Memorial Day Wish

These Hawaiian Gods guard the entrance to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, Place of Refuge, on Hawaii.  In the ancient & cruel Hawaiian kapu system of intricate and numerous laws, the penalty for infractions was death.  However, if the accused party could make it to a Place of Refuge, he could perform ablutions there, be forgiven of any crime, and return home in peace.

This sweet honu (sea turtle) decided to crawl up on the beach for a bit of a rest while I visited at the Place of Refuge.  They have created a “sea turtle place of refuge” at the park by placing some crime tape around the palms near the water, making a little safe area for the honu to rest or lay eggs without harassment.  My Memorial Day wish is that we may all have a Place of Refuge in which to rest, shelter and refresh, and that we may honor all others having one too.

These peaceful palms in my Maui backyard, are bathed in the soft light of a recent sunrise, inspiring us to find the colors of Peace that dwell within us and reflect them out into our world.  This weekend, as we honor all the men and women of service, who have made and continue to make great sacrifices, I dream of the day when they all can return to their Place of Refuge.  Let us gaze at the soft colors of sunrise behind the ‘peace palms’, and imagine Places of Refuge springing up all over the Earth, and ultimately merging into One Earth, A Place of Refuge.

In Lak’ech*   -   Denine

(*Mayan greeting: In you I see another me, in me another you.)


2 comments to Memorial Day Wish

  • Mary Lively Jamison

    Another powerful and inspiring message and pictures. You’ve given me much to ponder. You inspire me. Thank you for this blessing. Mary

  • Beautiful and thought provoking..may we all find refuge and offer it when we can to those who can share with us in the love and stillness and beauty of this gentle and fragile earth..Mahalo for all you are..

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