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Kilihea Mockchew, member of the Hawaii HS Rodeo Assn, rounds the 2nd barrel in the Barrel Racing event at the annual Honoka‘a Stampede Rodeo held over Memorial Day weekend. The Hawaii Saddle Club will sponsor their 57th rodeo this year.
Chelsea Branco stops her horse so the lasso (lower left) can ”breakaway” from the saddle pulled by the steer that she just ropped during last year‘s 56th annual Honokaa Stampede Rodeo sponsored by the Hawaii Saddle Club. Photos by Jock Goodman.
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Sam Auld leaps from his horse to run down the rope and catch the steer and hopes to tie 3 legs in the Calf Roping event at the Hawaii Saddle Club annual rodeo in Honokaa.
HAWAII’S DIVERSE UNIVERSE CONNECTS CULTURES This Saddle Bronc rider gets some big air at the annual Hawaii Saddle Club rodeo held over Memorial Day weekend in Honoka‘a. All photos by Jock Goodman.
Cookie Kawamoto loops the rear legs after partner, John Fitzgerald, has roped the steer‘s neck to win the Century Team Roping event.
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Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival Announces Open Concert Program
he internationally renowned summer classical music festival held on Hawai’i Island each July has created a program which will help disadvantaged, disabled and challenged music lovers attend HPAF concerts at no charge. On the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience great music, 5% of HPAF’s available summer concert tickets will be given to worthy individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend. HPAF is asking for help from local nonprofits in identifying deserving recipients of these free tickets. HPAF invites nonprofit organizations in Hilo, Kona and Waimea to nominate worthy individuals to receive complimentary tickets, which are disseminated on a first come, first served basis. Contact HPAF Executive Director Genette Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-333-7378.
The festival runs from July 9 - July 28, 2013, with concerts taking place in Waimea, Honoka‘a, Hilo and Kona. This summer’s lineup heralds the return of Korean American violin phenomenon Chee-Yun, as well as theatrically staged operas and an exciting Broadway review. British Jazz Vocalist of the Year Liane Carroll opens the season on July 9 with a highly anticipated performance at the Kahilu Theater. A complete concert schedule will be released in early April. For more information, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org. Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival is supported by the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. HPAF is made possible in part by the generosity of numerous private individuals, businesses and foundations
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CONNECTING CULTURES Nurturing Our Taro Patches BY Jimmy Toyama
CHANGE WE MUST
his morning while at the 24 Hour Club doing my routine exercises, I saw a news report that absolutely floored me. There on the screen was a newscaster reporting that two young teenagers in their very early teens accosted a mother strolling her thirteen month old baby through a park and demanded of her money which she did not have. The teens, having been told that by the mother, shot her in the leg, and then, proceeded to shoot without hesitation the baby lying innocently in the stroller in the head. The baby, of course, died instantly. The two teenagers fled the park and are now being sought by the police. What a horrific story. It instantly brought a very heavy feeling in my heart. I’m not
a young person and have seen many horrible things in my life, some possibly more terrifying than the report just given. Yet it gave me cause to pause to feel sad for the baby and mother who powerlessly and painfully witnessed the killing of her baby. Hearing this report, and reports like this every day, America, to me, seems much like a war torn country where terror reins in the streets. Shamefully, our terror, however, does not come from being caught in the cross fire of warring factions but from our inability to personally live responsibly with our freedom—both instrumental and existential freedoms which we enjoy like no other country. In our public affairs our discourses reveal how fractured and divided American society has become and will be increasingly so if
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we continue along this path. If our brokenness and stinging divisive discourses go unabated, a choice we can freely make, our fundamental nature will likely undergo shifts toward the deepening of our fears and distrusts; thus, making living together in a civil society extremely challenging. Too often our deep seated fear and anger covered over by our seeming civility erupts to the surface, more frequently these days, in violent rage or ugly public expressions of which there are many recent examples. Our fingers point to faults in many directions, much of it away from ourselves. To be sure, there needs to be institutional, structural, and cultural changes but, to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare’s Cassius “The fault dear Brutus, is not in the stars, but in ourselves.” If we take that lesson from Cassius to heart, then we should take a cue from the late NANA VEARY(1908-1993) who said many years ago “CHANGE WE MUST.” That we must do, and let our renewed self be the foundation for the outer changes we need in our relations, institutions and culture. As Gandhi so famously said “You must
MAY • 5 be the change you wish to see in the world.” Nana Veary’s life is not only an inspiration for deep personal change but also a model of a life’s journey of awakening, self discovery, and growth. Her life story is an invitation to a path of finding the truth that’s open to all but, we must choose. Once a decision is made the journey starts. For Nana Veary it began in Palama, a place near downtown Honolulu, and led her to raising three children, grandmother to ten, great grandmother to eight, studying with a kahuna, meditating with a guru, climbing Mount Fuji, studying metaphysics, praying as a Christian, and sitting for long hours in Zen meditation. After years of searching she came home, figuratively and literally, to share her journey with all of us. She did all this she says in search for the truth. Nana shares her treasured truths in a wonderful book “Change We Must: My Spiritual Journey,” 1989. The book will touch and move you. She writes that we tend to keep things the same because we feel comfortable but, to not heed the voices of change can also bring on discomforts. Without change we do not grow. So, change we must. Nana Veary says that we create changes in our life through our thoughts. “Thought is energy, the creative medium that you use to manifest the experiences of your life. To think is to create. If you are not aware of your thinking, then unconsciously you are bringing experiences into your life that you may not want. You must become aware
of your thoughts and ask yourself, Is this a creative thought? How is it creative? Is it going to create something negative? ‘Thought is neither good nor bad, but like any other force, the use of it determines its character.’ Just remember that, whether you are conscious of it or not, you are using energy.” Through silence, we can become more aware of our thoughts by expanding our consciousness. Silence, whether experienced through quiet walks, deep meditation, prayer or any practice, helps the “conscious thinking mind to come to a stop, and gives the invisible presence and power an opportunity to function.” We come to experience God—and that “God is around us and within us and eternally asking us to recognize it. Our security lies in this ability to know truth regardless of conditions and to know love regardless of hurts.” “As we realize that God’s Mind is the basis of our individual consciousness, we begin to solve our problems at their point of origin, which is within ourselves. We need to repair the broken communication within ourselves by being honest with ourselves, forgiving ourselves, getting back in touch with the source, and all will be well. We can do it by ourselves. In silence we can.” “To become centered in God Consciousness is the first essential of every satisfactory life. The second is to go out thinking, speaking, working, loving, and living from this center to serve God in others. Service is the greatest principle of practical ethics.”
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A Filipina's Attitude of Gratitude BY Angie Libadisos
he older I get, the more I miss my mother. And that’s a lot! She passed away a week before her 82nd birthday thirteen years ago this July. That was also the last time all of her five children were together as a family. I saved the Mother’s Day thought from that year’s desk calendar to place it with one of my favorite pictures of my mom and I. It said “I honor my mother and bless her with love. She always did her best under many difficult circumstances. I know that within me are all her best qualities.” The picture was taken in November of 1978 behind and upstairs of our then family-owned Cebu Pool Hall on Hotel Street in Honolulu. That old wooden building was torn down and replaced years ago. We both look so young and happy! A smiling Flora and her slightly shorter eldest daughter, arms around each other. It speaks to me out loud: “We don’t always agree, but we get along!” The incomparable Manang Flora was loved and respected by all who knew her for her savvy business and common sense, immense generosity, unquestionable loyalty to friends, and gregarious personality. She was interesting and unique in her approach to achieving the American Dream. Being the eldest of eight children she managed to make her way from pov-
CONNECTING CULTURES Honoring Our Host Culture BY Kumu Hula Paul K. Neves
erty and hardship in the Philippines to financial success in Honolulu. She had to do it with no formal education, a language barrier, and no support from her husband. And despite the odds, over the years Manang Flora raised five children, ran a couple of businesses, and bought and sold several pieces of property. She achieved the American dream, and she did it her way. The rise to success as she saw it. The freedom to live in a new country was the first big step. If you believe in yourself, do what you love and love what you do, work hard and steady, you can be successful. Just remember to show respect, be responsible and caring, and treat others with kindness and compassion. I am so very proud and grateful to be her daughter. It bears repeating: “I honor my mother and bless her with love. She always did her best under many difficult circumstances. I know that within me are all her best qualities.”
