Back in 1995, my friends Roger and Carol Ridgley invited me over for a visit. I was recovering from a major cancer operation, so my daughter, Mary Ann, came with me. We were on your island for three weeks and loved every moment of our visit. Two lears later, I came back for a few weeks.
We stayed at four different places so we could enjoy the difference of each area. I wrote a few poems while I was there and thought perhaps would share one:
Smoky rose over the blue dawn
Wind blowing the trees
The call of the birds ringing out
The calm lapping of the waters
Calling Kaua‘i, Kaua‘i, beautiful Kaua‘i
How you call us to thee.
Mist, lifting over the mountain trails
Bringing the soft rains,
The silent retreats of the deer
The hush of the birds preening their feathers
The call of the whale pods
Blowing their mist into Kaua‘i air.
The winds blowing plumerias
Purple bougainvilleas deck the ancient walls
Menehune eons ago
Planted them in the moonlight algow
Before the cock crowed Aloha
Chanting their ancestors’ song
Never forgeting Pele’s honor
In the mountains and the sea
Or Laka’s gifts from Kaua‘i’s green and gold
Guavas, mangos and papayas
They call to us, leap off the cliffs
We, on the mainland, the other side.
Thousands of miles away to scan
Yet their thoughts come to us
Like babies in the rainbows
Kaua‘i, beautiful Kaua‘i, is waiting for you.
Mary Tragus, Galveston, Texas
Anahola booth did more than sell chicken
Some of you may noticed that the huli-huli chicken booth in Anahola closed down.
From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you, the Kaua‘i community, and all our customers from far and very far, for all of your support over the last nine years.
As many of you know, we have not just been a chicken booth. As Hawaiian kingdom nationals we had a lawfully licensed Hawaiian kingdom business, and have been able to educate the whole world about the situation in Hawai‘i, supporting sovereignty and providing a lawful process to accomplish this task.
With this in mind, we can truly say that we had the best customers in the world. Each of us begins a new chapter in life, and the experience with you will always be with us.
Mahalo nui loa.
Love and gratitude.
Keo and Susanne Gottschalk, Anahola