64th Birthday -Reflection

“When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now…
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four? “
–Paul McCartney, John Lennon  (Copyright: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC)

Hau`oli Lā Hānau e George!!
…translates to “Happy Birthday”. “Hau`oli” means “Happy, glad, gay, joyful,” “Lā” means “Day, date” (as well as “sun, sunny”), and “Hānau” means “To give birth; to lay (an egg); born.”

As a “celebration” of another year of this Hawaiian Life, I took an extra moment to watch the sun rise over Haleakala this morning from my farm garden at Kaukini Ridge at the Cliffs of Kahakuloa. A moment of appreciation as I go through my everyday routine of feeding the horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, our dog Li’ili’i and our cat Hiwahiwa. I watered all my favorite plants, trees and veggies in our garden.

I indulged in my favorite Hawaiian breakfast of raw liver (Ake; left over from Uncle Richard’s Pa’ina for his recently departed son Ramzey,) raw fish, ulu (breadfruit,) poi, sweet potatoe, topped off with cherry tomatoes from our farm and friends. I made (and immediately drank) a batch of my version of “POG”: guava, passion fruit, and Calamencia lime juice, all homegrown with our own Kahakuloa farm honey topped with Roselani haupia ice cream (made by my neighbor Buddy Nobreiga for his daughter, Roselani!)

Nancy called me this morning from San Francisco excited about new things she learned about Yoga and Ticket Fly (an interesting combination.) She promised me a special treat when she gets home!

As the day progressed, I helped friends Mark Ellman and Kimo Simpliciano hook up with two dwarf Nubian Goats from our neighbors Jim and Julie La Croix and spent the morning sharing time and space with two great friends who happen to be great chefs as well as gardeners.

I journeyed over to West Maui and got to swim for an hour or so at the Lahaina swimming pool with lifeguard friend Scott Metcalf.

For lunch, I continued north stopping at Honokowai Okazuya to treat myself to another of my favorite dishes, teri beef (prepared rare) with grilled onions, which included generous sides of mac salad and rice.

As I arrived at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, I got good news from my nephew Ikaika Enos and his wife Brittany! She is 5 months pregnant and he just got promoted to night manager!

From the soothing shores of Napili Bay, I got to watch the sunset between the islands of Lanai and Molokai before I headed up to perform at the Slack Key Show. On this special day I shared music with guest artist and my friend of over 20 years, Paul Togioka from Kauai. Surrounded on stage with my “music ohana”, the Uke Boyz, Sterling and other show staff, we shared our Hawaiian Culture with a packed house at the Napili Kai Beach Resort.

Life is good! All 64 years of it!
I’m truly blessed by God’s Aloha & Grace

-Uncle George