Letters for Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Beautiful Kaua‘i

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:

“Kaua‘i”

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

Gardenias, stephanotis

Purple bougainvilleas deck the ancient walls

Menehune eons ago

Planted them in the moonlight algow

Before the cock crowed Aloha

Native Hawaiians

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

2 Comments
  1. Rev Dr Malama August 19, 2020 9:19 am Reply

    Mahalo Keo!
    You have endured so much hardship in your life while only standing up for your own Country and Spirituality…..
    Many Blessings to you and your Ohana as we raise awareness of the Hawai’ian Kingdom IN PERPETUITY and our Rights to INDEPENDENCE!!
    MAHALO KE AKUA


  2. Kaaona Kipuka August 20, 2020 3:24 pm Reply

    The costco chicken is better!!!


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