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Is it open season on O’ahu’s bloggers?

It certainly seems to be open season on our health!  Oddly enough, separate and apart from each other, we have had unexpected health issues catch several of us by surprise.  I put off sharing mine to see where things were going to go but when I saw the other ladies having issues too, it seemed that now might be a good time.

In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will tell you a bit about my drama and then share my take on the wonderful local businesses that helped me get through the beginnings of what will be an ongoing battle.  A few regular readers may remember this horrible post about my bloody incident.  Yes, I tripped and fell but the reality is that my left foot wasn’t fast enough to recover and catch itself, and the rest of me before it was too late.

Apparently I have “Drop Foot” (or “Foot Drop” — I’ve seen it called both) that causes my foot to not snap back the way it is supposed to when I walk.  Hence I trip a lot.  Those five stitches from that bloody incident were the last straw.  I did a Google search to find out what runners do if they have drop foot.  Sure enough, I am not alone.

Allard USA lets you “Get Your Life Back!Several people spoke of an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) device called “Toe Off” made by Allard USA.  Exciting news!  I made a long distance call to their offices and they told me all about it.  They then told me they couldn’t sell it to me directly.  I would have to work through a company that works on orthotics and prosthetics since they do not sell these things retail. Irritating, yes, but they do that to be sure you get fitted correctly.

This little darling that helps you “Get Your Life Back” is actually manufactured in Sweden.  Hey, they have mountains to climb over there!  One of their flyers actually shows a gentleman wearing this while mountain climbing.  I can run with this, too!  Right?  Allard says yes you can.

Okay, so who do I know in Honolulu?   Where do I go?  Mom always depended heavily on CR Newton so that name was very familiar to me.  While they do have a reputation for being a bit pricey, they also know what they’re doing!

The side of a van makes the best advertisement!

The conversation went something like this:

“Yes, you can get one through us.  Do you have a prescription?”

“No.  Why, do I need one?”

“No but you’ll have to pay for it out of pocket otherwise.”

Long story short, my medical coverage has no DME (durable medical equipment) rider so I was on my own.  “Okay, how much?”  I braced myself for what I assumed would be a 3 or 4 hundred dollar quote.  It turned out to be about three times that amount.  Gulp!

I know what you’re thinking but, knowing that this was going to be my own out-of-pocket expense, CR Newton matched the lower price of a competitor.  “Really?”  Did I cry when I heard that?  You bet!

I got my Bluerocker Toe Off!

So, I got it!  Randy at CR Newton got the Toe Off over here, fitted it for me, and tweaked it for me about a week later.  He kept in contact with me and asked that I call him and report on any developments, problems, etc.  He asked that I keep him informed. 

Sending out a huge “Mahalo!” to CR Newton and Randy Pang for their assistance with this, er, development.

Now I wear it almost every day and I have gone running with it.  The Great Aloha Run is going to be very interesting this year.  Last year I could barely make it back to my car, the pain was so severe.  I have an appointment with a therapist who is in the know about these things over at Kaiser right after Christmas.

Not the prettiest fashion statement but who cares?I sort of need to teach myself how to walk correctly again.  Sigh.  My body was compensating too much and has taken on very bad, pain-inflicting habits.  

Okay, so this device is not the greatest fashion statement but when you need to walk without cracking your head open or causing other related leg injuries, it really doesn’t matter!  For this, vanity flies right out the window!

I decided to share this because two other local bloggers have run into even scarier health issues where vanity is the least of their worries.

Gigi over at Gigi-Hawaii says, Enough of this Sad Story! Gigi, like me, is dealing with a uncooperative nervous system.  We’re irritated, no doubt about that, but we are fighting arduously against this nonsense to maintain both our lifestyle as well as our quality of life, no matter what!

Kay, in her Musings, says it’s One of Those Days as she deals with the threat of one of my worse nightmares.  “At least let me keep the one beautiful body part that I have?!?”  There goes the vanity thing again, sorry.  The reality is, I don’t like those call backs to the doctor’s office and I don’t think Kay does either!

