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Aloha, Everyone! I’ve started a new blog that is ‘A Journal About Art and Life’. I hope to bring together my interests in art with my faith in God and my philosophy of life. So come and visit ‘ART with ALOHA’- ‘ART with LOVE’!



Welcome to all my viewers from ‘God’s Enduring Love’ and to all the new folks who’ve come to visit my new blogsite.  No, I have not abandoned my other blog started in 2012, but I thought I should separate my hobby for those with interest in art.  I hope to journal here and also chronicle my journey into the world of art with vignettes that are both literary and artistic.   At the same time I hope that I can share with you the source of all of my inspiration which is my faith in God.  In the meanwhile, bear with me as I try to get this new site going!

So why did I choose  ‘Art with Aloha for my blog name?  I’m glad you asked!  It means ‘Art with LOVE.  In Hawaii, another meaning for ‘Aloha‘ besides…

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Leaving Vancouver for Vancouver Island now, my thoughts are still on the corner of Granville and Robson.

TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 8-23-16 Rejoice in the Lord Always!


REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!  (Philippians 4:4)

These 3 young ladies are my granddaughters, ages 15, 21, and 19.  This is one of their last summer flings on the beach before returning back to school.  The one on the right goes off to college in Washington state this weekend.  The painting I just finished this week will go with her to remember this joyful day with her sister and cousin in Blue Hawaii.

PSALM 33:6-9

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the LORD;

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him

For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

More on ‘Why Do People Resist God?’

This is a sequel to ‘Why Do People Resist God’ which is an often read post on this blog site. When I read it again recently, it had a much softer and somber tone to it than my first post.  But it is a serious topic, nonetheless!  God bless you all!

God's Enduring Love

A Sequel to ‘Why Do People Resist God?’

Two years ago, I wrote Why Do People Resist God?’.   I am overjoyed for the number of viewers who find this post and are reading it every day.  Perhaps it strikes close to their hearts because they, too, have unbelieving family members and friends whose spiritual lives are hanging in the balance. I would like to also think that some readers are searching for answers in their hearts, if there really is a God in heaven and does He really love them. 

We who believe that ‘there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun’ cannot help but feel  anguish and helplessness in reaching out to our unbelieving loved ones, friends and others  who resist God’s love and who reject Him and do not want anything to do with Him.  It is only through our continued intercession for them that God…

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Teenage Vegan- Newest Blogger in Family


My beautiful granddaughter, Tay.

Last summer she paddled with a canoe club.  In her senior year in school she’s involved with Bible study and music ministry playing the guitar and leading in singing,  and Tay dances worship hula.  Her special hula halau/troupe is busy performing for special events and holiday concerts.  This active 17 year old, soon turning 18,  became a vegan a few months ago and chronicles her experiences learning how to eat and live healthier.   She shares her dairy on food prep, recipes and photos of her meals, weight loss, among other things.   Half of our family members are vegetarians and now two are vegan.  See her blogsite at:





If you read about my guitars in previous posts,  the last acquisition I made makes the 6th guitar to pass into my possession (not counting one I bought for a granddaughter)!  Well, this is the last chapter because I now have what I want- 2 classic guitars with awesome resonance and full-bodied sound!  One is my Takamine  F3105 with steel strings which I call my Martin Takamine because it is a copy of the famous Martin brand maker.  I bought it from a collector friend who had so many instruments that he decided to let one go!  It looks its age, but its sound is out of this world and worth more than the $100 I paid for it!

I got the second one when I recently traded my Takamine C132S acoustic guitar for my son’s classical Alvarez Yairi CY135.  He is a professional entertainer, plays dinner music at Hy’s Steak House in Waikiki and has a number of excellent instruments.  One is the Alvarez I really liked and even ‘borrowed’ on occasion.  After the last time I played it, he let me talk him out of it.  I swapped with him my Takamine C132S which was in mint condition with a plush lined hard shell case and all.  My son then gave my Takamine to another guitarist who was going to do house repairs for him!

Takamine steel string on left, Alvarez acoustic on right.

Takamine F3105 steel string on left, Alvarez Yairi CY135 classical guitar on right.

Would you believe my Alvarez Yairi came with ‘papers’, kinda like having a pedigree dog, you know.  It was made in Japan and certified by the factory president Kazuo Yairi himself,  handcrafted in Feb. 1975 with woods ‘naturally aged for stability and fine tone’!  And I lOVE IT!  When I play the Alvarez, it is like we are ‘2 voices together’.  My son says that’s a nice way to put it.  Anyway, it is the one on the right side of the photo.   One of the projects I have on the back burner is to record some songs someday to show how to play guitar by ear using chord progressions.  Below is ‘certification’ of my Alvarez Yairi!

Proof of Certification

Alvarez guitar handcrafted certified by President Kazuo Yairi and completed on Feb. 3, 1975.

Tour of Yairi Guitar factory in Japan: 



You may discover hidden talents like I did when I learned to draw from  Nolan and Dennis Clark.  They have an art school in New Zealand and offer many on-line art classes at

Some of my drawings are posted here:




Drgold strumming his ukulele and praising the Lord.

Drgold strumming his ukulele and praising the Lord.


6-5-14  DUSK AT BEACH PARK I just finished an acrylic painting of  Drgold  at Magic Island, Ala Moana Park in Honolulu HAWAII.  It is Drgold’s early Father’s Day gift.  We had dinner at the park and he had his ukulele so we sang:

From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same,

the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Praise ye the LORD

Praise Him all ye servants of the LORD,

Praise the Name of the LORD,

Blessed be the Name of the LORD from this time forth,

Praise the name of the LORD.  (Psalm 113:3)

PLEASE GO TO ‘ART AND PHOTO GALLERY’ and read more about Drgold!



Two original  acrylic paintings of seascapes done by Emily, my 12 yr. old granddaughter.

Fantastic, yet simple and dynamic!

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