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Things are Looking Rather Belleek--on eBay!

Updated on December 24, 2012
Vintage Belleek Shamrock Cup & Saucer Set
Vintage Belleek Shamrock Cup & Saucer Set | Source

The World is Getting Smaller

When I was a child, I would infrequently hear a grownup say, "The world is getting smaller."

As curious as I was, I don't ever remember asking anyone what that saying meant. The very thought of it scared the heck out of me. And so I shuffled my fear away in that imaginary toy box under my covers that contained everything that I was ever apprehensive about that I just knew would eventually go away as long as I didn't bring it up. You know what I'm talking about. Just about every kid has one of those places.

Huh? The world is getting smaller? If that was indeed the case, then what was to become of me? I didn't want to get smaller. I wanted to be a big boy. I wanted to have hair on my face like Daddy did so I could put that white stuff on each morning only to scrape it off. I wanted to get my driver's license like my Uncle George just did so I could gun the engine loudly and say bad words with my friends that made everybody laugh like crazy. I wanted to throw touchdown passes and make buzzer-beating shots from the corner of the basketball floor and strike out the side in the top of the ninth. And, yeah, if I was really honest, I wanted to have a girlfriend--but I'd deny it in a heartbeat to any of my 9-year-old pals.

But if the world was getting smaller, I didn't stand a chance.

The world...getting smaller? How did the grownups know that? Were they out measuring? And if not them, then somebody or something else was.

It was more than my little boy mind could bear to comprehend. And I wasn't going to push the issue, either. Because maybe, just maybe, if I didn't ask, it would go away. Yeah, that's it! It would reverse directions, like those flying saucers in the short subject serials that came after Tom and Jerry cartoons or The Three Stooges and just before the first of two cowboy or adventure movies on a Sunday afternoon at Pono or Roxy Theater in Kapa'a town.

Or maybe Superman could orbit the earth faster than light and make the world spin backwards...maybe then the world would quit shrinking.

Ah, it was more than a little boy could fathom in those small kid days growing up in the islands during the JFK era.

Belleek Shamrock Peace Plate
Belleek Shamrock Peace Plate | Source
Belleek Shamrock Christmas Tree Ornament
Belleek Shamrock Christmas Tree Ornament | Source

Ah! So That's What They Meant!

The date and time when it happened for me is unknown. But it happened. You know what I mean...that moment when a child opens up his or her very own Pandora's box. And out spills the proverbial hill of beans...

  • Bean #1: Santa Claus is not real. It's no coincidence that he was as tall and as big as Daddy was, and that he even had a black mole on his upper left cheek.
  • Bean #2: All those teeth you lost and put under the pillow? That was no Tooth Fairy that kindly traded money for your ivories before you got up in the morning. That was a woman wearing Mommy's nightgown.
  • Bean #3: You've raised enough chickens by now to know that rabbits have got nothing to do with eggs. Ever see a rabbit eating eggs? Well, okay, maybe poached ones...poached eggs , that is.
  • Bean #4: Menehune? Those Hawaiian leprechauns? Built the fish ponds on Kaua'i? Are you kidding me? Ever seen one? Anyone put up a video on YouTube yet about a menehune sighting? I don't think so! (Note, or--actually--more of an Editorial Intrusion: Guys, to this day, I still secretly wish I can someday see a menehune!)

...ad nauseam...

It was inevitable, then, that the true meaning of the world getting smaller emerged at some point in time. The great surges in industrial technology, post World War II, coupled with the relative thawing of the Cold War pall paved the way for quantum leap advancements in the sciences, especially the fields of telecommunications, computer software, and mass transportation.

The world truly is a smaller place because individuals, groups, and even entire countries are able to communicate at lightning speed with each other. In addition, improvements in rapid ground transit and especially air travel have facilitated global commerce, politics, and every facet of man's connectivity with his international neighbors.

