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Embarrassed of Mom

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June 14th, 2013



The second to the last day of kindergarten, Olivia surprised me with a request. "Instead of walking me all the way into class tomorrow, could you just drop me off at the parking lot and let me walk in myself?"

I was FLOORED. Firstly, this child just last week clung to my arm and begged me not to go, then chased after me as I walked down the hall.

Secondly, she is only five. I thought they don't get embarrassed of their parents until at least pre-teen. What the --?

I was hurt, but tried not to be. I coolly pried around the topic to try to figure out why she would say this. I didn't get very far.

"Did someone tease you?" I asked. She said Chevy teased her, but when I pointed out that his mommy still walks him into class, she didn't get the hypocrisy.

So she changed the reasoning to, "I just thought it would be funner this way," and wouldn't give me any further details.

I complained to Claus, who hugged my disappointment away and rationalized that she is trying to be a big girl because she's entering first grade. He said he overheard the kids being excited about it recently.

The next morning when I did the drop off, I insisted on going with her to class and told her she better not complain about it. I even made her hold my hand.

In class, I asked the teacher for her opinion on this behavior. Was it a common behavior and was it indeed fueled by a desire to show how grown up they were now?

"No, I haven't seen this before," the teacher said, then put her hand on my shoulder and joked, "You're going to be in trouble by the time she's a teenager."

Oh, brother. I don't even let her watch Disney Channel because I think it's too sexy for a five year old, but apparently, I am helpless to stop the process of growing up.

Kinder crushes

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June 12th, 2013



Olivia's closest friends are the ones she made, surprisingly, in preschool. One of the preschool girls, Meya, attends the same grade school as Olivia.

Another girl, Amanda, went to a different school, but as a family, we still keep in touch with them. Those two girls are the people with whom we have the most frequent playdates.

The entire kindergarten year has come and gone and I'm a little baffled that we only made one new friend outside the classroom. It is a very new friendship in that we've only had one date.

Last weekend, we were at the pool with Meya and her mom, Ashley. The girls started hanging out in the water with a boy, and developed a mini-crush on him for the day.

They even started fighting over him. "He's mine!" "No, he's mine!" Ashley and I turned our heads and looked at each other with a huge expression of shock. Already?!?

This began a comparison of how our girls have had crushes on boys for the past two years. "Meya's liked this boy Matthew forever," Ashley said.

I have heard this name many times. "Matthew P? From the preschool?" I asked in amazement. Matthew, Meya, and Olivia attend the same grade school. Olivia's had a crush on him for the last two years, too!

I would say it's amazing that the girls have been interested in boys since they were three years old, but I know Olivia's been interested in boys since she could express it.

When she was two, my friend Tai lived with us for a while, and she would call this 23 year old man her boyfriend and say she loved him. She still remembers him, but she's moved on to new boys.

If this is my daughter at age five, I'm really scared of what the next decades hold!

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"We Are Young Men of This Country"

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June 10th, 2013



Come celebrate King Kamehameha Day!

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
May 27, 2013
Contact:
Blake M. Nuibe
Ph. 596-sing (7464)
info@honoluluboychoir.org
The Honolulu Boy Choir
presents its 39th annual Spring concert
"We Are Young Men of This Country"
celebrating and honoring former
United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka
June 11, 2013 - Tuesday (Kamehameha Day)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
Central Union Church - Sanctuary
1660 South Beretania St.   Honolulu, HI  96826
Color Guard flag presentation by
St. Louis School JROTC
Special Guests
Maleko, Emcee
Mihana Souza & Friends
Dr. Kalani Brady
Kenny Endo's Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group
Frank Delima
Come celebrate King Kamehameha Day!
No admission charge.  Freewill offering.
The Honolulu Boy Choir is an island tradition and favorite entertaining Hawai'i and the world since 1974.  Over the past 39 years, the Choir has a remarkable record of growth and significant achievements locally, nationally, and internationally.  The Choir is renowned for its beautiful voices, unique songs and dances, cheerful and expressive smiles, blue shirt with fresh floral leis, and signature bare feet.  It provides a tuition-free musical education and character building program for the youth of the community.

