It only seems fitting that my first post on this new blog is on the last day of 2015 and that it's about our farewell to one of the most amazing men in my life, my Grandpa. Earlier this year we found out that he had colon cancer and that he only had three months to live. After a little convincing he had surgery to remove the tumor. We knew from the beginning that remission was not possible, but hoped that between the surgery and a little chemo, it would give us at least another year or two with him. To make a long story short he had a few ups and downs, but the out look was looking good when it finally came time to do their annual pilgrimage to Maui in the winter.

My Grandparents were only a week or so into their stay when he suffered a massive heart attack the day after their anniversary. He held on for a few more days before he finally passed on December 27th.

I woke up that morning to a message from my dad saying that he had passed. My heart instantly broke not only for my sake, but also for my amazing Grandma. They are that couple where you couldn't tell where one ended and the other began. I was also relieved though that he was no longer suffering and I knew it wasn't good-bye, but more of a see you later.

As the day wore on I knew I needed to do something to say the goodbye I never got the chance to say in person, since I knew I would miss his funeral. It came to me like butterfly kisses, soft yet undeniable. What better way to honor the calm, strong, happy, brilliant, loving man who had a soft spot for Hawaii, then watching the sunset, setting a lei to sea and singing Aloha 'Oe to him? It just felt so perfect for him and for me. Here are a few pictures of our farewell.

We found a beautiful beach on the south shore I think Grandpa would have loved and released the leis along with a letter I wrote to him. As the sun started to fade we decided to explore up on the barrier. The view was amazing and I know he would have loved it!

The girls enjoyed exploring more then the view. It warmed my heart to see them so happy and to know that Grandpa was still with us in every moment of it.

The break in the weather, the perfect sunset and the joy of my children was best farewell I feel I could have given him. Until we meet again Gpa-

Haʻaheo e ka ua i nā pali
Ke nihi aʻela i ka nahele
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka liko
Pua ʻāhihi lehua o uka
Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au
Until we meet again
ʻO ka haliʻa aloha i hiki mai
Ke hone aʻe nei i
Kuʻu manawa
ʻO ʻoe nō kuʻu ipo aloha
A loko e hana nei
Maopopo kuʻu ʻike i ka nani
Nā pua rose o Maunawili
I laila hiaʻia nā manu
Mikiʻala i ka nani o ka liko


Always & Foever