’t get there ourselves.  Thank you, Kris!

Preservation of culture is so important, as is the protection of our wildlife.

GrrlScientist tells us all about Saving the `Alalâ posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “One of the rarest forest birds in the world, the critically endangered `Alalâ, or Hawaiian Crow, Corvus hawaiiensis, was awarded $14.3 million in conservation funding over the next five years, according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).” Wow, this is great! I don’t think we would have known this if you hadn’t shared it with us, my scientific friend. 

We need to be careful with our little blue bird too so we’re going to take him with us on board a submarine for our next stop — I don’t think Atlantis Submarines will mind having him aboard.

Kris Nelson takes us on a whale of a sub, sharing some News: Maui Sub Spies Whales from Below posted at Ka’anapali Dreamin’ Blog.  You’ve got to check out this unreal video!  Oh, and don’t worry about our bird, Atlantis Submarines already knows our twittering blue friend!

Let’s go back to the surface now and take a political stance!  No, not standing on the water — standing at the Hawaii State Capitol! 

Mel presents Hawaii Tax Day Tea Party – a set on Flickr posted at Content from Hawaii Tax Day Tea Party, saying, “The taxpayers are angry – the politicians are clueless – read our lips: NO NEW TAXES! I also blogged this at: After the Tea Party What?”  As always, Mel, your photos and video are perfect and so very illustrative.

Things were just a little heated over there so let’s go back in the water!

Liza Pierce floated in a little late here but then, so did I!  Liza shares a heart-felt post about Paddling Out, Scattering of Ashes, Honoring A Loved One Who Passed Away that she posted at A Maui Blog.  There’s something so peaceful about this and it truly is a wonderful way to say Aloha to a loved one!

Evelyn (that’s me) was waffling about which post to share but Liza answered that question for me.  While we’re on the topic of deceased loved ones, I wanted to share a little story about a personal error that I made and that I beat myself up about.  Emotional reconciliation is such a wonderful thing and I made more than one Discovery at Mauna ‘Ala!

That’s it for this chapter! Submit your blog articles to the next edition of the Carnival of Aloha using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Technorati tags: , .

It’s World Press Freedom Day!

I didn’t know it had a special day.  I just always thought it was a fundamental right that was established many, many years ago.  But then, I’m spoiled-rotten.  I’m an American and for us it is a rudimentary kind of ingredient, or the foundation even, of our media as we know it today — both written and televised. 

Bloggers Unite!  So, why are we talking about it?  We want all journalists to have that same spoiled-rotten, power-of-the-pen that we have, no matter where they are in the World!

Here’s the goal:

Objective:
World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to inform the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental

The United Nations General Assembly declared 3 May to be World Press Freedom Day[1][2] to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.

Did you guys know that this was celebrated every May 3rd?  I didn’t know that.  We’re supposed to know this stuff.  I wasn’t paying attention.  The rest of the World is supposed to know it too!  Freedom of the press and freedom of expression is a human rights issue — we’ve got it and we’re not giving it up!

I wouldn’t want it any other way and I want to “feel” what journalists, bloggers, and the literary wizards of the World are trying to share.  To clip a writer’s wings is just wrong.  Happy World Press Freedom Day!  Let’s keep it that way.

Discovery at Mauna ‘Ala

Here’s something different — I’ve noticed that when people are asked about their relationships they often say things like, “it’s complicated.”  Married, single, divorced?  Boy friend/girl friend?  “It’s complicated.”  If someone were to ask me about my “relationship” with my home and its people, I would have to say, “it’s complicated.” There is no question that I am very passionate about my home and there is no doubt that I love its people very deeply. But, just like we all do with members of our family, I get ticked off sometimes.  Whether it be with family or with others, we all have a tendency to fly off the handle about things before we know the full story.

Before sharing my internal grumblings with you guys, I will always try to be sure that I’m right or, as I am about to do now, I will tell you the whole story, all about how wrong I was, and how I corrected my internal strife.

Ho’oponopono is one of my favorite Hawaiian concepts. It is a way that families or groups get together to discuss their differences and resolve any issues they may be having between them. You could call it a healing process.  It’s a process that I’ve always admired and one that I took to heart many years ago.  More recently, I saw it labeled as, “mental cleansing.”  That definition certainly works for me on this one!

So, with all of that in mind, let me share a little story. Don’t “go off” until you’ve read the whole thing!  I already did that.

Torn and Reconciled

On April 20th, I finally got to walk on the grounds of the Royal Mausoleum. I was excited and a little scared. I walked across the lawn looking at things and something suddenly made me stop and think — I couldn’t believe it. Shock and dismay left me questioning my ability to judge character.  “Why? How could they do that to them?!? How could they be so cruel?”

