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HARUKO--Spring Child, All-Season Mother

Updated on November 6, 2013

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If Life is Like a Box of Chocolates...

If life is like a box of chocolates, then without a doubt, my mother keeps my siblings and me and her long line of descendants amply supplied.

And not just any kind of chocolates, mind you, but concoctions born and bred in the Paradise State and wedded to macadamia delights.

Every year, without fail, she sends her firstborn son--long ago transplanted to the southeast corner of the Evergreen State by choice and circumstance--and his family a box of Mauna Loa Chocolate-Covered Macadamia Nuts.

She'd deliver the gift in person if she could. 'Cause that's the way she is.

And to just about anyone who's extended hospitality and kindness to her six children, eleven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren (with number sixteen due to arrive in July, 2013), she's given, figuratively if not literally, a box of chocolates. 'Cause that's the way she is.

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Haruko

My mother's first name is Marion. A lovely name, to be sure.

But it was her Okinawan middle name, falling gently on my ears like the sweet and salty Hawaiian rain in the 1950s and 1960s, that I fondly recall.

HARUKO.

Child of the spring.

My tall, strapping Hawaiian-Filipino father endearingly called her, H. But I preferred the sing-song articulation of her full name with the accent on the second syllable.

Hah-ROO-koh.

In all my years, I never knew or heard of anyone with that name.

Not until last year, when I joined HubPages and saw featured videos of HP administrator, Simone Haruko Smith. I reveled in seeing that familiar word, so much so that I sent a note to Ms. Smith informing her that my mother shared the same name.

Silly, I know.

But I was so moved, jolted into fond reminiscence (because our busy lives and insignificant preoccupations need a spontaneous jolting every now and then) of tender, simple, small kid days. It seemed only fitting at the time to share my joy and connect with another human being.

Because that's what my mother was all about. And it's that pure joy and desire to connect with others that she passed on to me. It's what I hopefully bring to the table in my writing and sharing. More than anything, it's a legacy that I hold onto dearly.

It was that essence of aloha spirit that my mother kissed into every box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. Just like she kissed it into the hearts of each of her six children.

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Big Island Reunion

Late last summer, I received an email from my sister on Kaua'i.

Essentially, it was an invitation to a family reunion on the Big Island in honor of Mom's 80th birthday. Mom's worked hard all of her life, and even as she was closing in on the end of her octogenarian decade, she was still serving her ohana by cooking meals and taking care of the great-grandchildren. So a trip to the Big Island would be a nice break for her. While Mom would have liked to have gone to Las Vegas to fraternize with the slot machines, my sister persuaded her to go to Hilo instead. (I never knew my mom had a penchant for gambling. She must have quite a bucket list stashed somewhere.)

Naturally, I was stoked! I wouldn't miss Mom's 80th birthday for the world! In addition, I would also be able to see my other sister, whom I hadn't seen for the last 15 years, along with her husband, two daughters, and their significant others and children that I had never met.

Thanks to Alaska Airlines miles that were about to expire and the purchase of miles from my wife's account to make up the difference, I was able to book a round trip at a reasonable cost. Unfortunately, my wife couldn't get off from work, but she graciously gave me her blessing.

Months later, after the booking dust had settled, the itinerary was simple. On Tuesday, March 19th, I would fly directly from Seattle to Kona where the Kaua'i troop, having arrived earlier, would pick me up. Mom would fly from Lihu'e, Kaua'i, to Hilo where she would spend a few days with Jan and her family. On Friday, the rest of us would drive across the island to join the ohana in Hilo.

Simple enough, right?

Well, surprise, surprise! When my father and his wife heard about the reunion, they decided to make the long trip from Maryland to join us. Naturally, I was very happy to hear that I would be seeing both parents. When was the last time THIS had occurred?

YAY! I'm going to Hawai'i! It's all about good times and the making of fabulous memories!