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fter attending the 50th Merrie Monarch Hula Festival I felt inspired to jot some thoughts down that I promise are my own exclusive thoughts. For what it is worth they are just Paul Neves thinking out loud. Sometimes if you give your opinion in Hilo, people might take it the wrong way. We are still a small community no matter how much the population has grown. E kala mai, forgive me in advance. I mean not to offend anyone or any organization. I am one opinion. No more no less. Number one, I think we need a new six to eight thousand seat multi-purpose stadium. The present Tennis Stadium is not sufficient for the needs of our community.
The future is now and I can‘t imagine we using this venue for much longer. The recent renovations are noble, better, but do not fulfill the needs of events like the Merrie Monarch Festival as well as other events that we host. A new muti-purpose stadium must be the goal going forward. The possibilities of hosting more cultural events in a new stadium, as well as attracting events to Hilo would be a great financial boost without severely altering the landscape. We must insist on events that are as comfortable to watch as in the comfort of our own homes. Already many here in Hilo are choosing to watch the Merrie Monarch from their own comfortable living room. I think we are losing
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something there. Hilo is famous for its people, if the people stay home it‘s not Hilo. I think we can do better. It will take a commitment to build a new stadium but I really think we need to make it a priority now. To be more specific I think that a government/ private sector effort needs to happen and soon. The benefits of this new stadium would be in the jobs it provides in its construction of course, the jobs it will create after it is built and enhancement of local cultural traditions. We all win with a new stadium! Maybe we need to put this idea out there with a passion, and don‘t allow the negatives to outweigh the positives. The time has come to erase the women and men bathroom lines. The time has come for everyone to sit in a real chair! The time has come for the use of building designs & landscaping from Hawai‘i and the Pacific that restore a sense of place. The time has come not to protest, not to resist, but to insist that Hilo builds a first class multi purpose stadium where you and I can sit and comfortably enjoy an event like the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival! I think you and I are worth building a stadium. Don‘t you? So let‘s not delay, let‘s insist! Enjoy your May! Kumu Hula Paul K. Neves
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MAGICAL HAWAII hawaiian drums
© BY Serge Kahili King 2013
rums were an important feature of Polynesian society in general, but Hawaiian drums had some unique features of their own. Wooden drums made from the hollowed out trunks of coconut and sometimes breadfruit trees in the form of a cylinder with a sharkskin or ray head were called "pahu. Unlike African drums which are generally hollow tubes, the "pahu" was made by cutting a section of log and hollowing it out about two-thirds of the way through to form a resonance chamber. Then the other end was hollowed out only enough to leave a thick partition, or septum. This shorter end was carved to form studs or arches whose main purpose was to provide anchors for the cords that held the drumhead in place. This part might be kept simple to look like a small cage, or be very elaborately carved with mul-
tiple human figures. These drums were played with the hands and fingers. Smaller ones, typically ranging from about eight to twenty-two inches high and five to sixteen inches wide, were used to accompany the hula. Much larger drums of this type were used for temple ceremonies. An old one in the Bishop Museum measures forty-six inches high and about twenty-five inches in diameter. A legend of La'amaikahiki that tells of his bringing the hula to Hawaii says that one
of his crew was a drummer and that the sound of the drum was heard across the sea as his canoe passed Hawaii island. This might be an indication that drums were also used to beat rhythms for the oarsmen. The sound of drums has been associated with ghostly procession of the "night marchers" as well. It has been said that temple drums were used for signaling and communication, and that the Menehune used sharkskin drums, too. A type of drum unique to Hawaii is the "puniu," or "knee drum." This is made from half a coconut shell, highly polished. The open end is covered with a drumhead made of sharkskin or, some say, fish skin. It is held in place by cords attached to a thick ring of some material around the closed end, and two cords are attached to this so the drum can be tied above the knee. The drum was played
MAY • 7 with a thick piece of plaited fiber with a knot at one end. One source says the drummer played this drum with one hand and a "pahu" drum with the other. The bottle gourd, ipu, that once grew extensively in these islands, is still very popular for use as a drum to accompany the hula. The top of the gourd is cut off, retaining the neck of the “bottle.” It is usually played by holding the neck— sometimes adding a cloth tie to hold onto for stability, and alternating between pounding the gourd on a cloth pad laid on the floor and slapping the gourd with the other hand. Some of the best ipu players are able to develop very complex rhythms in this
manner. Gourd drums can be found elsewhere, but Hawaii’s unique invention is the ipu heke. In this case a long, globular variety of gourd has its vine end cut off, and another, smaller gourd with one end cut off is fitted inside the first one. Traditionally, they were glued together with breadfruit gum. This produces a drum with a deep resonance when played as already described. The next time you watch the hula, remember this proverb from Mary Pukui’s ‘Olelo No’eau: I le’a ka hula I ka ho’opa’a – The hula is pleasing because of the drummer. For more writings by Serge Kahili King go to www.huna. org.
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or the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.” Effective Jan. 1, you can now put in up to $5,500 (up from $5,000 in 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA when you make your 2013 contribution. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an additional $1,000 above the new contribution limit. Over time, the extra sums from the higher contribution limits can add up. Consider this example: If you put in $5,000 per year to an IRA for 30 years, and you earned a hypothetical 7% per year, you’d wind up with slightly over $505,000. But if you contributed $5,500 per year for those same 30 years, and earned that same 7% per year, you’d accumulate
almost $556,000 — about $51,000 more than with the lower contribution limit. Keep in mind that if you have invested the above amounts in a traditional, taxdeferred IRA, you’ll be taxed on your withdrawals at your ordinary income tax rate. With a Roth IRA, your contributions are made with after-tax funds, but your withdrawals have the potential to be tax-free — provided you’ve had your account at least five years and don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½. (Not everyone is eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, as income limits apply.) If you have an IRA, you
MO’ MONEY already know its advantages. If you aren’t investing in an IRA, you should be aware of these key benefits: • Tax-deferred growth — A traditional IRA can provide tax-deferred growth while a Roth IRA can potentially grow tax-free, provided you meet the conditions described above. To get a sense of just how valuable these tax advantages are, consider this example: If you put in $5,500 per year (the new IRA maximum) for 30 years to a hypothetical investment that earned 7% a year, but on which you paid taxes every year (at the 25% tax bracket), you’d end up with slightly more than $401,000 — about $155,000 less than what you’d accumulate in an IRA. As mentioned above, you will eventually have to pay taxes on your traditional IRA withdrawals, but by the time you do, you might be in a lower tax bracket. Furthermore, depending on your income level, some of your contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax-deductible. (Roth IRA contributions are
not deductible.) • Variety of investment options — You can invest your funds within your IRA in many types of investments — stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit (CDs), U.S. Treasury securities and so on. In fact, within your IRA, you can create a mix of investments that are suitable for your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals. Of course, investing always carries some risks, including loss of principal — but the risk of not investing may be greater, in terms of not having enough
assets for retirement. Here’s one more point to keep in mind: The earlier in the year you “max out” on your IRA contributions, the more time you’ll give your account to potentially grow. By reaching the new, higher contribution limits, and by fully funding your IRA as early in each year as possible, you can help yourself take full advantage of this powerful retirement savings tool. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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POTPOURRI The Dog Whisperer BY Carl Oguss
Little Dog Big Attitude
og Whisperer, my little terrier, Carrie, has an attitude problem: she thinks she’s a big dog and that everybody better back off when she starts throwing a fit, which she often does around other dogs, and sometimes around people if they get too close to me or her. When we walk in the park and pass near some other dogs, instead of showing polite interest, she just goes nuts, barking and pulling on the leash and acting for all the world like she wants to attack the other dogs, even if they tower over her. Does she have a death wish? What’s wrong with her, and what can I do about it, other than apologize and walk quickly on with Carrie in tow? Signed: Embarrassed in Hilo.
