There's a Rainbow in My Heart
Hi!! I'm Roselani, born and raised in Hawaii. I now reside on the beautiful island of Kauai. I have been working on the Norwegian Cruise Lines 'Star' and the 'Wind' for the last 5 years and enjoyed every minute of it!!! I was the NCL Hawaiian Ambassador and enjoyed teaching the hula and lei making to our passengers. The following update is an example of some of the things that may occur on a cruise...please read on. Update: Feb 1, 2007 Howdee!!! My dear friends, What a time we had on our Jan 10-20,2007 cruise!!! First of all, one of our passengers accidently broke her hip coming down from the Sports Bar on the Wind. It was unfortunate that she was not able to go on our trip from the start. I do hope she is well on her way to recovery. It's a good thing we were still in Honolulu Harbor, so the ambulance could take her straight to the hospital. I'm sure with all the wonderfual care and expertise at the hospital, she will be fine. God bless her and her nephew who stayed back with her. Another serious incident that happened was a dangerous sea rescue from a 60' vessel to our rescue boat to our 'Wind'. Our Captain announced that a fisherman was seriously injured and by Maritime Law we were obligated to assist. Our passengers were able to watch the amazing rescue of the injured person from one boat to our small rescue craft. We heard that his leg was severed and hanging only by the skin--however, after being attended to on board, his life was saved and his leg was going to be reattached safely once we got him to a hospital. So, by responding to this distress call, we were not able to make it to Kaua'i and could not reach the nearest port until the next evening. I believe everyone on board, although disappointed, understood the necessity of our change in plans. And I'm sure a few tears were shed and a lot of prayers were said! I was able to have a fantastic time at Fanning Island as a guest, along with the Captain, Chief Engineer, Cruise Director, Hotel Director and our photographer. We were invited to a feast set up by their Tourism Officer, Minnie, who lives on NCL compound on Fanning Island. We were served lobsters, tropical fruit, island chicken,huge ribs, yams, sweet potato, pastries, etc. I enjoyed eating everything including the lobster head! A young island girl kindly fanned the flies away from my plate the whole time. She was even so kind to get me a pan of soapy water because of the mess I was making. Believe me, that was not an easy task, since they do not have running water...Genuine hospitality!! Of course all of our feasting was done sitting on the matting made from hala leaves and coconut leaves, set over the rocks. I shared some of my lobster with that sweet girl-- she shyly accepted. After that was all done, I gave her my yellow ribbon lei I was wearing to thank her. The ladies did a few dances after I powdered each of the dancers and another lady sprayed each of the dancers with perfume . This is an important local custom for the dancers. Later we ALL danced and danced and there was even a contest of dancing. However, just before the contest, the sound equipment started to smoke. I mean SMOKE!! We asked them to turn it off, and offered to take it back to the ship to repair. End of party?? No way!! So, then the guitars started to come out and the music started, without the stereo system!! We received gifts, and speeches from the elders, prayer and more speeches. What an experience!!! Sitting, dancing and eating with the local people. And no restrooms!! It was time to go, so we all loaded up on the same truck we came on! On the way, we met a passenger (biker) who was worried that his wife was lost. She had gone ahead of him, and it was some time since he last saw her. We convinced him to come back with us, and Cruise Director, Denny, rode the bike back so he could start the search process. It took a few more hours before everything was straightened out. The medical nurse was sent back to the island-just in case- and after a thorough search, the female bicyclist was found, a little bruised, but OK. Now, seriously, we had FUN! Our hula classes were great, the lei making classes were informative and even my impromptu class with my singing and playing my ukulele went very well. Our hula graduation was so much fun!! All credit goes to my students who were excellent performers. Give yourselves a pat on the back!! You deserve it!! It's time to say aloha to all and God bless and care for you always!! Please email me, or leave a comment on my website!! Or write to: Roselani PO Box 1103 Kapaa, Hi 96746 Aloha for now....Roselani Update: April 11, 2008 Aloha, my dear friends, I must share some personal sad news. My husband, who has been ill for a while has gone to be with our Lord. He died on April 04, 2008. He was an amazing human being, who had so much aloha for everyone!!! He touched so many lives with his charming ways, his intelligence and his love of music!!! He was my constant inspiration for all of my compositions and my teacher of the electric bass and the