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My Wide Blue Seas

Its All About The Journey


Name~ Hokule'a Kealoha

Short Bio~Hokule'a Kealoha is the Nom De Plume of a writer that formerly lived in Hawaii and is now living a life of adventure on the highways and byways of the American South . I am a Born Again follower of Jesus, as well as a wife, mother of cats and dogs,jeweler, entreprenuer, photographer and pilgrim...

Age~ Old enough to know better

Status~ Newly Single after 13 years of marriage,fur mom to the loving and devoted mini ShihTzu doggie Annabelle, born 6-11-2007 RIP 2-25-09, and the beautiful Abigail born 2-14-09

Hair Color~ natural brown/grey

Mood~ I ALWAYS have a mood, try me...

Loving~ Jesus, Hawaii, my furry friend, Abigail, my Pen Pals, Jewelry ,Blogging ,Writing anything,my Ipod,and being outdoors surrounded by my wonderful natural surroundings

Hating~ Boom Box Cars, Earspray, Abuse of Power,

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  • Underwired! Louisville's magazine for Women

  • In Store~The Magazine for the American Jeweler

  • Books in Progress...

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  • Just Finished Reading

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  • Jesus, Divine Mercy ~
    Learn About The Divine Mercy
    I Trust In You~

    My Favorite Past Posts~Relive The Journey!~
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  • 2008~
  • Be Thankful

  • Colateral Damage

  • Make Lemonade

  • Home Is Where The Heart Is

  • The Poor With Us

  • Because Its The Hardest Thing I Can Do

  • We Have All Become Victims

  • Lest I Forget

  • The Most Important Words

  • Family Values

  • Familiar Places

  • May Perpetual Light Shine On Them

  • A City In Motion

  • 2007~
  • The Quiet Storm

  • Fellowship of the Cane

  • Like Dead Unremembered: A 9-11 Tribute

  • The Medicine Machine

  • One Giant Leap

  • In The Steps of St. Francis

  • Too Much Information

  • The Un Choice

  • 2006~
  • The Holly and the Ivy

  • The First 9-11, Dec 7,1941

  • Small Moments of Silence

  • Peaches to Winnipeg

  • Dreaming of Hawaii

  • Memorial Day

  • Scattered Values

  • The White Line is the Lifeline for the Nation

  • Warnings of a New Civil War

  • I Will Be True To The Promise I Have Made

  • The Snowy Bloody Day

  • Cats in the Cradle

  • 2005~
  • The Journey

  • Rebirth of a City

  • For Posterity's Sake

  • The New Civil War

  • Every Mother's Son

  • And There You Stayed, Temporarily Lost at Sea

  • The Lone Rider

  • The Bible Is Not the Fourth Member of the Trinity

  • Rome Wasn't Built With Union Labor

  • Happy Birthday Mom ~revised~

  • A Beautiful Noise

  • Even Now

  • The Wearing of the Red

  • Night Ranger

  • The Joyful Traveler

  • Hoiliili "To Gather Up"

  • Ke Makakilo (My Observations)

  • He Giveth Sleep

  • Save The Children

  • 2004~
  • Lux Aeterna

  • December 2004

  • You're Joking, Right?

  • Ground Zero

  • I Am Not A Failure

  • O,To Grace, How Great A Debtor

  • Lost In Translation

  • One Small Step for Man

  • The Rainbow's End

  • Profanity

  • Taps

  • The Journey

  • Makoa's Song

  • No Aloha For The Weakest

  • The Paradoxical Comandments

  • The Time Is Now

  • 2003~
  • When No Fruit Is On The Vine

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    St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
    St. Edith Stein~Pray for Us

    Religion Link List~

  • My Secret is Mine

  • Ignatius Insight-Online Magazine

  • Fr John Corapi SOLT

  • Dr. Scott Hahn St Paul Center

  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa~ Ignatius Productions

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  • Political Link List~
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  • Arkansas Link List~
  • Little Portion Hermitage