Aloha! Don’t be embarrassed any more. You have done your best and you have now sought out professional assistance; you have been a perfect Mom to Carrie. Carrie is probably just being “defensively aggressive”, which is common in small dogs. She isn’t really hostile or trying to dominate you or the other people or dogs; she is just feeling uncomfortable with certain things, like huge strangers getting too close, and is saying “No!” in the only way dogs know by displaying a credible threat. So, what to do about Carrie feeling so uncomfortable that she gets defensive? First, we want to give Carrie chances to experience the company of other people and dogs in a comfortable social setting where nothing terrible
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ever happens. This will allow Carries mind to realize that strangers are not as risky to be close to as was once thought. My free Sunday socialization seminars in Queen Liliuokalani Park are perfect for this, because it would be best to have a professional supervise the early meetings and activities. Second, you are a Mom to Carrie and must be able to say “Yes!” to encourage some behaviors and “No!” to discourage others. Acts of aggression, even when it’s defensive aggression, ought to be discouraged, and so you will need to learn to say “No!” to Carrie in a way she, as a dog, can understand. Most often, a central problem dog lovers have is that they say “Yes!” very well, but when they say “No!” it is misunderstood, as being mere excitement. The big difference between a dog’s natural way of saying “No!” and ours as cross species adoptive parents is that we are bluffing. We don’t really feel great anger; in our hearts we are loving and calm. However, our faces and voices must express the appropriate emotion for the message, in this case a threat. We never need to use pain to train dogs, so we are bluffing when we threaten, but our threats MUST be believable, or our dog will not understand what we are trying to say. Dr. Carl F. Oguss is Director of the East Hawaii Dog Psychology Center. You may send questions or comments to PO Box 11430, Hilo, Hawaii, 96721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY Richurd Somers
urse Patt and I are flying to New Orleans (the first time for either of us); meeting our friends from Toronto (their first time, as well) for the first week of Jazz Fest. We arrive April 23, and return May 1, so we will back home shortly before this issue of The Paradise Post is on the newsstands. We are staying in a relatively inexpensive hotel in the French Quarter, a couple of blocks from Bourbon Street. We have tickets one evening for a dinner and jazz cruise on the Steamboat Natchez, the last authentic steamboat on the Mighty Mississippi River, and we are spending one day at the Jazz Fest, probably on that Sunday, because B.B. King is a headliner. My biggest concern is: What will I take for clothes? Will it be warm or cool weather? Will it rain every day, or be sunny? Should I take long or short pants? Why am I going there? Why didn’t I stay here and enjoy this island’s perfect weather? Whenever I am not in Hawaii, I miss it. And when I travel out of the country, I must deal in “play money” and try to convert reasonably well, so that I am not “taken for a ride” as the “old saw” goes. I remember once a few years ago when my brother, Bob the Swede, was in Portugal. A stranger came up to him and said, “Oh, a bird has just made a mess on the back of your jacket. Let me clean it for you and welcome to our friendly town.” Bob let him take his coat; saw him clean it with his handkerchief; help him back into his jacket; and then, a few blocks away, feel that his wallet had been removed from the inside pocket. It was
not the best start to his trip. Ever since then, I am so wary of strangers when I travel that I probably make everyone around me uneasy. It is so much better to be here; sipping a beer; enjoying the weather, the water, and the fact that since I never wear a jacket, no-one has ever pulled that bird doo-doo trick on me. Of course once, about 60 years ago, I bought a jewel from King Tut’s Tomb from a stranger in Hollywood, and once, about 20 years ago, I invested in a commercial real estate “sure thing” that didn’t work out so well. Yes, I have lost a few denarii from scam artists who saw me coming and thought, “Oh boy, here is another rube for me.” But now I am older and wiser; and so I race blindly towards New Orleans and whatever “soft adventures” await us there. Maybe I will learn to cook alligator gumbo? Or prepare French Quarter Beignets? Or play a game of chess with Fats Domino, as I used to do behind the wire cage that separated the patrons from the talent, with John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie at The Blackhawk Nightclub in San Francisco in 1960? I babble, I know, but please remember, whatever I write is “Just my opinion.”
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NATURAL PERSPECTIVE BY Marcel Hernandez, N.D.
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) concluded that processed meats are extremely carcinogenic? Including hot dogs, bacon, salami and other processed meats in your diet increases the rate of colon cancer by 50 percent, bladder cancer by 59 percent, stomach cancer by 38 percent and pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Processed meats may also increase your risk of diabetes by 50 percent, lower your lung function and increase your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Why is this not common knowledge? Why are these toxic products still on the market? Do you think money has anything to do with it? In medical history, the prevalence of cancer as a leading cause of death in any civilization is almost nonexistent. Yes, there are some references to cancer among the ancient physicians. But in past centuries, people died of epidemics, infections and hygiene-related diseases. It is only with the advent of prepackaged, processed foods and sedentary lifestyles that cancer entered into the cause of death scenario in a bigtime way. In a large study published in the Dec. 7, 2011, issue of the British Journal of Cancer,
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he so-called “War on Cancer” has been waged since as long as I can remember. Billions of dollars are spent every year to support cancer research. After all these years, are we closer to a cure? Does it seem to you like more or fewer people are contracting cancer? How many people that you know personally have contracted cancer? Have the cancer research establishments announced any breakthroughs? Indeed, what will happen to these research corporations and their tens of thousands of employees when and if a cure for cancer is found? The focus of the cancer research establishment has been to understand cancer, but mostly in the context of finding drugs to treat it. It is a testament to the low level of confidence that medical doctors have in chemotherapy that statistics indicate that as many as 75 percent of MDs who contract cancer refuse chemotherapy. There’s something wrong here – something these 75 percent know that the rest of us don’t. To many, research emphasis on drug development is incredibly misguided. Research money needs to be focused on education and Prevention, with a capital P, and not on development of drugs. Many new cancer drugs cost more than $10,000 a treatment. These costs drive medical costs sky high and bankrupt individual cancer patients. Contrast these costs with the low cost and proven efficacy of dietary change and exercise in preventing cancer. How many readers are aware that in 2011, the
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researchers examined data on cancer cases that occurred in the U.K. between 1993 and 2007. The researchers then calculated the proportion of cancers that could be attributed to the following risk factors: drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, not eating enough fiber, consuming red and processed meat, consuming excess salt, being overweight or obese, not exercising, infections (such as HPV), sun damage, radiation exposure and occupational exposure to chemicals. The researchers concluded the study by saying: ”We hope this study helps to raise awareness of the fact that cancer is not simply a question of fate and that people can make changes today that can reduce their risk of developing cancer in the future.” So, what do we do with this information about diet and lifestyle? True, lasting change is easier to talk about than to accomplish. Behavioral psychologists say that it takes people at least eight weeks to break an old habit pattern or establish a new one. Even after then, it takes persistence.
