While nursing at various hospitals in Hawaii and Louisiana, she specialized in gerontology, and later went on to work for U.S. Senators Spark Matsunaga and Daniel Akaka. She managed Sparky's campaign headquarters in his 1982 re-election. Her final assignment was as a patient's representative for St. Francis Hospital.
We had the right match of personalities and interests, and, as guilty as I feel now saying this, she dedicated her life to making me successful. She succeeded. She was supposed to live much longer than me. After 47 years of marriage, and all she did for me, the least I could do was to undertake my final mission for her ashes.
The Pearl Foundation has been formed to plant these trees on the Mauka side of the Ala Wai Canal, beginning with a portion of the Ala Wai Golf Course.