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Ku'u Home

Posted by JEAN TOYAMA
Friday, February 13, 2015 9:56 PM


Yesterday the renshi poets gave a reading of a powerpoint created by Christy based on Ku'u Home, the theme chosen for the 6th,7th and 8th graders of Punahou. We made our presentation to a crowd of around 400 eighth graders. During the q&a a student asked,"Where is your home?" or was is "What is home for you?"

I felt very stupid. Here we were reciting poems about home and I hadn't even thought about it. Off the top of my head, I said something like: "at my age I'm looking for my home in my memories, in my past, where I was." I felt even more stupid when I got home and kept on thinking about the question.
OK, I just used that word "home". Is this place, our apartment, my "ku'u home"?
Is it somewhere I feel comfortable? Somewhere I feel I belong? Yes, I do feel I belong here. But is that my "ku'u home."
Today I would say, "Ku'u home for me is where my heart/mind is. Home is where my heart is."
Let me explain. The first time I was away from home, in Paris, I cried my heart out: I was so homesick. Then decades later when I arrived in Tokyo for a year's study, alone, I cried again. I missed home, the place and the people. This was pure emotion, heart.
I'm looking for my ku'u home, the place where I am truly what I am; it is a process, I'm building it as I go along.

Thank you for the question.

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