“Our cup overfloweth with joie de vivre to share with others”–motto for 2011 onwards.
This Christmas Eve is the month where a Maori Hollywood entertainment celebrity blog made history and hit the 2.8 million threshold thanks to you all worldwide. That’s never happened before in Hollywood’s entertainment history. Hawaii takes the top spot as both the 44thPresident of America and New Zealand’s Prime Minister vacation at the tropical jewel isles location of the USA.
Here in California this artwork at the Wiedeman gallery photographed in Hollywood this eve, reminds me of the umbrella I’ve been living under while living here in Hollywood California to date. Very French with a Hollywood twist. And Jakey Davis shines with two of his biggest fans, sister Taylor Jane and his mom, teen mom’s champion life coach - The Maori Rose of Sharon across the world in New Zealand. It’s all about children and their world we help and support them create. As you can see, I’m on Jakey’s program as he’s already busting out his Peace sign moves for photos, so fine like already, on a Kiwi beach. Too cute.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news on Christmas here in the Hollywood hood as voted by you the people worlwide. Here’s how we’re looking in our top ten today. Merry New Zealand Christmas and Happy Hollywood Christmas Eve. Thanks people.
Almost made it – The Bonus Posts:
Happy Kiwi Christmas and Merry American Christmas Eve.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
Who: Louis Henry Davis III.
Tribal Affiliations: Ngapuhi, Ngati Whaatua.
Claim to Fame: Brother of Jakey Davis. He is also a fine rugby football player and a super basketball representative too with a good academic record.
Hallmarks at this early stage: From a compassionate community-minded family. Learning how to be a team player. Pride in Kaupapa Maori traditions and knowledge both IQ and EQ. Grandson of current community leaders. And this young guy is a friend of teen parent moms too. Not bad so far!
Hollywood Comment: And who is using more hair product than both Taylor Lautner and Justin Bieber put together, with mo tumeke staunch-pouting going on than tuakana Cliff Curtis in a 3D action movie role or brotha Taika Cohen in that Boy movie… in his high school leadership photos, then aye? Mr Maori Kiwi-Staunch. Congratulations Louis III.
Kia kaha. Be wise. Be yourself. Lead. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
I just spoke to my Maori mom on the phone wishing her and dad a very Merry California Christmas.
She was sooooooo excited to hear my voice in a way only a Maori mom is.
Hot topics of conversation were: Mom warning me about the perils of “Facebook oversharing.” Heavens forbid!
Mom is in her 70′s and she goes to see Bono live at U2 concerts and holidays in Paihia that is rark-it-up seaside resort township for New Year’s eve of New Zealand each year… so mom did make me laugh about Facebook. Apparently many of my beautiful, talented, breeding and entertaining family are having family Christmas in a New Zealand top secret Christmas party location, right at this minute. So… I just might have to ring into that party real soon, like So Undercover via the telephone via the top secret telephone number given to me by mom, and spice it up the party a little. ;)
To all my family/ whanau all friends in Christchurch, in Melbourne, in Papakura, in Beverly Hills, in Arizona, in China, at PPL HQ, in New Zealand, in Malibu, in Auckland The Supercity, on Catalina Island, in Westwood, in California, in Wellington and in Helensville –Mere Kirihimete, I love you and God bless.
[Christmas Artwork: Weideman Gallary snapped 10 mins ago, West Hollywood-Chanel No 5 Series of 4 and James Dean in Hollywood Headlights. Catalina Island photographic artwork of Avalon Bay hangs outside my apartmento door in Hollywood. Who would have thought?]
UPDATE: Hollywood = 1.59 am – NZ Boxing Day, USA Christmas: I so made the call. Christmas message on answerphone, okiez? Love ya all black! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
Horiwood.Com has reached the 2.8 million milestone as a Hollywood entertainment blog created and shared daily by a Maori New Zealander who lives in West Hollywood California. Yes, the moment does feel slightly juicy. Believe it or not, history has even been made.
At the 2.8 million mark this Christmas season, first up, thanks you fullahs worldwide, for your amazing daily interest and support online. Every day your presence makes me rise up and try harder as a person, shake off the crap and kick obstacles to the curb. The people you vote on this blog, I look at carefully and learn from. Thanks.
Let’s also think about the UN‘s latest message: that if war breaks out 2.8 million people of Sudan will be displaced. Harrowing news.
There’s always bloody something (or someone) else far more important to think about in the world isn’t there, before we can celebrate much these days? Oh well, welcome to being a global citizen I guess. Again… thanks a million.
