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Workshop at Halau Ku Mana
Saturday, October 17, 2015 5:50:48 PM

Today we went to Halau Ku Mana as part of our Bogo project. What a treat! to experience the chanting and receive a secret chant of thank you was chicken skin time. Truly this Bogo project has helped ...

A day at Waianae High School
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:54:54 PM

Christy, Juliet and I went to Wai'anae High School to teach 4 different classes in reading, writing, thinking and creating. The students were respectful, enthusiastic, at times reticent and boisterous. ...

Primingthepump Exercise
Monday, March 02, 2015 9:15:59 PM

It's hard to write cold. It's unrealistic to have students write, after you say WRITE! Here are a few short exercises that I think can help. Go to "Teachers' Corner" of "Renshi ...

Morning at Kanuikapono Charter School, Anahole, Kauai
Monday, March 02, 2015 5:15:46 PM

Our morning at Kanuikapono Charter School in Anahole, Kauai Going to Kauai is like going home. Both my mother and father were born there. So beyond the new buildings and the traffic lights the landscape ...

Ku'u Home
Friday, February 13, 2015 9:56:05 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 ...

Friday, November 08, 2013 7:38:03 AM

I just received a comment from an old blog entry; that comment was sent today, but the date refers to July, 2011. I wish i could remember what happened that day. I was pleased to receive the comment. ...

Ka Waihona Charter School
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:37:07 AM

Thanks so much for replying to my blog. I appreciate hearing from students. That's one of the aspects of teaching that the internet has improved: an easy way to keep in contact. After the school ...

October 19th at Ka Waihona Charter School
Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:07:11 PM

I had a ball on Friday teaching two of Kumu Chiemi Favinger's classes (about seventy students all together) at Ka Waihona Charter School (Ka Waihona o ka Na auao) in Nanakuli. It brought back memories ...

100 issue at Hilo
Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:58:10 PM

Last week was a ball. Five of us from Honolulu, the Renshi Gangstas (Julie invented the name) and Lisa Kanae, were joined by five from the Big Island to give a stimulating and fun reading. Sweet and ...

to Jan from Germany
Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:21:43 PM

Jan from Germany asked for more information on the Massie Affair. I apologize for taking so long. Right on the website here, the ribbon called, "Teachers' Corner" are listed: ADDITIONAL ...

A question from Heidelberg, Germany
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 9:53:55 PM

Thanks for your question. It's nice to know that people on the other side of the world read our renshi. I looked at the Kumu Kahua website which used to have some information about the Massie ...

Volcano Renshi Workshop
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:58:05 PM

On July 6th we renshi poets had the good fortune to be invited to offer a renshi workshop at Maluhia Guest House in Volcano by Miyoko Sugano. Mililani Hughes was our host. Juliet was our contact. What ...

Mililani Hughes on the Volcano Renshi workshop
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:48:20 PM

July 6, 2012 Aloha All Just a debrief on the renshi session today at the Maluhia Guest House in Volcano. One word to describe it: AWESOME!! We started at 10:00 am and five hours flew like ...

Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Ama'uma'u Renshi
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:34:24 PM

'Ama'uma'u Renshi From the envelope: “and my hands will fly to my mouth.” My hands fly to my mouth. My tongue goes still Grows thick Heavy with its burden My breath comes faster Twists. ...

Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Olapa Renshi
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:28:27 PM

'Olapa Renshi From the envelope: “Eight hundred-fifty plus writers and artists” Writers & Artists My head is filled 850 voices Clamoring to get out To be heard To be free To make ...

What must we remember?
Sunday, June 24, 2012 12:46:38 AM

This last link I posted has me wondering, have we finished? Or is there more to say. I ended with a question: What must we remember? I recently had a phone call from Cobey Black, the author of Hawaii ...

“Martial Law”
Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:12:52 AM

I want to get back to the impact the Massie Affair had on Hawaii’s future. As I said, I couldn’t figure out why there was so much resistance to statehood for Hawaii in the 60’s. I think a lot of people ...

Come Together/symmetry
Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:57:22 PM

This was the most difficult link for me to write because I knew what I had to do but no idea on how to do it. I knew what I had to do because of the symmetry in this series: first there's Thalia’s ...

12 angry men
Saturday, December 17, 2011 2:37:50 AM

The trial in 1931 took place during the month of November and here we were in December, 2011. I can't remember the exact date, but I felt an urgency to get the story of the trial and the jury deliberations ...

Too Fast!!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:25:36 AM

How could they do it so fast!! Christy, Ann and Juliet are flinging their links at me! The pressure’s one Juliet has already posted her link just 5 days after Ann. And Ann posted her poem 6 days ...

In case you missed this blog
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:20:00 AM

Between Christy and Me Jean: Where did it come from, Christy, that's what I want to know. Friday, November 25, 2011 8:16 PM Where did it come from, Christy, that's what I want to know. ...

Between Christy and Me
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:49:53 AM

Here is our exchange in chronological order: Between Christy and Me Jean: Where did it come from, Christy, that's what I want to know. Friday, November 25, 2011 8:16 PM Where did it come ...

Where did it come from, Christy, that's what I want to know.
Friday, November 25, 2011 8:16:05 PM

Where did it come from, Christy, that's what I want to know. The form does feel like a play, actions you see as they happen. You got it right, Yates Stirling, the Admiral, did act like a cowboy ...