The Honolulu Boy Choir presents its 39th annual Spring concert on June 11, 2013, Tuesday (Kamehameha Day).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

Central Union Church - Sanctuary

1660 South Beretania St.   Honolulu, HI  96826

Color Guard flag presentation by

St. Louis School JROTC

Special Guests-

Maleko, Emcee

Mihana Souza & Friends

Dr. Kalani Brady

Kenny Endo's Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group

Frank Delima

No admission charge.  Freewill offering.

The Honolulu Boy Choir is an island tradition and favorite entertaining Hawai'i and the world since 1974.  Over the past 39 years, the Choir has a remarkable record of growth and significant achievements locally, nationally, and internationally.  The Choir is renowned for its beautiful voices, unique songs and dances, cheerful and expressive smiles, blue shirt with fresh floral leis, and signature bare feet.  It provides a tuition-free musical education and character building program for the youth of the community.

Interoffice mail

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June 5th, 2013



Olivia wants to be a big girl. What I do, she wants to do. I carry a bag, she wants to carry the same bag.

I had to pop into work one weekend and I took her with me. I filled out an interoffice envelope to go to Accounting. She wanted to fill out one.

I had more than one envelope to send, so I told her she could do the second one. I provided her mine as a sample and told her to follow that exactly.

She apparently couldn't read my handwriting, which I can understand. I had read aloud what the words said, but it went by too fast, and she couldn't remember.

So what came out is a little inaccurate. Here's my version as a reference; it says "4/27 - Gene - Acct - Ako", and here's hers.

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4/27 - Gene - Acct

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Ako - PR

I'm sure the mailman and the guy in Accounting thought something is very strange with this mailing, though it eventually did find its destination.

Form & Function

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June 3rd, 2013



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Videojournalism and editing by Sisto Domingo of Hawaii New Media.

If this video isn't uploading in your player here is the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu2ixk3Y2go

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From this simple lump of mud, artist Dustin Miyakawa creates art. “The wheel is a unique instrument. I like that it happens so quickly and so dynamically. Form just is born out of clay and speed,” he explains.

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The 26 year old University of Hawaii art student throws towering vessels, tiny teacups, useful bowls: Beautiful -yet functional -objects for the home.

“I’d like to think people can look at everyday objects and see art and beauty in them,” he hopes.

His main tool: The potter’s wheel. This most ancient of crafts - believed to have been developed in Mesopotamia more than 3,000 years before Christ- today produces modern works of art.

Sisto shooting Dustin

Sisto shooting Dustin

“It’s just a moving experience, and I want people to feel the same way I do,” Miyakawa says. And it still fascinates with its hypnotic spinning, both for the audience, and the artist.

“Many of us look for that transcendent experience, that zone space when you’re completely engaged in a task,” he continues. “It’s a very personal space within myself that I can only access through throwing.”

Diane interviewing Dustin

Diane interviewing Dustin

The process of giving life to a lump of clay can take minutes – or days. Miyakawa shapes it, fires it, glazes it, and fires it a second time. What he likes most is the journey, not the destination.

“On a good day, it seems I’m not dictating to the clay, but entering a dialogue on the wheel. It gives me feedback on what it wants to do,” he reflects. “Controlling that is a large part of my process. It’s built solely around controlling the materials.”

Particularly, he likes the challenge of making large objects. “It has a lot to do with the relationship between the scale of an object and us as people. Something that’s 20 inches tall isn’t so threatening. But once you get into something that’s taller than you, it has a different effect. It makes you feel power,” he details. “That’s what I want to convey in my work. I want people to feel the same power as I feel when I watch something throw or when I’m on the wheel.

Sisto, Dustin, Diane

Sisto, Dustin, Diane

Miyakawa would also like to shape something else- the dialogue in the arts community. “The current dialogue in the art world is that between art and craft. That art is something that must have concept, convey meaning. But at heart, I’m a craftsman. I’m not an artist. I want people to understand that concept can be made from craft. And craft can express just as many ideas as sculpture,” shares Miyakawa.

At KITV4: Jill, Dustin, Paul

At KITV4: Jill, Dustin, Paul

Miyakawa wants to bridge the gap between form and function. “A simple cup can say just as much as a sculpture,” he insists.

If Miyakawa has his way, his pieces will say something more. They’ll tell the world to look out for the next big name in ceramics.

With many thanks to Sisto Domingo of Hawaii New Media (808) 554-6968 for videography and editing.

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