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December 2007

Kama`aina Lifestyle................Holoholo............

There were a couple of dozen people standing on the shores of Lake Washington that Saturday in November 2007.....the weather was overcast and windy and bitterly cold....but it was such a special time and a special place for the very special thing we were doing that none of us noticed the adverse weather. We were there to return the ashes of beloved Lloyd Kawehi Beck to the waters and to the land from which we all come and to which, someday, we all must return! As Kamuela Ka`ahanui spoke Hawaiian words of blessing and performed the Hawaiian rituals of Aloha, Kawehi’s brother Wally Beck sang the songs that Kawehi loved so well.....half of Kawehi’s ashes were scattered here while the other half will be scattered in the waters off Hilo, Kawehi’s home o hanau (birthplace) at a later date..........

Auwe, Ante Nani’s in the Country Village, Bothell, WA is becoming quite the hangout for “locals”...I ran into my first Kaiser HS alumni Wendy Sodetani (and her husband Tim Waldal) at one of Ante Nani’s Friday night Kaukau & Kanikapila events....also there St Louis HS guy Keith Inuma....Need a really nice ukulele built just for you? Try Rich Smith (email at likelikestrings.com) who was playing the beautiful uke he made! How about some hula lessons? There’s a beginning keiki class on Saturdays at 9:30am at Country Village. Michel Apo, Jaymie Alfonso, Kathy Jara and Brooke Fern and their “Kiele Dance Studio, LLC” practice at Ante Nani’s...and they are really goooood!

Another of the places to go for those who love Hawaiian food and great entertainment is Ricky’s Bar and Grill on Richmond Beach Road in Shoreline, WA! Chef Wayne Ikeda (Waianae) continues to produce his very tasty food specials while owner RickyAndrews (Mililani) continues to add the little touches in decor and service that makes a simple dinner seem like a special occasion! Collette DeLorme makes g-r-e-a-t martinis and Manager Jimmy Meisenburg adds a touch of class. Now you can tack on one more incentive for you all to stop in.....it’s a guy named Erye Irae Leroy Pagofie from Laie (Kahuku HS) who is a monster guitarist and singer, a one-man-gang entertainer who has been packing in customers on Saturday evenings at Ricky’s. How good is Erye? He was the entertainer for star football player Marques Tuiasosopo’s wedding last year!.Go see him at Ricky’s....lots of fun.........

Speaking of good entertainment, Kathy and I went to watch Nathan Aweau perform at the Triple Door Dinner Restaurant in Seattle and da Man was his typical awesome self...such a talent! And his co-star Herb Ohta Jr was no slouch either. The “Door” was almost full house with lots of local Hawaiian Islanders in attendance (Aunty Manu Lono and her Halau dancers were part of the show which meant Uncle Howard Lono was also there; sitting next to us was “Danny Couch Fanatics Club” prexy Lea Cook. Also there: Roy and June Quemado, Cris Legassy, Al Tringali, Cissy Horton, Gregg Porter). It was a quiet, mellow kind of show but very enjoyable. There is another story in this issue of NWHT about the Kahaial`i Brothers Concert in Edmonds, WA.....all I can add is that those of us who saw the show were lucky/lucky/lucky ‘cause we got to see an awesome, truly once-in-a-lifetime concert!!!!

Some mo’ faces ....a couple of young Hawaiians are getting a whole lot of press for their athletic accomplishments in “Owyhee” country ( Idaho)! High school junior Quaid Morris, mo`opuna of Hawaiian musician Rich Mansfield, was quarterback (leading passer and rusher) for the Nampa HS team which made it to the Idaho State 4A championships (unfortunately, Quaid suffered a broken left foot in the semi-finals and his team lost in the finals). Quaid may be an even greater baseball player as he was All-Conference shortstop in both his freshman and sophomore years and was selected to try out for the Junior Oympics team. The other standout Hawaiian athlete is Kaleo Nawahine, mo`opuna to another fellow musician (Hank Nawahine). A senior, Kaleo was the quarterback for the Fruitland HS football team which advanced to the Idaho 3A Championship game before suffering their only defeat of the season. Kaleo injured his wrist in the semi-final game and was not able to play his best in the championship game.

I don’t know how to adequately describe him...perhaps by saying that I would love to have him as my brother or as my best friend or as the guardian of all the things I hold valuable in my life! Basically, Benny Lagmay is one of those very rare guys that everybody loves, a guy who would give you the shirt off his back or the last penny in his pocket! Benny, a Waianae guy who (with his wife Tonya, Kauai gal) owns “Lei’s FamilyRestaurant” in Duvall, WA is a “giver”! In a rather tragic turnaround that sometimes happens in Life, Benny has been told that he needs a heart transplant, without which he will not survive beyond another year or maybe two! The costs for a heart transplant operation are immense ($250,000 plus) and Benny/Tonya need all the financial help they can get. A bunch of us are helping do a fund raiser on December 9, 2007 in Monroe but what we can raise there is just a “drop in the bucket”. Call 425-844-2064 for more information on how you/we can help this Hawaiian family in need..........mahalo!

It’s time to hele on......so much more to see and sooooo many more of you to meet.... a hui hou e malama pono..........................Danny

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