Belleek Shamrock Vase
Belleek Shamrock Vase | Source
Belleek Shamrock Spoon
Belleek Shamrock Spoon | Source
Belleek Shamrock Butter Plate
Belleek Shamrock Butter Plate | Source
Belleek Shamrock Creamer
Belleek Shamrock Creamer | Source

Okay, Enough With the Macro. Give Me the Micro!

Okay, I took up as much time leading up to the meat of my article as I once did mustering up the nerve to ask a girl out on the floor at my first 8th grade dance. It's time to twist...or do the mashed potato...or trip over her feet while attempting a cha-cha-cha.

As the world grows smaller...

Sounds like a '60's soap opera title.

Even so, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood, Washington, that fateful spring evening earlier this year paid no attention whatsoever to two middle-aged men--one, a German; the other, a Hawaiian/Asian--huddled in conversation at one of the tables.

A Sherlock Holmesian plainclothes detective seated nearby might very well have raised his antennae a bit had he heard the following conversation. Then again, he might've just gone on eating his noodles and mizithra sauce. It was more our furtive behavior at the table than our conversation, the sort of repressed we're bustin' with excitement over this, but we gotta pretend we're just having a normal everyday, boring conversation , looking over the shoulder every 15 seconds kind of demeanor that attracts cops like moths to pheromone-brushed tree trunks.

So, Steve, you brought the stuff?

Yeah, it's in the trunk and the back seat. My car's loaded down!

How'd you get all that?

I went on Craigslist, looking for scrap metal to sell. Somebody offered to give the storage bin contents up for free to anyone who would haul it away.

You mean, you got all of that stuff for free?

Yep! Pausing to look around a bit, Steve continued, I think there's some valuable stuff in there!

Burping with excitement, I could hardly contain myself. The food and beverage had been great, but for the first time, I wanted to get out of the pasta restaurant faster than I had wanted to get in.

After dinner, sluggish with that I ate so much I need to unbutton my pants feeling yet driven with anticipation--kinda like the way I felt at my wedding reception decades ago--I headed on over to my car. Steve quickly moved his car into a stall on the other side of the small roadway.

He hadn't been kidding. His little jalopy was loaded to the gills with storage bin treasure, so much so that his car had a pronounced lean to one side, reminiscent of Lee Marvin and horse in the classic Western, Cat Ballou.

Quickly, we transported the various boxes, plastic bags, and paper sacks full of valuables from his car to mine. We were still doing the over the shoulders looks, but only because the arriving and/or departing Spaghetti Factory patrons were passing by. A couple of passengers watched with more than passing interest (sorry, I couldn't resist that). It elicited a protective response from me. I curbed the impulse to give them a mind your own business look and worked faster instead. After all, I'd have been just as curious at the sight of modern day Captain Jack Sparrows hauling pirate booty.

Previously, Steve and I had struck a gentleman's deal--I'd help him sell the items, and after expenses, he would get 67%, and my commission would be 33%. He initially had wanted the cut to be 50/50, but I knew he'd worked hard to acquire the items and was also in dire financial straits. As much as I felt like a pirate, ohana (the Hawaiian word for family) trumps ambition in my islander lifestyle. Plus, just like on HubPages, when you live and breathe other-centeredness, it's a win-win proposition every single time.

A business rule of thumb--selecting the path of helping others while aspiring to entrepreneurial heights is directly proportional to one's level of success.

There were all kinds of articles that could easily be put up for sale on eBay. There was a Jerry Garcia stuffed doll, complete with a cardboard guitar; a Beatles lunchbox filled with Beatles trading cards; several Christmas ornaments, figurines, and houses; Star Trek and Star Wars collectibles; copper plate wall hangers; collector's plates; music boxes; snow globes; a few books; and a large box of plates, cups, bowls, and other kitchenware items that had an unusually glossy sheen to them.

I later learned that this last batch of items was a collection of Belleek China.

