Christmas is about possessing a spirit of compassion–to give away richly. Got spirit?
It’s Christmas time in the City of Angels, California USA. I’m so excited I’m here for that. It’s a Christmas miracle that I am (long story!).
The moment I most associate with a Christmas feeling in the Entertainment Capitol of the World this year is perhaps Ben Lummis singing They Can’t Take That Away live in 2006. Lummis has vocal quality few American male stars that have been manufactured in the last five years show. He’s the real deal singing star. He’s more like Usher in terms of true vocal quality as a live performer than someone like T-Pain for example.
Ben’s winning performance of when he got discovered is a Hollywood-worthy moment to me as it reflects how trends created in California can and do cross cultures, effortlessly across the world too, (more…)
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.~
Today is my sister, Saloni Ruth‘s 43rd (US) Birthday. She’s a gem in her community as well as being a fine sportswoman. On this day, the front page of The Washington Post here in America, looks like this.
Gizmos & Gadgets for Christmas feature for retailers. Although diversity has never once gone out of fashion, Vogue leads the charge on Diversity is a feature story. War Medics focus on Trauma Transit efforts. Crystal meth in America is pinpointed to be stemming from Mexican Cartels. Oregon was a sight of a suspected bomb plot. Meanwhile many can’t afford housing costs in Washington D.C, the nation’s capitol.
What an interesting front cover today from The Post. There’s a lot going on.
Happy Birthday Sharon. From as far back as I can remember Sharon filled our home with ukelele music. She became an adept songwriter and entertainer playing the guitar–performing in front of audiences at a young age. She is national tennis champ title holder along with her sister Cherry as well as a netball champion, a cup winning athlete and a touch rugby football, team player extraordinaire. In high school she was a decorated beauty queen. She had a special bond with her playful grandfather Graham Edward. Most of all, her spirit has ruled justly and she has lifted the burden of the oppressed where her heart led her. Really, she is like the archetypal “All American girl” but she is proudly Maori and Kiwi. Today she lives in a New Zealand city, where whales are known to swim in schools sometimes in her surrounding shores.
Sharon: I love you on your special day we have always celebrated with joy as your family. You were born on The Island of Vava’u, Tonga where whales swim and play, 43 years ago today in a principality ruled by a Monarchy. Of her Island where Sharon and two of her sisters were born in the beautiful South Pacific, it is written:
“The Vavaíu Island group in the Kingdom of Tonga is a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean. It has a year-round climate suitable for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing. Some islands are ringed by white sand beaches while others have tropical forests, sea-level caves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with breathtaking vistas.
“Remote and truly unspoiled, the waters around Vava’u are crystal clear with visibility exceeding 100 feet. Most of the islands are uninhabited, a few have villages, a few have very small unique resorts with exceptional food. There is abundant sea life with over 100 species of colorful tropical fish, giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and July-October the Humpback whales!
Truly a paradise with the only Polynesian Monarchy this is a truly remarkable place to explore.”
This year Tonga is having their very first democratic elections. It is a hallmark defining moment of democracy and liberty for the Kingdom of Tonga. In memory of Uncle Sam Sasser, The American footballer who used to visit you in Tonga as a baby, here’s an image of The Washington Red Skins, getting whopped by the Minnesota Vikings. :)
Howard Frendrich writes: LANDOVER, Md. — After scrambling 10 yards on his creaky legs for a key first down, Brett Favre popped up with one of his shoulder pads flapping around and started leaping on teammates for hugs. Moments later, the Minnesota Vikings’ 17-13 victory Sunday over the Washington Redskins complete, Favre went over to new coach Leslie Frazier and handed him the football.” Bret Favre is 41 years old, a grandfather– and still playing football.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10.
We are Polyeurasian brown –Ata Te Kanawa 2010
Brown defines the palate of our awesome cinema’s future and legacy and our groovy human rights stance too–Horiwood Nov 2010 from Hollywood
‘Brown’ eyed glasses generation – India, China and allies – it’s time to put the mic on you. What do you know? Show not tell in 3D.
Life should never be about one constant dominant ‘color’ but about a mood, a flavor, defining a rich and diverse intellectual and cultural tapestry. Where culture flows that is relevant and appealing–money flows too. At the center in this millennium — brown (olive) shines bright.
