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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Renewing Our Friendships

Aloha Everyone,

Joett is one of our oldest and dearest friends in Hawaii. Our auspicious friendship began at a campground in Pompeii, Italy when she and her husband, J.J. and I with our young sons were traveling through Europe in an RV (recreational vehicle) almost 35 years ago.

Joett is a foster care volunteer with Hawaii Fido and she is currently taking care of a 4 1/2 months old Labdoodle (cross of Labrador and poodle) named Josie.   

Curiosity and passion for travel has taken Joett to many exotic locations. Traveling with Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization primarily offering educational travel tours to older adults, she has visited Burma, India, Africa to name just a few destinations.

Kumu Keahi teaches Hawaiian language, history and religion at Chaminade University. He is also the chief of staff for Senator Shimabukuro. His understanding and sensitivity to Native Hawaiian issues would certainly be a huge asset to the Senator in working with her West Oahu constituents.  

Gordon and Linda were also our neighbors and they are a wonderful loving couple. Our topics of conversation covered many Hawaii issues including current Hawaii political climate, now defunct Super Ferry project, Rapid Rail Transit System, Ala Moana and Kakaako area hyper development and their positive and adverse impact on local residents.  

Sharon is a gentle lady with a steely “can do” spirit. She was first to join my yoga class when I began my volunteer teaching. A mainland transplant from years past, she now studies Hawaiian with Kumu Keahi. She loves learning but even more is her ability to interact with her fellow classmates who could be her grandchildren’s age. Keahi with admiration and affection in his eyes and voice told us Sharon brings snacks for her younger classmates. Now that is one kind grandma!

Aloha -- Cathi