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loha mai kakou, I‘m Leslie Wilcox. In this special edition of Long Story Short, we celebrate moms – mothers whose children went on to sing, lead, teach and ultimately pass on the lessons they learned from their mothers. We‘ ll look back on conversations with entertainers Emma Veary, Mihana Souza and Keola Beamer; business leaders Cha Thompson and Christine Camp; and educator Candy Suiso. Stories of mothers – next on Long Story Short. We begin with a story from an elegant singer who was nicknamed ”Hawaii‘s Golden Voice” and graced Waikiki‘s stages in the 70s. Today, Emma Veary remains a treasure of Hawaiian music. Emma‘s strongest influence was her late mother, Nana Veary. Nana loved everyone, from the rich and famous, to the homeless and downtrodden. She dedicated her life to a spiritual journey, one that took her from her traditional Hawaiian upbringing, to Christian Pentecostalism and Zen Buddhism. Along the way, Nana‘s children, including Emma, were there by her side. We know Nana Veary as this renowned spiritualist whom people came from far and wide to consult and see, and spend time with. Yes. Right. What was she like as a mom, starting out when you were a little baby? I mean, she was just our mom; that was it. And interestingly enough, when we grew old enough, we chose to go on her spiritual path with her. And that‘s what made life most interesting. Because whatever she was studying, we were studying. And we were chanting in Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan or whatever she was doing; we were doing it. So we were living her life, her book, with her; which I still do. For all of her life, she was in tuned spiritually, and went on these journeys for truth. Yes. Right. How did you and your
LONG STORY SHORT Mothers Meet with PBS Leslie Wilcox brother and sister fit in? Well, again, we all joined emotionally, spiritually with her in her journey, and she‘d come home and tell us what was happening with her. And we‘d all exchange whatever was happening with us. And we enjoyed learning about the other parts of the world, and what their belief system was. And whenever she went anywhere, she always came back with all these wonderful tales to tell us. Now, so you‘re a grown up yourself, and your mom‘s on this spiritual odyssey. Right. You didn‘t think, H-m, how come only my mom is out there– [CHUCKLE] –in India searching for truth? We were sharing our mother since we were kids. And we enjoyed sharing her with people. We felt so blessed to have her that we thought, Oh, let‘s share her with everyone. You know? And that was our attitude about it, share her with whatever. And I know she was lecturing at one point at UCLA. And this young student got up in the auditorium and he said, Excuse me, Mrs. Veary –trying to be smart like all students are he said, I understand the Hawaiian are a dying race. And she says, Let me come back to that after I finish my lecture. Okay. After the lecture, she said, All right, young man, I‘ll answer your question now. I prefer to think that the Hawaiians are not a dying race; they are very busy creating an international race. Take my little granddaughter here; come here, Debbie. She says, This little
girl is French, English, Spanish, Hawaiian, Japanese. She says, How more international can you get? She had a standing ovation. [CHUCKLE] But, that‘s how she thought. And did she bring to you her aha moments, her epiphanies? Yes. We used to sit and have these discussions about what was happening in her life, and what was happening in ours, and how we were growing. And we didn‘t we didn‘t go out an awful lot; we didn‘t enjoy doing that. We liked to stay at home with the family. We did a lot of things together. And she said that she just learned that there‘s just not a big place in one‘s life for negativity. Yes. So she tried never to say– No. –anything bad. Did she succeed at home? I mean– Well, we had our– As far– –spankings and everything. I mean, if you want to call that negative. But– But could she be positive about so many things? Yes; yes. She taught us to see only the good. And I have trouble with one child who only sees good, and she will not see the other. I said, There is also something that is not good here, and you have to find a balance there. You just can‘t see only good, good, good, good, good; because not everyone is made up of the two. Do you think your mother saw the negative, but chose not to acknowledge, really? Yes; yes. That is nonacknowledgement of it, and nullifies it.
Are you that way too? Yeah. Emma Veary says that through her daily actions, she feels she‘s continuing where her mother left off in her spiritual journey. Now another treasured local singer and musician, Mihana Souza. Mihana, who sings and plays the upright bass for Puamana, her family‘s Hawaiian music group, talks about how she ended up as the bass player – and other lessons from her mother – the late great entertainer/composer Irmgard Aluli. How did you come to be the one who played the bass? You know, being a young mother, and trying to find a way to help with income, I started to make head leis and flower bouquets for friends who were getting married. And I remember I would strap my daughter onto my back, and we would go up, and we would pick all the lauae in the mountains. Well, one time, it got too hard, and I went to my mother and I said, What do I have to do to sing? And she said, Well, go get yourself a bass. So I called my cousin Kekua, and he happened to have two basses; so he said, Come, I‘m gonna give you this bass. Did you know how to play a bass? I didn‘t know how to play the bass. [chuckle] And I took the bass back to my mother that night. She taught me how to play that night, in forty-five minutes. And that next weekend, we started to sing; it was me, my older sister Neau, and my mother. And we haven‘t had a free weekend since. [chuckle] So, yay!
Now, I know Puamana has always sung harmoniously. Have things always been harmonious within the group? Always. Always. Number one, we have the example of my mother. Was she always right? Always. [chuckle] And I‘ll tell you why she was right; because she always came from a place of humble kindness. She was always very thoughtful of who she was with. She was always very, very gracious. And she was always very kind. Boy, that‘s a hard act to live up to, isn‘t it? Yeah; it was really hard, except when you see it in action. Because when you see it in action, you realize that that is truly a wonderful way to live your life, to live a life of kindness. I mean, I always wanted it quickly, I wanted it now; until I saw the way my mother did it. She was just so nice. [chuckle] And she was never confrontational. But she was very gracious, and you could tell that she loved her homeland, and she loved the people here. She loved what she was doing. And she was a historian in her own way. Because her music would be an account of what was going on in her time. And what an amazing thing happened when you recorded a song she wrote in the 40s. [chuckle] Just to tell you a little bit about that story. My mother has written over three hundred Hawaiian songs. And I remember as a young child growing up, there were always these parties. Boy, they really knew how to celebrate. They would have these parties all the time, great parties. The
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LONG STORY SHORT women would always come up in muumuus, and they were those silky muus with the frills and they‘d always have potluck. And always, I remember they would then gather in the back yard, and they would sing, and they would dance, and in the wee hours of the morning, then the men would come and sing. And my father always loved my mother‘s – he would call them her Haole songs, because they were songs that she would write in English. And she has about seven of them. And one of them was called Rust On the Moon. So always at the end of these parties, they would sing all of these old songs, and they were the Haole songs. And when I put out my first album with the help of my mother, I remember promising my father that if I ever put out any albums – that‘s really dating, –cause I speak in terms of albums [chuckle] that I would bring to the public my mother‘s Haole songs, the ones that we loved so much. And one of them was Rust On the Moon. That was one of my favorites. That favorite song her mom penned, Rust on the Moon, is featured on Mihana Souza‘s debut solo album of the same name. In 2003, the album was named Na Hoku Hanohano Jazz Album of the Year. Our next Long Story Short guest was once recognized as Hawaii Mother of the Year. Cha Thompson, mother of 12, grew up in Kalihi public housing and is now a respected business leader. Along with her husband Jack, she owns and operates Tihati Productions, a family-run entertainment company. Here, Cha shares how she still gave her all as a mother to raise her children while living the life of an entertainer and entrepreneur. This often involved traveling abroad, so she had some help from her aunt, who she calls ”one of [her] most favorite people in the whole
