If Not Here, Where?

"If you don't like living here," they say, "if you don't like living beneath this flag, you are free to live somewhere else."

The here they are talking about is the United States. The flag, of course, the stars and stripes of Saturday's fireworks extravaganza. But here is also Hawaiʻi. The state whose flag was once the flag of an independent nation.

Week In Surfing: July 4, 2015

As a child, of course, the fourth of July was always an exciting holiday. Sparklers were wielded in great loops, drawing our names in the darkness until they sputtered out and stabbed into water filled coffee cans. The neighbor boy up the street lit firecrackers and jumping jacks, which frightened me with their loud chaos.

Unpack This

I'm early for my appointment so I sit in the waiting room. Usually I wait in the first floor lobby, alternately checking my phone and people watching until it's time to go upstairs for my session. I also hang back from the bank of elevators, waiting to catch an empty one. It's a busy building so I'm hardly ever successful, but still. I try.

Why We Need To Talk About Cameron Crowe's 'Aloha'

On the surface, the hullabaloo about Emma Stone's casting as hapa wahine Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe's Aloha might seem pretty ridiculous. It's only one movie, right? A fun summer love triangle rom-com set in a beautiful location and it's all just Hollywood fantasy anyway. Nobody actually thinks movies are real life, etc etc, so why is everybody so flipping angry? See also: don't we have more important things to worry about?

For Queen Liliʻuokalani, On Memorial Day

On January 17, 1893, Queen Liliʻuokalani made the sorrowful decision to relinquish her throne, and with it, the soverignty of her nation. She did so to spare the lives of the outnumbered soldiers who would have fought to the death protecting their homeland. To keep safe the subjects she held so tightly to her heart.

This was a wise decision. It was the right decision. And it was a decision that she should never have been forced to make.

On April 7, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature gathered to honor the original crew of Hōkūleʻa, the working replica of an ancient Polynesian wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe). Her name translates to Star of Gladness, but stands for so much more. Hōkūleʻa is Hawaiʻi 'Ōlelo (Hawaiian language) for Arcturus, the brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

Week In Surfing: Hey Watch This!

I'm still having a really tough time right now. I feel out of place and homesick and like I've made every big mistake there is to make in my life. I feel like this a lot when wallowing in the pit of my own depression. Homesick. Rootless. Wandering.

All of that wandering makes me really super distracted. My focus goes all over the place until I'm clicking back and forth between ten different articles or whatever, making no sense of anything I've just read. Or I go to the kitchen for what in the hell was I here for anyway? Oh yeah, I wanted...what was I doing? When my brain gets like this, I start watching videos and looking at pictures to soothe myself. I can focus on those. So here are some bitchin' videos I watched today. I would love love love for you to watch them too.

Week In Surfing Nov 22: Pacific Islander Edition

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech urging Australia to reveal its plans for cutting greenhouse emissions, warning that Climate change 'won't stop at the Pacific Islands'. And hey great, a world leader presenting us with the reminder that we do share the world. That climate change will soon become everybody's problem, everywhere.

But it already is, if we recognize that Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders are part of everybody. Part of Earth's everywhere. So when I first read Merkel's statement I was the opposite of impressed. And so, for today's Week In Surfing, I thought we'd take a moment to remember that Pacific Islanders are a vital, important part of our global landscape, and we aren't willing to drown in the sea of political idiocy.

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