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Sweet Memories of Mom

From the time I was a toddler to the present, these are some of the things I recall, love, and appreciate about my mother ~

  • Singing songs with me such as Jesus Loves Me; How Much is That Doggy in the Window?; and The Eensy Weensy Spider;
  • Hearing Dad and Mom sing, The Little Brown Church in the Vale, in perfect harmony;
  • Teaching me at the age of 4 to hook fish from the rocks and to have fun in friendly competition with her;
  • Making chocolate pudding pies and letting me lick the spoon;
  • Cooking my favorite dish, Chicken Hekka;
  • Taking me to school on my first day in kindergarten;
  • Always being kind to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers;
  • Ever vigilant of her children;
  • Faithful fan at public events (athletic games, scholastic programs, and extracurricular activities) and stalwart support at home for her children;
  • Sewing leis from flowers Dad had grown and selling those floral garlands to supplement the family income;
  • Shelling opihi and cleaning limu for family consumption as well as to sell commercially;
  • Comforting me at the age of 14 when I experienced my first rejection from a girl--in allusion to my small kid days when we'd compete in hooking fish from the rocks, Mom consoled me by saying, "Don't be sad...there's lots of fish in the sea!"
  • Doing other people's laundry and cleaning houses for added income;
  • Working at the shoe department of Lihu'e Store;
  • Working at Coco Palms Hotel as a gift shop salesclerk and eventually working her way up to a supervisory position;
  • Raising six children (especially challenging after she and Dad sadly split up);
  • Having her heart broken so many times because of poor choices some of her children--chiefly,yours truly--were making, yet never giving up or turning her back on them;
  • Rejoicing when the wayward ones regained their senses and self-respect and followed the re-routing of God's GPS;
  • Celebrating each child's marriage and grieving over marital breakups;
  • Celebrating each grandchild's arrival into the world;
  • Raising two granddaughters;
  • Helping in the care of great-grandchildren;
  • Cooking for ohana;
  • Maintaining faithful communication and connection with her loved ones;
  • In a soft-spoken, humble, and behind the scenes manner, being a blessing and an asset to her island community.


This is, of course, a passing glimpse of Mom's life, a panoramic and multi-faceted one that has left a lasting and powerful mark on her peers, proteges, and descendants. In short, the legacy of Haruko has left an indelible impression on the island of Kaua'i and beyond.

I am proud and honored and so very, very thankful to be her son.

Hauoli la hanau, Mom! Aloha nui loa!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 2 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rdsparrowriter

    It was definitely a privilege and an honor as a firstborn son of six children to write this tribute to my mother. Now, I am blessed to have had this opportunity to share it with you and to have received such a gracious comment in return. Thank you so much, my new friend from gorgeous Sri Lanka.

    Joe

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    rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

    Wow so precious memories :) A blessed great grand mom :) I enjoyed reading your hub about the wonderful woman who influenced you to be better in each moment :) Very optimistic :) God bless you!!!

    Ann :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Yes, my mom's a wonderful woman! She's really young at heart, too, probably because she still is very much a principal caregiver for her great-grandsons. I love her dearly and look forward to every rare opportunity to go visit her and the rest of the island family. Aloha and mahalo for stopping by, Sue! You may live clear across the continent, but you're very near and dear to my heart! Keep Hubbin' away! Joe

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Joe

    Beautiful tribute to your mother. She sounds so lovable and so wonderful. Lucky you. Thank you so much for sharing your memories. What a wonderful feeling to have a mother that is worthy of such an awesome gift. Up and awesome and beautiful.

    Sue

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @LKMore01

    Hi, Lisa! I'm so glad you came by to read my tribute to Mom and to grace this hub with your warm and tender words. You're very special. When the time is right, I am very confident that you will honor your mom with everything that's in a daughter's heart. And when you do, dear friend, I will be the first in line to congratulate and share some tears with you. Before I leave you, I am very curious about your second to last sentence. If you ever feel so inclined, write me via my personal email to expound upon the 11 years. Thank you, and have a good night's rest, Lisa! Aloha! Joe

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Joe,

    This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother. She rasised a wonderful son. This is one topic I really want to fully explore express when there is more time to memorialize my Mom with the proper love and care you have demonstrated here. Although we only shared eleven chreished years together on this earth she has had the most profound influence on my life. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring HUB.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sgbrown