No brown eyes are exactly the same.
My dad has blue eyes like the sky. My mother, Maori brown eyes like the earth. Sky father and Earth mother – makes up my brown glasses worldview–what unique colored eyes make up yours?
For Peace to occur in the Middle East we must think brown and green. We don’t have any other options if we are to save lives, time, resources, the planet, people descended from the same blood. For Peace’s far reaching Purposes via The Pacific’s triple [3D] star, in strife and war time – to meet in the middle of… Brown. is Key. The diverse, always surprising and rather remarkable peace key of Middle Earth’s kingdom. (The new no. 8 wire key, is flexible like copper, useful and capable of transmitting heat where and when needed). Peace ya’ll.
In New Zealand we are proudly “halo hobbit” and Maori and Polynesian brown. As a contrast we are proudly, Milky White/ Country Western white chocolate too. The best white chocolate in the world for Kiwi kids to grow up on is called the “Milky Bar” brand.
Our Kiwi-Asian community is pretty special as well. A whole other tapestry of rich cultural inflection again. Layered, complete, complex in their Kiwi worldviews.
Here’s a pic from Hollywood cinematic history, of Elijah Wood that reminds us of how a hobbit, keeper of the ring – romped home at the box office in a brown hoodie.
Color helps provide moods. Culturally our teams uniform is ‘brown.’ Amongst other colors we like and sport, Brown comes naturally to us, like the brown kiwi bird who we call ourselves after. KeyWe brown is US.
Shares politician, Michael Woodhouse about doing a personality test, and being diagnosed as having a “brown personality: “
In New Zealand, the earth is brown or alluvial black (earth minerals rich), so we stay grounded and stick close to that. We also have varieties of clay too – from white to vivid orange-red. All shades really, but this post is about the most common earth color, that being brown. I like the color. It’s deep.
The cool aspect about living in a social media age, is if something gets boring, people just switch to something else. Passing the ball around a team of diverse players on any issue or genre of entertainment, is always key to success. It’s about sharing fun. Power = fun. Shared fun.
This pic: Random Maori Fullahs + a brown cotton tee, gifted by future politician, brown girl in the ring, Dale Karauria.
ps: I believe people should decide their own political parties – I don’t promote one political party alone on this blog. Someone I have been promoting a lot, from one particular political party is a woman that I believe is key to relationships with brown thinking people in the world from India to the Middle East. Her name is “Heck Yeah! Hekia”. Vote this woman into office in the Mana electoral seat. She’s the first of many talented Kiwi leaders who may or may not be brown but who have good “brown glasses” who with chutzpah is cheeky enough to lift the game of politics up a few notches into real political matters, where brown issues ride the crest of this millennium–with fun outcomes for all.
Since posting Hekia on this blog, my blog numbers have dropped – as all of a sudden my blog isn’t perceived as being ‘pure’ entertainment. Or not necessarily US relevant when I do that. It’s suddenly a ‘political’ blog. I don’t care. I’ll take the hit. She’s worth it. Go Hekia! And all Kiwis and women with vibrant personalities who dare to stick their hands up to lead. Her intuitive intelligence (noho puku instincts) is a gift to New Zealand and the world. Beyond NZ shores too – karawhiua!
[Meanwhile in America... a woman smiles beautifully while holding up this sign. Restore Sanity Rally, Washington DC - Signage via TPM]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.2.10~
JAKEY DAVIS MEETS JOHN KEY AND HILARY CLINTON, SIR GEOFFERY PALMER, MANMOHAN SINGH, PHIL HEATLEY, WEN JIABO NEWS, APEC 2010
(Picture: PERSONAL PM: Former teen parent student Danielle Logan, left, tells Prime Minister John Key about currently studying at teacher’s college and presents him with an edible bouquet grown at He Kaakano childcare unit. Sharon Davis (The Maori Rose of Sharon) and politician Phil Heatley watch their exchange and banter, Whangarei City, Te Tai Tokerau, Northland, New Zealand).