Yes, just like a lot of you reading this article, I had never heard of this particular group of ceramics. It didn't take me long, however, to discover how popular they are with the collectibles circuit.

Belleek Shamrock Bowl
Belleek Shamrock Bowl | Source
Mark on the Bottom of Belleek China Items Determines the Manufacturing Date
Mark on the Bottom of Belleek China Items Determines the Manufacturing Date | Source
Belleek Shamrock Side Plate
Belleek Shamrock Side Plate | Source
Belleek Shamrock Lidded Sugar Bowl
Belleek Shamrock Lidded Sugar Bowl | Source

The Inspirational History of Belleek China

As is the case more often than not in the annals of history, great discoveries occur in the midst of turbulent and urgent circumstances. The genesis of Belleek pottery is no exception.

The Great Potato Famine that lasted from 1845 to 1852 was a very dark period in Ireland's history. The notorious culprit, a potato disease commonly known as potato blight, resulted in the mass starvation and deaths of 1 million people. In addition, a million more people emigrated from Ireland, causing the island country's population to drop by 20 to 25%.

In 1849, Captain John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father's Castle Caldwell Estate which included the village of Belleek in County Fermanagh. The county is approximately 653 square miles, a little bigger than the area of my home island of Kaua'i. County Fermanagh's name was derived from the Old Irish words of Fir/Fear Manach or men of Manach (men of the monks) .

The concept of necessity being the mother of invention certainly rang true for the innovative Captain Bloomfield. The devastating potato famine had just run its course in the county, and the estate was in considerable financial jeopardy.

An amateur mineralogist, Bloomfield surveyed his land to determine what natural resources might be present that could contribute to the employability of the local residents. He found kaolin, feldspar, flint, shale, and peat. He also noticed a vivid white coating just outside of several of the small cottages of the tenant farmers. He learned that this coating was the result of clay deposits of unusually high quality.

Spurred by economic necessity and the very survival of the countryside, Captain Bloomfield and his partner, a man named Armstrong, eventually came up with just the right formula for crafting pottery of outstanding quality. Thus was born the renowned Belleek Pottery.

The first successful batch of Belleek porcelain was fired in County Fermanagh in 1857. It consisted of a very thin ivory-colored and especially iridescent porcelain. As I described it in my eBay listings, it almost appears as though the Belleek items are weeping. The finish has such a compelling luster. Different shapes and patterns were produced such as Limpet, Tridacna, and Grasses. However, Shamrock was and continues to be the most popular style.

Just in the proverbial nick of time, the inhabitants of Belleek Village were given significant work. With the exception of a long hiatus during and shortly after World War I, the villagers of Belleek worked long and diligently in the mass production of this magnificent pottery with the magical sheen. Today, their descendants continue to successfully manufacture the beautiful Belleek China for consumers from all corners of the globe.

By 1884, all of the original owners were deceased. Investors from the local area took over the Belleek China interests, subsequently forming a business enterprise called The Belleek Pottery Works Company, Ltd.

The items that my brother-in-law, Steve, handed over to me to sell were all Shamrock style products. A prominent basket weaver named Michael Maguire was hired on at Belleek Pottery in the 1880's. It was just a matter of time before his trademark signature, a basket weave pattern, complemented the shamrocks that were hand painted onto the ceramic products. Essentially, the pattern hasn't changed in the last 130 years, no matter how old the personal collection happens to be.

Using traditional methods, the handcrafted Irish clay items are fired to produce a beautiful Belleek pattern that features the iconic Irish shamrock emblem, hand painted for an intriguing lifelike affect. Maguire's finely-detailed and embossed basket weave texture, decorated with the verdant green of the shamrocks, creates an exquisite and distinctly rustic Irish look and feel.

No wonder, then, that the products literally fly off the shelves. In my personal experience selling these items that--prior to their removal from Steve's car trunk--I had never seen before, I can honestly attest to the fact that the bids would come flying in literally just minutes after listing each item.