Name, class and money
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 10:12:02 PM

Racism played a role in the Massie affair, but so did having a name, class and money. Sometimes they all go together, and a name can get you far. Immigrants usually have nothing and the only way to ...

Friday, September 30, 2011 5:05:17 AM

Reading Coby Black’s Hawaii Scandal and David Stannard’s Honor Killing, I soon came to understand some of my past experiences, in particular what I remember of the events of statehood. I don’t think ...

Saturday, September 17, 2011 8:10:38 PM

Wow! Not even a week has passed and Juliet has put up her link. And what a line she has hurled at me: “Burned in effigy.” Ann put up the facts—just the facts, ma'm—and Thalia’s story. So lean, ...

How are we going to do it?
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 2:00:25 AM

August 30, 2011 I think this has been the challenge from the beginning, how are our 4 different voices, and the voices we may want to become, going to make this story understandable. We're going ...

Christy's first link
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 1:59:08 AM

August 29, 2011 Christy has given us a superb start. She really is revisiting the whole Massie affair using her own life as a mirror for her link. In the last decade there has been so much written ...

How it started
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 1:57:30 AM

Why it started: Everywhere we’ve given a reading or a workshop, someone always asks: “Will you ever do a renshi again?” “Never.” Has been our usual answer. Until now. How it started: After ...

Learning with the Teachers, too
Monday, June 27, 2011 1:52:42 AM

Christy is right. The workshop at Punahou was very effective. I thought that the word-release-exercise that Eric offered was an excellent way to relieve students from the heavy burden to be “creative” ...

Maui's Celebrate Reading Marathon
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 5:11:56 AM

Our day on Maui for “Celebrate Reading” was exhausting but thoroughly rewarding. We met some truly nice people like organizer Laura Lees and our driver, Marnie (sorry, Marnie, don’t know your last name), ...

My afternoon at Pearl City High School: what a blast!
Thursday, April 14, 2011 1:52:15 AM

I just returned from teaching two of Chris Windnagle’s classes at Pearl City High School. When people ask me whether I miss teaching, I say no, as I think about the teaching I did at UHM. Today I was ...

My Night at Wahiawa Middle School
Saturday, April 02, 2011 12:53:54 AM

I did something different last night, a parent-teacher-student event at Wahiawa Middle School. It was “English Night” and I was invited by my grand-niece, Miss Favinger, who teaches English here, to ...

International Festival Week at Kapiolani Community College.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:56:50 AM

Today we gave a reading at KCC where Juliet Kono, one of the renshi poets, also read from her novel, Anshu. It was an attentive group of students who were curious about the process of writing a renshi. ...

After the tsunami: Chaminade
Saturday, March 12, 2011 1:36:39 AM

We are all thankful that there was little or no damage from the tsunami in Hawaii. One of the benefits for us was that we were able to keep our date at Chaminade, one of two places of learning that ...

What's Next? Continuing a renshi.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:19:55 PM

Now that the first link has been done, how is one to continue? If the line is short enough, it can be the title of the next link and/or the first line of the next link or both. If the last line ...

How to post your poem
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 4:23:07 AM

Hi Lady Smurf and Colelee, I got your distress call. The problem started because the post of the first poem was done at the "comment" section of my last blog. Take a look at the Teachers' ...

Girls of St. Andrew’s Priory Make Connections
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 11:57:16 PM

There’s nothing like being appreciated and being told you’re inspirational. That’s music to anyone’s ears, especially a writer’s. After all, writing is communicating —making connections. That’s what ...

Hi Nicole.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 12:01:47 AM

I don't know whether there are any "born writers". I do know that I have to write and rewrite my stories. My poetry usually doesn't need that much tinkering, if it comes from out of ...

Start Your Renshi/hope you read my answer
Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:35:34 PM

Hi, Jian asked if you could post your renshi on this site. I started one called "Budding Poets Want to Write" in the "Teachers' Corner Prose and Poetry" section of this site ...

Budding Poets Want to Write
Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:26:55 PM

Hi Jian, Did you notice that there is a section called "Teachers' Corner Prose and Poetry"? I started a link that "ends" with "Budding poets want to write." You or ...

Today at St. Andrews Priory
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:40:32 AM

I just returned from my day at St Andrews Priory School for Girls. What a wonderful experience! First of all, I felt,—what is the word?— privileged that these students had been reading our poems. Any ...

Our Day at St Andrew’s Priory School for Girls
Friday, January 21, 2011 4:40:10 AM

I’m excited and nervous because I don’t know how the girls will react. I’ll come back on Monday to write about it and hope that you (the girls and teachers) will join me on this page by doing the “ren” ...

Demystifying Poetry
Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:56:03 PM

[i][b]Editor's Note:[/b]On June 22nd 2010 the poets of No Choice but to Follow gave a reading at PunahouSchool after which each poet led a workshop for different aged students ranging from those about ...

Renshi Poems for December
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Renshi Poems for November
Sunday, November 02, 2008 12:52:39 PM


Renshi Poems for October
Saturday, October 04, 2008 3:58:40 PM


Renshi Poems for September
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Renshi Poems for August
Sunday, August 03, 2008 10:21:01 PM


Renshi Poems for July
Monday, July 07, 2008 12:30:16 PM


Renshi Poems for June
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Renshi Poems for May
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Renshi Poems for April
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Renshi Poems for March
Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:28:15 AM