Beach Walk 284 – Wai Momi

Wai Momi are the pearl waters of Pearl Harbor. This show is about peace and reconciliation among survivors of World War II.

This week in Honolulu is the Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary Symposium, the last gathering of veterans of the fighting at Pearl Harbor. What grabbed my attention was to learn about Zenji Abe, a Japanese pilot who dropped bombs on Hawaii, yet who has dedicated his life to peace and reconciliation. Hawaii is a good place for this, as even at the time of the war, we had many citizens of Japanese descent. You can read more about Mr. Abe in the Star-Bulletin. You can also read his book, The Emperor’s Sea Eagle.

In looking through the photo archives, I saw a picture of a Japanese sub right off the beach at Bellows Air Force Base. That’s just around the corner from Lanikai, where today’s episode was filmed. It gave me pause.

Also Discussed:
The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Hawaiian words
Wai: water
Momi: pearl

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Beach Walk 163 – Imagination Takes Muscle

A call from Steve inspired more talk on what it means to set aside historical grudges.

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About Today’s Show

It was raining on the beach after my paddle so we filmed in the trees next to the beach. Steve Gandy called the conch line from Texas and shared his comments about the movie Crash, reminding of the John Lennon song, “Imagine” and wondering how much longer people in the Middle East can carry on their centuries of hatred. I read yesterday that General Peter Pace said, until they love their children more than they hate their neighbor. I thought this was rather direct, profound commentary. In getting to know several people in the military living here in Hawaii, I have learned that their basic goal is to solve problems. This requires a rather detached ability to observe a situation, and assess it into component parts. At its core, this message to me is right on. No matter how compelling the feeling of hatred is, love can trigger a change in course.

It is so easy to make sweeping statements, to think we know so well what others should do. But rather difficult ourselves to apply the same beliefs in our petty disagreements with others; to have past grievances show up repeatedly in our relationships when something “goes wrong.” Like me you’ve probably heard (or said) those sayings like “you always act this way when!” or “no matter what I do you always…” Some days it feels that way, but each of us can choose not to let the past continuously pile on and influence the present negatively.

So maybe for this weekend, we can choose to rush toward dropping grudges. To simply choose, one at a time, to not let them have emotional power over us. To put out the flames on our personal battlegrounds and chose not to let this stuff take on monumental proportions. To speak up sooner for what we want rather than building a grudge for later. Being able to truly “drop it” is one of my most treasured skills, and one that requires frequent tune-ups.

Hawaiian words
Kuhi: imagine
Keiki: children

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Beach Walk 97 – Memorial Day in the Pacific

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. to honor soldiers who died in war.

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h3. About Today’s Show

Shane edited an amazing show today for us. It is dedicated to my Dad in honor of his tremendous suffering in World War II, and with special thanks to my friend Eric, who has taught me more about life than he can imagine.

Today’s show was filmed at the Hawaii Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 50,000 leis were donated, and over 100 young -Girl- Boy Scouts (thanks for the correction Mark) placed a lei and a flag on each gravestone. I was quite stirred to be in the presence of death while smelling the sweet scent of plumeria lei. Though most of those buried here are from modern wars, this “punchbowl” of an ancient volcano was the site of Hawaiian aliÊ»i burials and human sacrifice of those who violated the kapu or taboos.

I wonder if there is a trend taking place regarding war. World War II still has the aura of being a “good cause” war. Yet it was as devastating and terrifying as any war. My dad fought in Europe, and only recently has he been able or willing to discuss even the smallest details about it.

Now there is Iraq v2, and I am quite amazed at how many soldiers and generals are publicly challenging.

The times, they are a changin’. People like me who prefer to make love not war, welcome you!

Maybe future wars could be fought in Second Life. There would be less blood shed without sacrificing the thrill so many have for conflict.

Show music today is “Amazing Grace” by David Spak

Hawaiian words
PÅ«owaina: _hill of sacrifice_
Kaua: war
Kapu: taboo
Maluhia: peace
Aliʻi: royalty

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