Let me explain.  We need to back up a little to understand this faulty thought process of mine.  It all started with a small bit of knowledge — knowledge that Kamehameha Schools removed the “Bishop” name from their own. They didn’t want a “haole name” in the name of the school. Fine. That’s your choice. Whatever. To be honest, with all of the bad publicity surrounding Bishop Estate, I would have preferred to disassociate from that as well. I shook my head and left it at that. Then I read somewhere about the love between Princess Bernice Pauahi and Charles Reed Bishop and I started to feel badly and very sad about the name thing.

Now let’s get back to the Mausoleum. Stay with me now, this is where I mix things all up in my head.

Entrance to Mauna 'Ala, the Royal Mausoleum of Hawai'i

The gates are open at Mauna ‘Ala, the Royal Mausoleum, and I can go in! There’s the Queen’s burial site! There’s Queen Lili’uokalani’s resting place, the last sovereign of Hawaii. Wow, finally! Who’s next to her? John Dominis. (My mental wheels go screech!) “Huh?”

“Uh, excuse me, what’s more haole than that?”  Okay, there is Error #1.  This is also known as jumping to conclusions without thinking. Can we talk about a time line here? Hint: There is NO connection between these burials and the name of Kamehameha Schools! Moving on…

Charles Reed Bishop monument

They put Charles Reed Bishop out on the lawn all by himself! Enter in my Error #2.

Kamehameha Crypt frome the side with Charles Bishop's monument in the background

“Where’s his wife anyway? Probably down there with the Queen and everybody else and I just didn’t see her name,” grumble, grumble, grumble. As you can see from the picture above, this was Error #3. Bernice Pauahi’s name is with the rest of the Kamehameha family, right next to Charles out there on the lawn! (That’s the crypt that Charles built for them after she died, by the way.)

Yes there were errors but they accomplished something important — they sent me on a mission to understand what happened.  That mission has opened doors to so many things!

Elimination of the Errors

  • Error #1: I had the Kamehameha School thing stuck in my brain and that was recent. Queen Lili’uokalani and Governor Dominis were interred many, many years before that! I get one slap for that one.
  • Error #2: Charles Bishop was put there by his own design. One more slap for me! Kamehameha School might want to rethink the removal of the name of someone with so much caring, respect, and regard for the royal family!  Just a thought.
  • Error #3: She’s right there! Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop is not only right next to Mr. Bishop’s memorial stone, his ashes were actually interred with her in the Kamehameha Crypt before it was permanently sealed! Three slaps for me!

I could not have been more wrong!  My internal dismay and whining changed into something like this:

“OMG! There she is! Charles was put where? OMG! See?!? They didn’t. They couldn’t. They wouldn’t. They could never be cruel! I knew that.”

Research, patience, and understanding leads to an internal drama successfully reconciled.  The fact that Charles’ urn  was placed on Bernice Pauahi’s casket by Prince Kuhio was just wonderful frosting on the cake for me! (Source: Mauna ‘Ala Hawai’i’s Royal Mausoleum, Last Remnant of a Lost Kingdom by Don Chapman with William Kaihe’ekai Mai’oho)  Their love was not overlooked, it was highly respected.  Ponopono = setting it straight; setting me straight!

I’m not saying that Charles was an angel.  I don’t know enough about it all, but I’ll keep digging and I’ll let you know!

SPECIAL NOTE about Kamehameha Schools: Don’t take any of this the wrong way! If I had a child, right now, with Hawaiian blood, I would do everything in my power to enroll that child in the Kamehameha Schools system. They produce fine students! I have only the highest respect for the quality of education that they provide! (It’s not their fault that I’m a mush bucket who jumps to conclusions.)

There’s so much to uncover, so much to tell — I don’t even know where to start.  The stories all link together, the history all links together, my discoveries all link together. I want so much to share — it’s so fascinating. There is so much we don’t know! Did our education system let us down. In this department I’m afraid they did. I’ll share what I find, I promise!

In the mean time, Mauna ‘Ala is a beautiful place to visit and to just sit down for a while and think.  It’s so peaceful and there is such a feeling of safety and sanctity there.  If you have not been there, you need to be sure you add it to your list of places to visit!

In Search of Restoration

Crypt Entrance (photos inside are discouraged)As you step carefully down the narrow stairway, you well see a little plaque on your left next to the gate. You can see it in the picture to the right. On the plaque is written a short little blessing labeled the “Kawananakoa Gate Blessing.” (The Kawananakoa family is there with the Queen too!)

That little plaque reads as follows:

HARBINGERS OF ALOHA
THROUGH A BLACK LACE VEIL, SHIMMERING
UNLOCK OUR LOVE
LEST WE FORGET FROM WHENCE WE CAME

AND AS WE TOO SLIP THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH
TO FLY WITH IWALANI
LET OUR CHILDREN JOIN HANDS HERE
TO TOUCH THE SOUL OF ALOHA

                                               August 29, 1986

It’s not all that old.  I don’t know who wrote it but it’s very beautiful, very touching, and very fitting. In a coming post, “In Search of Restoration,” I will tell you why I say it is so fitting.

For now, I just felt the need to share my little joyful moment of discovery with the World.  Readers know where my heart is. This is my home and this is our history.