Mauri ‘Ola. Life to US! Especially our brothers and sisters in Sudan this Christmas.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.21.10~
Guess what? We are the world.–Pavarotti‘s Buddies
According to a noncommissioned ‘survey’ by Quantcast web analytics company, with figures pulled randomly out of the top of their– hat, these nations are on Horiwood.Com (allegedly, according to wannabe Quantcast pretend cyber-stalkers of us all) daily:
|Country||Uniques (Cookies)||Uniques %||Uniques Index||Visits %||Visits Index|
QUANTCAST’S BOGUS SURVEYS AND WHAT STATES READ HORIWOOD.COM ACCORDING TO ANOTHER NONCOMMISSIONED SURVEY
Well look who wants a bite of this Hollywood online watermelon then? Hi Quantcast! Hola.
Every week, someone tries to track stats on Horiwood.Com. The stats vary with every bogus survey. QUANTCAST makes me laugh the loudest.
For starters, I have never given permission for a survey to be conducted on Horiwood.Com, therefore none of these surveys are legit, because they don’t have access to survey blog stats, although these companies claim they do.
So, if we are to suspend our disbelief (yet again!) and “play pretensies” and believe these stats claims–here’s the US States most living on Horiwood.Com each day. According to Quantcast claims, in running order, these States are:
|State||Uniques (Cookies)||Uniques %||Uniques Index||Visits %||Visits Index|
[AI suggestion - perhaps NGRAM needs to go back to the chalk board phase]
If I was naive enough to believe Google’s “Books Ngram Viewer” that claims to count words based on 5 million published books and track their trends in terms of amount of times words appear in books (quantitative research), the Maori people of New Zealand would not fare well. The results would have me rehashing that archaic dead-end term, “racism” asap. Maori don’t like doing that in this enlightened age. It does not get people very far, because it immediately casts Maori in the light of having to drive a car fueled by ‘white man’s guilt.’ When you drive on whenua (land) that has tar seal put on it and called a “road,” that would be too much “irony” for a Maori to handle in any given day. Besides, why should we? That’s something that would appeal as a college student. The past is healing.
The tracking tool claims (my search conducted between years 1920 and 2008) that the word “Maori” peaked as a topic of interest in books in the year of 1978 (aprox). Since then it’s plummeted and currently, the usage of the word Maori is as low as its status listed in 1950 findings that’s given in the little graph that pops up. Already, this NGRAM Viewing tool of Google is capable of starting civil wars. I don’t like it much at all so far.
Being scientific, with heart and soul – this means: a) Maori are extinct again – a typical ‘pseudo-scientific’ finding (yawn!) Maori have learned to ignore since being able to read maps – but this time in a literary sense.
Already this supposedly revolutionary tool of technology is spitting out results generating ‘information’ that is rather boring quite frankly in my humble opinion. I say this because such ‘information’ has been so done TO DEATH already! (more…)
“My cultural pride I will show, that you may know, who I am.”–song lyrics, Aaria.
Beautiful voices from The Shaky Isles today.
Mauri ‘Ola Tatou! Life to US!!!
[Footage: Singer Stan Walker & Whanau/Family from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia]
Lyrics: He kakano ahau i ruia mai i rangi atea (I am a seed scattered from Rangiatea)
For educational purposes –here’s some waiata light (songlight) from Hollywood today–in Te Reo Rangatira, the Maori language.
Gorgeous poetic lyrics.
So uplifting – an ornament of grace for the spirit in a diverse world.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.10~
Guess what? I noticed that we can buy the Ali tin tote to take to your office for lunch every day, while wearing a suit a tie.
It’s kind of rocking good hot–in a who you lunch with, knock out, corporate way. Like, if you have a lunch box tote like this–you’d better be lunching with the right people and not a bunch of pretentious time wasters. It’s what this tote symbolizes to me anyway.
Go here to Ali’s official website to buy it for your office team and their lunches in creating a team of champions at your unique box office. It’s purchasable for only $15. What a score! Go here. American history at its finest.
