2014 Lower Farm Retreat

Aloha Friends,

Just a quick note informing I will be off on retreat for the rest of the month.

I will be spending time in New Mexico at my property in the mountains. A retreat will do me wonders and I’ll have a chance to talk story with the neighbors. I’ll tell you about it later.

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Happy Trails, Dohn

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A peek over the Pololū Valley

Big Island, Hawai’i. coordinates: 20°9′3″ N, 155°44′39″ W

On the North Kohala peninsula past the quaint towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, after about 8 miles of lush, winding road Highway 270 dead ends at the overlook of Pololū Valley. The Pololū Valley is the first of five majestic valleys that stretch along the coast to the southeast.

145In the Hawaiian language Pololū means long spear. The valley carves a long eroded cleave on the northern side of Kohala Mountain. This magnificent wild valley is at the head of the Kohala Coast, the oldest part of the island.

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Hawaiian Voyaging

Navigating the World

041They sail with no charts or instruments. No timepiece. No compass. They navigate as their ancestors did, guided by a world of natural signs—the arcing stars, sun, and moon; the signs of direction in swell and wind and current. Two voyaging canoes, the Hokule’a and Hikianalia departed Hawai’i on such a journey at the end of May. About 28 days later they had reached Tahiti. The journey will continue as these two double-hulled canoes sail to Australia, the Indian Ocean, round the Horn of Africa, make numerous port in the Mediterranean, cross the Atlantic Ocean and bring their message to the continents of North and South America before returning home to Hawai’i. The Hawaiian name for this voyage, Mālama Honua, means ‘to care for our Earth’.

I had the fortunate opportunity to be present for a Hawaiian blessing ceremony in Hilo, Hawai’i as the Hokule’a and  Hikianalia prepared to set sail for Tahiti. Nothing has captured my imagination as this journey has since the early days of space exploration. I remember clearly when I  first saw the image of our small  blue planet as viewed from space. We see that oceans connect all land masses on this planet. What better ambassadors could there be to spread the word  for sustainable resource use to the world than those from an island environment.

Hokule’a and her sister vessel, Hikianalia will cover 47,000 nautical miles with stops at 85 ports in 26 different countries on a three year circumnavigation of the earth. If you are near to any of those ports where these Hawaiian voyagers will stop  I encourage you to to take the time to visit, to hear their stories and to also share the knowledge and stories of your place on this planet. We are all connected.

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Sunset, as far as it goes

Holualoa, 28th of May photo

007The summer solstice occurred on June 21st this year.

There comes a day, a point where the sun stops it’s yearly northern progression. I can see that point, a narrow peninsula from my lanai. It is not the sun dagger of Chaco Canyon or Machu Pichu or Stonehenge but it serves me well enough. Every day I watch the sunset move… and can announce, that is as far as it goes (north). Officially it is summer.

“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape, Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is a sadness too, for now each day grows shorter moving on towards autumns falling leaves and the dark of winters night. Make use of every summer day, enjoy these long warm afternoons, for this was your wish, your hope six months ago at winter solstice. For now be joyful for all that blooms or sings in leafy boughs…for that beautiful season… summer. You folks ‘down under’ take heart old ‘Sol’ is heading back your way

Aloha, Dohn

 

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Tao Sunset

If you want to know what is going on, step outdoors.

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Somewhere there is sunshine

That is the Tao

Find your path

Dohn

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2014 King Kamehameha Parade

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location: Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i   click any image to enlarge Kamehameha Day, June 11, was proclaimed by Kamehameha V on December 22, 1871, as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I, and was first observed on June 11, 1872. Every … Continue reading

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Sunset sometimes

Location: (Ho lu ah lo ah) Holualoa

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Sunset sometimes

is obscured by mist and rain.

Such is life.

If  somber clouds open a cathedral window above

we are humbled, in awe.

Such is life.

A small ray of light

can bring great joy.

Such is life.

 

Shine brightly,

Dohn

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