Social Activism

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

HWS at HPR fundraising drive Sept 28 2-4pm

September 28, 2017 Hawaii, Living Aloha, Social Activism

Spent two hours at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio today with other volunteers from Hawaii Watercolor Society to help raise funding for the year. It was my second time and I didn’t feel as nervous about answering the phone, but it still makes you jump when the phones ring—so LOUD! I felt excited and proud to be able to help by just answering phones and filling out forms and the next time I listen to All Things Considered or myRead More

Hurricane Harvey Relief response

The general coverage of this disaster has shown more moments of hope and the power of meeting with love difficult times. Many are sending donations in money and in kind to Texas, however, many are sending things, that, if they thought carefully for 1 minute, they would realize it is maybe not the right thing to send just now. The general concept of love, includes, to love others as ourself–so think about what you would appreciate just now, when youRead More