September: 14 of 30 Days of Haiga ~ A Band of Stars ~ Paul and Ringo

a band of stars

this song of the universe

as I walk



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The September 14 Prompt: A Band of Stars 

Over the last couple of years on my walks i’ve been photographing imprints, writings, blossoms and other things on and in sidewalks where ever I go.  One day I was photographing drawings and words that had been left in the cement curb in front of a house about two blocks from where I live.

The owner of the house came out and asked if I knew who those people were whose work I was photographing. No, I hadn’t really gotten to the names yet.

The following was then related to me by the current owner of the house:

Sometime in the mid 1960’s The Beatles came to Hawaii and stayed for several weeks.  They liked Kailua (which is where I now live). George and John stayed in one house and Paul and Ringo stayed in another house.  The two houses were on opposite sides of Kailua town. The guys then went back and forth to party and – yeah, have fun. 

While The Beatles were here the city began to pour the sidewalk and curbing in front of the house where Paul and Ringo were staying.  Seeing this, the two came out and played in the fresh cement. You can read their names – Paul signed Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed just Ringo – with his mark – an X through the O of his name – making that the Starr. 

A few years ago the city came through and redid the corner curbing and walks of most streets in the area to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers and so on, and now most of what The Beatles did in the cement is torn up and gone. Two names remain in the curbing next to each other, Paul McCartney and Ringo with the X-in-the-O Starr.  

When the curbing and walks were being replaced the owners of the house asked if they could keep a large chunk of the cement that was being hauled away – which had a number of drawings and words on it. That chunk of history now rests under a tree in their front yard a few feet from the sidewalk. 

It’s fun to walk by that place and listen to The Beatles on my iPod now. It makes me smile to know they would play in the fresh cement – just like hundreds of other kids around here – just having fun. 

The next few 30 Days of Haiga Prompts:

  • 15. Dog Days
  • 16. Thunder Day
  • 17. A Return
  • 18. Earth Honor

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