FLY the Common Kings

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 CA Roots Festival Monterey 8.18.2012

Reggae Festival - the GREEN is coming! Cheehoooooo!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Common Kings at Island Reggae Fest

Lei'a and I with JR & Mata of one of our favorite bands...Cheeehooo!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In memorium...

Makaha Sons' John Koko has passed. Na Pua had the honor if hosting Makaha Sons at our 2007 ho'ike. Me ke aloha menemene...
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Na Pua dance practice 6/6/12

Great turn out...full hula and ori class last night. Lots of newbies and returning haumana. Cheeehooo!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Change is good

Been a while since I posted but today is a pretty significant day. It's officially my last day as a CSR after nearly 12 years. It's amazing how time passes, regardless of whether you are actively pursuing change or comfortabley waiting for it. It's been an excellent experience. I've had some growth but am very ready to attack my new adventure as a professional medical coder. I thank God for this blessing and my family for their patience... maybe now I'll post more often!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

C&K - one of our favorite bands of all time!!!

C&K started their 2010 mainland tour in Lodi, CA.
Na Pua had the privilege of dancing with the opening band, Ho'okipa Centrale.
We really enjoyed the concert and shootin' the breeze with them both!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

2nd Attempt

Ok, so we've been training our 2nd year to prepare for Ia 'Oe this November...
a bit of a challenge getting a concrete group of the minimum five, but I think we've got seven. We just gotta nail it. I mean, not just the routine, but the character and the passion of the piece. It will be good.
In the meantime, Lei'a has been enjoying what practices she attends too. She loves to hela and ami. She loves the music and humms and sings often. I'll have to poste pictures soon. Aloha.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tahiti Fete - IORANA!

It's been a long time... I'll be helping Fran work on Friday.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Disaster

Monday, December 21, 2009

For family and friends...

Just made a video on Animoto called
"Fosters 2009":

Friday, December 18, 2009

2010 Handbook


1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8.. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the
positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

'Tis the season...

Be thankful, be gracious and be humble. We have a lot more than many. We should share more and give more... year round... all the time. Merry Christmas everyone.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shut up & drive with the Backyardigans...

My daughter loves these guys! And I found this video when entertaining her with youtube.

Friday, November 6, 2009


'Ia Oe E Ka La hula competition starts today. We should be competing this weekend but we're not. This is the competition I'd been training and fundraising for all year. But... it seems that the old cliche holds true - things happen for a reason, eh? In hindsight, there may have been a few obstacles that could be taken as "signs" that perhaps we just weren't ready to use this kahiko piece this year. Looking forward, there are no excuses for next November. We have a year to nail this piece and to raise funds for costumes and adornments. Expectations run higher when there's already been disappointment. I can definately say I was disappointed when I heard we were withdrawing this year, but am confident that those who are serious about competing and partaking in the experience will be as inspired and tenacious about 'Ia Oe 2010. See ya there.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Knowing is half the battle...

You think that you know people. You think that you know what's going to happen if you say something or respond in a certain way. You expect people to be nice and honest. You expect that the world is ultimately good and so are the people in it. When you find out that none of this is really true and actually a rarity, it is probably not the first time you realize what disappointment is, but it's a familiar feeling. The worse time you feel it, though, is when it's for yourself. When you are the one that reacts or says something that makes someone uneasy. When you are not nice or not completely honest. When you just don't care. It happens to the best of us and probably for the simplest of reasons. Moms aren't supposed to disappoint, right? But we do all the time, moreso to ourselves than anyone else. When it happens to me, I just gotta let it out - whether it be shedding a few tears or blasting hawaiian music and cleaning the house until it reeks of bleach. The achievement is when Mom moves on and everything is good again. Everyone is happy, everything is back to where it's supposed to be. The insomnia stops for a while and the everyday craziness ensues once again... that's how you know that you know your limits, how you know that even though you'll be disappointed again one day, you're resilient enough to move forward.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chain E-Mail... Perspective

Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people
1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor

Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

And had breezed through the questions until I read

The last one:

"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers,

You will meet many people. All are significant.. They

Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

Is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her

Name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American

Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally

Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man

Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

Put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his

Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

Knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a

Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A

Special note was attached.