Gigi and Kay, I will keep both of you in my prayers and, no matter what, we will keep “talking” until our fingers stop working!  There’s hope on our highways too!

Keyboard where blogging happens.

We should check in on each other from time to time and see how we’re doing — hold cyber hands and hope that it all stops here!  

I know, Gigi, that we have residual left overs from these things but I want them to stop here and not get any worse, and maybe even get a little better!   Please?

We bloggers need to get out there and share our island’s fun and craziness, therefore, we need to be healthy and mobile!  NO MORE DRAMA!  Come on ladies, let’s get our lives back!

Yahoo! or Yikes! Saving MyBlogLog

Apparently I missed this on the blogosphere wireless! Three or four years ago, maybe more, MyBlogLog was THE in thing in Social Media!

When I first started blogging, no, before I started blogging, MyBlogLog was the first place that I dipped my toe into the blogosphere.  I have not left the waters of the blogosphere since!

We have  until May 24, 2011 to convince Yahoo! that they MUST change their mind and work with the network(s) of bloggers to pass it on to capable and more-focused hands!

“Isn’t it reasonable that they would sell MyBlogLog so that you can maintain your communities? Isn’t it reasonable to expect that they would at a minimum protect your work by providing you the ability to move it over to a site like BlogCatalog or some other network?

BlogCatalog is willing to do whatever technical work is necessary to port their user base and go through all the spam and clean out the mess they have left. They have pilfered bloggers data only to leave bloggers hanging out in the cold.”

Well said!  We all need to stick with what we do best.  Yahoo! is wonderful, do not get me wrong.   They bring current news to the forefront and Yahoo! Finance is awesome!  We can talk all day about the wonders of Yahoo! email lists.  Yahoo! has their niche.  In fact, they have several!  Be reasonable guys, do not leave a sour taste in the mouths of the blogosphere.

BloggersUnite.org has much better things to do and big World problems where it strives to organize bloggers!  They have made this one of their causes.

What right’s do bloggers have in a community that they built especially when a corporation the size of Yahoo has made promises to focus on the site and turn it into something valuable for you? They made promises. Why should they be entitled to shut the site down to the detriment of bloggers who have supported them for years relying on the fact that Yahoo is one of the larger tech companies in the USA?

Isn’t it reasonable that they would sell MyBlogLog so that you can maintain your communities? Isn’t it reasonable to expect that they would at a minimum protect your work by providing you the ability to move it over to a site like BlogCatalog or some other network? 

Rant About It is ranting about it too!

Why?  BlogCatalog isn’t a public company so we can decide how and where to invest our money.  Our pride and joy is BloggersUnite.org a site designed for bloggers to unite around causes and make a difference.  What would a simple connection between MyBlogLog and BloggersUnite.org mean to the world?   One life saved  because one blogger from MyBlogLog didn’t know about BloggersUnite.org and now they do?  Perhaps more?

The cynic could suggest that MyBlogLog doesn’t know about BlogCatalog, that tiny company located somewhere in Texas.   The cynic would be wrong.   Greg Cohen of Yahoo and I spoke at SXSW a year ago about taking over MyBlogLog.  They wanted to know our plans.  We shared some of them though were not going to hand over the “sauce.”    Interesting enough even after laying out what we would do and how we could enable Yahoo! to save face, they would rather shut it down.

Since blogging is about transparency and social media is about transparency,  perhaps not total, though much more so than business has ever been,  here’s the outline that was sent to Greg and his Yahoo Don’t let MyBlogLog die!colleagues.    As the CEO of BlogCatalog I am still inviting Yahoo! to leave the door open.  Do not shut it.  We don’t want any of the “dots.”  

As you can see, the sour taste has already started.  Yahoo! does not want it anymore, so let BlogCatalog take it and restore it to its original happy place!

Let the blogosphere continue to love you, Yahoo!. Let it go!

