Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poliahu and Pele - Backdrop for Hula Performance in Japan

On May 25th, Kumu Hula Keala Ching had his first concert in Tokyo. He has been my Kumu for 7 years, sharing his knowledge of Hula me and my Hula sisters. I deeply respect him and am happy to support his teachings and work in the preservation of Hawaiian culture.

The concert was to commemorate the release of Ms. Rolinda Bean’s debut CD. Ms. Rolinda Bean is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Rolinda and Kumu Keala have dedicated their time to preserving and passing down traditional Hawaiian Hula and Hawaiian culture.

This concert was one-of-a-kind event. The audience enjoyed beautiful Hawaiian songs and traditional Hawaiian Hula that truly evoked the spirit of Hawaiian gods and nature throughout the room.

I was asked to bring my thangkas of Pele and Poliahu to adorn the stage. It was an honor for our halau to preform in Japan as our halau has many Japanese members. It was a proud moment for me to see my thangkas brought to life through the brilliant choreography and dance performance.





Monday, September 14, 2009

My Handsome Lord Krishna

As many of you know, my yoga practice has become an integral aspect of my daily life. Since traveling to India to study with my beloved teacher T.K.V Desikachar, my love and devotion to yoga has grown immensely. My latest print, titled My Handsome Lord Krishna, is dedicated to my teacher and to the space in my heart that grows daily with love and devotion for yoga and for Lord Krishna.

This print is indigo blue and gold. It is available on my website www.mayumioda.net

もうご存知の方も多いかもしれませんが、私にとってヨガは毎日の生活の中で欠かすことの出来ないものになっています。敬愛するT.K.V デシカチャー師のもとで学ぶためにインドに渡ってから、ヨガに対する私の愛と献身はますます強くなりました。

アロハ & ア・フイ・ホウ

Aloha and A Hui Hou,

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Medicine Table

"Let Your Medicine Be Your Food" Hippocrates

For those of you who have not had the chance to visit my farm, I will give you a brief overview of the culinary inner-workings. We believe very strongly in Hippocrates' view on medicine as food. We harvest the majority of our ingredients from our land and only cook with vegetables, fruits and herbs that are in season. I generally cook meals based on vegetarian, alkalizing, and macrobiotic principles. My "goddess trainees," who commit to a 3 month intensive work-stay on the farm, help me on the farm by planting and harvesting vegetables and preparing meals with me in the kitchen. The Medicine Table will be my new weekly blog where we will photograph and detail a specific meal, the ingredients and medicinal properties of each food. If there are certain recipes you are interested in or would like specific information on medicinal qualities, please feel free to let me know!

Until the first meal blog! A Hui Hou!







Poliahu and Pele -- Hawaiian Goddesses and Rivals

Poliahu and Pele, as many traditional Hawaiian stories will claim, are true rivals. Pele rules the Volcano and Poliahu, the goddess of the snow, rules Mauna Kea. According to legend, Poliahu was challenged to a sled race by a stranger. After beating her down the hill twice, the stranger revealed herself as Pele and opened up lava streams in her sled's path. Angered and dismayed, Poliahu ran to the top of Mauna Kea to collect her thoughts. She threw snow and ice to freeze the lava flow, to protect her mountain, banishing the lava to the southern most part of the Big Island. To this day Pele is said to rule both Kiluea and Mauna Loa but has to submit to Poliahu's rule in the northern portion of the island, including Mauna Kea and the Hamakua Coast.

This beautiful and powerful myth inspired me to paint thangkas of both Hawaiian goddesses. Each painting is approximately 15 ft. tall, my way of honoring the goddesses that have had such a large impact on our beautiful island. Both thangkas are available for purchase, please inquire for more information. If you would like to commission a thangka of a specific god or goddess, I would be happy to hear your ideas and work with you.

Aloha and A Hui Hou,





Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Current Featured Articles

This has been a busy month for me in the press. Two articles have recently been published, the first in At Home magazine detailing the process of turning two of my original works into an etched glass double door, by the late Gary Wagner, and a Nepalese hand-woven rug through the Indich Collection. The article is titled "Art of the Rug - Local Artist Designs Rug for Indich Collection."

The second publication, クロワッサン, or "Croissant", is a popular Japanese magazine focused on cooking, healthy lifestyle and staying young. The article details the lifestyle we have created at Ginger Hill Farm. I am constantly working with young women from Japan to help to modify or enhance their organic lifestyle and dietary habits. We work with mother earth, harvesting our own vegetables and herbs for the day's meal. Most women who visit participate in my morning meditation and yoga, as well as my intense Hula training with Kumu Keala Ching. This article, for those of you who do not speak Japanese, takes a very close look at a typical day on my farm. Feel free to look through the images of both magazines and if you have any questions or would like a copy of either article, please let me know.

今月はマスコミに登場する機会が多く、忙しい月を迎えています。雑誌に記事がいくつか載りました。ウエスト・ハワイ紙の「At Home」には、私のオリジナル作品2点がデザインとして、故ゲリー・ワグナー氏による磨りガラスを使った両開きドアに仕上げられたこと、そしてハワイアン・ラグ・メーカーのインディッチ・コレクション社から「ディスカバリング・ゼロ」という作品がネパール製手織り絨毯になったことが書かれています。 




With Warm Aloha and A Hui Hou,