Social Activism

Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

Color Bridges Workshop at the HUB

ON April 21, 2019 I ran a interactive session to present my Color Bridges theory of harmonic color and how it can be created and used to enhance or lift our moods and environment. It was part of the public programming of the HUB, one of 10 locations around the city for installations. I’ve been making Color Bridges for some time now. I realise many don’t really understand my fascination with them—making them, sharing them, etc. But I take comfortRead More

Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

“Wahi Pana” means a pulse of a place and many understand it to mean a place of reknown or historied place such as the site of the birth of Kamehameha in Kohala. But I also believe a wahi pana can also be a place that creates the sense of belonging, especially if it is one that is tied to the place of your birth or where you feel a connection to as part of your ohana (family). I wrote aRead More

Artists love other artists

I believe artists love other artists, and we always hope, always rejoice, when other artists move forward. I believe my special gift to share has to do with helping others understand that even when we feel alone, we are never truly alone and exercising our creativity in making art, enjoying beautiful art made by others, making things, enjoying handmade things by a skillful craftsman keeps us connected. Then we can embrace solitude and not run from it, relax and enjoyRead More

Sharing my love of watercolor with teenagers

A Day at Farrington High School Home of the Governors. I was lucky to be invited to be a guest at Farrington High School yesterday to present my story as a local girl who studied art and lives off my creativity and to give a few lessons on watercolor. I had 80 minutes and three classes in a day. The school has fostered no less than 3 Hawaii State Governors over the years. I prepared about 20 minutes of talkingRead More

Teaching watercolor to kupuna

The Joy of Being an Absolute Beginner I started teaching Beginning Watercolor to kupuna (seniors) at Palama Settlement as an expanded program for their senior activities last year. Palama began with ceramics and watercolor, something we have been doing for the keiki (children) for some time now. It was an interesting challenge and I was very excited and curious to see what the interest would be from our kupuna.  I began the first class with 6 students, the second grewRead More

Devaluation of Creative Work?

I appreciate a good bargain like any other person, but this post about ‘more books than I can read in a lifetime’ gave me a feeling of unease instead of elation. The music industry was revolutionized with the easy availability first of CD, then online streaming of content–paid for legitimately or not to the point that global conscience about having to pay for music has devalued it to the point that almost no one I know feels it is aRead More

Chuukese Folk Tales

I started working on this project last year, when a grant was submitted to produce a collection of Chuukese folk tales gathered from the Chuukese community in Honolulu. Palama Settlement, where I volunteer and lead a keiki After School Enrichment watercolor program has been meeting the challenges to support their community over the past century. Hawai’i is a place where many immigrants have landed on these shores, some by choice, some feeling like this was their only choice for aRead More

Can you believe in Miracles?

A reflection on the past year finds me feeling grateful, humble and hopeful when I consider how thankful I am for my circle of support of family, friends, Good Samaritans, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have always viewed Nature and the Bible as two separate and useful books of revelation available to mankind.  I use my observation and experience of our natural world as a major inspiration on how I create my art. C.S. Lewis writes inRead More

Happy Thanksgiving

Today, Thanksgiving has degenerated so many don’t even know why we have it. And the myth of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock and the Native American Indians who took pity on them is scorned as proof of the illegitimacy of America’s power as a nation. For myself, I relish the time to spend with family and enjoy great food in a feast. October 3, 1863 the Union Army won a victory against the Confederate Army at Gettysberg. The loss ofRead More