    Hi, Sheila! What beautiful comments for me to take into my weekend! Thank you, my Oklahoma friend! I'm still reeling from that awesome liger hub you recently wrote. What a fascinating creature! I kept thinking those keepers are really brave! It's interesting that the opposite pairing doesn't work as well...that is, a male tiger with a female lion. One tidbit about my mom...I had no idea until just recently that she is quite the newshound. She and one of the great-grandsons watch a bunch of news channels and become the principal means by which the rest of the family hears about local, regional, and world events. : ) I'm thankful she's doing so well. And to you, dear friend, I'm grateful for your loyal support. You have mine as well. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Aloha Joe! This is just a wonderful tribute to your lovely mother! It's so obvious that your words come from the heart and soul. You mother sounds like a very good hearted person who cares greatly for others as well as her family. She apparently did a wonderful job raising you and I am sure she is very proud of you. Voting this up and awesome! Aloha! :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Thanks for making it over to this one, Jim. I'm glad you got to "meet" Mom. She raised and taught me well. Unfortunately, I was such a knucklehead in my youth that the lessons didn't sink in until much later in my life. Still, in seeking to live the rest of my life in peace, I'm thankful to have made amends with my loved ones--especially my parents--and I can honestly say that has made all the difference in the world whenever we have these reunions. With this being Mom's 80th, I just had to make it to the Big Island...and I'm glad I did. Thank you for sharing in this experience with me, Jim. Have a wonderful rest of the week! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Finally got here... wouldn't miss it. Joe, this is a wonderful tribute to your mom, well-written as usual and very heartfelt as well. Bill said it very well.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Lisawilliamsj

    Thank you so much for taking time to read and share your heartwarming comments, Lisa! Always so nice to hear from you. I was wondering for some time who or what it was that you were standing close to in your profile picture. I finally was able to see a closeup of the photo when you used it for one of your recent hubs, and that's when I discovered it was a turtle statue! LOL! I had the hardest time trying to figure out what I was looking at with just the thumbnail to work with. I had a good laugh at myself, that's for sure! Hope you're having a blessed and memorable week! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Lisa Williams 4 years ago

    This is such a lovely tribute to your mom! I am so glad I stopped by to read it! Absolutely beautiful, I voted up!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Eiddwen

    Hi, Eddy! True to your word, after the wonderful time you've recently spent with grandchildren and other loved ones, you made it a point to catch up on hubs your peers have written. Thank you so much for taking time to get to know a little bit about my mom through this tribute hub of mine. Your kind words and faithful presence on Hubsville, both as a writer and a loyal supporter of so many other writers, mean a great deal to me. Aloha and devotion through sharing,

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Thank you so very much for making time to read and share your comments regarding this hub tribute to my mother, Rajan! In the grand perspective, we human beings are so insignificant. And yet, when considering the magnificent impact a loved one has had on one's life, it is nigh impossible to fathom any lack of significance. My mother is a survivor, in more ways than one, and her perseverance through all the storms that life has challenged her with has been one of her greatest gifts to me. I'm glad I had this opportunity to share her with you and so many others. Thanks again for stopping by, Rajan! See you at the next hub! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    Oh whata wonderful read my friend. Your words so obviously came from your heart and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your wonderful mother with us on here.

    Have a great day and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here..

    Eddy.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Such a beautiful tribute, Joe. You mom truly deserves every bit of this for her caring and endearing ways.

    Voted up and beautiful and Glad to know you had a great time celebrating this milestone with her.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Hello, Mary! Thank you so very much for your heartfelt compliments. Yes, Mom is very special and dear to us, and when the opportunity presented itself, I seized it, knowing all too well the hour of the day. Both of my maternal grandparents died of cancer in their sixties, so it's a real blessing to still have Mom around. Being needed is a strong suit for Mom, and the fact that she helps with the cooking and caring of great-grandchildren in my sister's multi-generational home has undoubtedly contributed to her longevity. I'm honored to be able to share this tribute hub to my mom with our literary community. Thank you for being a part of this heartwarming moment, Mary.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Just beautiful! I bet Simone was honored to know she shared such a beautiful name with your Mom. I must admit your Mom makes me jealous cause she looks younger than I am...maybe I should be moving to Hawaii!

