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From Duke’s on Sunday; to Duke’s 121st Birthday; to Duke’s on Sunday…. =)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Aloha amigos—my last writing was of a man known for his “Aloha Spirit” Henry Kapono who has been performing music in the islands since the early 70’s.  This post brings us full circle with the Oceanfest Celebrations we had this past week, celebrating our first Ambassador of Aloha, Olympic medalist, Duke Kahanamoku.  He would have celebrated his 121st birthday last Wednesday, the 24th of August.

Duke's Ohana (Family)

Our mayor, Peter Carlisle went out surfing in Duke’s honor on Wednesday along with the Australian mayor, Michael Regan, of Warringah, which is across the harbor from Sydney.  Duke Kahanamoku first introduced surfing to Australia in this little town at Freshwater Beach, back in 1915.   As serendipity would have it I arrived on the beach just as they finished their “Goodwill Surf Session”….

Afterwards there was a lei draping ceremony at Duke’s statue on the beach in Waikiki which I put into a little video here for you to enjoy.  But the fun didn’t end there, since the weekend had everything from house blessings for friends in their new home, to a birthday celebration, to a fantastic brunch off Diamond Head on Sunday and where did we all wind up at?  Duke’s Restaurant of course!  With Mr. Henry Kapono bringing his aloha to the end of another wonderful Hawaiian weekend.  Here’s a link to the video with Henry playing some new music, a song entitled quite appropriately “Across the Sea”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdlg2WCV-c

I know there are friends in some 26 countries around the world now checking in on Polly’s Pals postings.  I want to know if you’ve heard any of Henry Kapono’s music beyond what I’ve shared so far.  If so what is your favorite song?

In the meantime…ahoy & aloha!

Pollyroger’s Planetary Pursuits….

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Pals what can we say other than it’s been quite a busy summer and past couple of months since our last post.  But fear not, Pollyroger has been making pals in some amazing planetary places! =)  So we will bring you up to speed, so to speak, of some of her planetary adventures, places she’s been spotted, and fun she’s been having.

She was last written of while in Europe in Vienna, Austria with pals Kathi & Conny.  Well she made a few more stops while in this fantastic continent, starting with her pal Gitte in Prague!

Gitte & Pollyroger in Prague

Astronomical Clock & Pollyroger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But Pollyroger’s Eastern European time was not over there.  She went on to the fantastic city of Berlin, Germany where she took it all in with a panaroma view at sunset (her favorite time of day) from the TV Tower building in Alexanderplatz.  Here is Berlin with the lovely river Spree running through it’s amazing city and Pollyroger taking it all in…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Berlin she headed up as far north as this sun loving spirit would venture to Scandanavia, where she set sail on yet another body of water, The Baltic Sea!

Ahh, but dear pals, she had something ahead even more amazing in store…a wonder of the world–The Taj Mahal.  Unfortunately upon arrival to said palace she was not permitted to enter the grounds.  Why you ask?  Was there fear of espionage? Fear of a pirate?  Fear not–Pollyroger persevered… =)

Taj Mahal at a side glance...with Polly pride!

 So you ask, “a wonder of the world, great cities of Europe, another sea set sail upon, what more???”  Pollyroger being the adventurous spirit she is knew she was heading to the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas of Nepal.  So what does she decide to do?  She goes paragliding off of a mountainside in Pokhara, Nepal!!  You can see the city in the distance with Lake Fewa below.

Paragliding Pollyroger

Got FUN?!

Hell yeah…….

Polly Sails on the Nile!!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Pollyroger has set sail on The Nile River in Aswan, Egypt no less… =)  There is some very special significance to her latest connection on several levels.  Let’s begin with, she now sails with Abraham on his vessel “The Sea Serpent”, which in fact is Abraham’s father’s boat, Mohammed, I guess you could say her journey has now some “biblical significance”!  Here is Polly in all her glory with Abraham.

Abraham & Pollyroger Sunset Nile Sailing

Pollyroger is in very good hands I believe.  You should have seen how happy Abraham was to have Pollyroger flying from his rigging.  When I later had an opportunity to talk with Abraham’s dad, Mohammed, I shared some pictures with him of Polly’s Pals in Hawaii and also of my family.  Family is very important to the people of Egypt.  Family is such a blessing in so many ways, even with the ups and downs that may come along in the path of life–it’s family that means so much in the end.  With that said, here are a few other pictures of Polly’s latest Pals.  Abraham’s dad Mohammed in the first picture, Abraham’s friend or perhaps a relative I’m not sure, and of course just of Abraham sailing his felucca.  Look at that smile….

