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My Hawaiian Heart

Only the best parts

By Dana StewartPublished 8 months ago Updated 8 months ago 2 min read
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You’ll always own

A little bit of me


In my heart,

Only the best parts

To those that I care about

I can’t imagine

Truly. I can’t imagine.

The Soul crushing


The loss.

A world without color

Only black and white

everything into nothing

lush green landscape

Eaten by a cloud of smoke

And flame

in an instant

We are all reminded

That the only thing that matters

is a name

On a list

Someone, somewhere is searching

For you

Amid the Silence and darkness

You are found



the tears shed could extinguish the flames

If only I could wish them there

You’re so far away

And it breaks my heart

In a haze

Everything changed

All is not lost

The fire found you

in those embers

You’ll start again

Like the phoenix

You are born of the ashes

take my hand

and you will rise

there are rainbows


I can see the light

I wish to hear ukuleles

Played on sandy beaches

Until then

However long it takes

whatever you need

you’ll always have a bit of me

only the best parts –

my Hawaiian heart.


This poem is dedicated to the people of Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii who are facing devastating loss from wildfires. This poem is part of a collective effort of Vocal writers including C.H. Richard, Mike Singleton - Mikeydred, Cendrine Marrouat and Rachel Demming to raise funds for those who have lost so much in the tropical state. If you'd like to join in, drop a link to your story in the comments.

To my Hawaiian friends that have suffered, and those on the 9th Island that are heartbroken, there are rainbows ahead.

Here's Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' If you can't donate financially, listen to his melody that captures the essence of the Hawaiian spirit.

Hula dancing encouraged.

If you would like to donate to help these folks, here are some organizations that can use support. No amount of money is too small. Every little bit helps.

C.H. Richard had the vision to do a collective effort to raise funds for the beautiful people of Hawaii. Other creators have graciously offered to join in. Here are their contributions, beginning with C.H. Richard's beautiful reflective poem of what Hawaii means to her.

Community is everything.


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  • Darkos7 months ago

    Beautiful and painful poem Your Heart is felt in there! I am a huge fun of the hula dance since this year and their voices are so healing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67__Rr4x8Dw its a great way of support for Hawaii ! I have been watching lots of documentaries about their culture and hula dance festivals ! maybe I will write about it in here I hope they can recover with the support and help of another! Beautiful aim!

  • Big Dreams8 months ago

    This gets to the heart of it. It's a very special place, I hope I get to go there again sometime in my life.

  • Grz Colm8 months ago

    This fires are horrendous. A beautiful and touching poem! 😔 I just listened to the cover song. I think I’ve heard it in a few movies - it’s terrific. I’ve noticed I don’t seem to be subscribed to you, not sure if an error or oversight. 😊

  • EYHCS8 months ago

    Beautiful & Heartfelt

  • River Joy8 months ago

    Wow. Beautiful.

  • Real Poetic8 months ago

    Beautiful Dana. You took me to Hawaii with this one !!

  • Cathy holmes8 months ago

    A heartbreaking situation indeed. Beautiful poem. 🙏

  • Cendrine Marrouat8 months ago

    By the way, I updated my story about my recent trip to Maui with links to organizations that help victims. If you want to add it to the list, it's here: https://vocal.media/wander/my-favorite-spots-in-maui-hawaii

  • Cendrine Marrouat8 months ago

    This is a phenomenal poem! I'll share it widely!

  • Poppy 8 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful poem and thanks for raising awareness for the cause. I really admire you for taking the time to do this

  • Tiffany Gordon 8 months ago

    Beautiful work Dana! What an uplifting piece! Currently praying for those affected! God please help the Hawaiian people!🙏🏾

  • I'll keep every one of them in my prayers! This is so heartbreaking! I loved your poem!

  • This was beautiful what happened in Maui is so tragic. It seems like we can’t go a month without something devastating happening these last couple of years

  • Jay Kantor8 months ago

    Dear Dana - With all of this unrest it's simply Human Nature that Kindness Never Goes out of Fashion - Our Ms. Judey keeps helping us out of situations; that's being 'Kind' within our VM community. She's just helped me with someone who copied my 'Popsicle' in 'Humor' verbatim (that's just unnerving to me) as well as stories by Hope-Stephanie-and Oneg and others. Yes, Dana, "Community is everything" and there for one another - If I could ever figure out how to take earnings from Stripe I would be proud to donate it. Jay Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Author Community -

  • C. H. Richard8 months ago

    So so so beautiful my friend ❤️ Love it! "the Phoenix rising from the ashes!!" Awesome and beautiful song 🎵 🌺🌺🌺🎵🌺🌺🌺

  • Lamar Wiggins8 months ago

    This is very thoughtful of you and the others who are taking part in this effort. Hats off to all of you💖. It's times like these that remind me of what it's like to be human. We do care about each other. God bless and of course I will donate.

  • Kendall Defoe 8 months ago

    They need to be remembered now. Thank you, Ms. Stewart!

  • Babs Iverson8 months ago

    Aloha, Dana! Words can't express how beautiful your poem, My Hawaiian Heart is. Right now, I have a lump in my throat.

  • Paul Stewart8 months ago

    Oh my eyes and heart. This is beautiful Dana. I love that you're doing something so kind and also that you produced something so wonderful. I could feel the emotion from it. Well done on a fitting tribute.

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