It read:

"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

The other night. The rain drenched not only my

Clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying

Husband's' bedside just before he passed away... God

Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving



Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those

Who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

Front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

Studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the

Waitress was growing impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put t he bill on

The table and walked away The boy finished the ice

Cream, paid the cashier and left.. When the waitress

Came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

Table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

Were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had

To have enough le ft to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

Roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if

Anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the

King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

And simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

Anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

Vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the

peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

stone to the side of the road. After much pushing

and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

from the King indicating that the gold was for the

person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The

peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only

chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

miraculously survived the same disease and had

developed the antibodies needed to combat the

illness. The doctor explained the situation to her

little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save

her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his

sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I have four separate fundraisers going on right now...

bbb Green Car Wash,

Hiva Nui "A Touch of Paradise",

NW Trojans @ Michael's Pizza 9/30,

Kendyl's lumpia sales...

I hope each have successful turnouts... it's all to benefit the kids!

For use at Stockton Auto Mall Car Wash (Hammer/Holman)
Quail Lakes Car Wash (Behind Long's Drugs)

NW Trojans @ Michael's Pizza all day 9/30/09
6 am - 10 pm - Dine in, Carry Out, Delivery
Must have a flyer! I can send to you by email or fax!
NW Trojans gets 33% of the proceeds!

Beef w/ Veg - $10/dozen
Delivered frozen
Proceeds will defray costs for Kendyl's Cheer Uniforms!


Thursday, September 10, 2009


I forget how painful it is to watch your little one squirm and twitch while their little bodies, full of fever, try to fight off the pain of cutting teeth. And the struggle to get them to swallow the minimum amount of ibuprofen without vomiting hurts too. I thought Lei'a had a cold but it seems that when we checked her teeth, her molars were getting the best of her. And these are just bottoms. I assume we'll have a sequel with the tops soon. Today's the first day she's been able to sleep more than an hour at a time. Poor thing. I'll make up hula practices another time. Thank goodness NT Deb and Frenchie are understanding. We'll miss Alika's first game today though, but I'm sure the LHS Freshman have it all under control. So long as Alika plays smart and safely, I'm ok. At least Dad will be going. And I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to just leave Cyrus at his practice... maybe we'll just relax in the van. Well, I was able to get dinner on the stove today as Lei'a is sleeping. I hope she can get some rest tonight too...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What a week...

We take our time here for granted. That's for damn sure. One minute we're complaining about the bad customer we encountered at work and the driver who can't merge onto the freeway... the next minute a loved one finds out that they won't ever be able to say hello... or good bye.

We MUST learn to appreciate one another and not bicker about the insignificant things... things we cannot control. We are adaptable organisms... we can adjust our schedules and our attitudes easily, but only if we want to. We have been given the gift of free choice, so let's make it a point to use it so that we can prosper happiness and enjoy each other's company. Let's make it a point to say hello, God Bless you, thank you/you're welcome... I love you...

For those who still choose to be negative... you pessimists... I sure as hell can't change you and I'm not going to try. Go ahead and keep blaming everyone else for your misery... squander what little time you have with those you love and who love you in return. When you're gone, that's the legacy you'll leave behind and it will be sad.

I cry when I miss my Dad. I cry when I've been away from my kids too long. I cry when I think I've upset my husband. I cry at weddings. I cry at funerals. I cry when I receive host. I cry when I pray the rosary.

We are so far from perfect... but we can do our best to, not so much be perfect, but to be sincere and happy. Can't we? Yes, we can. Some of us do, some of the time. Most of us don't, most of the time. Being sincere doesn't always mean just being honest... it means being genuine and with common courtesy. And being happy is different for everyone, I know. Some are happy with money, some are happy with time.... most are happy with both. For me, happiness is comfort... if I am in a state where we are comfortable... meaning, I don't have to worry about the little things, because they can be taken care of easily. I can then focus on the things that I want to focus on... my family - my husband, my kids, my parents, my siblings, my halau, my friends... my time here is limited. I want to make my time count. Lord knows... I spend enough time counting the money (or lack thereof). hahaha

Monday, August 24, 2009

Me ke aloha menemene...

We will miss you NT Tawana... our memories will bring us peace.

