It's all about LOVE . . .

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Facebook Message: March 21, 2010 Memorial

Aloha Kakahiaka e Kahu: Again, huge mahalo to u for your kokua and manao yesterday. EVERYONE was very moved by your service especially the Mom. This was Dyan's first memorial service to plan and you really made it a success. Well, until at the beach or FB or sooner, a hui hou. Mahalo, Bruddah V

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Avatar movie 2009

"He Tu lele" Let it fly
 May your spirit be joined with your ancestors.
The greatest gesture of love shown to a dearly departed is the kissing of the eyes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Memorial Services for Sarah Ann Gast on Kahala Kai Diamond Head waters

The Wonder of it all
Take a journey to a world within a world,
and there I will be waiting for you,
Place your hand in mine and we'll go on,
traveling beyond all that you've known.
A drop of rain becomes an endless sea,
you will always be a part of me.
The wonder of it all lives in the heart we share.
Seeds of greatness in the small,
everything holds the wonder of it all.
Sun and seeds of magic form a blade grass,
kissed by the moon a garden grows.
Mountains and valleys from grains of sand,
look deep inside to understand.
Unforeseen likfe is a mystery,
and you will always be a part of me.

We have chosen to have Sarah's memorial in Hawaii because of it's beauty. Sarah love being outside in nature. She especiall enjoyed swimming, and after she became ill she said she felt free in the water. She wanted to swim with the dolphins so last year we were able to take her. Sarah was a very loving, caring person always thinking of others.  (The Gast Family)

When Rev.Parker learned about the Gasts' family loss of Sarah, his first action was to say a prayer to find strength and comfort in his heart for himself. For this situation, for baby Enoch was too close to his heart. Sarah was only 9 years old. Rev. Parker says, "We as parents and grandparents look forward to prepare the best of everything for our child.  First day of school, a  hike, learning to swim, college and  many other things we can wish for our children. We expect to grow old and see our children to care for us. It's always hard to accept when a loved one passes on, and we're never prepared when it happens,  but to have  a child pass before their parents and elders. . . is harder to accept.....

In Rev. Parker's sermon today was about drowning, he used the analogy of how wide the ocean is and how we drown in our sorrows.  At times like this when we go through difficulties in life and feel we don't have the strength to continue is the moment we need to tread water to survive drowning, and it can be difficult at times when in the white wash. The same strength we teach our children to survive is the strength we find in ourselves to tread water. When a child falls in taking their first step we help them up and tell them to walk again.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Memorial

Eddie Aikau was born on Maui in 1946. He began surfing at 11, and moved to Oahu in 1959. Eddie was a direct descendant of Kahuna Nui Hewahewa, the highest priest of Hawaii in the early 1800s. Hewahewa retired to Waimea Valley later that century, taking up the role of caretaker of Waimea Valley, from the mountains to the sea. 100 years later, Aikau picked up the family torch as caretaker of the Bay - its first official lifeguard.

His big debut at Waimea Bay came in 1966, when photos of him were published in Life Magazine that year. In 1969, Bank of America used Aikau in a nationwide billboard campaign.

In 1977 Eddie won the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, beating surfing greats Mark Richards, Rabbit Bartholomew, Dane Kealoha, Bobby Owens and Rory Russell. Eddie was also a 6-time finalist in the Duke event between 1966 and 1974. Eddie was ranked 12th in the world in 1977

Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Memorial  By the mid-'70s, Eddie's passion for big wave riding was not his only driving force. The Hawaiian cultural renaissance was in full swing and Aikau was feeling the pull to dig deeper into the roots of his Hawaiian heritage. Following his win of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational at Sunset Beach in the winter of 1977, his focus shifted to the Hokule'a.

A traditional double-hull voyaging canoe that was the symbol of Hawaiian pride, the Hokule'a represented the cultural connection that Hawaiians were seeking at the time. Eddie was selected to be part of the crew who would sail Hokule'a by traditional celestial navigation from Hawaii to Tahiti in March of 1978. It was to be a 30-day, 2,500 mile voyage across the Pacific, following the ancient route of Polynesian migration.

The Hokule'a set sail on the stormy afternoon of March 16, 1978, in strong winds that were whipping up heavy seas. Not far into the journey, Hokule'a developed a leak in one of her hulls, later capsizing during the night in the Moloka'i Channel. After weathering the night, and with the physical state of crewmembers deteriorating, Aikau insisted upon paddling for the Hawaiian island of Lana'i, estimated to be some 19 miles away. It would be the final rescue attempt of his life. While the crew aboard Hokule'a were later spotted by a passing plane and rescued, Aikau was never seen again. He was two months shy of his 32nd birthday.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pipeline Cafe Novemeber 10, 2009

Join in on the fun and entertainment!

A Request made and a Promise kept

Isidro Queddeng my Ninong, a father like figure has seen me grow through all my years. He was one to always joke. There was one morning leaving on my way to work in my car I'm calling to my Ninong, "I'll see you when you get home". Smiling back he yelled, "Eh, your tire turning!", nearly getting a whip lash I said, "That's my Ninong, always reminding me to smile". Many of his joke may have seemed dry, but it got straight to the point, would you understand it.

