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FLOWERS OF ALOHA FOR CHARLESTON VICTIMS

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FLOWERS OF ALOHA FOR CHARLESTON VICTIMS

For the victims of gun violence in South Carolina, their loved ones and the nation. Pray for them yes, as many have said.
But pray for courage of our Congress to have the buts to enact meaningful gun control. The NRA may try to defeat you. But 300 million Americans will support you. Not this be another episode where we stay this has to sop and then do nothing. And then forget. Hawaii mourns for the victims

 

 

UPDATED: SO WHO IS THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN CELEBRATED ON ON HER BIRTHDAY


When you marry a beautiful woman you never think about what she will look like in 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years.  You see her go through many hair styles and you miss her long hair.  But when you go through a selection of 3000 4×6 prints and 30,000 digital photos you find she has been beautiful every single year.  HERE IS WHO SHE IS, AND BELOW WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE OVER THE YEARS.

April 30, 2015
BY NORM BEZANE , Lahaina News

KAANAPALI – There are a lot of people who have moved here in the last 15 years who could be profiled for making contributions to our community.

Minimal research and no interview were required for this one.

Sara Foley at age three in Des Moines, Iowa was once placed in a stroller at the top of a hill. It rolled down and gathered speed since her sister had let it go – on purpose.

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Surviving that, nuns told her in high school she was “not college material.” At Iowa State University, she started and edited a campus magazine called Ethos.

Sara’s first job – aside from working once in a candy shop – was as AP wire editor for the Champaign-Urbana Courier.

Next, Sara went to work in Cicero, Illinois at the gigantic Western Electric Hawthorne Works as one of the telephone-maker’s first women in public relations.

In 1968, she met a young business reporter in nearby Chicago at a party, and after a year of resistance, they began dating. She was promoted to New York to work for the company magazine, but the fellow got her back.

She was promised a room full of flowers if she would return to Chicago and accept an engagement ring. Four months later, she got a room full of lilacs.

After the first day of summer in 1969 and a cake and champagne wedding reception at the Drake Hotel, she woke up for the first time in Hawaii on honeymoon at the Kona Inn on Hawaii Island. It is now a shopping center.

Five years later, on vacation in Ireland riding in a carriage, she announced she thought she was pregnant.

On Feb. 25, 1975, she had worked all day. Watching a Goldie Hawn movie that evening, her labor pains began, and she brought forth a girl who took her last name as her first. She was delighted more than she ever expected. Later, she gave birth to a son named after the main character in “Trinity” about the Irish revolution.

For the next two decades, working full-time, she would rise to the top of her profession, winning public relations awards (including a prestigious Golden Trumpet) and becoming the first advertising manager for Ameritech, one of the best of the spun-off “Baby Bell companies from AT&T.”

She migrated to Kaanapali after almost annual visits over 20 years.

Sara was not done. She formed a public relations firm with her husband and developed Maui County Fine and Fresh, a comprehensive program for the Mayor Alan Arakawa administration that won awards in Honolulu.

Newly elected Mayor Tavares killed the program, even though the firm agreed to continue supporting it for free. Lahaina Galleries and “A Taste of Lahaina” were other clients.

In 2011, Sara helped raised funds for the modernization of the Lahaina Public Library as a director of the Maui Friends of the Library and – for a time – member of the Rotary Club of Lahaina. She was supported by then-Rotary President Carmen Karady, who had the foresight to see that using a “Savor the Sunset” benefit to raise money for new library furniture would be a good project.

Designer Rick Cowan, who picked the furniture, asked, “Why not redo the entire library?” The facility was badly in need of refurnishing.

Sara recruited and won the support of 21 contractors, who provided $150,000 worth of free services, and played a key role in recruiting 80 community volunteers to empty the library down to the bare walls, pack books and

then re-shelve them upon completion.

Sara wrote and secured grants, won the support of the Hawaii State Public Library System, coordinated development of a beautiful design, and served as a kind of general contractor, spending 1,200 hours alone in 2012 at home and 60 days at the site. She was not done.

Last year, she worked on a plan to transform the library’s front lawn into a showplace that would incorporate more than a dozen Native Hawaiian plants, including a taro patch.

The design, which has been incorporated in the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s harbor project, is now before the budget committee of the Maui County Council and appears to have wide support.

She has now moved on to serve as president of the condominium where she lives, launching a major recreation area modernization project.

As a volunteer who is having a big impact, Sara is not alone among people who have come to Maui later in life to make major contributions. Pat and Richard Endsley (Voices, 10/11/13) and Diane Pure (Voices, 11/12/09) and Bob Pure come to mind.

Sara after college couldn’t wait to leave Des Moines, then a smallish town. And now the big city girl is back in a small town. Lahaina continues to be all the better for it.