Calling All Bloggers! Deadline approaching for February Carnival!

Perfect pink hibiscus.This is just a reminder to submit your favorite blog posts to the Carnival of Aloha and share your thoughts and concerns with the rest of us!  Your fellow bloggers can then share the link with their audiences who can discover all of you!  It’s fun stuff, if it’s done right.

I’ve found so many interesting people following the links from Carnivals and Memes.  Hmmm… let’s start a game! What kind of a meme can we start that is Hawaii-specific?  Suggestions anyone?

For an example of a meme, you can check out Noel’s meme over at his blog, A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii.  This meme is a good one for those who love to take pictures of our natural flowers and vegetation.

For those of you who missed this definition, a meme, according to YourDictionary.com is a “unit of cultural information, such as a concept, belief, or practice, that spreads from person to person…”  In short, a blog meme is the sharing of like information between bloggers.  It’s similar to a blog carnival but not quite the same. 

A meme is a little more focused.  For another great example, you can check out Teaser Tuesdays!  So easy, so informative, and so much fun!  Following the links makes it even better — especially if you like to read!

For the time being, while we think of a new meme for all of us, remember to submit one of your Hawai’i posts to the Carnival of Aloha by using this form!   Now you can’t get mad at me if you forget! 

Carnival of Interesting Finds

Cattle egret steps lightly along the hedge next to the Vineyard Zippy’s.

We have some wonderful things in the oddest places!  The lovely fellow you see above was slinking slowly across the top, yes the top, of the hedge in front of my car.  He was quite the circus act — not looking for Christmas presents but looking for lunch (bugs).  He was finding them too!

As I stuck my head out the window I was holding my breath hoping that he wouldn’t fly away before I could take this picture.  Relax, I wasn’t driving.  I was parked at Zippy’s, with a dead battery.  This handsome little guy was my entertainment!

Hawaii Beaches tells us all about the Best Hawaii Beach Bars in Honolulu posted at Hawaii Beaches.  Those are wonderful things in odd places!  No, these are not floating bars, they are establishments right on the edge of the beach.

Drinking in parks and on beaches is supposed to be illegal.   But, some people do like life on the wild side!  We won’t talk about the drinking variety right now.  We’ve got better ideas!

Katie Sorene likes life on the wild side! She asks, “Do You Dare? Hiking Hawaii’s Most Explosive Volcano” over at Travel Blog – Tripbase.  She explains with “background info and traveler tips for hiking Mount Kilauea, Hawaii’s most explosive volcano.”

Whew!  After that we need to get something to eat.

Jennifer Miner presents Three Best Restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii posted at The Vacation Gals. Okay, we may have things to add to that, but I can always appreciate the culinary finds of our visitors!

Now that we’re full we need to go and relax a bit over at Bishop Museum!

Karen Awong touches our hearts with I Pledge Allegiance posted at kareninhonolulu, saying, “This quilt is hanging in Bishop Museum. It is known as the protest quilt and is said to have been worked on by Queen Liliuokalani while she had been held prisoner in Iolani Palace.”  Thank you, Karen.

Okay, ready?  Rested?  Come on, let’s go on another hike!

Jen presents Best Family Adventures: Hanakapi’ai Hike: 8.4 miles and they’re still talking to us posted at Best Family Adventures, saying, “Many people hike the first mile of Na Pali, but not many barely-8-year-olds make the 8.4-mile round trip to Hanakapiai Falls. But it can be done with time and patience.”

See?  You can do it too!  A little too much elevation?  Let’s head back down towards the ocean!

Friends of Falls of Clyde is Catching Up! on work being done on my darling boat.  You can read all about it over at The Falls of Clyde website.  Keep in mind that these are volunteers who are keeping these repairs moving!

Well, we started with a bird in a strange place, so let’s wrap this up with a bird activity asking us to find more of them in strange places.  Our friend, GrrlScientist, provides an interesting and fun holiday activity for all Hawai’i residents and visitors.