I only have about two side plates left to sell out of the huge box of Belleek China that Steve gave me. My brother-in-law and I are pleasantly surprised with the profits we've made. In addition, it's boosted my confidence in selling items that I've never sold before.

The Final Word

So, is the world indeed getting smaller?

With all due respect to the little boy inside of me, I'd have to say it is.

How else could you put a German with a Pacific Islander and come up with the luck of the Irish?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Rajan! Good morning, my friend! Yes, it was a godsend to hook up with my brother-in-law, Steve, and have these wonderful items to sell for him. In the process, I learned new things, chief of which was a marvelous history lesson of how an altruistic and entrepreneurial individual sought to help an entire village. Aloha! Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very interesting and inspiring read. Glad it paid to walk the unexplored pathway, my friend. I believe I've seen the Belleek products here too.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Hi, Christy!

    Thank you for stopping by. I grew up in an extremely dysfunctional household where a little child, especially the firstborn, learned quickly to not ask too many questions. This was especially difficult for a little boy, as you can well imagine, and so the assumption was that as scary as the questions might be, the answers--or the consequences for asking the questions--would be even more terrifying...

    It explains, perhaps, why I--as a result of that overly restrained upbringing--underscore the essence of free will and the importance of erasing or hurdling what appear to be unnecessary or nonsensical. This can get me into trouble at times--what the psychologists refer to as "one who lacks boundaries," but when the overall context of the big picture is considered, things make sense.

    On a lighter note, the Jerry G. doll sold for $75. I was so shocked that anyone would pay that much for a stuffed scruffy man doll. Nevertheless, it made my day!

    Cheers!

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I enjoy reading about your adventures with eBay. Now as for the world getting smaller, perhaps it is because we realize more about it as we grow older? Funny that you were so curious about the phrase yet did not ask about it... By the way a Jerry Garcia doll sounds neat

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Hi, Tom! Thank you for your wonderful comments. As you can relate, HubPages is devised in such a way that one can't help but thrive on the energy derived from other Hubbers. It's a great community, one in which excellent writers and good neighbors like you will always find a well-worn WELCOME mat on my front porch.

    Have a terrific evening, Tom!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend, awesome well written and entertaining hub, i love the way you write and always enjoy readings your hubs .

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    Ke'ala-boy

    Sashimi, oh nah, I get planny years not being eaten brah....wink wink!

    And why you have to bring up Ulua, at this point, I would settle for Papio. You are right about the small world, I guess now we can celebrate the 27th knowing someone else is sharing that moment with you. Funny how this introduction came to be. I would like to think that there is a reason the Mana we as Hawaiians possess, allowed us to cross paths. Because I met you, and the kind words that the people followng me, say, has lifted the Pa'akiki (stubborness), I have been. It seems Pupule (crazy), but if we do put our Mana'o (minds) , together, I am quite sure we could if not write one of the best Hubs possible. If we can also involve those that want to Laulima (cooperate) & Kokua (help) with long and enduring project. I think we all could benefit in showing the Makana (gift) we have for those willing to read and listen.

    Me Ke Aloha Pumehana bruddah, and as far as Kane'ohe goes, if Lord willing I am able to sustain the six hour flight, then by all means Ohana, grab a cold Hawaiian Sun can of drink, pull up a chair and Ho'omaha (chill) with me.

    Ka'imi'loa (the great seeker) Cheeeeeee-Hooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Georgie Lowery

    Girl, you're awesome! What can I say?

    Good for you for the content mills involvement. You definitely have writing talent, and I think you've found your true element.

    The fantasy that intensely drives me is to bring into fruition this idea that I can someday earn a living by doing something I am truly passionate about--writing!

    Now when some people read or hear a comment like that, they immediately (and erroneously) assume, "Oh, he's just in it for the money!"

    No...while earning a living is a realistic and practical objective, I want to believe with all my heart, soul, and being that if I do what I truly love to do, the money will follow.

