I hated hearing about Joe Cocker’s death last month, just hated it. I’ve been in love with Cocker since 1969. Thanks to YouTube there is a ton of material available online but this remains one of my favorites, because Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Leon Russell, and 1970 and because The Letter was a great hit song. For years I thought Alex Chilson wrote it but it turns out it was written by Wayne Carson, a country music musician and songwriter. Of course I also thought the Box Tops were a Black group… Cocker’s genius was his ability to reinterpret really really good music, to own it, but to be true to the original. Paul and John reputedly loved his treatment of their songs, and I’m guessing George Harrison did as well.
Back in 2013, I posted here on The Zoo a description of an emergent kingdom in Polynesia called “Atooi” the idea behind which is, officially, “to live and build a lasting diverse community for the children of the Pacific and the world based on natural, organic and sustainable practices” — a concept I continue to most readily support and endorse, both for Polynesia and for other indigenous aboriginal peoples everywhere (and who knows, maybe their “sustainable” theses will one day rub off on us, the conquerors, with resultant benefit to our planet and even to ourselves ? ).
Anyway, and to make a long story short, I’ve recently been reexamining piles of old photographic files — old transparencies, digitized — and I ran across a handful that are both descriptive and reflective of my decades-ago visits to the Kingdom of Atooi’s northern pinnacle, the Hawaiian Islands. What I found once again tweaked both those old memories plus my far more recent interest in the Kingdom of Atooi, so I did a quick search and a moment later was logged onto the Atooi Kingdom home page. What really surprised me the most when I got there was that on their up-top-and-front home page was a link to a title that seemed vaguely familiar to me: “Atooi, The Newly Emergent Polynesian Kingdom” — my Zoo post from May of 2013! Far Out! Talk about running across the unexpected!
In any case, following are the half-dozen old (circa 1980) photographs taken at designated locations in the northern apex of the Kingdom of Atooi. Makes me wish I was fifty years younger — if so, I might find a way to get out there and offer to help out their Alii Nui! That’s not likely going to pop up on my rapidly aging horizon, however, so I guess the memories will have to suffice, including:
Atooi Jungle, also North Shore at Wainiha (Kauai)
Windward Shores of Owhyhee (Hawaii) and Atooi (Kauai)
Unidentified wild flower, and View of Sunrise over Hanelei Bay on Atooi (Kauai)
So — Atooi remains an unbelievably attractive place until, of course, the impression of the European bootprint is overlaid atop the various geographies and cultures implicit. Still, if dreams and aspirations of The People were to be someday realized, then the only thing left for them to do to ensure longevity, prosperity, and environmental perfection will be to institute a single policy: NO REPUBLICANS ALLOWED EVER!
Count me in!