Rev.Parker will go to where he is called to. Months before the passing of my Ninong Sid(Godfather), Rev.Parker and myself was always by his side.

July 2004, we had an opportunity to take my Ninong Isidro's ashes to the Philippines to lay with the rest of his family.

Big Island

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Aloha, Uncle George Naope

George Naope passed away at the age of 81 in Hilo on Oct. 26, 2009. Here are some video memories of the man affectionately called "Uncle George" who was a hula master and co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Festival. Uncle George's aloha and determination will long be revered and remembered around the world by fans of hula.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Yesterday was truly a blessing I " rejoice" with those that have been called home for they are truly in a better place and I "rejoice" with my cousin Art and my new grand niece and the 7 couples for we are granted 1 more day to share our love with eachother thank you Lord

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blessing to all on this day

Today my life is running on all cylinders did seven weddings my cuzin is celebrating his birthday my niece gave birth to a baby girl and 2 special people to me were called home my cousin Poni Kamauu and uncle George Naope Lord bless all of them this day

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rain and the Sacred Sun

The two most powerful gifts from God, we cannot live with one or the other, we need both. Too much sun everything dries up and withers, too much rain everything drowns and dies. Enough sun and rain to nurture life and to make it grow.

In Christianity the rainbow is the pardon, the reconciliation between God and humanity. It is the throne of the last judgment. In ancient Christian symbolism the rainbows principal colors are red, blue and green for fire, flood and earth. It is sometimes viewed as the Virgin Mary bringing heaven and earth in harmony.

The Old Testament tells of God showing Noah a rainbow after the flood had stopped. It was sign that God was putting his "Bow" down and would never destroy the Earth by flooding again.

In Kauai the Goddess of the rainbow is Anuenue. There is a story about a child named Ua, which means rain, who fell off a cliff. Anuenue used her rainbow to break the child's fall and save her life. The child grew up to marry Kulu-'i-ua, the son of the chief of a rival tribe. Their marriage created peace on the island of Kauai.

A Japanese myth tells of the first man Isanagi and the first woman Isanami who stood on the floating bridge of heaven while creating the island of Onogoro. They then walked down to earth on this rainbow bridge, called Niji. They watched the animals and learned how to make love. They watched the birds and learned to eat with chopsticks.

Some Buddhists believe the seven colors of the rainbow relate to the seven planets and the seven regions of the earth. They also say the rainbow is the highest state of samsara before the clear light of Nirvana or heaven. In Arabia the rainbow is a tapestry draped by the hands of the south wind. It is also called the cloud's bow or Allah's bow. In Islam the rainbow is made up of four colors red, yellow, green and blue related to the four elements.

The rainbow is a bridge between the real and imaginary. It is looked at as a magic bridge on one hand, but on the other hand, people say a project doomed to fail is one built on a rainbow. A person who chases rainbows is someone who never accomplishes anything. I wonder what people think about us, rainbow makers.

People all over the world have different beliefs and different ways of looking at and understanding the same thing. We can be sure when a rainbow appears everyone is struck by its magic and its beauty. There is no doubt of that. What is the real meaning of the rainbow? Go look at one and you will know. Without words, without pictures, with a feeling inside you. Yes, there are things we just know and those are the important things in our life. The things that do not need words.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Live each day to the fullest

"I'm sorry for your lost", are the words we say to a surviving spouse who has lost a loved one, for we know a piece of their heart is gone and will never be replaced.

We take life for granted, life is too precious that it could be cut short at anytime. We're here... right now...and need to live life with compassion... so live each day to it's fullest as if it's your last. Rev. Parker quotes, "Let's not be sorry for our lost but be thankful for the love we have found in knowing and sharing with our loved one".

Monday, September 7, 2009


Pakalana a favorite of Rev.Parker, this flower prized for its delicate fragrance and associated with love.

In Hawaii LOVE can be expressed in many ways, A lei showed honor and love and was a gift. It represented an embrace of a child.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My best friend

I remember coming to Ko'Olina chapel and Rev.Parker introducing me to Jacquelyn, "This is Jacque she sings in the chapel, a voice like an angel."

Moving back to Las Vegas to re-join the "Mamma Mia" broadway production, Jacque kept in touch with Rev.Parker.

Everyone has a best friend, and Gus was that. God placed Gus in Jacque's life because Gus gave her what she needed when no one else could. A friend whom Jacque could talk to and Gus understood... a friend whom Jacque could cry to and Gus would be that pillow to cry on. "He is everything to me", as Jacque said in an email to Rev. Parker. Gus stayed loyal to Jacque until the very end, and chose to walk with God only after Jason passed "The Gus Test". Gus knew that Jacque had found her Jason, a love in her life and could pass the torch unto him and Gus knew that she would be cared for the "Wright" way.