    I know you get what I'm talking about. And that's why I'm sharing this idea with you right now.

    With the greatest sincerity, thank you for your presence here on HubPages and for the literary jewels you leave on the Path for your writer peers like me to enjoy and be encouraged by.

    You make a definite difference, Georgie, and I'm always honored whenever you grace me with a visit.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    What sorta rhymes with Ka'imi?

    Yeah, you got it...SASHIMI!

    I stay ono for some good local grinds, brah!

    Hey, let's go get some of Charlie's fresh he'e and use'em fo' bait and catch us some ulua! Goin' be good fun talking story and laughing and plotting our huge collaborative Hub!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ka'imi'loa

    Aloha kakahiaka to you, too! I'm sorry you're hurting so much today. Wish I could come over and talk story with you. Spam, macaroni salad, sticky rice, scrambled eggs, da local grinds, brah!

    I don't know too many details, but I do know that my son from the first marriage was not a member of Local Boyz. He dee-jayed and did plenty of voiceovers for something that sounds like New Planet Radio or Xtreme Radio 104.3. And he may have station-hopped in his career.

    Wow! That's awesome that you and I have the same birthday! Unbelievable! Two kolohi and knucklehead Leos, huh? My mother-in-law who passed away earlier this year also had the same birthday. And you know who else? Alex Rodriguez of the NY Yankees (liked him better when he played in Seattle)...but you probably knew about Alex's birthday already.

    Anyway, like I alluded to throughout this Hub, small world, yeah? Again, one beeg UNBELIEVABLE!

    Take it easy, brah! See you at Kaneohe Bay! Bring your fishing pole and one coolah. I don't drink alcohol anymore, but I like any soft beverage served in Hawai'i!

    Until next time, then!

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

    hawaiianodysseus,

    We basically gave each other ten titles to work on as inspiration, I guess. For the most part, I'm the only one that's done them and I still have about twenty of them to do. We did some downright dirty things to each other because we have wicked senses of humor. I haven't really done the funny ones yet. I haven't thought about making a Hub about it because it really didn't get that far. Sounds like a good idea for those of us who are pretty active on HP.

    I'll start the Apprenticeship program on September 1, and I understand it pretty much works the same way - they give you titles to write the first month or so.

    How have I written so many Hubs in four months? That's no big secret. I am among the unemployed so I have a ton of time on my hands. When I got involved with HP, I decided to do something more constructive with my time than poking people on Facebook. Of course, now half of my Facebook family think they need to put out an APB on me because I'm persona non grata most of the time over there!

    I started picking up work the last couple months on some of the online "content mills," so I haven't had as much time to write Hubs. At first, I'd publish sometimes as many as five Hubs a day, now I'm lucky if I get in a couple a week, but I'm working on it! I have the attention span of a tsetse fly and the concentration of a magpie, so I'm my own worst enemy.

    Thank you for the compliments! It means a whole lot more when a good writer tells you you're a good writer. If I am on that level, I'm in good company, my friend! :)

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    @hawaiianoddy...

    Kakahiaka bruddah, hopefull everyone is doing good today. Oh, junk yeah this website...no more place fo'write quick thank yous, gotta keep the comment thing going long, bumbye you think one nother person went say hello and comment, and its us continueing a conversation.

    In any case, today isn't a good day for me. Oh, pau pono bu! I stay bedridden for the day. So much pain. Two questions, your boy, how long ago was he da'kine DJ, and if its who i think it is, he wasn't part of the "Three Locals Boyz", was he? And your 5dozen Candles, I went spahk da'kine July 27,is that your actual date of birth, cause mine to brah. Shocking yeah, the similarities.

    I'm gonna finish up trying fo' get ready to start my day (late), shootz.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Georgie!

    If I could be assured that racking my brain cells in order to produce Hubs burned a lot of calories, I'd be set for life. LOL!

