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Friday, May 28, 2010

Saturday, 3 AM

May 29 marks the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith. The day is one of nine holy days in the Baha'i calendar when Baha'is suspend work and school.

The Shrine of Baha’u’llah
The Shrine of Baha’u’llah with the Mansion of Bahji,
where Baha’u’llah died in 1892, in the background.

Baha’u’llah died after a brief illness in 1892 in the mansion of Bahji outside Akko (also known as Akka or Acre), in what is now northern Israel. After spending most of His life in exile, He was able to live his later years at Bahji in relative tranquility. He was buried in a small stone house adjacent to the mansion. This Shrine is the holiest place on earth for Baha’is, the place toward which they turn in prayer each day.
Six days before His death, Baha’u’llah gathered his followers and family members and delivered what would be His last address to them:
"I am well pleased with you all. Ye have rendered many services, and been very assiduous in your labors. Ye have come here every morning and every evening. May God assist you to remain united. May He aid you to exalt the Cause of the Lord of being."

For a week after Baha’u’llah’s death, writes Shoghi Effendi, “a vast number of mourners, rich and poor alike, tarried to grieve with the bereaved family. . . Notables, among whom were numbered Shí'ahs, Sunnis, Christians, Jews and Druzes, as well as poets, ulamas and government officials, all joined in lamenting the loss. . .”
About a year prior to His passing, Baha’u’llah revealed His Will and Testament, which named His eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha, as His successor and constitutes the Covenant of Baha'u'llah,
In 1992, on the centenary of Baha’u’llah’s passing, several thousand Baha’is from more than 200 countries gathered to pay homage to Him at His shrine outside Bahji. The following November, approximately 27,000 followers assembled in New York City to celebrate the anniversary of the inauguration of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant, which has preserved the unity of the Baha'i Faith since its inception.

 The Shrine of Baha’u’llah
Formal gardens surround the Shrine of Baha’u’llah in Akko, Israel.

Baha'u'llah's ministry came to an end in 1892. He left to humanity a priceless heritage of spiritual and social teachings, which He claimed would lead humanity to true and abiding peace. He endured decades of suffering to accomplish this mission. As he says In His own words:
"The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness. This is of the mercy of your Lord, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful. We have accepted to be abased, O believers in the Unity of God, that ye may be exalted, and have suffered manifold afflictions, that ye might prosper and flourish.
He Who hath come to build anew the whole world, behold, how they that have joined partners with God have forced Him to dwell within the most desolate of cities!"
Baha'u'llah died approximately eight hours after sunset on 29 May, 1892. Baha'i communities around the world typically commemorate his passing at 3:00 a.m. standard time.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A New Mom

Yup. A new baby has been born.

My eldest son Aaron is sharing his art and himself with the world.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wahine Softball- Stanford Regional Champs!

Rainbow Wahine advance to NCAA softball super regional

The University of Hawai'i softball team hit five solo home runs en route to a 7-1 victory over Texas Tech today to win the Stanford (Calif.) Regional and advance to play top-ranked Alabama in next week's NCAA Super Regionals.

Alabama won the Tuscaloosa Regional, beating Lipscomb, 6-0. The Crimson Tide will host the best-of-three Super Regional Friday and Saturday.
The Rainbow Wahine (47-13), seeded 16th in the NCAA Tournament, got homers from Kelly Majam, Traci Yoshikawa, Melissa Gonzalez, Jenna Rodriguez and Katie Grimes, and a two-run single by Rodriguez.
"Well, what can I say, what a great way to start a game, with (Majam) getting up there and hitting a home run," UH coach Bob Coolen said. "And it is her birthday, which makes it better on that accord. We came out with aggressive bats, which really helped set us up well. That just set the tone."
Pitcher Stephanie Ricketts was in command, allowing six hits, while striking out six and walking three.
"Stephanie was on her game" Coolen added. "With us giving up that run in the first inning and coming back in the first with that one run ourselves really helped us a lot. Our players responded and hit the ball really well."
UH swept through the regionals with victories over UC Davis, Stanford and the Red Raiders.
Majam hit her 29th homer of the season in the bottom of the first after Texas Tech scored a run in the top of the inning.
"Jumping on the team really helps," Majam said. "It makes us get insurance and helps everyone to calm down a little bit and relax. It helps everyone out because hitting in contagious and with our team, it is just great when someone gets a hit because we know the next person coming back up has even better confidence."
Yoshikawa hit a home run in the second and Gonzalez and Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers in the the third to give UH a 4-1 lead.
Grimes hit her homer to start the sixth with Rodriguez also hitting her two-run single in the inning.
"Hawai'i has such depth in their lineup that they all get good pitches and they hit good," Texas Tech coach Shanon Hays said. "You can't get around them."
Said Texas Tech pitcher Ashley Brokeshoulder: "It just seemed that any mistake you make, they're just going to hit it over."
The Rainbows last reached the Super Regional in 2007 when they lost to Tennessee in the best-of-3 series.

Our "Tsai-ko on the spot" Brew808 shared these images of the game with us. MAHALO!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Declaration of the Bab

Tonight we mark one of the most profound spiritual occasions in modern history.

The Declaration of the Bab

Our gathering in Kekaha enjoyed Keahi Tucker's commencement speech to Waimea High before we celebrated the Declaration of the Bab last night.

We read from the Dawnbreakers and relived that exciting and historic event - and time flew as we became immersed in the spirit of Mulla Husayn and his experience in the presence of The Bab.

Class of 2010- Congrats Byron!

It was wonderful to see my youngest son graduate from Waimea High School last night! He finished his senior year with determination and emerging maturity. I am so proud of him and grateful to God!

A highlight of the really moving Graduation Exercise was seeing Keahi Tucker back at his alma mater. I have known Keahi since he was born. He is a close friend of my eldest son Aaron and was a member of Waimea's swim team. He now lives in Honolulu with his wife Barbie and 3 beautiful children.

The self-proclaimed slacker of the Class of 1992 addressed the Class of 2010 with one of the most relevant commencement speeches I have ever experienced.

2010 Waimea High School Commencement- Keahi Tucker from Liz Kauai on Vimeo.
1992 Waimea High School alumni Keahi Tucker delivers the Commencement Address to the Class of 2010.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

A Taste of Waimea

The greatest part of living on the West Side is the sense of community we share. For the most part, we see diversity as a good thing and when we get together, we make it a fun, delicious, appreciative and affordable time for all!

Waimea Plantation Cottages is the gorgeous setting.

"Celebrating our Military in Hawaii"
The Pacific Missile Range Facility
Active Duty, Reservists & Veterans of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy Air Force, Coast Guard & their families
Executive Producers
Akimeka, Aqua Engineers, Pioneer Seed, Syngenta, BASF, Alexander & Baldwin, Kauai Coffee, Kauai Realty, West Kauai Rotary, West Kauai Business and Professional Association, The Parker Group, Kikiaola Land Company, Waimea Plantation Cottages, ASTON Hotels & Resorts, Lee's Rentals, Martin Roberts Design, Aunty Lilikoi, Kauai Granola, Makai Properties, Waimea Brewing Company, Waimea High School ROTC, The County of Kauai, Waste Management of Hawaii, KVMH Foundation, Hideaway Spa, Raymond Duarte
This year's Charitable Beneficiary and STARS are
A Public Charter School (PCS) of Ni'ihau located in Kekaha, Hawaii 

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