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Friday, July 1, 2011

"Aloha Friday..." 'Michael A. Herr'

dakinetalk welcomes renowned author and book publisher Michael  A. Herr as our  Guest blogger.  http://www.michaelherr.com/


 Ai ka pressure! Aloha kakou. I made a commitment to Kimo. I said I would write a regular contribution for his blog. I said I would submit it every Friday — hence, "Aloha Friday". I hope I really said I would 'try' to do this.
 A very small bit about me. I don't live on Kauai, I live in California. I'm retired from education and now I'm a writer (with 6 self-published fiction books so far). To paraphrase Brother Iz, I'm Hawaiian because I love Hawai'i and wish that I could live there. Enuf for this time, more on me maybe next time.

On Saturday, June 26, 2011, seven voyaging canoes arrived at O'ahu. They represented 14 South Pacific island nations and are journeying across the Pacific. They received a warm welcome at Kualoa Regional Park.

What makes this interesting to me is that earlier this year Hawai'i lost a national treasure, Herb Kane. Herb was not only a wonderful artist, he was also the inspiration behind the construction of Hokulea. Hokulea is a voyaging canoe built to prove that Hawai'i was populated by people who were not thrown about the sea by chance; but who purposefully guided their canoes from island to island navigating by the stars. Herb Kane was joined in forming the group who designed and built and sailed Hokulea by Dr. Ben Finny and Tommy Holmes. I know in my heart that Herb would have been so proud, so happy, so excited to see these seven voyaging canoes sail into O'ahu. Mahalo Herb and much aloha.

http://www.dakinetalk.blogspot.com/   A blog about nothing and everything. We are currently looking for guest bloggers. Send your submission, 200-300 words to; jrsensei@hotmail.com

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