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Tuesday, 21 November

09:47

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Monday, 20 November

09:40

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08:34

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"A Hand Up - A Visit With Twinkle Borge"

A hand up, not a hand out is what Twinkle Borge, leader at Pu`uhonua o Wai`anae offers those who come to her for help. One of O`ahus largest encampments for houseless individuals, Pu`uhonua o Wai`anae is a safe haven for those living on the street yet want to recover their lives and re-enter society. As someone formerly living on the street herself, its no wonder shes helped countless others to get back on their feet. Join us in our amazing visit at Pu`uhonua o Wai`anae and youll see why Twinkle Borge inspires others to become successful every day of their lives - Watch It Here
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Sunday, 19 November

14:33

Adventures in Chamorro #4 NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

On Facebook I have a regular informal series titled "Adventures in Chamorro." It ranges from stories of speaking Chamorro with my kids, protests, decolonization activism and also teaching Chamorro at UOG. I have not been on a hike in quite a while and so here are two stories dealing with hiking and my students at UOG.

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Adventures in Chamorro #234: For my Chamorro language classes I often have them write up some simple love poetry. I normally begin those assignments by talking about most elderly Chamorros refer to as traditional Chamorro courtship rituals. As Spanish Catholic influence made it very difficult for young unmarried men and women to interact with each other romantically, so much of the courtship happened in secret or through intermediaries known as "chule'guagua'" or "basket carriers." It was a time of early-morning meetings down by the riverbank, sneaking away to the blindspots behind churches or nights filled with young men, prowling around homes hoping to get the attention of their beloveds sleeping within. Sometimes these stories ended with the families approving the union, sometimes they did not. Students usually remark how different things are today, although one or two makes a connection with the "drama" in relationships today, joking that we still find Chamorro men lurking around homes, although usually for ekgo' related reasons. Here is one of my favorite poems by a student writing in that theme.

Gaige hao gi fion-a pgo
Humhanao mona gi kareran-miyu
Lao gagaige ha hao gi halom i korason-hu
Hu guaiya hao
Lao mabokbok i ante-ku
Annai un yute yu
Gagaige ha hao gi halom i hinasso-ku
Yan gaige yu pgo gi hiyong i gima-mu

Adventures in Chamorro #207: I recently took my Chamorro classes on a hike to Pgat. For those who couldn't make it, they could be excused if they wrote, in Chamorro, a poem or a reflection paper on the beauty or the importance of the location. Here is an example of a poem which was started by a CM101 student, and then when I shared with with a CM102 student, he added in some extra, humorous details.

Hu hungok na gof bonito i sengsong Pgat.
Ti sia humnao yu para Pgat samachochocho yu.
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