Columnist’s Notebook: By way of disclosure, the inside information here comes from the fact that Sara – who has preferred to keep her maiden name professionally – is the columnist’s wife of almost 45 years.

 
May, 1969

May, 1969

 

 

MR. PRESIDENT; ALOHA: ALWAYS LOVE OVER HATE

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 KAANAPALI, MAUI HAWAII—Today we offer photos of aloha (below) to our Native Son whose new twitter account is filled with racist commentary.

 ALWAYS

 LOVE

 OVER

 HATE

 ALWAYS

 Is a message delivered every Sunday here by a preacher who is a man of aloha.

 Aloha is Hawaii’s gift to the world. “Hawaiians have always been people of aloha. It is one of the first words we learn to read,””says a beloved concierge at the most Hawaiian hotel here.

 Aloha is real and comes from within. It is lived but it is not automatic. It comes in the form of a friendly smile aloha is empathy for others that comes from the heart   a friendly manner of an act of kindness.

 There are people of hate and they’re our people of aloha not only here but on the Mainland. For aloha can be acquired and it is my many visitors who bring it back to Seattle and Syracuse, Phoenix to Philadelphia, and Newport Beach to New York.

 Whether you call it aloha, or something else, be assured Mr. President that there are far more people who put love over hate than do not.

 One of your tweeters tweeted, “I love you.” Be assured that there is a lot of love for you out there, much more than you know.

   From Voices of Aloha, published by Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLC

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KAANAPALI, MAUI HAWAII—Today we offer photos of aloha to our Native Son whose new twitter account is filled with racist commentary.

ALWAYS

LOVE

OVER

HATE

ALWAYS

This is a message expecially appropriate for today delivered every Sunday here by a preacher who is a man of aloha.

“Aloha is Hawaii’s gift to the world. “Hawaiians have always been people of aloha. It is one of the first words we learn to read,”says a beloved concierge at “the Most Hawaiian hotel here.”

“Aloha is real and comes from within.  It is emphathy.. It is lived but it is not automatic. It comes in the form of a smile  a friendly manner or an act of kindness.

There are people of hate and they’re are people of aloha not only here but on the Mainland. For aloha can be acquired and it is lived  many visitors who bring it back to Seattle and Syracuse, Phoenix to Philadelphia, and Newport Beach to New York and points in betweeen, 

Whether you call it aloha, or something else, be assured Mr. President that there are far more people who put love over hate than do not.

One of your tweeters tweeted, “I love you.” Be assured that there is a lot of love for you here, and everywhere, much more than you know.

From Voices of Aloha, published by Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLC

TWO MESSAGES FROM MAUI OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

IMG_1785KAANAPALI BEACH, MAY 15. MESSAGE ONE: FEAR THE FORK, a t shirt warning about lifting your fork too often to grow fat and shorten your life, as seen on the Ka’anapali Beach path.

MESSAGE TWO: FEAR CONGRESS whose conservative members fail to fund Amtrak properly because they do not like “big government. ” In case conservatives have not noticed, big government gives Amtrak the funds to install a system that cuts train power automatically when speeding. A national safety board official said this week’s train crash would not have occurred had this system been in place. Amtrak has a been trying to add this protection system wide for many years but has not gotten the funds to complete it. It does not matter what improper actions the engineer took. The automatic system would have slowed the train.

Big government by the way also rebuilds infrastructure (including bridges that are disintegrating through lack of funding), protects our food supply when agencies have enough money do to so and keeps this country great.

Wake up Congress. Support our infrastructure and if your only decision maker is does a law help business, remember that business only thrives if it can has infrastructure to deliver its goods.

FOR MORE, SEE ALSO MY OTHER BLOG VOICES OF MAUI DIGITAL NEWS. The joys of Kaanapali Photo blog chronicles life on the world best beach (according to Conde Nast) and occasionally comments on news of the day. You can become a daily follower by clicking the link and joining 1700 others. 

FRED’ S GARAGE BAND GETS READY FOR UPCOMING GO FOR THE GREEN

FRED’ S GARAGE BAND TO PLAY  FOR UPCOMING GO FOR THE GREEN. Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset  St. Patrick’s week shindig. Click link for details.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST HULA SKIRT..OR IS IT? BE A FOLLOWER TO GET THE ANSWER

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Kaanapali, Aug 22. Bringing its new luau to a new level this week at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (known as the Most Hawaiian Hotel for many reasons) treated guests from the visitor industry to a second preview showing this week.

The guests, including this writer and my lovely wife. sipped Mai Tai’s and champagne on the lawn, played a Hawaii checkers game, feasted on Tom Marmot’s wonderful cuisine, and watched behind a phalanx of torches as beautifully y clad men and woman dancers performed and told about legends of Maui. Pictured below are the latest luau pics. Below is a salute to some of my very good friends who bring joy to me and so many others.

