Aloha dear friends:
This weather forecast from the Hilo paper pretty much sums up 2005 at our house—how many ways can you say partly cloudy, chance of showers?
A few interesting things did happen along the way between rain and work:
|CARL SONNY LEYLAND||The
new year started off great as we hosted a benefit concert
at our home with the incredible boogie woogie, jazz and swing pianist
Carl Sonny Leyland. We moved the furniture, filled the great room
with folding chairs, and about 50 music-lovers yelled for more as
Carl riveted us with tune after amazing tune. He stayed a few days
to do some sightseeing, and perhaps our best memory was listening
to him play informally, which he did at every opportunity. The man
loves to play and we loved to listen.
Our joy turned to sorrow a little later in January as Harrison’s dear Aunt Marie Lindner passed away, the first of several deaths and serious illnesses of friends and relatives in 2005, which marked a big change from trouble-free 2004. Fortunately, Sharene’s mother, Alys, celebrated her 86th birthday this year, and we have both managed to avoid major health problems.
was fun to wear “real” clothes again when
we went to Seattle for the wedding of Brianne Oldenburg, daughter
of friends Rick and Maggie. Harrison and another friend from his
Seattle years took the visit as an opportunity to organize a reunion
of KING Radio colleagues from the ’70s. KING played a big role
in many careers and lives, but everybody was astonished at the turnout—over
50 people showed up from as far away as Connecticut, Texas and, well,
Hawaii! No one missed a beat and many stories and laughs were shared.
Who were those very young people in the photos that were passed around?
The photo on the right was taken not long before Harrison moved to Seattle in 1974. He wishes he still had the car (his first—a 1967 MGB), and he still does have the jacket!
has been good, our little company has grown rapidly, and
we’re thankful that we’re busy, but the island lifestyle
has passed us by this year. “We
worked while it rained” will
be our motto for 2005! But we recently hired our first full-time
employee to help us so we are hoping 2006 will allow us to get out
and explore this beautiful place a little more than we have. Still,
we know we have a great life here and we have no regrets about leaving
the corporate life and making the move to this little dot in the
middle of the ocean.
So for the close of 2005 we leave you with this:
Na ka uhane o keia kau e
i kou pu‘uwai, na ka pau‘ole pa la.
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