Poems Without Borders


Poems Without Borders
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Photo: Karl Lo | Jan. 2005



On September 14, 2004, I posted my first poetry web site, KAUA`I IN VERSE, in celebration of The Garden Island, which we are blessed to call "home." My poems celebrated the land, the beauty that surrrounds us, everyday life, and some special people who have made Kaua`i very special.

Alas, the site with at least 50 pages of poetry, crashed on April 15, 2005! I logged on at midnight on that fateful day to work on the Hanama`ulu Town Celebration site, which was first published on July 13, 2004, and the site was gone! I checked the poetry site, and it, too, had disappeared!

With the Hanama`ulu Town Celebration scheduled for July 16 & 17, 2005, I got calls and e-mails from near and far inquiring what happened to the site! And I had to do a fast rebuilding! The Hanama`ulu site may have improved in the rebuilding process, but the poetry site, which took two months to replace, lost whatever lustre it had. As the cliche goes, we can never go back.

When I finally got the poetry site up, I expanded its contents and changed the name to POEMS WITHOUT BORDERS. The "Poem Of The Day" page, however, became a pursuit of the past.

Family, relatives, and friends have been my greatest supporters in this creative pursuit. Below are their comments in the guestbook of the first web site.

Mahalo nui loa,

Catherine Pascual Lo
October 8, 2006

Sept. 17, 2004
Danville, CA

Your images call me back to beauty-filled days and nights on your island of aloha. I catch a glimpse of you in all you write, in all the art you paint, and my moment spent here is enriched for the visit. I shall return here and surely find more aloha waiting. Thank you!

Nancy Hill

September 18, 2004
Honolulu, HI

Wonderful, heartfelt poetry and beautiful pictures. We really enjoyed it. Me ke aloha pumehana.

Sheila and Moses Lo


September 21, 2004
Greenfield, MA

Dear Catherine,

I enjoyed browsing through your website. I hope to come back to it when I have more time. But I'm glad you have your picture in it so I know what you look like now. I did write some poetry in high school and early college but I was never good at it. On [the] other hand, my wife Ruby is a published poet, going back to when she was 16 when her poem got included in a Harper and Row anthology. Now that we are both retired, publishing her best poems is one of my top priority projects, along with my memoirs.

Federico a.k.a. Fred a.k.a. Eddie


September 30, 2004
Fairfax Station, VA

She wrote with beauty...
Stories of the island life around her...
Vision of her world,
In black on white...

Love you, Aunty Catherine.
Thanks for making this summer memorable for my daughters. They love retelling stories of their times playing Mahjong with their Grand-Aunts! (And oh how GRAND they are! :) ) Lisa


September 21, 2004
[Kekaha, Kauai, HI]

Catherine...this site is a blessing.



October 14, 2004
San Jose, CA

Dear Sis,
What a wonderful surprise to finally open your poetry website...Now I can read the poems you have written recently. Thank you for the inspiration. -- Ellie

Ellie Ibia


[Lihue, HI]

Friday, September 17, 2004 8:51 PM

Visited your website.  Thank you for sharing!  I enjoyed reading your poems (wish I was so creative), and I can understand why you are having so much fun working on your website.  


Have a lovely weekend . . . ann

[Koloa, HI]

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 2:50 PM

Aloha Catherine,

What a pleasure to receive news of your awesome website creation talents. You inspire me with your acumen in this area and also with your poetry.



(Anne E. O’Malley)

[Koloa, HI]

Friday, September 17, 2004 4:56 PM

Very COOL Catherine, as the kids would say.  I bet you are having fun. 



[Greenfield, MA]

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:57 PM

Dear Catherine and Lydia,

Catherine, I visited your beautiful website and its lovely poems. I identify with your love of nature in part because that is also my wife's favorite theme. It seems that everywhere we go she winds up writing a poem about. I signed your guest book.

Looking forward to hearing from you both.

Warmest regards,

Federico a.k.a Freddie, a.k.a. Eddie


[Lihue, HI] 
9/25/04 8:01 AM, Miki Kaipaka wrote:

I especially liked

God fills Hoona Beach with sea lettuce

and butterfly fish ...

the Garden Island with morning-glory

and wood roses ...

the Hawaiian soul with thanksgiving

the Hawaiian heart with love and grace ...


on the HAWAII/KAUAI Page.


[Danville, CA]

Friday, September 17, 2004 2:44 PM

Dear Catherine,


 ... today I receive your exquisite poetry website!!


This is more wonderful than you probably are aware. First I am touched by the beauty of your work, your poetry of course, but now also the images which accompany your writing. And I am in awe of how you continue to write, your discipline in doing so, your honing of your craft. You have so much to show for your labor of love and dedication. You passion for life and for your island home appears in every line you pen.


I have read it all now and look forward to more!! I find your poems of love to Karl very special, gifts which last far more than a lifetime together. How blessed you are to have found each other and to savor the moments and the years. 

Nancy Hill



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