ABOUT VOICES OF MAUI AND Kwho

 

The hotel and its wonderful people have done a lot for me personally and in return–without thinking about it much I have done a lot for the hotel as well.

 

My first book, “Voices of Maui: Natives and Newcomers” is sold in the lobby shop. A special custom book called Voices of Aloha featuring seven people associated with the hotel is sold in the deli shop.

 

The hotel sometimes gifts my books to its many returning guests and it is always fun to hear someone say, Oh, I got and love your book.: This happens a lot.

 

The Tiki bar is my home away from home for an hour or two on many evenings. There I write with a glass of wine (once spilled it on my laptop, ruining it). Sometimes I meet fun, interesting and amazing people.

 

My favorite couple, who I called the Ultimate visitors love to come to the Tiki bar to watch hula although they do not stay in the hotel. They love Maui so much they have 300 Itune Hawaians songs when they are away from the island. Their story appears in my recent book

 

My political antagonist who is so smart I cannot defeat him in an argument and have given up often talis politics with me while his chats with visitors about other things.. They are away for the summer, and this gives me a break from hearing him blast the affordable health care act and other goings on.

 

He doesn’t know it, but in a recent column I included him in a list of famous people I have met.

 

It is the two lead bartenders who make the hotel the Tiki Bar so popular. Dale, who I christened the 400,000 mai tai man, is so famous on the Mainland that people often go up to the bar for the first time to ask any male bartender, “Are you Dale.“ Dale also loves to autograph his write-up in my book and always writes the same thing. Come on Back ALL RIGHT

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ALOHA TO ALOHA FORWARD VISITORS

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Memorial Day parade

Discovery of the day..a web site devoted to aloha.
Here is my essay on Aloha taken from my forthcoming book, “Voices of Aloha Beyond the Beach”

VOICES OF ALOHA INTRODUCTION

Copyright, 2014, Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLC

“I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any places goodbye so regretfully. I have not once thought of business, or care or human toil or trouble or sorrow or weariness and the memory of it will remain with me always.”
MARK TWAIN

REMARKABLE PEOPLE    OF ALOHA

 

YOU HAVE HEARD IT AS A LUAU BEGINS, at music venues, at ice cream parlors and ABC stores. You have heard it as a three-syllable word. A…lo…HA. And you hear some simply pronounce it Aloha most likely in one breath.

Either way ALOHA is not an affectation. It is real. Despite the popular bumper sticker, ALOHA is not practiced. It is lived and comes from within.

ALOHA is empathy for others that reside in the heart and it can be acquired naturally if given a chance. ALOHA can take the form of a smile, a friendly manner or an act of kindness. Growing up in Hawaii in cherished na ohana (family groups) Hawaiians learn ALOHA by example in youth and see it flourish in adulthood. Newcomers can become persons of ALOHA too and many do.

ALOHA is an acquired approach to living equally available to those of us who live here who are passionate about Maui and Hawaii, to newcomers, and to visitors who catch the spirit.

ALOHA, however, isn’t automatic. There are some Hawaiians (those with Hawaiian blood) who find the concept of ALOHA alien.

ALOHA is subject to many interpretations. Duke Kahanameka, the six-time Olympic swim champion and Hawaii ambassador, wrote:

“In Hawaii, we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with ALOHA, which means love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality that makes Hawaii renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship. Try meeting or greeting people with ALOHA. You will be surprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.”

Pastor Laki Ka’ahamanu offers a T-shirt with his own view of ALOHA. ALWAYS   LOVE   OVER HATE ALWAYS.

The pastor is also fond of saying there would be no ALOHA without Hawaiians. The good news is you can find ALOHA without even looking for it. ALOHA is just one of many of the island’s gifts to the world. *****

ABOUT THER AUTHOR

IN 2006, PASSIONATE ABOUT MAUI and curious about Hawaiian culture and the lives of those who work and play here  I returned to my journalistic roots to write a column focusing on the remarkable people of Maui, producing some of the few profiles of contemporary Hawaiians, locals and visitors. .

In some 200 columns in Lahaina News, remarkable people of aloha emerge: those of Hawaiian heritage, those lucky enough to have been born here and mailihini (newcomers) who crossed an ocean to be part of Maui.

The best of these profiles explore the lives of visitors, native born, and newcomers visitors and locals encounter every day. These are the people who shaped and are shaping modern Hawaii.

A second series of profiles dips into how Maui became Maui: How a captain became the first western visitor, how a king united the islands, how a queen accepted the end of a progressive monarchy. How the missionaries brought a new religion and helped Hawaiians become the most literate people in the world. How jet planes, and entrepreneurs layered on top of what was here to produce the greatest place on earth.

Author’s goal: to entertain, to inform, and especially preserve the stories of movers and shakers of the last 50 years, colorful characters and people of aloha and their wonderful stories.

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