At the moment New Zealand’s Prime Minister has met with key global leaders at the APEC Summit in Vietnam this year. But before the PM of New Zealand jetted out for the global summit, Mr Key took some time out of his schedule to meet some incredible people of He Mataariki School in Whangarei City, Northland, New Zealand. They are remarkable, being commented on today for their passion for education, children’s value and place in the world, women’s achievement and collective community leadership from Hollywood.
The school works with teen parent moms and their children. If you live in America you will know that teen parent moms are on tabloids spotted at supermarket check out aisles in the US. They are big news.
[This photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton left, talks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during the ASEAN summit on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Image via AP via India Times]
Jake Davis, my youngest nephew, got to the meet the PM with the turning of the first sod for a $1.4m development of the teen parent unit and associated childcare centre He Kaakano that He Mataariki have championed being built. Here’s news snippets of Mr Key’s visit:
[This photo: Jake Davis meets John Key]
“At He Mataariki Teen Parent School, John Key even insisted one pregnant girl call her baby John despite the fact it’s going to be a girl.”
“He also told a three-year-old girl his cat’s name is Moonbeam Smoky Fluffy-Pea.”
“Mr Key was escorted by Whangarei Member of Parliament Phil Heatley who says he knows what the demands are on the prime minister’s time. Mr Heatley says it is extraordinary Mr Key chose to visit He Mataariki for a second time – he visited the unit once when he was leader of the opposition.
But Mr Heatley says it was good to have him back to seal the deal for the upgrade. “Once a prime minister opens it there’s no turning back.”
Jake Davis‘ mother Sharon Davis (known as the Maori Rose of Sharon in Hollywood), who was born in Tonga, raised later in Fiji and returned to New Zealand when she was her son Jake’s age; has a rather cute story about Mr Key meeting young Jake.
She writes: “Today the Prime Minister came to turn the first sod of grass, in preparation for the building of a new teen parent school. The little helper chosen to help him turn the sod was Te Raukura (the two year old child of a teen parent). She didn’t want to do the deed, so he grabbed the hand of a little 4 year old boy.
That little 4 year old boy was Jake. Our Jakey (our little Maori prince’s family name of endearment, although he’s almost growing out of that now) turned the first sod of earth over for the new teen parent school with the PM.
[This photo: John Key and Jake Davis, 4, discover an earthworm, while Te Raukura 2, watches on. Image via FlipVideo]
When the sod came up Jake looked at the sod, looked at the prime minister and exclaimed ‘Look a worm’. John Key bent down and scooped up the worm and put it in Jake’s little hand and chatted away with an excited Jake about their find.” A cute green thinking story.
[Below image: ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsawan (R) shakes hands with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key next to (R-L) Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Buphavanh, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and China's Premier Wen Jiabao as they wait for the start of a gala dinner on the sidelines of the summit meetings between leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from partner countries including US, China, Japan, Russian, South Korea and Australia in Hanoi on October 29, 2010. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that he would visit India later this year, stressing there was 'enough space in the world' for both the giant nations to prosper despite a backdrop of frosty ties. Image: The Times of India]
Alrighty then: moving on now to global leaders news at APEC. John Key has met with Hilary Clinton briefly who is excited to be traveling to New Zealand next week for talks with the PM. Mr Keys says India’s Pime Minister, Manmohan does not appear to be phased by broadcaster Paul Henry‘s comments about Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. Mr Keys says all leaders understand it is an open world and people say “many things.”
The NZ Herald reports: “Mr Key will visit India next year with a business delegation and Dr Singh indicated he was looking forward to the visit.
“He’s very optimistic about the growth of India, he’s talking about at a minimum it’ll be 8.5 per cent, maybe 9, so maybe there’s one or two things we can learn from that.”"
“Mr Keys has announced that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland next year. It would be the first time a UN Secretary-General had attended such a meeting, Mr Key says, and a recognition of the increasing importance of the Pacific region.”
Mr Keys hopes to discuss Fiji‘s return to democracy with newly elected Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard next year. He adds: “‘We remain absolutely committed together to do whatever we can to have democracy restored in Fiji.”
At APEC a lot of interest surround’s Japan’s detaining of a Chinese sea captain when these two nations fishing vessel/ Patrol boats collided off the coast of East China Islands, sparking the Chinese people to be incensed at the detaining.
This prompted Japan’s Prime Minister Nato Kan to say: the current spat should not be regarded as “a decisive trouble,” saying the two countries have weathered a long history together.
“This sort of trouble that we’re seeing right now, compared to various incidents we’ve had in the long history of our relations, would not be regarded as a decisive trouble. And I think both countries remain calm and try to come up with solutions that would be positive to both countries … in terms of peace and stability for the Asia-Pacific and the entire world,” he told reporters.” It’s handy a Kiwi is at APEC to smooth strained relationships between China and Japan’s leading lads with a good Kiwi smile and sense of humor. Goes a long way.
Mr Key also spoke of Ban ki-Moon’s gratitude towards Sir Geoffrey Palmer‘s abilities with the the upcoming investigation of Gaza, Palestine for the United Nations. (Commentary on that can be found here).
[This image: Reuters Pictures: China's Premier Wen Jiabo (L) and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (R) show the way to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a group photo at the 5th East Asia Summit in Hanoi October 30, 2010].
[This image below, depicting New Zealand's ecotourism travel destination activities: "A boy swims with dolphins in the Bay of Islands" Horiwood.Com].
~To learn of the Maori culture that Jake descends from of the Nga Puhitonunui tribe and Ngati Whatua tribe, go here to see how young lads like Jake are raised. Fierce warriors. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10. Billy Graham‘s Hollywood Star – Walk of Fame for Jake’s Uncle Billy Davis and his esteemed visionary grandfather, Graham Adrian and Jake and Sharon’s kinsmen by blood–serving in politics: Sir Douglas Graham and Kennedy Graham- image photographed, Hollywood Blvd, Horiwood’s own.~
Uncle Sam says: “Dude, harden up! And have you written, recorded, choreographed and are dancing to your own tracks yet? I kinda like Kath Graham (aka Sassy song) and how she samples other artist’s styles and seques them together in little sound bites edited together, while putting her own stamp on it. Still waiting for yours. Come on now! :)”
In case you forgot, Jordan Samuel is a hip hop dancer, as featured in this video of J. Williams. Enjoy!
[Pictures of Jay-V being a hori clown with his buddies above. Lol! ps: love the F.O.B jandal flip flops - go Ninja Nesian!]
Ps: Your Uncle’s brain perhaps needs a break from blogging 24-7, so when you’re reading to take over some of the reigns on Horiwood.Com – let me know and I’ll log you in as a contributing writer. Thanks for the family support. You’re all awesome. Much love. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10~
Aloha! Talofa, Kia Ora, Malo ni, ea mai koe? Kia orana, Malo lelei! ’Sup? And, who are these two love birds then?
Who: Darrin & Kobez
Where: Hawaii, Obama‘s home State.
What: Vacationing love birds from New Zealand in Hawaii, USA.
Shout Out: Are you voting Parata for Mana electorate? I hear she’s the best candidate and most experienced for the job. Exciting stuff!
Btw: The chop suey at the Sidewalk restaurant in Oa’ahu, Hawaii, is even more amazing than the chop suey, Aunty Sia makes in Porirua, after Tongan Church on Sundays. Aunty Sia, would be impressed. Eat there. Yummy Polynesian delicacies. Their Ahi Poke is to die for, huge portions! (recipe: fresh tuna, cut in generous chunks, freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, plenty of sesame seed oil and sliced green, spring onion – yummo!). Try this at home in Porirua. Too good to be true.
However, Sidewalk’s or Aunty Sia’s chop suey, isn’t quite as good as the chop suey Miss Universe of Samoa, the one and only Aunty Martha makes (my Aunty and Aunty of Michael Jones and Cathy Collins & Mr Cool - Derek Jones too, obviously!). But definitely a close second.
Now back to our two lovebirds, Kobez and Darrin: You two Wellingtonians are both so lucky, to be in yummo chop suey, rich, Polynesian heat, right now! It’s raining today in otherwise sunny California – the home of Dwayne Johnson.,”The Rock” -formerly of Grey Lyn, Auckers.
Gosh, just thinking about Aunty Sia’s chop suey in Porirua and Aunty Martha’s as well is making me want to play down some major records of The Jets here in Hollywood, but I should show some respect to Brother Love with his Poly club classic we all can get our siva-salsa-haka dance grooves on to. He’s coco-licious cool.