Facebook connection: "Elias words cannot express our experience. Thank you for honoring Gus in your most awesome way. He was there, I felt him and God works through you in the most powerful, beautiful way. You have the most generous, loving spirit and man oh man...super powerful. Awesome. I and my family are so incredibly blessed by you and the gift of God you are."

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Let us REJOICE!!!!!"....remembering Benny Gapasen

I recently attended a memorial service that Rev. Parker had the opportunity to conduct. His openning sermon for this service was "Let us REJOICE!!!... Let us rejoice this day in honour of a man who brought so much love, life and laughter to so many people....can I get an Amen". I was probably about 7 years old when my "Uncle Benny" first came to Honolulu. My parents Vestre and Charing who lived in Waipahu heard the news that Benny wanted to start a life, and my parents helped him by giving an opportunity to start that life. Soon with hard work and delegence he was able to bring his wife Mary from the Philippines to be by his side, and within a short time their daughter May was born.

A carpenter with over 30 years experience under his belt, Benny created and molded his family and his life with his hands. He has made many friends outside of the industry and even more throughout the industry along the way. Rev. Parker couldn't make it any simpler for us to understand. "REJOICE!!! To know that we had the chance to know Benny, to love him just the way he is, and to remember his laughter and his smiling face, for he was a simple man. REJOICE!!! That he is in a better place, and he's there with the greatest carpenter we could ever know."

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ka'ena and Rev.Elias Parker

In the past couple weeks we have been in around the Waianae coast visiting family for evening prayers. I had ever so longed a hike with the family then Rev. Parker decided that today would be a good day for a new challenge.

As salty Ka'ena waters are bounty full of hawaiian sea salt, Rev.Parker gently scrapes the shorline rocks where the salty waves sit and rest under the heat of Ka'ena and crystalize to hawaiian sea salt.

Ka‘ena Point, the westernmost point on Oahu, is the
site of one of the last intact dune ecosystems in the main
Hawaiian Islands. Here beyond the end of the busy roads
of Oahu, is an area known since the ancient times as
leina a ka‘uhane, the “leaping place of souls,” where the
spirits of the recently dead could be reunited with their
ancestors. Today, you can walk there among the living;
Hawaiian plants and animals that have made the rugged
ancient shoreline their home for thousands of years.

Ka' ena Point Hike and Rev.Elias Parker

Kahu getting water to cool our bodies with Kaena's salty water.

Just around the bend lays Kaena Point, and we've come to a corroided road. Looking along the path way Kahu is concerened with the women and children along the hike. Nothing is impossible in a possitive attitude. We continue with the hike.

Reaching to the tip of the point we have come to a long wait to see the view.

Finally at the point of Ka'ena where waters meet. A journey home for Rev. Parker, and he has seen the old railroad tracks from his great grandfather a conductor from the old OR&L "Oahu Railroad & Land", rounding from Waipahu to Ewa Beach around Kaena point to Haleiwa. Known as "The In-between", Kaena Point, made it's name for spirits to leap off to eternal life. Scholars would see it as Oahu and Kauai channel waters, for others who understand the Hawaiian legends call it Leina Kauhane means "Leaping souls", Leina o'kaena, is the name of the place where the spirits leap, thus the in-between.

Happy to see such panoramic views of the pacific ocean, waves crashing against the a'a, and the dry grass surrounding the mountains, Ka'ena means "The heat", is why we call the hottest place on oahu. Along the way we've encountered how we endure our obstacles and challenges, how strong our will to stay along the path and back.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Later in the day, we continued driving through central Oahu up to North Shore and stopped at Sunset Beach to meet with Steve from Dream Weddings Hawaii, and the couple who's about to get married by Rev. Elias. Before starting the ceremony I took a picture of the beach, the lifegaurd house, and a private wedding with Rev. Elias at the far back. Noticed two keiki kanes in the picture and what they were reading, the Bible.
Today, is a beautiful day with the Lord and his wonders everywhere. Children who just come in from an afternoon swim reading the Bible, or just a simple private wedding presented to the heavens above. How great is the Lord that he is always present no matter where we are, when you least expect it he is always there and how the Lord uses us as a tool in everyday life. Keep the Lord close to your heart, and give him thanks and praise.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

One breath

As we revisit Ko' Olina beach park, I watched El playing on the shoreline. Being that he's 4 years old his challenges to swim on his own suffices to climbing on his sister's back for enjoyment in the water, but it can only go on for so long. Next to El is a couple with their baby boy. Like a mother and a father would love their child, they would laugh and play with their young one. Which brings back memories of when El was younger. Young boy has no fears. Of course, understand what you believe as a parent is in the up bringing of a child, if the father believes he has no fears, in the eyes of a child he perceives he has no fears, "If Dad can, I can". When El first learned how to swim, E would blow into his face to inhale one breath and dunk him under the water. As El would come up with blazing eyes of fear E would yell, "Good job, Eli!", and El would just have a big grin on his face.