GrrlScientist presents The World Parrot Count posted at Punctuated Equilibrium. We need to find parrots in strange places.  This is for all islands!  I always miss things like this.  You guys are more observant!  If you see one, let them know!  Check it out — this will be great for the kids during Christmas break. I know those birds are out there but, like our friend above, they have to show up in front of my face for me to take notice.

That concludes this chapter. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Aloha using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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November Carnival of Culture, Fun, and Water!

The holiday season is upon us!  See what happens when you blink?  The Marigolds you see have everything to do with November.  Nothing to do with Hawai’i but I will explain their November importance in another post very soon!

Marigolds bring us into November.

The Carnival is in full swing this month so we’re going to need some added energy and nutritional sustenance.

Lisa is going to feed us with Big Kahuna’s Pizza ‘n Stuffs posted at Oahu Mom. Lisa tells us more about Big Kahuna’s: “With its location near the airport, Big Kahuna’s is a great place to take hungry friends after they arrive on island or to grab some food before a long flight. But even if you’re not making a trip to or from the airport, you should take a trip to Big Kahuna’s.”   Hmmm… never been there.  Thanks for feeding us, Lisa, and for sharing this discovery!

We are really going to need that pizza as we go on a visit to one of the cultural places that is vastly rich in knowledge and information.

Karen Awong checks her calendar and figures that, If Its Thursday, I Must Be At The Museum posted at Holo Holo Hawaii.  Karen says, “I live in and blog about Hawaii and Bishop Museum.” I hope, Karen, that you will continue to share things about the Museum with us!

It has been far too long!  I keep saying that I’m going to visit but I never seem to find my way there.  So much of our culture is housed within the walls of Bishop Museum.  Our support and continued visits are well overdue.  Holo nui to the Museum and get your cultural shot in the arm.  It will do your heart good!

I still worry about, and dearly miss, Bishop’s Maritime Museum, that sits quietly next to Aloha Tower.  That one brings on tears of frustration each time I see a visitor approach the closed doors and read the “Temporarily Closed” sign.  I only found it when I started blogging.  I never even knew it was there.  As soon as I fell in love with it, the doors were closed due to a lack of funding.  Some things are so worthy of our support and we so need to keep them open!  A heartfelt “Mahalo!” to you, Karen!   I’m so happy to add you and your blog to our little Carnival Ohana!

We need a chuckle!

Sheila presents 8 Myths of Hawaii Five-0 posted at Hawaii Vacation Advice – GoVisitHawaii.com. Sheila wants to let us all know that, “Hawaii Five-0 is not reality TV. 🙂 ”   Go “Nuts!”  (Myth #4)  Good one, Sheila!  Thanks for sharing, and I believe you when you say you could watch paint drying if scenic Hawai’i was the back drop!

Are you itching to move along?  Donna will help!

Donna Hull shares more of her travels with us as she goes Tubing Through Kauai’s History posted at My Itchy Travel Feet. Donna further shares that, “Tubing down one of Kauai’s old sugar plantations canals is a fun way to experience the history and beauty of the Garden Isle.”  What a great idea!  How can you not focus on the topic at hand?

Not wet enough?  One of Hawaii’s biggest draws for both visitors and kama’aina has got to be the dolphins!

Jennifer Miner presents Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Oahu, Hawaii posted at The Vacation Gals – Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips.  Jennifer says, “Swimming with wild dolphins can be an amazing travel experience, especially when done with a small group that respects the ocean and marine life.” I agree!

Still not wet enough?

Hawaii Beaches tells us all about the Popular Oahu Beaches posted over at Hawaii Beaches.  If you visit all of them you can’t possibly get away without being sufficiently water-logged!

We’ll wrap things up kind of the way we started.  While you’re still chewing on your pizza, let’s make one more Museum stop.

Evelyn, that’s me, shares a Homespun Honolulu blog post that is one of my favorites, Maritime History and Pirate Ships.   This is posted here in case readers were wondering why I am so dearly attached to the Maritime Museum.  I will thank Karen again for opening up an opportunity to share this post yet again.  The Falls of Clyde has been cut lose and is no longer connected to the Maritime Museum, except for its location.  Regular readers know how I feel about “my boat!”

Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful Carnival and a great collection of posts!

I promise to answer the question about “why marigolds are important to November” very soon!

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It’s a Thirsty World!

On October 15th, the blogosphere is talking about WaterAid – The Burden of Thirst

There are so many statistics about the bad things around the World — staggering statistics.  There are some that attract my attention, some that horrify me, and some that shake me up pretty badly.  Dirty drinking water shakes me up!  But, no water — now that’s even worse!  Unheard of!  Water is such a precious thing but we tend to take it for granted.

“4000 children die each day due to illnesses from lack of clean drinking water. Give money and blog about this. WaterAid is lobbying the UN to make water a human right. Why isn’t it? Over 1 million kids die each year from lack of water and there are easy solutions to this problem. It’s disgraceful.”

Bloggers Unite has struck another one of my nerves with this one so I’m sharing our thirsty World’s water drama.  In Hawai’i we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our water but we don’t realize that there are so many people out there who are without water — clean or dirty!  How can this happen?!?

America doesn’t have perfect water.  I won’t drink the water in St. Louis, Missouri.  You can smell the chlorine.  Talk about a shock!  “What’s wrong with the water?”  I thought I had inhaled too much cigarette smoke on the plane!  But, at least they have water!   

Bloggers Unite has joined forces with WaterAid America, Megree, and a host of other bloggers, to alert the United Nations and the rest of the World to the need for attention to this and the need to raise money to help start a resolution.

Change.org|Start Petition

If you’re feeling the need to help provide others with what we take for granted, think about donating and/or sign the petition.

It’s a thirsty World, I just never realized how thirsty.

Carnival of Living Aloha and Loving It!

Watching a bird in flight by Moanalua Gardens.Did you know that September 3, 2007 was the very first Carnival of Aloha.  I’m having a hard time digesting it but this is actually Chapter 30!  Don’t bother doing the math, it doesn’t come out.  I counted.  We’ve actually been sharing blogs and getting to know each other for three years now!

That’s a happy thing, at least I think so!  The Carnival flies on the wings that you bloggers give it!

The election season may not be the best season to have a Carnival.  Questions about candidates and the state of the State’s affairs abound. 

“What do we do? Who do we choose? What will they do if they get in office? Where do we go from here?”

With all of the political and social issues bubbling around town, the animosity between candidates is so thick you need a knife to cut through it all, or a rubber mallet, depending.  Sometimes I need to be reminded to keep my attitude in check because I have a little too much attitude and I can’t stand smug politicians!

Sheila reminded me about the attitude thing when she asked for, Your Take: Why you Love Oahu.  Fizzle!  There goes that attitude — right down the drain.  Why do I love O’ahu?  There are so many reasons, for me, and they are often indescribable.  Thanks, Sheila, for popping that darn attitude balloon!  I know it’s unintentional but it’s a gift you have and it’s not the first time.  That’s just another reason why GoVisitHawaii.com is an important blog to more than just the tourists.

There are so many things to see and learn on all of our islands.

Jan TenBruggencate wrote an article about how The ocean’s color affects heat, storm formation posted over at Raising Islands–Hawai’i science and environment.  This gives us a clue as to just how important the colors of our environment are!  Who would have thought that color had so much power?

The beauty and natural wonders and colors of our islands make for great conversations and great Carnival rides!  I found something else, too!

Noel has started a Made-in-Hawai’i Meme!   It is The Hot, the Loud, and the Proud Meme!  I stumbled on the 6th issue of this meme and I include it here in the Carnival because Hawai’i is all about picture taking and the more beautiful colors we get to see, the better!  Thank you, Noel, I am so looking forward to participating in this meme!  Others eager to join can find out more about it at A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii.