wide world.” My Puna Dear in Waimanalo helped raise my children. And it was a place where they were always clean and always well fed, and always happy. And I could rest assured that they weren‘t missing me the way uh, other children would miss their parents that would have to take trips a lot. Because we‘d always be on the phone, and she was like, Don‘t worry, Mama be home, Mama be home soon, and whatever. And she was the stabling force, and the reason I could travel the way I did. Somehow, I don‘t see you handing off most of your business and most of your childcare to other people. I just don‘t– [chuckle] –see that I did; I took care of them. Even though I traveled, a lot of times they would travel with me. And I‘m telling you; if I was – my youngest son was about six weeks when I went back on stage. And I had him in a little basket back of the stages in Chicago, or New York, or Washington, DC. I did; I took my children with me. I did. You gave birth to five. M-hm. And then you ended up with seven more, somehow? Yeah. It‘s a Polynesian custom. And when I say hanai, I raised them from three weeks old. I don‘t only take the ones that, you know. Are almost ready to go. [chuckle] Yeah; almost ready –no, no. That‘s why the line between my natural children and my hanai children pales, because they‘re all brothers and sisters. They never say, Oh, this is my hanai brother, or this is my hanai sister. They‘re brothers and sisters. And it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Because til today, everybody comes home for toonai. That‘s the Sunday afternoon meal, right after church. Everybody‘s there; and everybody‘s talking at the same time. And it‘s
amazing; we all know what everybody‘s saying. Sundays are great for us... we always say in our family–and we were honored by a high school for this; much is expected from whom much is given. And man, nobody in our clan, nobody would ever start to begin to think that maybe they were owed this, or maybe they‘re kind of special. We make fun of everything, and man, we‘d take em down. That wouldn‘t happen in our family. So everybody‘s expected to do housework. No breaks? My son, who has a real thriving career on his own– he fronted for Fifty Cent. Afatia. Afatia; for Fitty Cents. And I mean, I remember him, he was June Jones‘ first running back, and won a ring, and all state, all star, and, excuse me. By Saturday morning, that kennel better be cleaned, cause we don‘t have a yardman that‘s gonna clean the kennel. And he used to do it, and he‘d say, Ho, Mom, can‘t you get– you know, I gotta be at rehearsal, and I got– yeah, we can, but you know, twenty minutes or half an hour, do your stuff first. And that‘s the way it is; I expected that of them. And I‘m really grateful that they‘re great kids. Speaking of great kids, our next guest is always in their company. In addition to her husband and daughter, Candy Suiso, the respected Waianae High School educator of over 20 years, has a large family of students, colleagues and alumni. Thanks to the multimedia program she co-founded, Searider Productions, students are gaining the communication and team building skills needed to succeed. Candy‘s mother, Julia Smith, was also a respected teacher on the Waianae Coast; for three decades, she taught at Makaha Elementary. In this segment, Candy reveals what life was like for her mother and family – a life
Mihana Souza few people knew about. –she–my mother, she literally raised four of us. My mother and father divorced when I was nine. my older sister was eleven; and I had a younger brother who was, I think, five; and then my other brother was three. And she just–her whole life was shattered. Um, moved us to Kauai, had my grandparents take care of us. I can‘t do this; she moved to Makaha and just literally really had to get her life back together. And a year later, we moved back, and she remarried. And it was a–there was a lot of dysfunction. I don‘t know what the word to say, but there was– she married an alcoholic, and there was a lot of abuse. He didn‘t really work much, and she carried, she struggled. She would live paycheck to paycheck. And there was a lot of times I know it was hard. It was really hard. She couldn‘t provide, I think, the way that she would want to for us. But she‘d always have a roof over our heads, we would always
have clothes on our body, we‘d always have–we had each other. And– What about food? We always had food on the table; always. My mother was the queen of Spam. [chuckle] She knew how to cook Spam, she knew how to cook corned beef hash. She knew how to make ends meet. We always knew at the end of the month when the times were hard, a little harder, we‘d have the bean soup and we‘d have the ham hocks. And we hated it, but actually, it‘s something that we really love eating now. M-hm. We cook it, and it‘s good memories. It used to be bad memories, but there was always food on the table, and clothes on our back, and a roof over our head. And she kept us together. She raised four of us, and living out in Waianae, it would have been easy for any of us to either go the other way. But we all turned out really – It must have been hard
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Continued from page 13 for her. She was the authority at the school– and somebody who was seen as having her life all together. But then to go home and really have tos crounge and work and scheme to keep things together for your family. I don‘t know how she did it. When I look back now, I think, I don‘t know how you did it. And you know, my sister and I talk about this all the time. It‘s–she–to get away from what was going on at home. A lot of times it was pretty–it was nasty; it was pretty bad a lot of times. And she would just block it out and work. I think that was a lot of how she would run away from what was happening at home her home life, with her husband. And she would just work. She would just involve herself with work, and keep busy. And my sister and I talk about this all the time. We have so much of her in us. Because you work all the time. Candy Suiso‘s mother was right. Because of Candy‘s dedication to and connection with her students, many of them, past and pres-
THE PARADISE POST ent, see her as a mother figure. The Hawaiian music community lost a mother figure and cultural treasure, with the passing of Aunty Nona Beamer in 2008. Six months later, in this next Long Story Short segment, her son, slack key guitarist and composer Keola Beamer, was ready to talk about his mother and his grief. I didn‘t know that that was possible to love somebody so much, and then they‘re gone. But the grief sort of reminds me a little bit of when I was a young man, surfing, and you‘d sit out there on your surfboard, and everything would be okay, and then this set would come in these big, towering waves. And grief is like that; you‘re doing pretty good, and then the grief comes in, in waves, and you do your best and you deal with it. And then another set comes, and this continues for a while, you know. Because my mom was a revered Hawaiian cultural treasure, she touched many lives. And we as Beamers have to have the compassion for other people‘s grief too; not just our own.
LONG STORY SHORT Hard to take care of them, when you‘ve gotta take care of yourself too. Yeah. That‘s difficult. But we can do it. We have done it. My mom led a life that made a difference in the world; she made the world a better place. She touched thousands of lives and helped many, many students, and she left with dignity. How great, you know. I‘d be so happy if that happened in my own life. I want to share a story with you that means quite a lot to me. The morning of her passage, Moana, my wife and I were in San Francisco. And I had this very powerful dream, and it was young woman, a beautiful young woman, vibrant, beautiful black hair. Just this unbelievable energy. And you also had the feeling with this woman in my dream, that she was a person to be reckoned with. You know. And I almost didn‘t recognize her, but it was my mom. And she had just come to say goodbye. Did you recognize that at
the time, that she was saying goodbye, or did you figure it out later? Figured it out a little bit later. I almost didn‘t recognize her, because I was used to taking care of my kupuna mom, right, with the thin arms and the graying hair. But this woman was my mom, before my brother and I were born. And she was beautiful and vibrant; and the word that comes to mind is, joy. She was joyous. She had transcended the cocoon of old age. Our next guest is familiar with difficult times. Now a successful developer and business leader, Christine Camp and her family fled from poverty and political unrest in South Korea when she was only nine years old. In this segment, Christine talks about a different kind of escape. How could you make your own way at age fifteen? Isn‘t that amazing? I did. And I can‘t – my rent was
hundred and seventy dollars a month. But now, she‘s seen you make this wonderful transition to American life, and be extraordinarily successful as a professional, and a mom. And what does she say? She still treats me like I‘m thirteen years old. [CHUCKLE] She wants to comb my hair, and make sure that I‘m wearing the right color. No, she‘s extremely proud of me. She‘s very thankful. She took care of me, so now I take care of her. And she helps me raise my son. And it‘s come full circle. Thank you to Christine Camp, Keola Beamer, Candy Suiso, Cha Thompson, Mihana Souza and Emma Veary for sharing personal stories about their mothers and motherhood. And to all devoted moms, mahalo nui for your patience, wisdom and love. On behalf of PBS Hawaii and Long Story Short, I‘m Leslie Wilcox. A hui hou kakou.
