Aug 10, 2017
At a Monday morning staff meeting, Liliʻuonamoku had the pleasure of hosting the talented poet Carrie Martin.
The Philadelphia native moved to the islands two years ago and now resides on the north side of Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Since 1999, Carrie has been working with many different cultures specifically touching on indigenous issues, as well as working with destitute youth.
Carrie spent ten years traveling and volunteering in different communities, working with numerous tribes and indigenous people around the world. She has partnered with leaders like Marvin Clifford of the Lakota tribe and Peter Castello of the aboriginal people in Australia.
Carrie also partnered with the University of the South Pacific in Fiji where she volunteered and assisted in organizing the “Honor Journey” project, which focused its efforts on honoring the Fijian heritage by creating awareness and promoting the preservation of sacred traditions of the Fijian culture.
After traveling and volunteering her time and efforts worldwide, Carrie moved to Hawaiʻi and was captivated by the beauty of the land and people.
On Oʻahu, Carrie enjoys spending time at the Liliʻuokalani Garden. While there, she observed the Queen’s tea ceremony which honored the Queen's 100-year passing. Inspired by the ceremony and moved by a prior dream of Pele, Carrie wrote of the tragedy of the Queen's dethronement.
She composed two poems, Liliʻuokalani Gardens and Most Beautiful Tree, both of which she shared with the Liliʻuonamoku staff.
Mahalo to Joy Reyes and Carrie Martin, for stopping by and sharing these beautiful pieces with us.