  • John Michael Talbot website

  • John Michael Talbot Myspace page

  • 1st United Methodist Church Bella Vista

  • Northwest Arkansas Guide

  • Mimi's Cafe

  • Metro Woman Business Directory of NW Arkansas

  • River Grille

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  • Interactive Links~

    Live WebCam Feed from the Mauna Lani Resort, Kohalla, Big Island of Hawaii

    Click here for Aloha Joe!Live Hawaiian Music 24/7

    St Damein of Molokai'i,Patron Saint of Hawaii, Pray for us

    St. Damien of Molokai'i, Patron of Hawaii and the Outcasts among us, pray for us....

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  • Volcano Updates (Pele's Mood Meter)Hawaii Volcano Observatory

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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  • Mauna Kea Observatory

  • Pacific Tsunami Museum

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  • Technorotica for Blogging~

    Blogarama - The Blog Directory

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    Christianity Blog Directory

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  • Globe of Blogs~Blog search engine

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  • Wikipedia

  • Nuzio's Place on the Web

  • Commutefaster.com

  • PING ME!

  • MWBS Wordpress Edition

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  • Technorotica for Jewelers, and the Jewelry Trade~

  • Gemological Institute of America

  • The Drouhard National Jewelers School

  • The Conner School

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  • October 26, 2007

    Fellowship of the Cane

    The latest accessories for my journey, my walking boot, my cane and my crutches.

    "Now Hoku, try doing a bit of walking without that boot on...it will hurt and swell some but in a few weeks it will be a lot better...yes, yes use your cane for balance and try not to put your full weight on it as you are walking along..."

    And I was released to go back to work. Six weeks of "disability" has taught me a lot... Now I thought that I was enlightened regarding the disabled and their difficulties, but I truly had no idea how life really is day in and out with a "handicapped" placard hanging from your car visor and a cane in our hand...After all I was with my mother for her nearly twenty year struggle with Parkinson's'...14 of those years undiagnosed... not that a doctor's stamp would have changed anything...

    Mom embraced life in a wheelchair early on. She figured out that she could go a lot further and live life just a little faster utilizing wheels rather than her stumbling feet. She put her clumsiness down to her weight, a notoriously bad back and pinched nerves. That all contributed, Im sure but Diabetic Neuropathy and Parkinson's were the real culprits, and a chair didn't aggravate that. I saw the chair as a way to keep from exercising and a "giving up" of mobility. Laziness in the beginning, and a burden later as I damaged my own back hauling her and it out of my car. Once loaded up,she scooted down store aisles and parking lots at dangerous speeds. It must have felt very freeing... but the reality was she was trapped in that chair and eventually, a bed in a nursing home. Her frustration must have been a horror.

    I have felt the pain of feeling trapped as I wore my boot and tried to do the activities that make up my daily life. Because I am too large for a woman's size and the man's was a tad too long, the steel supports interfered with my knee making getting up off of lower set seat a challenge. I have gotten "stuck" in a seat at a Taco Bell, on a supposed "handicapped" size toilet in one of the four rooms we had at the hotel in New Albany (we were moved four times in four days, until we got a room that had proper "handicapped accommodation" we got free nights for the improper ones...)My boot got caught in a threshold and I fell to the floor, alone and I couldn't get up without struggling to get the boot off then pull myself up. Countless times Woody had to rescue me. I went without it in the house as the pets were afraid of it, and it cut off my circulation...

    My induction into the "Fellowship of the Cane" has slowed me down. It has also made me conscious of the pity and self consciousness that people feel around the disabled. People have treated me like I am retarded, talked around me and shouted at me as though I were deaf. Even tonight at Catholic Church, people either pushed past me oblivious to my situation, or looked through me. My broken foot with the boot does not fit inside the pew well and I cant move it out of the way when the kneeler drops. I got "dropped on " a few weeks ago. I flipped it back up and the people were annoyed. I now sit on the aisle but get kicked as people walk down the aisle for the Eucharist.Trust me I dont stick out very far. They just dont look. Its been a real struggle even in a church full of old disabled people. I think they see a younger person and cant see the issue...I struggle to get into places where I can sit and prop it up. I have looked with loathing as cars with no handicap placard park in the special spaces, leaving me to struggle to park and walk extra steps in pain.

