Friday, March 20, 2009

Aloha 'Oe

Posted by Leona Bergstrom

This morning the Kauai skies are crying. Warm teardrops are falling in sweet farewell as we leave what has now become our favorite spot on earth. We've spent almost two weeks here basking in the sun and enjoying some welcomed rest.

Hawaii gets into your blood, your heart and your soul in an amazing way. It's hard to describe, but it is more than just the outrageous beauty that surrounds you. (Sometimes I don't think I can even totally comprehend the beauty.) There is a spiritual presence that echoes the ancient respect and worship for nature -- the sea, the land, the mountains. I usually feel like an outsider, this haole from the mainland with very white skin now turning various shades of pink. While Hawaii is a full-fledged state of the U.S., there is a subtle longing here for the ways of old. The luaus celebrate it while subgroups congregate to protest and advocate for the return of Hawaii to the native people.

Queen Liliuokalani penned the famous Aloha 'Oe in late 1877. It has become a famous song of farewell around the world. It has a haunting longing in the words and music. Longing for days of old.

Today we sing the same words as board Alaska Airlines to return to Seattle.

Aloha 'Oe...until we meet again.

1 comment:

Karla W. said...

We only spent 3 days in Hawaii, but they were wonderful.

Why is Hawaii rain so much nicer than Washington rain? I guess the warm helps.