Ali was an original American Lord of the Ring! A civil rights champion for the world not just America. As a Maori-Kiwi I totally dig it. The tote holds meaning to me.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.5.10~
No one can get in the way of what I feel for you–songwriter, Alicia Keys
To be thankful of life and to value it, is always to hold the keys of the kingdom’s expansion. Here’s 29 things I’m thankful for having lived in America for four and a half years:
1. clean water. 2. enough food to feed everyone. 3. good humored people. 4. freedom of speech. 5. freedom of expression 6. enough homes to house everyone. 7. Barack Obama and the Obama family 8. some of the best smiles in the world. 9. fun. 10. diversity. 11. spirit. 12. new technology. 13. the American people. 14. country music. 15. best live concerts. 16. california. 17. african-american people. 18. native american indians. 19. choice. 20. passion. 21. demonstrative people. 22. diversity of 50 states. 23. Hawaii. 24. New York City. 25. enough medicine and skills to cure people/ medical research. 26. gifted filmmakers. 27. football. 28. generosity of spirit. 29. Maori and Kiwi in hollywood. 30. innovation. 31. big thinking nation. 32. America’s children and elderly. 33. Hispanic-Americans 34. America is a haven for Jewish people. 35. America is a haven for Arab people. 36. Peace keeping role. 37. fireworks displays. 38. ice cream flavors. 39. Saying “God Bless America” is still the way you show you deeply love your nation.
What most excites me is America’s potential to be realigned and focused towards ‘a new American life-style revolution’ and an incredible future ahead. Living here, I have been a part of this culture changing in tough years– I believe for the better and the good.
To read more on why gratitude is America’s most attractive trait this decade, this events company Premiere In A Box says it all in their website copy when defining what L.I.F.E means to them. Read it to be inspired. Fun. They are also based in Canada too.
[Image: Britney Spears via Cover Awards from Vogue]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.4.10~
A celebrity is someone whose life is worthy of being celebrated–new culture’s kaupapa (or principle).
In the bonds of love we meet–New Zealand’s national anthem
Love is healing and recovering honestly and openly together, acknowledging life, loss, past present and future in community together. Grieving the ugly and celebrating the beauty of what each life gifts community is growing up in love too as a nation–watch this clip.
Greymouth Miners Remembrance Ceremony Footage is supplied by Te Karere Maori News reporting live from Mawhera, Te Wai Pounamu, Aoteroa New Zealand. This news footage denotes the magnitude felt by community across the board in this coast township.
I like the interview which shows variation in Maori dialectical variations of New Zealand’s indigenous peoples own unique diversity between Irena Smith and Kathleen of Mawhera. We call it Nga Mita o Te Reo (dialects). The interview shares the story of grief’s depths. My favorite part of the footage is the young people of Mawhera singing in Maori to lift the spirits of the grieving. Maori young people are so special. Such good kids, putting aside their own grief for friends and family to find the strength and grace to encourage others. They are descendants of people who have been doing this in Mawhera for many centuries.
As a Kiwi who lives in Hollywood I find all the words in English equally as important and moving as the words in Te Reo Rangatira (the language of Chiefs). Enjoy this very special view–a cultural treasure of New Zealand as new culture grows and develops alongside these Maori young people’s development that the nation of New Zealand speaks of in the copy below. Powerful stuff. Mawhera young people are Hollywood stars today on this blog, just because they are. Alright–we need to upgrade these kids with funding to get some swanky new cultural uniforms for performing on such global occasions I think and make them a little bit of a priority. A fine effort from these young leaders.
The following news coverage story is via English NTDTV: Memorial services were held in Greymouth, New Zealand, for the 29 miners who perished in an accident at the Pike River coal mine last month. A two-minute moment of silence was observed, and local school children sang songs of remembrance. (more…)
Namaste. Special thanks to all of you who read Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. May your holiday season be a good one and 2011 be prosperous and abundantly blessed for you all. Most of all, may your smiles increase and your spirits rise.
According to Quantcast, here’s what we all look like. Pretty diverse. I love you all. As a fellow global citizen, thanks for being my daily teachers who share yourselves on a New Zealand Maori Kiwi’s blog. You’ve taught me so much. As caring is sharing. Many thanks for your open hearts and your limitless abilities to share. Peace.
Malo e lelei from California via Samoan-Kiwis in Hawaii singing the universally loved, ancient poetic psalm of King David of Israel. :)
Music from two brothers of the group, Adeaze.