The other interesting thing about Pollyroger’s newest sailing destination is the the temple that exists near Aswan, it is known as Philae’s Temple, where the ancient Egyptian god Horace came to life.  Horace is depicted as a hawk in Egyptian writing or heiroglyphics, as it is better known.  What is truly amazing though is this temple to Horace was halfway submerged under the Nile River.  When the High Dam was being built the modern Egyptian engineers, were able to move it to higher ground, stone by stone perfectly.  The temple was constructed originally, so that on the day of Horace’s birth the sun would enter the temple and hit directly on the altar at sunrise–today it still does just one day later!  I may not have recited this 100% acurately, but our guide extordinare, Mayer can comment and let me know what I got wrong… =)  Thanks for EVERYTHING, Mayer!

Philae's Temple

Polly Sails on into 2010!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Polly is definitely beginning to make her way around the planet!  Polly is now proudly flying on the vessel that traverses the Andean lakes each day from Chile to Argentina (weather permitting).   She was introduced to the captain of the vessel, Captain Salim and crew.  They were pleased to know she sails in the Argentine Lake District as well on Lago Argentino next to the Perito Moreno Glacier.  The captain assured us Pollyroger will be proudly sailing on Lagos Todos Los Santos in Chile as well!
Captain Salim & Pollyroger

Captain Salim & Pollyroger

Crew & Captain

Crew & Captain

She was recently asked what her goal was regarding her planetary pursuits and it gave her some pause…  After some reflecting on the question and it’s ultimate meaning to her and her pursuit of friends, FUN, and time spent on the water.   She decided sailing on vessels that encompass the seven seas (or lakes as in this post) would be a good one, but also the traveler in her knows it would take time to see all the amazing beauty in the world in that manner.   So again, it’s the pals she makes along the way who will carry her forward to her planetary destinations. 

So in honor of those wonderful people she met last year here is her first  feature presentation.

(click on the link and you should see the video)  Play on Pals!!

Polly’s First Year in Pictures

 

Vessel on Lago Todos los Santos

Vessel on Lago Todos los Santos

Pal Dana

Pal Dana

Polly Meets the Chilean Navy…. =)

Monday, January 4th, 2010

You have got to love these Chilean folks for their easy going nature.  Polly was touring around the city of Valparaiso at the Plaza Sotomayor where the Chilean Armada and their Commander-in-Chief is posted.  The building is very impressive to say the least.

Armada de Chile

Armada de Chile

 

Valparaiso has a significant maritime history as a port city prior to the Panama Canal being completed, but now it still is a major shipping destination for a huge amount of products from points as far south as Buenos Aires, Uruguay and more.

 

 

 

 

 Polly not being the shy-type went up and introduced herself to the guards on watch and asked if they would mind taking a picture with her–here is the shot.  Happy New Year Pals!! =)

Polly and her Navy Pals

Polly and her Navy Pals

Polly’s Planetary Playground!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Well my Polly Pals–as the saying goes “when it rains it pours”.  Polly had been in somewhat of a dry spell since her “mom” had a bit of a full plate lately–but then low and behold we have pictures to share from Copenhagen and Italy too!  I hear she’s been playing all over Paris with pals that were having too much fun to remember to take her out and take a picture.  We’ll see if that gets remedied soon…if not I’m sure there will be more opportunities forthcoming.  Here are the latest winning images to come our way.  Keep them coming pals and if you know someone who wants a flag send an email or just get one right here online.  Play on Polly Pals!! =)

Polly Pondering…

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Quite a month for Pollyroger…quite a lot of pondering, possibilities, and paths to choose from. Pals aplenty, smiles in abundance, playing in places of great beauty, and pictures and a new video coming soon!

The people we meet, the choices we make, and the paths we follow create the adventure we most need to learn from. Stay tuned for some pretty fantastic experiences and the friends we’ve made along the way to share it all with. Pretty awesome life we have in this little piece of paradise on the planet… and some pretty amazing places in store in the year ahead. Keep those pictures coming Pals!

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