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ypothyroidism Are you tired, cold, achy or feeling depressed? Have you been gaining weight even consuming few calories? If you’re not feeling quite right, you might want to take a closer look at your thyroid. A person with hypothyroidism has a slow or underactive thyroid in which little or no hormones are produced. This condition affects millions of people. Many are asymptomatic while others may have a wide range of clinical and subclinical symptoms. Typical symptoms of hypothyroidism may include: fatigue, slowed speech; brittle and split nails, itchy dry skin, intolerance of cold, weight gain with inability to lose weight, dry hair, hair loss, low sex drive, depression, and more. Function of the thryoid The bowtie shaped gland is located below the larynx at the level of the Adam’s apple. This amazing modest gland (weight about ½ to ¾ ounces) is a major gland of the endocrine system and affects nearly every organ in the body, including digestive and cardiovascular health. The thyroid hormones are important for energy production in every cell, and for the growth and maturation of body tissues. It regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism, protein synthesis, body weight, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle function, sleep and sexual functioning. The thyroid works in conjunction with the pituitary gland which produces thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. These thyroid hormones
play a vital role in the body, influencing metabolism and all organs. Test Thyroid imbalance is often overlooked and may be difficult to diagnose due to many symptoms that are very general in nature. A TSH test alone doesn’t give you the full story. Ask your doctor to testyour TSH, free T3 and free T4 levels, T3 and T4 uptake in addition to testing for TPO thyroid antibodies.
You may want also to take your basal temperature, before rising every day at the same time. If your temperature is consistently below 97.6 this is considered a positive physical sign suggesting thyroid imbalance. It is helpful to have wellness exams and your hormones levels monitored and to keep track of your records. Thyroid Connecion Chronic stress has powerful detrimental effects on the endocrine system as it affects hormonal changes in the body. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit both TSH (thyroid-stimulat-
ing hormone) and the thyroid hormone T3. Birth control, child bearing, perimenopause, and menopause make women more prone than men to thyroid disorders. Low thyroid functioning can be also associated with diabetes, autoimmune disorders, adrenals fatigue, elevated cholesterol, environmental exposures, and one’s genetic blue print. Ways to improve thryoid function There is no single pill or diet for supporting thyroid function. What works is a holistic approach that combines targeted supplementation, diet, lifestyle changes, and exercise. Diet: While some thyroid issues do have complicated underlying causes, a great way to improve your thyroid function is through nutrition. Eat foods rich in iodine such as sea vegetable, kelp, and seafood. Consume foods such as buckwheat, organs meat, legumes, lentils, cod liver oil, nuts, avocado and eggs. Avoid raw cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, peanuts, and soy, as they interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iodine. Too many carbs and too little protein can interfere with the conversion of T4 into T3. Supplements: Research shows us that the thyroid needs specific vitamins and minerals to manufacture and metabolize thyroid hormones. Iodine is the central ingredient in thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Selenium is also needed for the conversion of T4 to T3. If you are deficient, increasing dietary intake can make a big difference. Zinc and vitamins like A, B12, D, fish oil, zinc, manganese are also important. Herbal: Maca, Ash-
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shame seems to contribute to the blockage of the throat chakra, and the inability to speak one’s truth. Have you ever found yourself making a decision based on what you think you should do, rather than speaking from what you know is right for you? Indeed it takes courage to recognize our true feelings, and to express them appropriately. If you have an orientation toward a holistic view, consider ways you can strengthen and act upon the wisdom of the heart with a mindfulness approach to release emotional traumas. The work to be done is to change the psychological beliefs behind the condition, and to come into alignment with a new emotional and spiritual perspective. Whatever you are doing, thinking, deciding, ask yourself: is this coming from me or is it someone else’s beliefs? What does this condition have to teach me? Alvita Soleil is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, healer, teacher, and artist. In practice since 1982, she is the co-owner of the Aloha Health Clinic in Kamuela. Visit us at www. Dr.AlvitaSoleil.com or call (808) 889-0770.
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ears ago wild wa- watercress? It‘s the best source agent) in tobacco is inhibtercress grew in of nutrients such as Vitamin ited. pristine streams of C, calcium, iron and folate. It‘s related to the family old Hawai‘i. Today It‘s packed with phytochemi- of broccoli, cabbage, Brussel Roy and Marlene Berger of cals such as antioxidants sprouts, cauliflower and radYears ago, wild watercress grew in the pristine streams of old Hawai‘i. Today, Mountain ViewRoy areand bringing which protect back the the cellsunique fromtasteish. Marlene Berger are bringing of old Hawai‘i with back the unique taste with free forradicals. Originated nutritional, gourmet damage land-grownfrom watercress stir-frys and salads. Seven daysin Greece, it a week, from dawn to dusk,daily you’ll find Roy, Marlene and Brandon their nutritional, gourmet landWith consumption, it son remains anatimportant ingrefarm in Mountain View. “You need lots of patience and passion for farming,” grown watercress for stir-fry, slows the growth of cancer, dient in Mediterranean disays Marlene. She harvests a ton of watercress each month at their peak soups or salads.flavor, hand selects each cardio-vascular disease them andinto ets. In 500 BC, inHippocrates, strand, and assembles bundles wrapped Seven daysplastic a week from is important for eye and skin of medicine, proto ship to stores and restaurants on Hawai‘i Island,the Mauifather and O‘ahu. dawn to dusk you‘ll find Roy, health. claimed fresh watercress to be Roy Berger, wife Marlene and son Brandon Marlene and son Brandon at With any disease, one of the best treatments for Berger’s Kama‘aina Farm your their farm in Mountain View. DNA ishttp://hawaii.gov/hdoa damaged. The Uni- his patients. ”You need lots of patience versity of Ulster found that Watercress is sold as a and passion for farming,” eating watercress not only re- fresh salad vegetable and is says Marlene. She harvests a duces the level of DNA dam- available at various Big Island ton of watercress every month age in blood cells, but also supermarkets and Farmer‘s at its peak flavor and hand se- increases the ability of those Markets. Berger‘s Kama‘aina lects each strand assembling cells to resist DNA damage Farm in Mountain View prothem into bundles for stores caused by free radicals. Wa- duces the best watercress on and restaurants on the islands tercress is one of the original 3 acres. of Hawai‘i, Maui and Oahu. ”superfoods.” They say it‘s very versatile Did you know that waAs a low calorie vegetable and can be enjoyed not only tercress is the most ancient of it also plays a role in weight as a salad vegetable but also green vegetables and Biblical management. Imagine that a in soups and smoothies. women ate it to put color in cereal bowl full of watercress Try it in stir-fries, sauces their cheeks? provides ”at least five a day” for pasta, jacket potato fillDid you know that in portions of fruits and veg- ings and fish dishes. the Middle Ages, doctors pre- etables. It‘s rich in Vitamin If you are experiencing scribed watercress for tooth- A and E and minerals and any type of dis-ease, any illaches, ear aches and acne? increases lutein and beta-car- ness whatsoever, then it‘s time Consumed as tea, migraine otene levels. to purchase locally grown sufferers find relief from it as If smokers ate watercress fresh watercress. do those needing a cure from with each meal for 3 days, For additional informahiccups. then the activation of a key tion or to speak with Marlene What‘s so special about carcinogen (cancer causing and Roy, call 968-0648.
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INSPIRATION Are You Holding On To Old Grapes?
