“No great artist ever sees things as they really are.
If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
Back in April I had the opportunity to chaperone my little sister and niece for a museum tour (and art lessons) at The Honolulu Academy of Arts.
“The Honolulu Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, and the presentation of exhibitions, films and videos, performing arts, and public programs specifically relevant to Hawai’i’s ethnically diverse community.” – The Honolulu Academy of Arts
It was an inspiring, innovative and educational experience, (several great reasons to visit any art exhibit). The Art Docents were marvelous-knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. The girls got to learn basic art techniques and grasped the story behind some of the most talented artists and their world-renowned work.
Located in the heart of Beretania, across Thomas Square Park, the intriguing Honolulu Academy of Arts is a must-see. The museum offers a wide-range of docent and self-guided tours for students and adults. Scheduled guided tours such as Spotlight Tours, Tea + Tour, Book Club and Walk-In tours, just to name a few, are free (with paid admission).
A rare and beautiful astronomical event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.
The planet Venus will be in transit…. passing directly between the Sun and the Earth and becoming visible to us as a small, dark disk moving across the face of the Sun.
photo from ecorazzi.com
The only planetary transits observable on Earth are of Mercury and Venus. Mercury has an average of 13 transits every 100 years. The Transit of Venus, however is phenomenal, occurring in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with a pair of transits eight years apart. In this century, the prior transit was on June 8, 2004. After 2012, the next transit of Venus will take place in December 2117!
The entire event will be widely visible from the western Pacific, northwester North America, eastern Asia (including Japan and the Philippines) and eastern Australia.
I can honestly say that I will not be holding on until 2117 to witness the next transit of Venus, which is why I am dedicating a few hours of my afternoon to catch a glimpse and say my aloha to the beautiful planet. Lucky I am an island girl and live in Hawaii, as it is one of the best locations to witness this spectacular occasion.
According to transitofvenus.org, the local transit times in Honolulu are between 12pm – 6pm.
NASA EDGE at Mauna Kea (through partnership with UH Institute of Astronomy on the Big Island of Hawaii) will also be having a live webcast during this time. Watch it here.
When viewing the sun, take precautions! Construct a pinhole-camera, or a pinhole mirror. If available utilize binoculars or a telescope, but remember, do not look DIRECTLY at the sun! Venus should appear as a tiny dot on the projected image. You can also consider purchasing a shade 13 or 14 arc-welder’s glass.
Hope everyone can get to see The Transit of Venus; you won’t want to miss such an astonishing occurrence of this lifetime.
Needing inspiration to last me for the next few days and needing to keep this peace of mind going even though it is absolute madness around me, I go through my old writings to move me and I found this in an old online diary….
We all encounter life differently. The world is cruel and unfair, and it’s only human to sometimes feel like giving up. We all have experiences that lead us to where we are and some of them even become a barrier to what we want to accomplish, where we would like to go.
Life is simple, but it is not easy.
Remember, the easier the path taken, the simpler the reward granted. It’s okay to be who you are, no matter how disapproving the world is, because in the end, all the hard work is worth it.
Believe in Beauty, no matter how ugly the world seems.
Believe in Goodness, no matter how harsh life may be.
Believe in Hope, no matter how impossible days become.
By believing this, you have the power to be the best person you can ever be and even better.
In honor of everyone’s favorite Doctor + Children’s author, Dr. Seuss, Read Across America will be observed on Friday, March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (Also the opening day for the much anticipated animated film The Lorax.) Read Across America is celebrated throughout the country, bringing children, teens and adults together. The nationwide observance promotes reading […]
The 28th Annual Great Aloha Run was held this past President’s Day, Monday February 20th and I had a wonderful opportunity to be a GAR volunteer alongside a few of my good friends Juvy & Jena Cudera, Retch Manipon and Slay Oyao.
Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Great Aloha Run is an 8.15 mile course that begins at Aloha Tower and ends at the Aloha Stadium. This year had the largest number of participants. I was not physically prepared to run or walk 8+ miles, but assisting with refreshments for the runners was definitely a yes. At 4 in the morning I woke up groggy-eyed, but totally ready to pass out bananas and macadamia cookies to the finishers of the race. Yes, macadamia nut cookies…
It was another great bonding event for us amigas. Most importantly, we gave back to our community by contributing our time to assist in a charitable event that greatly impact our communities- improving the lives of those in need.
Volunteer work, whether it is miniscule or on a large-scale is personally fulfilling and satisfying as we recognize that we can make a difference- in people’s lives within our community, our country and even the world.
Madness in my schedule will not take me away from my desire to save the world.
I was browsing through my online album and I came across one of my favorite photos. Taken five years ago by a talented aspiring photographer at the time, Keoni Kitagawa, this photo captured a candid, yet blissful moment.
It was nearing a day’s end in beautiful Hawaii nei, with the sun setting behind me. The weather was pleasant as I had remembered it- warm, yet breezy; not too hot, not too windy.
If I were to choose a photo that I could hold in my heart forever- to move me, to encourage me, to teach me… I would choose this photo.
Because this photo shows me an eternal sunshine.
The sun shining- whether it be rising, or setting, symbolizes hope to all. Sometimes we feel that the world is dark, and we may be at the bottom at times. But the sun is always there, and we will get back up, one way or another.
Figuratively speaking, no matter how terrible or rainy the day goes, you just have to breathe…because tomorrow the sun will rise. If the rain keeps coming, you just have to remember that it takes rain AND sunshine to make a rainbow 😉
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
A daily dose of sunshine is good for you- it’s brightening and exhilarating. Drink it up, my darlings. Don’t live in the shadows.
Most inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow […]