Someone snapped these photos of me from the van.
Yes, I stuck my head out the window and snapped photos all day.
And then I scribbled out articles all night.
It was heaven.
One of the most exciting moments of the trip was meeting an author who I adore, Epeli Hau'ofa. He made me think deeply and laugh whole heartedly.
I found out last night that he died on Sunday, January 11th.
Today is his funeral.
I can't describe how I felt when I heard the news--sad that he's gone, happy that he was here, grateful that I got to meet him and interview him and take photos of him before he passed on.
I love it when people have a profound impact on the world around them. Epeli Hau'ofa was like a mental meteor in the Pacific.
LY Epeli Hau'ofa! And God bless!
But be prepared to NOT recognize me AT ALL.
And to see how much better my photos of him are then the one The Solomon Times chose to print. (Hello! They coulda asked me.)
And look how totally star struck I am interviewing him and getting my favorite book, Tales of the Tikong, signed by him:
And here are some photos of the incredible creativity pouring out of the Oceana Centre for Arts and Culture that he founded and directed:
Aloha Oe, Epeli . . .
Oceania will miss you!