Smooth and Rough and Smooth

Smooth and Rough and Smooth

The Big Island’s people are a great collection of ethnicities: Polynesian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Thai. Having lived in the multicultural Northeast for almost thirty years, we felt comfortable in the mix, readily absorbing new-to-us flavors. Locals were friendly and open, sharing island ways and styles and cookery with a smile, so we settled in. We were welcomed, if not quite adopted.

Kaua’i is different, though, in that many more residents are of Japanese descent.

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Forty Years

Forty Years

We went to Hawai’i to celebrate Jaimie+Max’s wedding, and Keith+Emilia’s engagement, and also our forty-four years together. It was a wonderful confluence of love and commitment, in a beautiful setting conducive to the ideal of a shared life. I do not have to tell anyone in a relationship long or short how hard it is to fashion a life together, to balance I and You and We … the Venn diagram of marriage is not – and can’t be – one of congruency.

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