My friend Edwin and I decided to go on a rather, sudden adventure with our bus passes.
Our adventure is really not that much of an ~adventure~ per se; we went downtown, visited some shops in Waikiki, walked the streets of Honolulu, and ended it all with a quick late lunch at a bistro in Chinatown.
I loved taking stolen photographs of Edwin. I’m not quite sure if he knows it about himself, but he is effortless with his movements; he flows freely with each step (and perhaps even life itself) that it seems like he is one with the wind. It must be because of his life as a dancer.
The White House. Not so sure if I’m allowed to take photographs of it.
Edwin. (Again.) We made a deal not to spend money during the day, so we went on a historic Honolulu tour instead.
The Iolani Palace. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Kingdom of Hawaii, from Kamehameha Dynasty (1845) to the Kalakaua Dynasty (1893). After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the palace was used as a capitol building. In 1978, it was restored and opened to the public as a museum.
The 18-ft King Kamehameha Statue. It was built to honor the monarch who united the Hawaiian islands to form the Kingdom of Hawaii. To this day, four statues stand among the islands to honor King Kamehameha I, Hawaii’s first King. This statue in particular, stands in front of the Ali’iolani Hale (the Hawaii Supreme Court). The statue itself has a long, rich history.
This was actually a second, commissioned statue, built after the ship delivering the original statue from Europe was (thought) lost a sea. The original statue was crafted by a Boston artist in Italy, who allegedly ignored photographs of Polynesians and fashioned the statue’s features among Europeans. It was then sent to France to be cast in Bronze.
After islanders have found the original statute, they sold it to the captain of the wrecked ship for $500. The captain then sold it to its original artist for $875. It now stands in North Kohala in the Big Island, near the King’s birthplace.
The statues are ceremoniously adorned with fresh leis fashioned in Hawaii every June 11 of the year, to celebrate Kamehameha Day.
Edwin in front of the palace. Somehow I think he may be royalty in the past life. He seems to fit in so perfectly.
saorsa. (n.) freedom, liberty
We discussed so many existential crisis about life over coffee and it made me think how uncanny it was that Edwin, someone who is a few years younger than I am, has the same woes about life as I do. He inspires me with his passion for dancing and I told him how I thought he’d go so many places with his talent. I told him about how I once had a 9-5 job but was completely unhappy, and now, I learned that my life’s happiness is not defined by me making a living out of my passion, but by simply living my life for the sake of it.
Edwin made a short video blog about our day! You can watch it below. Check out his Youtube channel and watch his dance videos. He also teaches dance classes at a studio in Waihapu.
Happy Lunar New Year, my darlings! Here’s to a beautiful, fruitful, thrilling and amazing year ahead.