Category: Original Hummingbird Art

Day 60+ Almost Daily Beach Life…

Paia Beach three days ago…
Baldwin Beach two days ago…
Paia Bay Coffee where F. does the flowers and E. enjoys macademia nut milk (yes, such a thing exists…amazing) with her macha… (‘Was at Paia Beach again yesterday…no photo…lo siento mes amis…)
Habitat for Humanity

xo,

Hbb

Royalty…Law of Attraction?

Part of this Hbb’s social security card…


See? I’m not making this up…the name Suh was embedded in my name unaffected by my maiden or previous married last name…

During my life time I experience many run-ins with royalty…and although I like to talk about it like l just met the human-version of a very-glam Bigfoot, I’m not fazed at all:

…Slept at the Jodpur palace and met the king and queen, along with their dog Pepsi…sure…Winter 2000.

…An invite to stay at a royal family’s New England home…the invite is via a comicbook-creator friend I met in a meditation workshop and the brother-in-law is royalty…Summer 2008…

…Sarah, Duchess of York suddenly wants to visit my school…yup, Summer 2009.

…Friend of the Royal Hawaiian family…you got it…happening now…

…One of my mentors is personally invited to work/live in Thailand by their queen…sure…and I want to visit him within the next few years.

So now that I play the ukulele and now know my name (like a Hawaiian, I have many first names…English and Korean…not to mention my blog’s url/song moniker)… I remember specific stories of my maternal grandparents laying low during WWll. Most likely it was my great grandfather who was officially royal

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And it was only this past year where I decided to google my middle name…as I’m the only one of my filial generation with a middle name, much less the name of my maternal lineage: Suh.

But you all just know me as Helenbobelen, right?

xo,

Helen

P.S. Fun Fact #1: 50% of the S. Korean populace has the last name of Kim, Park, or Lee as back in the day, most were not allowed a last name at all.

P.S.S. Fun Fact#2: This blog’s url also doesn’t allow for last names…

Day 60 Makawao-ish and some Paia

A rooster hanging out on the library’s front lawn… I’m going to have to illustrate this iridescent fellow…

Hamoa beach in Hana…L. and some younger Hawaiian boys were explaining to me about how you can tell how fresh water pervades the salt water (the surface is kinda “shiny blurry” and when you dig your toes in the sand while in the water, it feels cool…). She and I spent the entire afternoon on what writer James Michener calls, “the world’s most beautiful beach”. I’m so grateful…
Ah, Popoki (we named her this, which means “cat” in Hawaiian

Sunny on the way to Upcountry

Even the morning Upcountry bus rides are poetic with panoramic views of rain-gem-ed and green carpeted mountains…

While we were in Hana, L. gave me this weird-looking fruit…prickly-pear? It tastes like a lime Jolly Rancher…after I opened it, and left for work, it mysteriously disappeared…

Bus vista…

I love Malama Maui Nui…achieving sustainability can be a beautiful and rewarding challenge…

I’ve been creating these illustrated “artbooks” of various items gifted to me here in Hawaii for clients and 501c3s and friends. A.K. and I collaborated on another version with his amazingly profound poetry. Each printed artbook is one-of-a-kind serves as an ongoing personal Maui souvenir…

Jackfruit (it tastes like Juicy Fruit gum) from the yard…there’s also oranges, lemons, breadfruit (ulu), grapefruit, bananas and avocados..
  • new adventures with new Hawaiian family (lots of driving around with deep chats and Hana relaxation)
  • new cuddly cat that hangs out with the new Hawaiian family…she’s uniquely similar to Sophia in that she hugs you back by leaning into the space between the chin and chest…
  • new fitness consulting clients (I’m very, very, very lucky to have these people in my lives…lots of laughter…brilliant people re-learning how to walk…)
  • new work environment/protocols…and yes work family…
  • construction at the new work environment
  • much heavier weights I’m lifting…the dumbbells are tricky to use because my wrists are small in comparison for what my limbs (albeit still skinny because I’m a vegan) can easily bear…although I don’t grunt, I definitely drop the weights on the floor for safety’s sake; the upside is I can seemingly walk twice as fast now…we’ll see what happens once the marathon approaches…

I’m still creating a lot of jewelry for various clients and 501c3s, however a lot of photos are on my phone…and well, that item is probably somewhere on the side of Hana Highway…

C’est la vie…

xo,

Helen(a)…my Hawaiian family calls me Helena which I kinda like because in Korean, adding an “a” at the end of a name is a term of endearment.

Flowers from F…and our little yard…