A hui hou,
Maia mâkou pâkahi âpau,
Kalani, Rose, Alika, Cyrus & Lei'a

Monday, August 17, 2009

I cry at weddings...

and boy did Fran make me cry this weekend. When Christian started to cry, everytime NT Deb cried, when U. Freddie had his dance with his baby girl... OMG, when Fran danced for John... and everytime I turned around, another hula sister was in tears! It was just a gorgeous wedding. La and I had a good time, we were in good company and everyone was in good spirits. It's how a wedding should be. And thank you to my sis, Re, for keeping an eye on the kiddies so we could attend. ; ) Congrats to Fran & John... Mr & Mrs West... you deserve every happiness... every blessing... and all the love you can muster. Take care of and enjoy one another. (^_^) **teardrop**

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Wow. I can't believe my oldest son is starting high school next week. I've been called the over-protective, naive mom. But I can't help it. It is inevitable... he will make contact with the female sort. But these fast little girls... OMG. and my KP PEOPLE... I am NOT that bad! lol and besides... OBJF! lol

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Competition Practice with Lei...

What a workout and so enlightening. Frenchie did an awesome job interpreting what she could as far as choreography from Kumu's video, so thanks Fran! I know that we all feel 100% more confident now that we've got more insight into our kahiko thanks to Lei. The only bad thing is that our visit was very short but we hope to see her again soon and we hope to do her proud. The routine is still very challenging, but I believe the potential is there.l I personally don't want to just be able to pull it off... I want to be able to encompass the entire routine and perform it at my best. It is after all, a group effort... so as long as everyone is as passionate about it as our leaders, we'll be fine. La is still pushing me during our runs and workouts... I'm so grateful. I know it will all pay off.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

training for comp

'Ia Oe is only 3 months away. I am no where near par as far as endurance for this kahiko. I'm not discouraged though. I've been doing other cross training with my husband and his martial arts group, running 2 miles each Saturday and trying to add another mile a night at least 4-5 nights during the week. Between the work and the kids' sports schedules and the baby, it's hard to make time for myself, but it has to be done. I am so not satisfied with the way clothes are hanging on me... so instead of getting depressed and more lazy, I am really trying to keep an open mind and allow those who are motivated around me, motivate me. Otherwise, I'm just a miserable person. I've noticed a little bit more energy but a lot more sore muscles. My appetite has been subdued a bit, I guess that's good considering I really wanted to cut calories anyway as I up my physical activity. All I know is, if you are around people who are passionate about something, it's really contagious, whether positive or negative. I'm so glad that my family is optimistic about their and my goals and that we share common interests. We support one another... from my husband all the way down to my kids... it means the world to me. They push me during workouts, they help me with the upkeep of the house, they encourage me to go to hula practice and push harder and make time for myself. I guess a sane mom is better than an insane one. LOL.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Friends @ practice...

I'm so happy that my friends are starting to take interest in hula. I've got two friends to come and check out practices, one has already joined with her daughter. Another from work will go tonight to see if she will join. Speaking of work, sadly, we lost a friend and co-worker to Pancreatic cancer last Friday. We'll miss you Diana.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

missing class

Well, I missed hula and ori this week entirely. My son had a few scrimmages that conflicted with practice time so baby and I didn't make practice. But that's OK. I'll be able to make competition practice next week. We're getting ready for Ia 'Oe E Ka La in November... I'm excited.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I can't tell you how important it's been that my loving husband supports me going back to dance. I danced and competed in Ori for many years... I think my last competition was in 2000? But I've danced hula & ori off and on since... Currently with NT Deb and Hiva Nui/Na Pua O Ka Honua of Stockton. My boys don't dance anymore... but my daughter is starting. I enjoy that we do a lot of traditional hula and especially like the lack of drama in this halau... very nice.

Monday, July 6, 2009

20 years and counting...

I started dancing hula and ori in 1987 at 12 years old with Lehuanani's Polynesian Dance Troupe of Stockton. Mostly contemporary hula ('auana) with some ancient (kahiko), but my teacher's forte was her tahitian. We were a close dance troupe, like sisters and brothers. Eventually, each went their own way. Some of us are still active, most not. Many of us have families and kids. We've had a few reunions lately and it was nice to see everyone.