Hopefully a lot of visiting bloggers will participate in this meme when they get home with their wonderful pictures!  When they come to visit we want to be sure they enjoy themselves and they can always use a few tips.

Pua presents Hawaii travel: 10 Best Hawaii vacation tips posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog.  This way you are forewarned about some of the things to do to be sure you get the most out of your stay, whether you’re traveling inter island, or coming from out-of-State.

In honor of the third anniversary of this Carnival I did the lazy thing and shared the same post I used for Chapter 1.

Evelyn (me) shared one of the things you can do while you’re on vacation on O’ahu — go to see the colors of the Sea Life at the Park.  Hmmm… perhaps I will grab posts from that first, debut Carnival to share next September!

See?  As much as we complain, it’s our home and we’re still Living Aloha and Loving it!  🙂

That concludes Chapter 30. Submit your blog article 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.

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Can you read this? What if no one can?

In case you have not heard of Bloggers Unite, it is an organization that makes an “attempt to harness the power of the blogosphere to make the world a better place. By asking bloggers to write about a particular subject, a single voice can be joined with thousands to help make a difference.

Bloggers Unite.org once again has bloggers stepping up to the plate to attract attention to an area that needs a lot of that attention.  The International Literacy numbers are shocking!

Grim illiteracy statistics report that, “42 million American adults can’t read at all; 50 million are unable to read at a higher level that is expected of a fourth or fifth grader.”  These statistics may be dated but they only get worse! And that’s just America!

This is a global problem.  The State of Hawaii and the City & County of Honolulu are no exception. Hawaii Literacy.org is very aware of just how much is needed in this area.

For more information and other useful links, check out the page at Bloggers Unite!  You will be able to get to see what the other bloggers have to say about this issue.

It’s Blog Carnival Time! Jump on and pick a ride!

Welcome to the July, 2010 edition of Carnival of Aloha.  I’m at a loss for words, Leiwhich is rare, and I’m not quite sure where to start.  I think we will let Sheila help us decide where to go first.

Sheila tell us How to Pick the Best Hawaiian Island(s) For Your Vacation and she posted this over at Hawaii Vacation Blog – GoVisitHawaii.com, saying, “I see so many folks struggling to choose which island(s) that best suit them for their vacation. So, after a lot of thought, I prepared this list of useful resources.”

Okay, we need to get something to eat first to work up our energy!

I guess I’m going to be in charge of feeding us this time but do be sure to visit this Sign for Safeway’s “just for U” campaign0ne and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a Safeway Gift Card!  And you don’t have to live in Hawai’i to enter either!

Evelyn Hunter (that’s me) says that There’s a grocery list “Just for U!” posted right here at Homespun Honolulu.  I do love my food and I do love my grocery store for feeding me!  Writing about Safeway is always a pleasure — especially when my Pali Safeway is the best one.  Follow the link and tell me that your Safeway is better.  Go ahead!  (Take the bait — it’ll get you entered in the drawing!) 

Now that we have been fed, we can start our journey with the clean beaches of our Nation’s coastline.

Roger Elmore joins us for the first time and shares America’s 10 Most Beautiful Beaches Not on the Gulf Coast posted at Hospitality Management Schools.  The oil spill has been at the top of news for over two months now and it’s good to know that three of those ten beaches belong to the State of Hawai’i!  Thank you, Roger, for sharing a recap of our Nation’s beautiful beaches!

We all know how important our beaches are to us.  We are also sensitive about our ocean-dwelling neighbors.  Please join me in welcoming Cynthia to our little Carnival ohana as she takes us to the Big Island of Hawai’i and reminds us just how important our ocean friends are to us.

Cynthia Hoskins shares Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay posted at her blog, asynchronicity.  This is the coolest thing!  Apparently this is becoming an annual event.  Mahalo to Sea Life Park for providing the baby honu and mahalo to Mauna Lani Bay for raising and caring for them! Mahalo, Cynthia, for sharing their story with us! Thank you for joining us!