Salamo e luasefulu ma le fitu
O le fuaiupu muamua
Ma le fuaiupu e sefulu ma le fa
The Lord is my light and my salvation
Whom shall I fear Lord
The Lord is the strength of my life
Whom shall I be afraid
Wait on the Lord
Be of good courage
And he shall strengthen your heart
Wait I say on the Lord, wait I say on the Lord
The Lord is my light and my salvation
Whom shall I fear Lord
O le atua o lo’u malamalama
Ma lo’u fa’aolataga
O ai ou te fefe iai
O le atua o ia o le malosi
I lo’u olaga
O ai ou te fefe iai
Fa a ta li mo le atua
Ia fa ama losi
E fa amalosi lo’u agaga
Fa a ta li mo le atua
Fa a ta li mo le atua
Whom shall I be afraid – till end
[Lyrics via sing365.Com]
~A singing birthday card for The Maori Rose of Sharon of Nga Puhi and Ngati Whatua Maori tribes, on her birthday, 2010. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10. Excuse distortion, Polynesian artists are still waiting on times to change, before we can truly rock it out in Hollywood in a culturally meaningful way. In the meantime, this is it! Enjoy.~
There’s just something about Maori young people singing and performing live in the poetic language of Te Reo Rangatira (the Language of Chiefs) with beautiful smiles that reminds you, these young leaders are from a very vibrant culture.
Love them! Can’t get enough of their visage and unbridled talents on display in Hollywood. Beautiful.
Oh and if you’re reading this post from Hollywood–no this really is not “lost footage from the director’s cut of Dances with Wolves–young people really perform like this every day in places like Waitangi or Roto-Vegas/ Rotorua or many other beautiful cities too. One of my favorite spots in seeing Maori perform is at the Tuhoe tribe’s Te Hui Ahurei o Tūhoe Festval. These young people are the best and they speak the language as their first language each day.
They’re also cinematic. Their first movie is in development. It’s humorously titled: Hambones at the Pork Bone Puha Hotel. Now this is THE movie for any A-List Hollywood actor to do a cameo in. It’s going to be both funny & fab!
They’re so authentic and beautiful in performance. The kids of Ngai Tuhoe also are amazing artists and their artworks (paintings) are so special. Deep. Meaningful. I purchased one, last time I was in attendance at this event.
If you must have your fix, of seeing Maori appear and perform live, finding out more about these two cities, is a good start when planning your global travel entertainment.
Culturally vibrant travel–is always adventurous and enriching to one’s worldview. You know it. Cheers!
Maori young people also add a lot to America’s diverse tourism industry, especially in Hawaii, President Obama‘s home state–all year round. Go here to check these Maori kids, who help America out. They’re such good selfless young people. Amazing!!! I love them.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.27.10~
[Image caption - Fan Sam Bellingham was lucky enough to get a photo with Beyonce as she arrived at Auckland International Airport, New Zealand].
My Maori mum, Tui of Helensville is too cute. Right on midnight (Los Angeles Time) she called me to say that she had gone with her grandchildren to see Bono (she meant U2) perform in Auckland The Supercity.
She also said that Beyonce was spotted going for lunch the next day at The Soul Cafe in Auckland City. “She’s beautiful dear,” were mom’s words.
Maori moms are so much fun. Mine is in her 70′s and can still rock it out to a humanitarian’s rock concert with her grandkids. Namely, her blackest grandchild Bradley James. Love her!
On the phone we talked about what she feels the world needs today. For once I listened. She spoke of people needing a true sense of manaaki (or hospitality from one’s spirit) that this would warm and brighten the world and make it a better place.
She was deep as well as funny as Maori and all Kiwi moms usually are. I felt her manaakitanga over the phone of a woman who has birthed her children in New Zealand, in Tonga in Fiji and travelled to India, China, Israel, America, Australia, the Phillipines as the global people-loving citizen that mom is. From New Zealand, her home–mom’s love of her big-hearted nation in the world beamed bright across New Zealand’s South Pacific Waters to my Maori-Kiwi heart here in California.
Thanks for the fun phone call mom.
And – go Sam Bellingham in New Zealand! You rock. Los Angeles sees your star Kiwi smile too. xox
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.27.10~
I really should be promoting: forestry, fisheries, farming, fashion, film etc because all my future advertisers are there–but instead let’s celebrate the passion of Kapa Haka (or Maori cultural Glee Club today), for a diverse view in Hollywood.
A celebration of resilient free spirits, all singing in Te Reo Rangatira or The Language of Chiefs. The language is so poetic and pretty.