ukulele. Some of his very dear friends were the musical legends of Hawaii!! Gabby Pahinui and sons, Peter Moon, Don Ho was his classmate and I could go on all day naming more of his beloved friends. His services are set for April 25, 2008 at the Kapaa First Hawaiian Church. He will be inurned at the National Cemetary of the Pacific at a later date. I will end at this time...it has been a trying time for me, but I know that my Heavenly Father will take guide me and take care of my needs. If you wish to contact me, email me from this website, or write to: Roselani P.O. Box 1103, Kapaa, Hi 96746. Until I write again, take care and God bless you all!!! A hui hou....Roselani Update: July 07, 2008 Aloha everyone!!! I know it's been a long time since I have been on my website, but I am back to say hi to all of my new and existing friends!! I have been so busy rennovating my home and getting my life in order. I am just taking one day at a time to get things done so that I can resume my work in music and the tour industry. I must step back and allow my Heavenly Father to guide me in my choices each and every day---not to rush my healing process but to be patient and allow things to fall into place one day at a time!! Miracles happen every day--at least in my life--I can attest to that!!! I really have no plans for my future. All I have is tons of Faith and know that the doors will be open to me when the time is right!! Until then, God bless each and every one of you and take care!! A hui hou...... Roselani (just Roselani is fine) email me or write: P.O. Box 1103, Kapaa, Hi 96746 **Update: October 25, 2008 Aloha to all of my friends, Time really flies when one is busy catching up with unfinished business. I have not been able to get back to school, so I think that door will be closed for the time being. I'd like to thank all of you who have purchased my album and/or songs. I did say it would be a year or two before I get my second CD out. It's way over that time but I still have my new songs I have been composing over these last few years, so when the time is right, I will proceed to get it produced and on the market. My Mom, who is 92 years young, just went home after visiting me for 2 weeks. Mom lives in Kaneohe on the bay. We had a wonderful time sightseeing, sharing time with my very dear friends, and don't forget all the different favorite restaurants we had to visit to enjoy Kauai's specialties. We also shared quality time together. It's been years since we have been able to sit for any period of time to talk about ourselves and our loved ones. If you have been so busy lately, pause, and give your loved ones a call. It's important not only for you but for them as well!! Life is too short--don't wait too long. I will relax for a few days--maybe go fishing--then I will start focusing on my future. I have planned a trip to visit my friend for about 3 weeks. She just happens to live in Las Vegas, so we are going to have a great time!! This will be in January when the weather is cooler!! I hope to hear from you anytime!! God bless you and have a wonderful day!!! Aloha from Kauai, Roselani Update: December 22, 2008 Aloha Ohana, Thanksgiving Time has passed on by, but not forgotten! I started with a wonderful walk on our coastal bike/walk path. The scenery was beautiful.....the ocean was rumbling with it's waves tossing about as if they were having a conversation of their own.....the sky was blue and the clouds seemed to shelter me from the rays of the sun. What am I thankful for? I have a "hanai " nephew who is in a long term care facility. I knew him when he could play his guitar and sing with his golden voice and run about town with his friends. He was born on the island of Niihau, 17 miles from Kauai. He spent his adult life on Kauai but eventually diabetes took it's toll on his body. Now, he is totally blind, lost one leg, and can't play any string instruments. He was so broken in spirit because of all of these things happening one after another. After some time, he was given the option to stay in his apartment or move to a fully staffed facility. It was not an easy decision for him since he grew to love living in his quiet surroundings. However, after a lot of encouragement from all of us (we prayed very hard for him), he made the commitment to move from one end of the island to the other end. He understood that he would finally get the daily medical attention and health care that he needed. He now enjoys three healthy meals a day, daily medical attention from a wonderful nursing staff and doctor appointments when needed. He has gained back healthy pounds, attends exercise classes and even has bible study twice a week at his request. Movies are usually on Fridays---he enjoys listening and eating popcorn. How does he affect my life? He calls me every day after my husband, Abraham died. He cannot dial, he cannot see, he cannot walk yet he has the nurse get him to a station phone to call me! We talk for about 5 minutes---that is how I know what terrific food he has for each meal. I always remind him