My first overnight sail

The Kamafiki Crew, as we named ourselves, went on our first overnight sail this past Saturday, a moonless night so we could see stars. Basically there are six of us on this crew that means 'magic' in Samoan, according to Captain Buddy. It's a word he uses when something suddenly fixes itself or does what it's supposed to. None of us could find it in a Samoan dictionary and the one Tongan one of us asked had never heard of kamafiki. When you think about it, it makes sense that there wouldn't be such a word as magic, at least in...

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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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