    The worst was when the special motorized shopping cart just stopped dead, fully loaded with my grocery shopping and me, in the middle of the local Walmart. I hobbled up a stock clerk who was just mortified and got me a cart and helped me get to the check out all the while saying.."Gee what if you couldn't have gotten up to get me?" Indeed....

    I also understood the harrowing difficulties disabled folks have at my work. "thisplace" is great about hiring a wide range of people...young, old, black, white, Muslim,(in the Bible Belt)Christian. From no experience but smart and want to learn, to all the experience and wants to be a worker bee..ect...and disabled people. A man in a wheel chair, a lady who struggles with Dwarfism, and several others who are defiantly challenged. But the man with the broken ankle in the chair quit after two weeks on crutches as he couldnt manage the slippery marble floors. The Tiny lady has a step stool in the downstairs ladies room that repeatedly gets "borrowed" even with a sign glued to it saying "do not remove from this area"...she needs it to use the sink. To the man in the wheel chair...he struggled with the parking lot, the security doors and the bathrooms that are truly not in compliance but try to be...He had many issues but he quit the needed job after he couldnt manage the security doors (he dropped his swiper card couldn't get it and basically got stuck out in a deluging rain and was soaked to the skin and had to sit in that all day) He had a fight with his probation officer (another story) about quitting and later, in a grossly depressed state, blew his brains out...)People are still trying to get over that.

    I stayed home as long as I could, and certainly have it better than those folks. From 100 percent paid leave to people on my team doing everything they can to help me. My work is not as stressful as the day shift and I dont have to walk fast. But I do have to walk, and can see the difficulties others have.

    I have asked God to help me. I found myself saying that I dont think I could do this forever, and whining about my little issues. I have learned what a wimp I am in general and as this episode winds down and my mobility is returning, I want to focus on the good things and bless God for everything that comes my way. Perhaps that is the lesson that I need to grab ahold of from this period in my life... That the Fellowship of the Cane is all around me. I need to be more aware of the difficulties others have and not be guilty of the insensitivity that others have shown to me. And I need to not be so afraid of the future.

    Hokule'a at mywideblueseas@gmail.com

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  • Its All About The Journey~Reshaping My Life,One Pound At A Time

  • My Wide Green Fields~~ The Ohio Journey

  • Hokule'a~~Star of Gladness- A Poetry Blog

  • Lux Aeterna-A Memorial Blog dedicated to those affected by the events of 9-11-2001

  • Hawaii Calls! News Views and Links from the Big Island of Hawaii

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    Blogs I am reading~

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  • Collecting My Thoughts

  • Texas Trifles

  • Shiloh Musings

  • Smoothstone...

  • Attitude of Gratitude

  • LaShawn Barber's Corner

  • Journal Of A Writing Man

  • Regeneration

  • Wheelie Catholic

  • Insightscoop

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  • Koinonikon-Margi

  • Christ Is In Our Midst

  • Daily Weaving

  • Glory To God For All Things

  • The Eleventh~ a blog

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    Blogs of the Ozarks, and the Tri State Region~

  • Live! From Paradise!

  • Steph's Gonna Win!

  • The More Excellent Way

  • ...just another day in paradise...

  • Deo Volente

  • When Kate Blogs

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    Focus on Israel ~~~

  • Smoothstone...

  • Jack's Random Thoughts

  • Me-Ander

  • Solomonia

  • Shiloh Musings

  • Jewish in a Gentile World


    Abigail Valentine, my little darling ~

    Fave Dog Blogs ~

  • Chihuahua Craziness

  • Miss Sadie Shih-Tzu

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    May She Rest In Peace 2-25-2009 ~

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