that he is so blessed---like living in a resort and treated like a king!!! He totally agrees now and has found peace within himself. I am grateful for all of my friends who are still keeping a watchful eye on me.....I thank you all. I am grateful for the natural beauty of my everyday surroundings, for my health.....I can see, I can speak, I can hear, and I can walk....all the things we sometimes take for granted. Thank you, gracious God!!! My day ended in the company of my sis-in-law and her family sharing a scrumptious Thankgiving feast!! Turkey and ham cooked in the imu (earth oven) and all the trimmings!! I am thankful!!! I received phone calls from my children who invited me to be with them also!! We are blessed to have our loved ones whether nearby or far away. I know my Heavenly Father has His Hand upon each and every one of us. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Update: December 23, 2008 Happy Holidays!! "Tis the season to be jolly", so I went to my friend's Christmas party at Mahelona Hospital (long term care facility) today. Lots of great food (potluck style) and Santa arrived to hand out presents to all of the patients. Music was provided by a wonderful group of men who sang their hearts out!!! All of the guests received a potted poinsettia plant which I thought was a nice gesture. Later, I did my walk and boy was it hot!! Thank God for the tropical sea breezes!!! After a few errands, I returned home to prepare my part for the Christmas Eve services at my church. I know it will be a beautiful service as well as all Christmas services around the world! A beautiful baby boy, born in a stable, placed in a manger....He is the ULTIMATE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, yet He was born in a humble fashion. I pray that our world can start changing toward a more simple way of life, without all the gizmos and gadgets we all can't live without. I pray for world peace, which starts at home, in our own neighborhoods, in our own cities etc. I pray that GOD will be put back in the classrooms, in the public places, in our speeches, songs and in our individual lives. I could never understand how we got better taking God out of the allegiance and where is that same group of people when GUNS took over ---why aren't they fighting for this terrible trend of guns in the schools to stop!!?? So, you see the absolute need of constant prayer for ourselves and everyone around us!! After all, what affects us also affects those around us, right?? Can we start taking care of each other wherever we might be? Definitely, the domino effect will have good consequences with our good actions!! May you all have a Blessed Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year!!! God bless you all. Love one another as you would love yourself!! Fondest Aloha and A hui hou!! Roselani Cummings Update: Feb 25, 2009 Aloha everyone!!! I hope you all enjoyed your loved ones on Valentine's Day!!! I know we are living in a more 'health conscious' environment, but I bet Flowers and Chocolates were still the favorite choices of the day!! Today is Ash Wednesday. Do we remember our Savior, Jesus Christ, born into our world, lived and taught us as a human being, suffered (beyond our comprehension) and ultimately died, nailed to a cross, so that we can be saved from damnation?? As we are saddened by His sufferings and death, we can prepare to celebrate on Easter Sunday, His Resurrection and glorious Ascension into His Heavenly Father's Kingdom!! Jesus did not live a rich or fancy life, nor did He act like He was someone great or a superstar!! Can we remember this when we have to go without the extra luxuries? Can we keep things simple--more to the essentials of living? We must always be ready for that magnificent day when we will be chosen to be in His presence eternally!! Have a wonderful Easter!! God bless you and take care!! Please write me or email me through this website. I always love hearing from you!! Your Hawaiian Ambassador, Roselani Update: May 10, 2009 Happy Mother's Day!!! I hope all of you Mothers are having a wonderful family filled time on this special day of the year!! It is a glorious day on beautiful Kauai! I feel the weather is perfect everywhere, just for you, Moms!!! I will be taking my Mom, who is now 93 years young, to Las Vegas near the end of May. She loves to go there, so why not make her happy!! Right? As for me, on May 23, 2009, I will fellowship with other church choirs and members in song at the little green church (Wai'oli Hui'ia Church) in Hanalei. All Choirs will sing and share our love of music. It is called 'Aha Mokupuni O Kaua'i. It will start at 9:00am and ends around 7:00pm. My first time and I am excited!! May the blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be abundantly bestowed upon all the mothers in the world...Lord knows we need it every now and then..... To everyone, God bless you and keep you safe always! Keep sending me your letters, pictures, etc. I really enjoy hearing from you!! Aloha pumehana, Roselani P.O. Box 1103 Kapaa, HI 96746.