    Georgie, if I recall correctly, you and your girlfriends got together and collaborated on an innovative challenge for each other as well as yourselves...something about presenting a set of words to each other that you then had to write Hubs about? I might have the specifics wrong, but it was something like that. Anyway, have you written a Hub about that? If not, can you outline for me the steps involved?

    I'm all for innovating fun strategies and challenges on HP now that I've got my feet wet these first six months. Speaking of wet feet, my, my, my, girl, yours are drowning! You're amazing! How in the world did you write so many Hubs in such a short amount of time? That's why I really believe I'm onto something here about how writing Hubs can help you lose a lot of weight! Ha-ha!

    Then again, it really is true how we are so much more energized when we lose the pounds. Anyway, I really admire your prolific output, and, I might add, the quality of your writing has only gotten better. Congratulations!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @nanderson500

    Again...what a small world, huh?

    Glad that you and your family got back home safely from your travels.

    Thank you so much for taking time to read my Hub. Like you, I'm kept pretty busy with my family responsibilities, yard and household chores, eBay business, writing, and HubPages comments, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And it's always nice to find time to connect with awesome Hubbers like you.

    Have a great day in the Emerald City!

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    nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Very entertaining hub. I've been to the Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood too.

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

    A punchline? A PUNCHLINE? It was awesome!

    Years and years ago (like 2000), an old friend of mine and I started going to antique stores to see if they'd like to sell some of their things on eBay. We made a small fortune, and I can only imagine what it would be like today with as many people as there are online now.

    I'd never heard of Belleek, even in all of my travels. Pretty stuff.

    I still love the way you write. You give us your story with plenty of history and attention to detail. Bravo again! :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Always so nice to hear from you. So your ex-mother-in-law dabbled in Belleek, huh? Just one more thing to reinforce the "such a small world" notion of this Hub.

    I want to thank you for being such a faithful HubPages peer. Your talent and success as a writer, underscored by your genuine enthusiasm for the topics you write about, really inspire me, Karen.

    See you at the coffee shop! : )

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ka'imi'loa

    I can relate to what you said about not really being interested in family lineage at first...and then having something trigger the desire to learn more about our ancestors in order to more fully understand where we are today, our potential for tomorrow, and the overall wisdom of the universe. There really is something to be said about growing wiser as we grow older. I'm really thankful that you came to a point where you could bury the hatchet with your father so you both could move on in your respective journeys. The same with my dad and me. Thanks for sharing! Maybe one day we'll write a collaborative Hub together. Why not?

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    I'm still gathering the lineage of the family tree, and seeing exactly where it begins. Funny thing, I never was interested in anything "family" oriented. So much of the history was destroyed through family battles over land, and rights. Recently, about five years ago, I found an old photo of a gentleman on a horse, dated 1820, in the Waimanalo area of Oah'u. The grief I got about him, only fueled me to find out what else I had been lied about. So now, my wife is helping me piece the story together. Which is why I stated earlier to you about, eventually, publishing the ultimate Hub. Okinawa, lovely island. I had the pleasure of staying with friends in Kayo. Its amazing the anomosity the mainland Japanese have towards their much "darker" and "hairier" counterparts. And to top it all off, I'm not signed up to get paid for any of this. Fist off, I don't know if it would affect my dissability, and simply I love to write. Like you said, having fun at it.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    What a great story. I love all your sidebars in the beginning. I also love Belleek pottery. My ex-mother in law had quite the collection as both her parents had come from Ireland. She was the first person to expose me to this beautiful pottery and I never knew the exact story about it's origin. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ka'imi'loa

    I'm on the Kahanu branch of the Kamehameha dynasty. If I recall what my dad told me, Kamehameha had some of the chiefs from the Big Island relocate on Kaua'i. My paternal grandmother was pure Hawaiian. My paternal grandfather was Filipino. My dad is thus 50/50, and I'm quarter of each. My mother is pure Okinawan. Dad also says we have a smidgeon of Spanish, probably from the Filipino side when one of the conquistadors jumped the fence with a pretty Filipina. Sorry about the mistake; thanks for the correction regarding your ethnicity. Eh, just another poi dog like me, brah! LOL!