MAY • 17 I urge you to examine your life and your place in your life. As Socrates has been quoted as saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” If you can say that you are eating at the banquet table of freshness and joy, then you are doing very well. If, however, you find you are
still sitting in your chair and longing for that fresh bowl of grapes, please do yourself and everyone else the big favor of moving your chair closer to life, energy and the newness of participating in the ever changing flow of creativity and vitality. The choice is always, yours!
BY Rev. Norma Menzies
lease visualize this picture in your mind’s eye: You are sitting at a table and there is a feast of lovely fresh food before you. The problem is that your chair is two feet from the table and you cannot reach the food. On your lap you have a plate of grapes. The grapes are old and getting moldy, but they are your grapes. In order to get the new grapes and other fresh food on the table, you have to move. You have to make yourself get up and move your chair closer to the table. How often do we sit in our chair and hang on to old conditions, old patterns, old ways of being and wish for better? How often do we accept what we have as “This is all there is for me?” Why do we resist moving into better conditions for ourselves? Why do we resist change? I have heard that a balanced life has on-going patterns that make us feel comfortable and it must also have
new experiences to help us expand our thinking and fulfill our need for growth. Sometimes, cleaning our homes, shopping for groceries, all of the maintenance routines, helps to ground us when our lives seem to be going topsy-turvy. Perhaps we have lost a job, a marriage is winding down, our child is in some sort of trouble, our friend is ill, etc. These experiences are sometimes so shocking and upsetting that we need the familiar, the routine of our lives to help us gain some footing and feeling of stability. When our lives seem to be losing the verve of happi-
ness that once was, we need to rethink our routines, our habits and our goals. What do we really want? Are we going to hang on to the moldy grapes, just because they belong to us, or are we going to toss them in the garbage and move ourselves closer to the banquet table of plenty? It is always our decision to make the choice of staying in the same rut or moving forward into the unknown and trying something new to revitalize our being. I have a close friend that retired a year ago and after resting and doing only the basics in his life for about 6 months, his energy and desire to help others and refresh his own soul, became the motivation for him to volunteer at a hospital and a police station. He is so renewed with his choices. He is now involved with two arenas that he has always wanted to know more about. He could have just stayed idle and moaned about life passing him by. He chose to move his chair!
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July 21 to 26. Andrew D. Basiago, the team leader of Project Pegasus and founder/ president of MARS, is an American lawyer, writer and chrononaut, who is the Keynote Speaker at The Portal Seminar in Kealakekua, July 21 to 26, hosted by Dolphin Connection International. Andy served in Project Pegasus at the dawn of the Time-Space Age and was one of humanity’s early Mars explorers. Project Pegasus was launched by the US government to perform ”remote sensing in time” so that reliable information about past and future events could be provided. It was expected that the 140 American schoolchildren secretly enrolled in Project Pegasus would continue to be involved in time travel when they grew up and went on to serve as America‘s first generation of ”chrononauts.” In the 1960‘s, Mr. Basiago was a boy aged 6 who was chosen to be part of this exploration to past and future events via teleportation. The program was named: Project Pegasus and it was administered by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. As a child, he served from 1969 to 1972 in DARPA‘s time-space program. While an undergraduate at UCLA, Andy studied American history during the day while attending a night school in Strategic Intelligence administered by the Naval Postgraduate School. He was called back into government service in the early 1980’s, when he made numerous visits to Mars after being chosen to join the CIA’s Mars “jump room” program. He confirms that the United States has been tele-
porting individuals to Mars, to our past and to the future, for decades, and recounts the awe-inspiring trips that he took to Mars as a Chrononaut in the early 1980’s. Andy was identified in early childhood as an “Indigo child” with special abilities, including the ability to use his mind to levitate small objects and to perform telepathy by reading the minds of others. A past member of Mensa, the high IQ society, he holds five degrees, including a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Andy was inspired by a meeting with futurist Buckminster Fuller in 1981 to pursue a career in environmental affairs. After they met, Fuller wrote: “Andrew D. Basiago’s integrity augurs well for humanity’s continuance in the Universe.” He was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1996. Recently, he edited several leading works related to humanity‘s contact with extraterrestrial life. He was the editor of Alfred Lambremont Webre’s book, Exopolitics: Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe , which uses as a case study human contact with an advanced civilization on Mars. He also edited The Fátima Trilogy by Dr. Joaquim Fernandes, Fina d’ Armada, and other scholars, a history of the Fátima Incident of 1917 that explores its extraterrestrial aspects. He is on a crusade to have the US government disclose its time travel secrets so that teleportation can be adopted globally as the leading form of civilian transport. He calls
ILLUMINATION his truth campaign “Project Pegasus” after the secret US time travel program that he served in during his childhood. His appearances on talk radio’s popular Coastto-Coast AM with George Noory have been hailed as major “disclosure events” of that show. As a participant in the US secret space program, he said, ”Imagine a world in which one could jump through Grand Central Teleport in New York City, travel through a tunnel in time-space, and emerge several seconds later at Union Teleport in Los Angeles. Such a world has been possible since 1967-68, when teleportation was first achieved by DARPA’s Project Pegasus, only to be suppressed ever since as a secret weapon. When my quest, Project Pegasus, succeeds, such a world will emerge, and human beings linked by teleportation around the globe will proclaim that the TimeSpace Age has begun!” In an effort to establish on Earth that the Mars he visited is inhabited, he has earned distinction as a leading scholar in the Mars anomaly research community. His paper, The Discovery of Life on Mars, was the first work to prove that Mars is an inhabited planet and also the first work ever published on Earth to contain images of humanoid beings on another planet. Andy then founded the Mars Anomaly Research Society (MARS), a group that
is dedicated to educating the public about life on Mars, revealing the US presence there, and developing the laws and policies that are needed to protect Mars from visitation, exploration, habitation, and colonization by humans.
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IMAGINATION A Lemon Meringue Fable
he little girl woke up in the middle of a lemon meringue pie. At first she was so shocked. She couldn’t see very far at all. Was it a veil or a fog? She didn’t quite know. Then she began to open her senses and she smelled something tart and delicious. She stuck her tongue out and tasted lemon meringue pie! It was so good. She ate and ate and was so happy. Then she got bored. She longed to know about this pie world and what was beyond it but she needed help. She decided to contact a greater wisdom to guide her and asked a higher knowing to connect with her. A group of guides arrived immediately. But she didn’t see them. They sat on the edge of the crust. They waited, patiently, as they had for eons before her calling. The little girl was confused, thinking they never responded to her. She thought she’d asked politely. She wondered if she’d done something wrong. Maybe she needed instruction to get them to come to her. She yearned to communicate. Finally she got angry. She was locked in a pie fog. She felt abandoned. Her lemony world was dense but every now and then as she moved around she could glimpse light and it tantalized her. Finally in desperation and in great fear of being forever lost in this yellow denseness, she moved upward and the light got brighter. The lemon veil thinned. Now she could see through slits in the crust. It was clearer and lighter from this higher perspective. Full illumination seemed just out of reach. Disheartened; she thought she’d merely been dreaming and that made the
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brightness seem further away. She doubted herself. The light she had glimpsed couldn’t have been real. She wondered why her guides didn’t come to help her. Every now and then she thought she heard wise words or felt a sort of guidance, but she ended up resolving it was just a trick of her mind. She wondered if there really were any guides for her and if so, why they hid. One day she began to think differently. Thoughts just seemed to pop into her mind. It was amazing! She was imagining being free outside of the lemon universe. She thought about all the ways she could move be-
yond the lemony existence. Just thinking like this felt illuminating. She began wondering where these ideas had come from. She realized if she just changed her perspective and got a bit more creative, it was within her own power to shift and make a true connection with that higher guidance and to really be free. She closed her eyes and thought of being on top of the crust. Outside. Free. And so she was. From this new perspective, the pie was beautiful with its white fluffy meringue on top. She thanked it for having fed and nurtured her. Now she felt unlimited and a whole universe opened to her. Then she felt something strange and wonderful inside. She knew it was her guides. She knew they really were there and realized that words of encouragement had come from them all along. She wondered how she could ever have doubted them. She hadn’t been abandoned. She was ready and could hear them now, to connect and to see differently.