Here’s the performing art (performed live and living) of the poi ball dance of Hukarere Girls and Te Aute Boys colleges in Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Loves.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.26.10~
No Ordinary Sun by Hone Tuwhare for lost Māwhera Miners & Korea North & South Tree let your arms fall: raise them not sharply in supplication to the bright enhaloed cloud. Let your arms lack toughness and resilience for this is no mere axe to blunt nor fire to smother. Your sap shall not rise again to the moon’s pull. No more incline a deferential head to the wind’s talk, or stir to the tickle of coursing rain. Your former shagginess shall not be wreathed with the delightful flight of birds nor shield nor cool the ardour of unheeding lovers from the monstrous sun. Tree let your naked arms fall nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball. This is no gallant monsoon’s flash, no dashing trade wind’s blast. The fading green of your magic emanations shall not make pure again these polluted skies . . . for this is no ordinary sun. O tree in the shadowless mountains the white plains and the drab sea floor your end at last is written.
Source – Hone Tuwhare Poems
This is what a Kiwi team of champions looks like.
Pride of Aotearoa/ New Zealand = a pride of acrobats and action stars 2010′s.
Hot dance News/ Family News: Who? Prestige dance group is a group of Kiwi-Polynesian lads.
Hollywood Claim to fame: Jordan Samuel, aka Jay-V is my nephew and namesake. He also dances in this group.
Global Claim to Fame: 1st Place performance at World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2010, South-Pacific.
Skill: Polynesian robotic discipline fused with endless creativity. A new generation arises.
Dance Group Origins: Auckland – The Supercity, North Island, New Zealand.
Creativity: They are self-taught, self-choreographed. The ensemble shines–a Polynesian-Kiwi art form in effect. Community in unison is star.
Vibe: Off the chain.
What should happen: They all should be cast in a 3D action film. So talented. They’ve got mad skills. Put these guys in super hero costumes then film them in 3D. Wow! They’d be amazing. Think Dwayne Johnson x 11.
Rating: Group effort, little budget, focus. High energy. They are self supporting artists. But the Result is 10/10. Awesome! Mighty men.
Demand: Performing in Melbourne Australia and Sydney Australia. Trans-Tasman dance group. Their current self-expression takes the form of dance experts. However, they are all stars in the making.
Very cool. Mauri ‘Ola Prestige. You’re rocking! You make me proud to be a Kiwi.
[Pic: Jordan Samuel Graham (left) hangs out hood-side with his mates. Image Jay-V's own]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
Here’s Upland Team doing the Maori haka (war dance) here in the USA.
Love it. Maori cultural advisors are needed in America.
New Zealand can’t have them all. Maori have a sports world to color up. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.20.10~
Who: Te Aute Boys High School and Hukarere Maori Girls High School of New Zealand.
What: Performing a Waiata Tira (Traditional Song). Their performing arts genre is called kapa haka.
Why: To perpetuate their unique Indigenous Peoples worldview and language in a modern world.
Their language: Smiles and Te Reo Rangatira (The Language of Chiefs).
Star Draw: Their people have been doing this for centuries in beautiful Middle Earth, Aoteaora New Zealand.
Claim to Fame: Horiwood’s Aunt, “Aunty Waratah of Helensville” was the long-serving matron of Turakina Maori Girls College, a sister school of the Hukarere Girls school, featured here. This song in Hollywood goes up for her and what she believes is possible for all girls and children of Indigenous Peoples cultures in the world if they stay true to themselves and just express that in the world.
This is my Aunt’s life message as reflected in these kids singing. Some of her life’s work on display.
Aspiration: My Aunt is proudly of the Ngapuhi and Ngati Whaatua Maori tribes of New Zealand. Yet, she serves all other Maori tribal leaders childrens’ life’s purpose into the world equally.
She is not tribalist, she’s bigger than that. She’s a global thinker. I love my Aunt a lot for her largeness of heart and purity of spirit. An example for all Maori and Polynesian and Kiwi politicians to emulate perhaps as a take (cultural challenge of leadership) from Hollywood today.
In its purest sense (dating back over a century from NZ), my Aunt’s actions prove she believes in true equality, just like her ancestors believed and taught her. So do I. Hence going to the trouble of creating and sharing this post from The Entertainment Capitol of The World.
Political Point: May we always have the foresight, heart and wisdom to include indigenous peoples at the forefront of everything we do. Their worldviews are diverse and amazing. They look after landscape, people, the human spirit and have a message of preservation always for future generations.
What’s best about these kids: If you talk to any of them, they are all very funny. They have the best sense of humor. Funny kids, naturally.