    It is wonderful that you have such a good relationship with your parents and even more wonderful that you write and share with us. I can see where you get your great qualities....tears...I mean cheers!

    God Bless.

    Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kathryn Stratford

    Thank you, Kathryn, for reading and sharing your comments. Mom is a very special and beloved individual, always other-centered, whether dealing with family or friends. My siblings and I definitely owe a lot to her, and the best way I know of thanking her is to share her kind ways with others. I'm so glad you took the time to visit today. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    That was so very sweet. I enjoyed reading about your mother, and your memories of her over the years. She sounds like a wonderful woman!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    You know, WND, that was the highest compliment you could have ever bestowed upon me. Through and through, Mom's a very special lady. As her oldest child, with the youngest being ten years my junior, I saw a lot of the hardships she had to endure as a young wife and mom. She never lost her bearings, her will to survive, or her good sense of humor. Dad may have influenced my writing ability, but Mom taught me emotional intelligence.Did I always exemplify her maturity? Big Fat NO! But when I finally grew up in my late 40's (ha-ha!), I know it's because Mom never gave up on me...or the other five children. Thank you for reading and sharing in this experience! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Crystal Tatum

    Ha-ha! Good one, Crystal! Thanks for being a good sport and having fun with this one. Yes, indeed, Mom is a very dear and special lady, and she's persevered through so much. That's why I'm very happy that in her latter years, she can kick back, as much as possible, and enjoy life to the fullest. And if you were to ask her, she'd rather have no other way than to be fully engaged in loving and helping her ohana! Blessings and aloha from SE Washington!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    Hi, Stephanie! Mom will probably be all embarrassed that I put her out on front street like this, but there's also a part of her that will feel good about being honored and appreciated. She has so much aloha and respect from the people who know her on Kaua'i, especially those who are from her generation and know how rough she had it. Of her six children, one is a judge; one is a high-ranking union leader; one works for the county driving bus, one is an administrator for a program assisting locals to get housing, one is a carpenter, and one kolohe buggah is lighting up eBay (he wishes! LOL!). All in all, Mom did a pretty decent job of raising us. Thanks for sharing in the fun and for being a loyal and supportive peer, Stephanie! You and the Big Island rock!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    You are so perceptive, Joelle...Mom definitely has the will, so if there's a way, she'll be confronting that one-armed bandit in Vegas to her heart's content. Thanks for sharing about the reunions you've participated in as well. Showing up is the best gift, no doubt, that we can give our friends and loved ones. Blessings and aloha to you from SE Washington!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Your mom is quite a remarkable human being. I do believe you have some of her traits from what I know of you from your hubs.

    This is such a special hub and I am quite sure she will enjoy it. Happy, happy birthday Hawaii's mom.

    Extremely happy you got to go back to Hawaii for that extra special day.

    Sharing this.

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    Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

    A beautiful tribute to your mother - she seems like a really special lady. I love the Forrest Gump shoes, and if she ever wants to send me any chocolate covered macadamia nuts, I will gladly accept them.

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Beautiful hub and tribute to your makuahine! Aloha as always, Stephanie

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Family reunion can be quite fun!

    My husband and I made a special trip to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of his aunt in Holland last year.

    And we participate to a suprise birthday party of a friend and her husband arrived to have 5 of her siblings flying from the states and one of them from the Philippines. Emotions were quite hight I can tell you!

    So I suppose that for your Mom it was special too. I am sure that all that love will give her wings to continue to enjoy life.... may be even that little trip to Las Vegas ;-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Wow! That's one more thing we have in common, Tom! The only other Marion I'd heard of in my lifetime was when I discovered that John Wayne's real name was Marion Mitchell Morrison. As in the Robin Hood tale, the more familiar spelling is M A R I A N.

    Hope all is well with you and yours over on the east coast. My family in Hawai'i are miffed about that lunatic N. Korean dictator.

