I'm just a haole living in Hawaiʻi Nei. Yes, it’s gorgeous here; no, I don’t spend all day at the beach.
I’ve been an extra on Hawaii Five-0 a few times; I sometimes make silly videos; I’m a drummer in a rockabilly band (’50s-style rock-and-roll) that plays around Oʻahu once a month or so; I write iPhone apps for fun; and I had a novel published on Amazon Kindle Worlds before they shut that program down — I’m almost done rewriting it as the first in a series of novels using my own original main characters.
I try to respect the indigenous culture. I enjoy learning as much as I can about the history of these islands and their rich oral traditions. I understand a little of the language [maopopo iki iaʻu ka ʻōlelo hawaiʻi; e ʻōlelo kāua!]. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say I love the Hawaiian language for all it’s nuances and beauty. If I could, I would spend a lot more time studying the language, taking classes, and practicing speaking with native speakers.
I’m also fascinated by the ancient Hawaiian calendar. Being someone who thought they were going to be an astrophysicist as they set off for college, I’ve never been a big fan of the Gregorian calendar we use today. The length of the months are irregular, long since divorced from the phases of the moon as months were originally intended. And don’t get me started on how the “new year” beginning on the first of January has absolutely zero astronomical significance. Drives me nuts. Everything is extremely arbitrary with very little rhyme or reason. In contrast, the Hawaiian calendar is composed of months that match the lunar cycle exactly, days have names, not numbers, and the new year is based upon observations of astronomical significance (the rising of the Pleiades star cluster at sunset). Of course, lunar months don’t add up evenly to an entire solar year, so that periodic alignment is performed via the addition of intercalary months — much like our February leap-year day — but also added based upon astronomical observations. I like that kind of astronomic relevancy.
Anyhow, please feel free to peruse and enjoy some of the stuff I do.
- Of Rainbows and Butterfly WingsA Dr. Serrano Novel (Coming Soon)