Please support “Waking in a Sea of Dreams”

I am raising funds for a new book called Walking In A Sea of Dreams. I was born in the year of the rabbit, so it is not in either my personality type or comfort zone to call attention to myself, at least in the way I am doing through the Kickstarter.com project I set up. I have been humbled by the response. I've gotten lots of grants and commissions but nothing like belief and support from friends and family to create a personal obligation and desire to make a totally excellent project. And I will. When I first heard of Kickstarter.com I...

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Social Media

Almost a year ago I set up this website with the intention of making a place where I could make public commentary on things – events, people, news, movies, kitty cats, whatever struck me. I wanted to be like local newspaper columnist Lee Cataluna and say what I think as a way to get people think more deeply about what’s going on in the community, celebrate neighbors whose deeds are noteworthy yet not significant enough to be reported in the news. Her humor is insightful, local, intelligent, often biting and more often than not, profound. To date, my entries have not...

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Makua Valley

My hiking partners and I hiked up Kealia Trail, which begins in back of Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia, ascends the mountain face via a number of switchbacks, then continues over to Makua ridge, ending in this overlook of Makua Valley.   The military has already used it extensively for live bombing tests and military training. It took the community many years to stop the bombing but the military wants it back, to make a "world class" roadside bombing and counterinsurgency training center. They say it will better prepare them for fighting in Afghanistan. I donʻt think so....

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Kittens

I love dogs, mostly I love animals in general but I am not particularly a cat person. I've never had a real pet (other than a fish) because I travel so much and because I'm not good at cleaning up after them. My fish was a total character (who thought an angel fish could have so much personality!) and when she died several years ago, I was devastated and didn't want to go through the death of a pet again.   Last week, my friend's daughter brought home a box of kittens that had been left to die. I happened to be...

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Vision Statement for Bishop Estate trustee application

These are selected parts of the essay I submitted as my application to become a trustee of the Bishop Estate. It was evidently not what the search committee was looking for, nevertheless it sums up my thoughts about the qualities that I believe are necessary to move Hawaiʻi into the future, not just as a Bishop Estate trustee but as a leader of our State:   Bishop Estate Trustee Cover Letter and Vision Statement “There was once enough for everyone. That was before Captain Cook “discovered” our Hawaiian islands on his way to find a northwest passage, before the missionaries came to save...

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Merata Mita

I was shocked and deeply saddened to read that Merata Mita passed away. It was evidently sudden and totally unexpected and so a flood of memories rushes in as I think of the tremendous impact she had not only on the indigenous filmmaking community in general but on my life in particular.   I first met Merata sometime in the early nineties, when she came to Hawaiʻi to present one of her films at a fledgling film I had started as executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications. I wasnʻt very familiar with her or the world of Maori filmmaking before then...

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Economic Recovery – Hawaiian Style

This is an essay I wrote for a Native Insights contest on Economic Recovery. This essay was one of five winning essays and was chosen in the Native Hawaiian category.   There was once enough for everyone. That was before Captain Cook “discovered” our Hawaiian islands on his way to find a northwest passage, before the missionaries came to save our heathen ancestors and before the American businessmen called in the U.S. Navy to protect their land investments. For centuries before western contact, the Hawaiian people flourished. There was no disease, no hunger, no homelessness, no economic recession. That was then. Today,...

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