Don’t give me grief for adding another name

On July 23, The Garden Island published a letter (“I’m not the same guy”) from William “Chad” Schimmelfennig. He was upset that people thought my previous letter (on July 9) was from him and claimed I was “no relation” to his family.

From Koloa, I was born Charles Edwin Schimmelfennig III. For professional and idealistic reasons, in 1976 I took the name Zacheriah Branch Harmony as an aspiration. Among other things, I have been and am a musician, a poet, a writer, a minister and, yes, for the last 11 years on Kaua`i, the “Radio Guy,” Branch Harmony.

Legally, I am recorded on property tax rolls under both names as well as my given hereditary name, Kalanikumai Ka Maka `O Na Ali`i Hanohano (as registered with OHA).

John Wayne was born Marion Michael Morrison, Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach, Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye. I’m not saying I rank with them, but their family didn’t give them grief for adding another name. As a private citizen of Koloa, as a writer of articles and letters, and as a licensed minister, I still use C. E. Schimmelfennig.

As the (O`ahu-born) son of my father’s younger brother, “Chad” or William is my first cousin, which makes me a relation albeit he does not seem to embrace “malama `ohana.” I forgive him.



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