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Original art, apparel, and accessories of Hawaii and Asia by Rob Kajiwara

Poll - Which character received the worst treatment in the Last Jedi?

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Which character had the worst treatment in the Last Jedi?
Admiral Akbar Finn Holdo Kylo Leia Luke Poe Rey Rose

One Thing - lyrics

One Thing - original song written Rob Kajiwara


Lyrics:

The future's here again and your old road is fading away
Another "breaking my back," another "waste of my time"
And you've still got something to say
Nazi mothers and fair-weather lovers
Maybe I'm more than just a brick in the wall?
Though I try, Lord knows I try, I just can't get away from them all

They tell me 'one thing'
"Just you you think you're trying to be?
Don't you know you're chasing fantasies?
You're playing away your days
You've got to get back on track before you waste away
Now quit your foolish playing around
Get your feet back on the solid ground
Before you throw your life away"

Here we go again, lies and ignorance already set a nasty trend
But they don't know or see
That somethings are not meant to be
Second-rate teachers and fire-breathing preachers
Maybe I'm more than just a brick in the wall?
Though I try, Lord knows I try, I stil…

E Na Punahele

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E Na Punahele is a traditional Hawaiian hymn written by Mary Kamahele Boyd. 
I recorded a version of this song for my upcoming Hawaiian music album, Hawaii '18. :) 

E Na Punahele



Lyrics:

E na punahele
E aloha kakou
I kekahi
I kekahi
E na punahele
E aloha kakou
I kekahi
I kekahi
Eʻo

No ka mea
No ke akua
Mai ke aloha
Mai ke aloha
No ka mea
No ke akua
Mai ke aloha
Mai ke aloha
Eʻo

E puana
E aloha kakou
I kekahi
I kekahi
E puana
E aloha kakou
I kekahi
I kekahi
Eʻo


Translation:

Oh beloved
Love one another
Love one another
For God is love





Rob Kajiwara is a Ryukyu / Nahua - Hawaiian singer-songwriter, visual artist, baseball player, and human rights activist from Waipahu, Hawaii. For more information, please visit his website: www.RobKajiwara.com

Nubui Kuduchi

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Nubui Kuduchi is a traditional Ryukyu (Okinawan) kutin (classical court) song. It was written not long after the Satsuma Invasion of 1609. The Satsuma imposed heavy taxes on the prosperous Ryukyu Kingdom, requiring them to send representatives to Kagoshima, around 480 miles (770 km) to the north. The journey was long, difficult, and dangerous.
Though Ryukyuans resented the Japanese, they were forbidden to say anything negative about them under penalty of death. Thus, Ryukyuans began writing poetry and music in coded language to conceal their contempt towards the Japanese.
Nubui Kuduchi is written in Okinawan-Japanese, which is an Okinawan rendering of the Japanese language. It contains a mixture of both Okinawan and Japanese words. It tells the story of those who were forced to go on the journey to Kagoshima as they leave home, saying goodbye to loved ones.

It's sequel, Kudai Kuduchi, tells the story of the return journey home, and contains much happier lyrics.

Lyrics:


Tabi n…

Everything in Writing Should Have a Purpose

In writing, everything should have a purpose. Nothing should be added just for the sake of taking up space. (Students writing essays might take exception to this.) It doesn't really matter what kind of writing you are doing - everything should be there for a clear purpose. Regardless of whether it's songwriting, screenwriting, blogging, business letters, writing book or magazine manuscripts - the principle remains the same. All of the content you add should have an easy-to-define purpose.
I hate to pick on Rian Johnson (or do I??) because he's already received a lot of criticism for this, but his Canto Bight casino sequence in The Last Jedi is a good example of what not to do. The sequence did not advance the story, and if removed entirely, the overall storyline of the film would not have changed. One might say that the sequence gave insight into Rose and Finn's characters, though the writing and development for these two characters in The Last Jedi has also been heavi…