We’re not done with our biggest island yet…

Andrew Cooper helps us shed some light on the telescope controversy at the top of our Big Island of Hawai’i by sharing an abundance of information about Astronomy and the Island Community posted at A Darker View.   Thank you, Andrew, for that moonbeam spotlight — pulling all of the information and useful links together for us to examine in much better detail than we’ve been getting piecemeal.

Now, after all of this food for thought, we need to unwind and contemplate all of this mental input!

Pua helps us relax with the Best Hawaii Sunset Photos posted at Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, saying, “The sunsets in Hawaii are unique and special to visitors and residents. Experiencing a rare ‘Green Flash’ sunset makes it even more exciting. Come visit our Best Hawaii Sunset photos and let us know which sunset photo you like best.”

Thank you, Pua, for helping us wrap up this, the 28th Chapter of our Carnival.  Be sure to submit your blog articles to the next edition of Carnival of Aloha using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Historic Events Repeating Themselves

King Lunalilo’s Tomb

King Lunalilo’s tomb was blessed with new kahili a few weeks ago as part of the King’s 175th birthday.  These kahili were beautiful new additions to replace the old ones that were not in the greatest of shape after all of these years.

Kamehameha Maertens

Apparently the making of the new kahili was orchestrated by Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna which says to me that these kahili were not only crafted of feathers but that they were done correctly, carefully, and beautifully.

The gentleman pictured here on the left is Kamehameha Maertens.  He is quite familiar with the kahili in King Lunalilo’s tomb.  Back in 1938 an article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin listed him as one of the kahili bearers back then. Mr. Maertens’ grandson took him to the new kahili event to celebrate Lunalilo’s 175th birthday on January 31st at the King’s tomb on the grounds of Kawaiaha’o Church.

That, in my opinion, is certainly something worth talking about — a man revisits a part of history that he himself was a part of.  I’m not sure how many of us will be around long enough to see history repeat itself or to say we actually had a hand in it!

In the Star-Bulletin article, Kamehameha Maertens was listed incorrectly as a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha.  His first name may have been the reason for the reporter’s confusion but he was certainly an important part of the royal procession paying tribute to the memory of a man who was once a very popular monarch.

After all of those years gone by, I can’t help but wonder if he ever dreamed that his own grandchild would push for the preservation of the Hawaiian culture through the protection, perpetuation, and restoration of its treasured language.  In case you can’t get into Facebook, here’s the meat of what’s on the other end of this link:

“After the unlawful overthrow of the Hawaiian government by white supremacists, four generations of Hawaiian people endured cultural genocide beginning in 1896 when the Hawaiian language was banned as a medium of public instruction. 30+ years have passed since the 1978 Hawai’i State Constitution nominally restored Hawaiian as an official language along with English, yet speakers of Hawaiian cannot vote using their language. Without public information readily available in Hawaiian, the current policy of English-only community services is indeed tantamount to ethnic cleansing! Will you please join with us to implement Hawai’i’s Official Languages Act to put this unfortunate era of cultural genocide against Hawaiian speaking people behind us for good?”

I’ve talked about this before and, while it is a touchy subject, most people will agree that it is a terrible thing to cut off a people from their own language.  It is a wretched behavior for a country claiming to be “civilized.”  Make no mistake about it, I’m an American and proud of it, but there are times when I just don’t know what we were thinking!  But I digress.

There are quite a few of us who missed the Hawaiian-language boat in school and are now trying to learn.  This is where Mr. Maertens’ grandson comes in.  Michael Malulani Odegaard is trying to help us do just that.  Some students are doing better than others.  I have to admit that life, as usual, gets in the way of that too.  Mahalo, Kumu, for all you do and for your infinite patience!

For those of you looking to learn ‘olelo Hawai’i or looking to brush up on your skills a little, there are small classes available on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  Follow this link for more information about the Wednesday evening class and for contact information in case you have questions.

For those who try to call it a dead language, I’m very happy to let you know that you are sadly mistaken!  It’s alive and well and getting stronger every day!

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