Aloha Friday, May 15, 2015


Here’s Air Force One parked outside Base Operations at Hickam AFB.  This was three blocks down the street from where I was living at the time.

Here’s some more Hapa to get us in that Aloha spirit.



Mapu ‘ia ke ‘aia o ka pikake
I ka o aheahe a ka makani
HUI: Aloha a‘e au i ka pua ‘ume ‘ume mau

‘Ako au i neia pua aloha
I poina ‘ole ‘ia ai a he launa ‘ole

‘Ohu ‘ohu ho‘i pili i ka pu‘uwai
He lei ho‘olei a‘e pulama

Puana ‘ia mai ko‘u mana‘o
He lei pikake ku‘u aloha

Puana ‘ia mai ko‘u mana‘o
He lei pikake ku‘u aloha



The fragrance of the Pikake is wafted
By a gentle blowing of the wind
CHORUS: I love the flower that constantly attracts

I pluck this flower of my attraction
It will never be forgotten, it is second to none

Elegant and close to my heart
A lei to wear and cherish

An echo of my thoughts
A pikake lei is my love

Echoing again
A pikake lei is my love

It’s Aloha Friday, and that means you pick the topic.

What do we talk about today?



  1. Pretty song. I had to look up the flower and found it is Jasminum sambac. Sounds like it would be lovely to have around here, but may be too tropical to grow anywhere in the US besides maybe Florida and the gulf coast (and HI, of course).

    Inspired by your other recent blog entry… I’m not sure, but I think it was Shelby Foote who made the point that one reason why the Confederacy was able to put a positive spin on its image postwar is that the one of the most forceful Confederate apologists (Davis) lived (and wrote, gave speeches, etc.) for about a quarter century after the war, and the most articulate voice of the Union (Lincoln) had no such opportunity. I know there were lots of other Lost Cause voices, but I wonder what you think of that point.

    1. That’s a good point, Bert, but I have to wonder if there were not more articulate voices for the Union than just Lincoln. It seems to me that Lincoln wasn’t the only person who could speak for the Union, and I think there must have been more to it than that.

      1. Although what you say is certainly true, I tend to agree with Foote that this lopsided survival was at least to some degree a game-changer in how the war was viewed. By war’s end with victory in sight, Lincoln was so revered as to be like the guy in the old E. F. Hutton commercials (remember those?). He had evolved as a thinker/writer such that he instantly cut through the BS and came up with a concise and devastating rejoinder, like his response to “The invaders have been driven from our land” with “Doesn’t he understand it’s all ‘our land’?” Foote famously got the United States is/are thing wrong, but I can’t help but agree with him here.

        1. But how lopsided was the survival really? The Union side had its share of writers and speakers as well. I think reconciliation had more to do with it. The idea that we needed to bring the sections back together may have led some to let claims go publicly unchallenged, or at least not publicly challenged with enough emphasis.

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