We spent the long weekend in Kaua’i for Kahele’s grandmother’s memorial service. We also treated it as a mini vacation which was really nice. A lot of positive things happened over the weekend. The most incredible had to be Kahele’s 2 brothers reuniting after not speaking to each other for over 10 years. All families have their little quarrels, but I think in the wake of death you just realize how important it is to squash any little issues that are keeping you apart from the ones who matter most. It was so nice to all get together, especially all of our kids.
We landed in Kaua’i on Thursday evening and drove about an hour to a house that we rented. It was gorgeous. There were some flaws- the Jacuzzi wouldn’t get hot and the a water pipe ran up the outside of the room we were staying in so it was noisy every time a toilet would flush or someone took a shower- but nothing that would stop me from staying there again. Here are some pictures that I took from the Kaua’i Vacation Rentals website.
On Friday morning we had some breakfast before heading over to the site where the Luau would be after the services at the church. Speaking of the church, this is the cutest church I’ve ever been in. It’s so old you can really feel the history when you walk in.
On Saturday morning we were at the church before services started to be able to greet everyone who attended. It was so nice to see family & friends come together to celebrate such a wonderful lady’s life. The luau followed after the services where we ate, I mean really ate so much lol. We were supposed to paddle out the ashes at Hanalei bay but there was a huge swell this weekend and waves were reaching up to 15 feet, so we weren’t able to. But we did head on over to the beach and throw some flowers in the ocean for her.
On Sunday we just all got together and hung out at the house watching football and talking story. We all agree that a couple more days would have been perfect, but we all had to get back to work and school. I hope that this can be an annual tradition for Kahele’s family.
I want to end this post by just saying that Kahele’s Tutu was one of the most incredible human beings that I’ve ever met. She was so beautiful not only inside but out too. I’m also so happy that she gave us her blessing to give our newborn her name before she passed… we have a little “Maile” always in our presence. I’ll also be uploading some video that I took in Kaua’i. It’ll probably be up tomorrow.