Personally I like their message a lot. Wisdom as gifts for the world is contained in these young peoples’ culture and thinking. We need it. LOUDER!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
Swifty and Dame Liz - Two people who helped build the Hollywood star system. One threw the best parties each year, where next year’s deals were brokered and A-List star rankings were determined.
The other reenacted, what she knew of a star system that had worked for centuries. She acted like a Queen of a commonwealth of stars assembled in Hollywood that were drawn from all over America and the world. Liz Taylor was the center along with Samuel Lazar.
A beaut shot of two star makers – least we forget our manners and our knowledge of history in California today and how America’s brightest stars have been shaped and created. This tradition has always been a global effort.
To be a Maori-Kiwi and add your contribution to this tradition in a small way via a Hollywood blog daily, is what we call “tika” to do in our corner of the world. Always fun to do.
It’s called an expression of “tino rangatiratanga” or a sovereign expression of one’s spirit of liberty in the world, contributing to the future direction of it. Tino rangatiratanga as a part of the world’s new star system, also means “to think green for future generations as people living in a sovereign harmonious state, in dialogue with the environment and the earth.”
It’s a beautiful tradition that all Indigenous Peoples of the world have always believed. Today, Hollywood’s brightest stars think of others (including the least in the world) and they dare to think green for the planet and its people – over any other value system or reward system of fame.
James Cameron‘s film Avatar with this theme, proved this sentiment, achieving the best selling Hollywood film in box office history. Cameron’s direction as a Hollywood auteur bore witness with people the world over, that this is what we want from the City of Angels and other film making meccas of the world. It’s where Hollywood is at, in representing strong messages for the world in cinema and entertainment texts. Anything else, pales in its irrelevant meaninglessness and is archaic.
When I look at this image of Swifty and Dame Liz, they stood for something important. They took on the role of testing the existing star system and making it better, stronger, brighter and more relevant and meaningful. Today in Hollywood, so do a rising new generation of earth-conscious humanitarian stars. These people are re-altering Hollywood’s current star system, making it stronger by ignoring the dross and realigning entertainment with strong stories the world needs today.These stories are green, compassionate, human.
It’s fun living in Hollywood and California. I love being Maori and Kiwi and living right in the middle of it. It’s where Maori belong too. Positioned right in the Middle, shaping the form and future flow of fun! We are so Hollywood in the 2010′s.
~Image courtesy of Vanity Fair. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
Today was the biggest growth day on the blog in two months.
Thanks for the mad love everyone. Together, we’re making history.
God bless you all. Thank you.
Let’s rock this, together!
What I have learned at this point blogging, is that Maori-Kiwis really can live away from whanau (family) iwi (tribe) in the US full time, for 4 and a half years now.
I’ve learned that I love America, more than most people claim they do.
This is a great nation, diverse and beautiful and I feel very privileged and blessed to have been a small part of it, during some very interesting years. As most of you who read the blog are American, “thank you,” have faith in yourself, as many of us (your friends who are non-American) do. We believe in you!
No matter what the day may serve up, may a growing bond never change between you and your allied nations of friends. When you’re down, it us who, within reason, hold your arms up in shared victory. That’s what real friends are for. Kiwis (New Zealanders) are such real people. We don’t quit good people. The victory is not always monetary. A change for you all perhaps in these not always smooth, political years and growing pains. Instead, the victory we share together is a shared world for future generations, beyond temporary moments of instant gratification known as ‘our lifetime.’
On that note, here’s a group of lads, all of whom are perhaps much more noble than me –yet not one has my profile, even though they all should– whose ancestors all raised them to think of their grandchildren’s grandchildren. Here’s some more Maori entertainment from the priceless lads of K2 Maori Company.
Blogging in H-Wood, most days I feel like one of these bros. Not much different to any one them. I believe that not enough Maori men are seen or visible at high profile levels of leadership in the world. Yet the world needs what Maori men know culturally, at this point in world history. Especially in America, hence a motivating reason of why I blog.
Incidentally, most Kiwi kids grew up singing this song. I was about ten? I think, when I first learned it with my siblings, next door neighbors and friends. I still know all the words off by heart. When I was in Hawaii I heard some Hawaiian bros singing this hori jingle too, so it’s a bit of a global hit, worth sharing. Americans… you’re quite surprising people, to know this song. Thank you all for being a part of our diverse view, that includes Maori presence (taste preferences and observations) daily too in Hollywood and America. Mauri ‘Ola - life to you!
Golden couple of the day: Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~