Mona Kahele, author of Clouds of Memories, is one of the few, special people that my kumu lomilomi (my mentor) Maka'ala Yates identifies as one of his teachers. He lived near her and knew her during his formative years. Mona's gifts and wisdom are woven into the Mana Lomi® lineage and contribute to me being who I am today. I am fascinated to be a recipient and transmitter of wisdom and aloha that came through Mona Kahele, though I never met her in person.
Mona's story as she tells it in Clouds of Memories to me
simple, deep and truly good. I
the passages written in Hawaiian she sprinkles throughout the book.
I read them slowly, and let their essence sink into my being,
though I only partially understood the meaning of the words.
Mona tell of her life and times in South Kona on the Big Island from the 1930's through the 1990's. She was born in 1921 and died in 2006. Mona shares with us her everyday life as a young girl, and her hopes and dreams as she grew, matured and grew old. She includes personal diary entries, place name accounts, legends and fishing terms. Reading this special book allowed me to see through Mona's heart and eyes, listen through her ears, and walk for a while in her footsteps.
This book is truly a gem!
These few sentences from the forward will give you a feel for the flavor of Clouds of Memories.