    Okay, so here's an HP trick I learned from a Hubber I have the greatest respect for...let your Hub ideas incubate. By this, I mean, start your Hub...the title, a few tags, the categories, etc., and save it. Then, when you get another Hub idea, do the same, until you have a string of them. As they incubate--that is, as you work on each one over, say, three or four days, you'll actually see them rise in numerical value...so that by the time you go to publish them, they're up there...sometimes, way up there. This helps your overall average, although I haven't done the "bookwork" on what these numbers mean, if anything. I've tried this on my last two Hubs, and it works. What I'm not clear on is if that makes any difference whatsoever in visibility of your Hubs. One of these days, I might just get a wild hair and try posting five Hubs at one time. Every now and then, I like to try some crazy outside the box things.

    Main thing we have fun at it, yeah? See you at the local grinds, brah!

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    OH no no no no no no, I get no ha'ole in me. Messican/Po'dagee/Kanaks/Spanglish

    I'm in the process of writing the ultimate Hub, the tell-all piece, the next great American novel, if you will, yeah.

    The family goes all the way back to King Kameha III, when he brought the Mexicans over to teach Hawaiians how fo' ranch.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ka'imi'loa

    Brah, I am upstairs pecking away on my laptop and cracking up over your comments about Sally Field emotions. Ha-ha!

    At lunch, I shared with my wife about the P.N. that you are challenged by, and it only served to help me appreciate how your creative and ohana-connecting activity on HubPages is excellent therapy...not just for you, but for all the rest of us who are graced by your willingness to share from the soul.

    In the meantime, keep them jokes coming. I love it!

    So, what is your blend? Haole, Mexican, and .....? Inquiring minds want to know...I'm just niele!

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    WAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!

    I juss wen' read the lovely comment about me you said to the wetnosedog, ho I get Sally Field emotions right now; "You love me, you really really, love me"! Appreciate the aloha from the two of you. As for you bruddah Ke'ala: "To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time".

    Planny Alo-ha!

    Ka'imi'loa

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Yes, it's a real kick in the pants speaking pidgin with my "local boy" bruddah, Ka'imi'loa. When I read his profile, I knew in my heart we'd hit it off. Much like you, Georgie, and a few others I've met here on HubPages in the last six months who speak from the heart, benisan85745, or Ka'imi'loa, touches me from that same deep place within. Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub. Blessings and aloha!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Beautiful pictures and I love the write-up of how you got possession of the irish luck.

    Getting a kick out of reading the pigeon english you and benisan exchange. The world is getting smaller and I'm glad of that to read this great share.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Howzit, Ka'imi'loa! Eh, I just wen spahk this new follower's article on Greece, and there you were with comment #1! You really getting around, brah! Good for you! It is really a wonderful sign, and it does my heart good.

    To answer your question, and dis is no foolin', by helping my brother-in-law, Steve, I have been helping my wife and myself out big time. He was so down and out he actually thought about ending it all...so when I heard he was hustling by selling scrap metal...and then when he got hold of this storage bin stash, you know dam well I was there to help him. And in so doing, God has really blessed. One of the things he gave me, a Beatles lunchbox, was listed at 99 cents, and the buggah went fo $547 or somting laddat! Unreal! So, yeah, I really do believe that wen we help uddah people out, it comes back in one way or anuddah. In my heart, I know YOU know what I'm talking about. You been deah yoself. Aloha, brah!

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    Ho, that was planny words bruddah :-)

    That indeed was a true definition of the luck of the Irish, only ironically, none were there.....eh! The menehune, no make fun bu, that's Na Ohana Amakua!

    Haha, jusskeeding. I used to get a kick,telling elders that when they'd ask.

    So up to date, would you say this was one of your better days in the e-bay world of sales?

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