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MAY • 19 Her new higher awareness told her the lemony veil was all a dream she’d made up. Her guides greeted her happily. She could easily understand them now. She had paid attention to her thoughts and yearnings. She had doubts but her passion overrode them. The desire to be more and know more led her to her own higher wisdom, her guides. That guidance had always been there but she’d thought it was outside herself until she saw herself.
Her guidance was the best part of her very own self; a higher aspect. She was amazed. And everything was different now that she had awakened to this perspective. Such is the wisdom within each of us. Passion moves us. Love and light guide us. Trust shows us the way and we become our highest selves. Dolly Mae offers a Breath of Fresh Air Consultations at www.dollymae.com or email me at email@example.com
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istory ProVi sion Solar was incorporated in 1998. They were the first solar company in Hawaii focusing exclusively on PV installations. They installed the first net-metered solar system on the Big Island. People ProVision Solar’s co-owners, Douglas and Marco, have been in the renewable energy field since the 1970s. Douglas and Marco have worked in the solar electric industry for over 20 years. While most others in the solar electric field in Hawaii have a handful of years of PV experience, very few can claim the depth and breadth in the industry. Kim Auberson, Sales and Marketing Manager, holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Planning and has ten years experience in energy analytics, energy management and small-scale energy design.
They are committed to doing all that they can to make our island a healthier place to live as well as providing good jobs for their employees. What We Do About 50% of ProVision solar installations are commercial, the other 50% are residential. They have the experience and the capability to perform the full scope of work for any solar job. They install both roof mounted PV systems and ground mounted systems from 2kW to 100kW. Practice They are the only solar electric firm in the state operating work vehicles on 100 percent biodiesel from their friends at Pacific Biodiesel. They like the idea of using a Hawai’i-based renewable fuel. Why go solar now? This is this the best time to go solar on the Big Island.
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MAY • 21
OLD PLANTATION DAYS Sugarcane, Pastures and Climate Change?
here is a Hawaiian proverb that states in effect “The Forest calls for the Rain”. It is saying that reflects the of a healthy forest that sustains a productive watershed. It is commonly seen where the clouds will accumulate upon the slopes of the mountain and they let loose their burden of water as rain. The rain flows into streams and then into rivers, it flows through the ground into springs and the groundwater lens below. Water is life, and the Forest called to the clouds to release its life giving rain. After Capt. Vancouver dropped off the first cattle and horses to Hawaii in 1794 the upland forests of Hawaii were in time devastated by the marauding bovines. It was immediately seen that an unhealthy forest stopped singing for the rain and the life the forest line below was affected. Measures were undertaken to remove the cattle
BY John C. Cross
from the forests and they put reserves and restrictions in place to protect the forests. When sugarcane plantations started to thrive the planters of the time saw that the water that they needed so desperately for their cane was a result of a healthy forest. The Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, (HSPA), was tasked with improving yields of cane stands, but it was also very prominent in the protection of the rainforest and watersheds of the forested lands above. Some of the Conservation guidelines that are in
place today were a result of the Territorial Forest Board and that of the HSPA. All of the sugarcane plantations kept track of rainfall, temperatures, and sunlight readings across the state. When I was Crop Control Superintendent at Mauna Kea Sugar Company one of my jobs was to read all the stations and interpret the climatic conditions so we could predict the yield of the sugarcane crop growing in the ground. Daily readings from the weather stations went back the to the late 1870’s. In looking at the daily, monthly, and annual rainfall records I found something very interesting about the annual rainfall across the span of a hundred years… we are actually living and experiencing a drought on the Hamakua Coast! What you say, Hilo the wettest, rainiest city in Hawaii is in a drought?! Well, yes we are if you look back to the early
Gabriel Leite and John Cross before the Mauna Kea Sugar Company office in Papaikou, holding the service award for 100 years of daily weather readings at the Papaikou Makai station. years of sugarcane and the clearing of lands for expanding cane culture that the annual rainfall for Hilo and the Hamakua coast when down significantly. From the earliest days of record through to about 1930 the annual rainfall for the Hilo Hamakua coast area was a good 50 to 80 inches MORE than it is today. It was not uncommon to have the makai stations reading over 250 inches per year. Today, the makai Hilo area gets about 120 inches annually. As you go up the slope the rainfall increases. Today the 1,000’ elevation
zone is around the 200” zone, and the forest edge above that is the 250” zone, and then the deep forest above that is the 300” zone. Imagine now living in these areas prior to 1930, if you think it is wet now. Could this be an example of man made climate change? The clearing of forests to plant cane or to raise cattle artificially affected the climate and resultant rainfall? A blip of a hundred years or so of weather readings from Mauna Kea Sugar may not mean anything at all, but it sure makes one wonder.
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AS ABOVE SO BELOW Whatâ€™s Going On Up There? BY Carol Barbeau
here are two Eclipses with one more coming next month bringingfate and destiny together with huge changes, new ideas and intuition. I see this as kind of A SPRING TRAINING month for us all. Happy birthday Taurus and Gemini Folks, with lots of energy in your signs this should be your lucky month. We begin the month with the Sun Shining Brightly in the sign of Taurus. Taurus energy is fixed earth and the mantra is I HAVE. This month concentrate on your talents, abilities and what you truly have and perhaps what you do not honor in yourself. The symbol for Taurus is, of course, the Bull. Colors are pink and blue and the ruling Planet for the sign of Taurus and Libra both is
Venus the planet of what we desire. Signs have desires, and Taurus desires stability, practicality and a bit more sensual and enjoyable lives for us all. Beware of being too fixed and with the South node in the sky in Taurus. Many of our more rigid attitudes will arise so that we can recognize and eliminate them for good. Eclipses really help with this. This is an Eclipse month and I always advise clients to not make major decisions during the 2 weeks between eclipses. This would be the 9th through the 24th, but an extra gift from the universe will bring us a 3rd eclipse on June 8th in the Sign of Gemini. Perhaps allowing the universe to gift you and not trying to force things between May 9th and June 9th would be a great idea this year.
Venus the planet which Rules the sign of Taurus begins the month in the sign of Taurus and on the Solar eclipse May 9th moves to Gemini. A planet changing signs on the day of an eclipse seems to strongly bring that energy into the eclipse pattern. Many of you know Solar eclipses are NEW moon times and full of much more power than a normal New moon seed planting time. This New moon Eclipse wants us to sink our plans deeply into reality while the Scorpio energy brings in dreams, visions, intuition and a strong energy of Water which is very yin. So I would expect this year and next to be upgrading your psychic abilities, for us all to have more vivid dreams and perhaps even picking up feelings and energy from places and others. Yes, eclipses reverberate 6 months to 2 years and with a Solar eclipse people, ideas, events and opportunities from the past
MAY â€˘ 23 come back to us. Oftentimes Solar eclipses kind of block the NOW and ask yourself if the decisions you are making this month are based on the NOW you, or the OLD You. Two days prior to new moons are something called Dark of the moon or Balsamic moon phase and it is time to set intentions. Please visit my website and sign up for daily astrol-
ogy (free) http://www.carolbarbeau.com and be OPEN to Miracles which this month can be created by shifting attitudes, and thinking and perhaps this energy will for many of you get you out there to begin to acknowledge your own abilities and move into teacher and authors and Creators of the next step on this planet. Email me at carolastro@carolbarbeau. com.
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