Planning to Win

By Virginia Beck Starting a new year means new projects — after we finish up the old ones! Of course if we have a new project we want to succeed. Kaua‘i has a lot to teach us about success. This enduring jewel of the Pacific is resilient, alive and fragile. Nature started working this project [...]

By | 2017-01-03T18:34:45+00:00 January 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Eat Good, Eat Local, Feel Great

By Virginia Beck The farmers market in front of the Historic County Building in Lihu‘e. The autumn brings the wheel of stars around to the shorter days and longer nights, and on Kaua‘i it means the time of festivals, craft fairs, and music. The holidays approach, and finding just the right gifts can [...]

By | 2016-12-09T08:51:43+00:00 December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

A Virtual Eden of Flowers

By Virginia Beck A paradise of trees, a virtual Eden of flowers and rare plants, contributed by the winds and waves, followed by those who came by canoe, or ship, or airline. Kaua‘i is a mixed plate, as we call our local lunches. Mixtures of plants, cultures and races, all brought here seeking one thing; [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:18+00:00 October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Natureʻs Net Flings Beauty Across the Island

By Virginia Beck Kukui nuts Nature flings its net wide, spreading beauty to capture eyes and hearts. The gift of showers in the early mornings gives way to rainbows and cascades of blossom everywhere. The late afternoon creates more rainbows just before sunset, and glorious colors, a dramatic finish to a typical day [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:22+00:00 September 24th, 2016|0 Comments

So Free and Sweet Music

By Virginia Beck Traditional slack key and contemporary compositions were the sound track of the times. Luaus, beach parties, sit-ins, demonstrations and marches were part of the new movement for young Hawai’i. “Our music was the social media of our time”, says Cindy Combs, as she relates the history of the Hawaiian renaissance of the [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:29+00:00 July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Liquid Sunshine Restores the ‘Aina

By Virginia Beck ‘Ohi‘a lehua trees with Kalalau Valley on the background. “I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke‘ekehi ‘ia e ka ua.” “The lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.” — ‘Olēlo No’eau, Mary Kawena Pukui The heavy rains of the past weeks are finally bringing relief to the [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:30+00:00 June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Spring Is Another Flower in the Lei of Life

By Virginia Beck The North Star swings away and the days grow longer. We have circled our home star one more time, and the spring solstice has passed, giving us longer days. Soon, we will see the last of the koholā, the humpback whales, herding their new calves north to Alaskan waters. It is always [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:39+00:00 April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Creation: Aloha is Just the Beginning

By Virginia Beck Hanalei taro fields. Photo by Léo Azambuja In the beginning there was the void. Then, the day and the night. Then, the land and the sea. Whether it is the Kumulipo (a Hawaiian creation chant) or the Bible or other sacred story, there is always the creation story. Somewhere, around [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:41+00:00 March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

A Place of Refuge

By Virginia Beck Hikina a Kala Heiau in Wailua, Kaua‘i's Eastside When life gets tough, where do we go for peace, for refuge? It could be home, beach, music, surfing, church or nature. Kaua‘i is an amazing place to get your values and your senses realigned. Your pulse and blood pressure drop to [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:47+00:00 January 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Ho‘okupu — Bring a Gift of Respect

By Virginia Beck ‘I Hele i kauhale, pa’a nu’olo i ka lima.When you go to someone’s house, take a gift.’— ‘Olelo No‘eau, by Mary Kawena Pukui Hawaiians are some of the most generous people on Earth. Alone in small numbers on this tiny group of remote islands; they nurtured the Earth and each [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:51+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|0 Comments