Here’s Roimata for you Wellywood-Hawaiian birds of love to enjoy and all of Porirua City. Like Aunty Sia’s chop suey in colourful Porirua, Brother Love is the best. Playing it down from Hollywood today for all of us in Porirua City, Grey Lyn, California and Hawaii. Heck Yeah! Let’s go Porirua! Up!
To experience Hawaii too as a tropical getaway vaction location, here’s a good link.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.19.10~
In the womb of memory, we all play
in the Crescent, hollow of Berry bay
harmonics full, never off pitch
our art of ukelele sway.
Cars slush along streets, Hollywood today
the downtrodden, looking more so,
victims of games political people play.
“Feel the rush, of the kill, of the pills
that make us an empire of gossipy thrills,”
the people say on lofty Hills.
No thanks. Feet on the ground in reality.
Shitty as it is, at times.
I’m owning this America.
Spirit rises anyway, memory rich,
thinking of our art of ukelele sway.
Umai e ki…
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.6.10. From @ Tu Ata~
Who: Mauri Ola poetry book, Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English
What: The long-awaited follow up, to Whetu Moana, the first anthology of Polynesian poets, ever published in English taught in Universities worldwide.
Editors: Reina Whaitiri, Robert Sullivan, Dr. Albert Wendt
Publisher: Auckland University Press (AUP)
Where: Fale Pasifika Complex, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
When: Wednesday, 22 September, 5.30-7.30pm.
Featured Poets: Not sure but I hear Selina Marsh is really hot in it. Here’s one poet’s samples in the new collection.
RSVP: Christine O’Brien
Hollywood Book Lanch News: Novel reading. October 2nd 2010 @ 3pm, Westwood Borders location. Go here to Westside Today for the deets.
[Mauri Ora Tatou. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to us all]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.15.10~
Meet Mr Ma’a Nonu. He’s a football player who plays for the New Zealand All Blacks rugby football team. Of his prowess as a sports superstar worldwide, the team’s official website says this about Ma’a:
“The explosive, some would say flamboyant, Ma’a Nonu has built a reputation as one of the toughest marks in world rugby, able to break the line, off-load the ball and set up or score scintillating tries.” He’s also a master at running with the football on the blind side, when a moment of football victory calls. I love him.
You can watch Ma’a Nonu and his team mates take on the world in the Rugby World Cup, by preordering your tickets here. It’s the hot ticket for men with balls both on and off the field, in both their professional sporting careers as well as their romantic and family lives too. Gotta love that today! The Rugby World Cup is one of the hottest sporting events on the planet. Get there. :)
This post is especially for my friend DK (a future politician) who lives in Wellington City where Avatar was filmed and made and where both Ma’a and Oscar winner Peter Jackson live. Hey girl! :)
Music is by the legendary Bob Marley–because both DK and Ma’a love his music. And apparently President Barack Obama did too, growing up in Hawaii also. And… Because Lauryn Hill has been a bit quiet lately, I thought I’d cut this grammy winner into the mix too, for your entertainment least we forget how talented she is. Enjoy!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.14.2010~
Aloha everyone. As you know, Hollywood-based Horiwood.Com is vacationing in beautiful Hawaii. The home state of President Barack Obama. It’s a hot place to be, in more ways than one.
Today we went to The Cultural Center on the North Shore of Hawaii. It was fantastic experiencing the different cultures of the Pacific. The Maori of New Zealand (the culture of Horiwood), The Hawaiians, The Tahitians, The Tongans and the hips of The Tahitians, stood out as being the best in Hawaii today. Love it!
Polynesian culture is something that I encourage you all to experience. It’s wonderful! We proudly celebrate it here on Horiwood.Com.
Here’s what you ranked as your top Hollywood Entertainment and Celebrity news today on Horiwood.Com from Hawaii. Enjoy your choices.
2. MEGAN FOX
Btw: There is nothing like drinking an iced coconut while relaxing in the warm tepid waters of beautiful Haleiwa Bay on Hawaii’s North Shore. It’s so chill, peaceful and relaxing. :)