    Anyway, I wish you a wonderful rest of the week, my friend. Take care, and I hope to talk to you again real soon!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Yes, our family is blessed to have Mom with us. She has lived longer than each of her parents did, and that is a miracle in itself. She takes very good care of herself, watches what she eats, enjoys gardening and her ohana, and is a news addict. Thank you so much for participating in this hub experience and for your kind comments. Aloha from SE Washington!

    Joe

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend what a great birthday tribute to your mom this is. Thanks for sharing your memories and give us a glimpse of your mother and the goodness within her, it's the same i see in you me friend . My grandmother's name was Marion to.

    Vote up and more !!!

    Have a very awesome weekend my friend !

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    It's fantastic when you have great memories of your Mom! My mother in law was a great lady as well and I miss her very much!

    What a great gift for your Mom to have been able to know her grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. And what a great gift for them as well!

    Thank you for sharing those memories on hubpages!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, ologsinquito!

    Yes, Mom was very, very happy to have most of her children present (two brothers remained on Kaua'i due to work obligations)...I had the furthest to travel, so that meant a lot to her. Not being very talented at picking out gifts for loved ones, I wanted my hub to be a very special birthday present for her. Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hey, Bill! I know all too well about these HP glitches that occur at times. I can see that you thought that maybe the first message didn't go through. Just wanted to assure you that I got both messages, and I enjoy responding to both. : ) The family reunion was great, and I was so happy to meet brothers-in-law and little children for the very first time. And what was really nice is that THIS family reunion didn't have the usual drama! Ha-ha! Thanks for your loyal support, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hi, Bill!

    Yes, my mom's a terrific woman! Short of stature, but long on perseverance with a tremendous work ethic. She had it really rough, but she's a survivor. Thank you so much for empathizing and sharing in this experience, my friend. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. Great tribute to your mother, she sounds wonderful. I love those chocolate covered macadamie nuts also.

    We only get one mother so cherish these moments. Great job Joe.

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    What a great mother you have Joe. And what better way to celebrate her 80th birthday than with a reunion on the Big Island. I'm sure a great time was had by all. By the way, I love those chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

    We only get one mother in this life, so chereish every moment you get to spend with her. Great job Joe.

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Beautiful tribute to your Mom. She must have been so happy you made the trip for her 80th birthday.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Radcliff

    Hi, Liz! I think Mom will like this birthday gift. I am such a dud when it comes to picking out gifts, especially for the significant women in my life. This hub came from the heart; knowing Mom, that is all that she'd ever want in a gift. How does one recount all the wonderful memories? It's impossible...but I think I remembered enough that would bring a smile or tears to her...or both...

    You have a beautiful little one in your profile picture. They grow so fast, Liz...as we well know from our life experience, both as children and as parents. And so the older I get, what little wisdom I glean along the journey comes full circle to loving the ones who impacted our respective pilgrimages the most--our families!

    Thanks for your loyal and uplifting presence in the hubs you write and the comments that you share. I really enjoyed the one I read today.

    Aloha, Liz!

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Mmmmmmm . . . macadamias. What a good mom.

    Joe, this is such a beautiful tribute to your mother. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life and heritage. So moving.

    Aloha!

    Liz

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billybuc

    Hi, Bill!

    If I were in Vegas this morning, I would've hit BANK! I was laying odds that you'd be the first to comment on this one. LOL!

    Thanks, my friend, for your kind comments. I am very close to my mom, as I am to my dad, as well, especially in more recent years when I've removed my head from a lower extremity and come to realize that we're ALL fallible human beings...and who am I, right? Anyway, although I was a bit concerned about potential drama when these two were in the same vicinity, I am very proud of them for being kind to each other. The reunion couldn't have gone smoother, and everyone had such a wonderful time! Thank you, Bill, for sharing your emotions over this one. I'm grateful for the solid connection we have and for the exchange of gifts we engage in. Have a good one, my friend!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Okay, I have tears in my eyes. Thanks a bunch, Joe! LOL

    What a doll your mother is. What great memories you have. What a great legacy of love she has passed down to all of her children and grandchildren. What a hub!

    My mother has been gone now for nine years, but my tribute to her would sound very much like this one.

    Aloha my friend. Cherish the memories.

    bill

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