We spent five years on various plantations in the sugar industry and finally left our final, the southernmost community of the USA, Naalehu, for me to return to graduate school. Here, Hutchinson Sugar Company Manager Bill Baldwin wishing us well at our farewell party.
We drove across country in a Barracuda and saw this lightning bolt in Idaho. We spent three and a half years at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, experiencing Mardi Gras, Pete Maravich, Tiger Football, Breakfast at Brennan's, crawfish boils, jambalaya and hurricanes (the drink, not the storm) and a whole bunch of festivals. Below, a photo in the bayou:
She later went on to work for U.S. Senators Spark Matsunaga and Daniel Akaka, but more important than anything else, she took good care of me. Here we are at our Craigside penthouse during sunset. Perhaps more than anything else, we enjoyed having dinner together on our lanai roof at sunset.
After nearly 47 years of marriage, Pearl passed away in 2009. She spent the final month of her life mostly in Kuakini Hospital intensive care. I wrote an article for The Huffington Post the morning I returned from this ordeal entitled Gratitude...Not Grief. The day before her death, I was reading something by Thornton Wilder.
10 August 2009 was a day I won't forget. I awoke early to catch the sunrise at Mauna Kea. However, it was cloudy, and instead of a picturesque view of the mountain, I saw a rainbow:
Remembering that Pearl regularly visited Rainbow Falls, I thought I'd start my day there by having a personal ceremony. Here is a photo of Pearl's Ash #1 (PA#1), the first location:
A few thousand feet from the base of Mauna Kea we had ceremony PA#2 with her family. We started with some rose petals, then followed with each tossing her ashes from those containers.
Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants (they actually have a list of 100, which about equals the number of 3-Star numbers, and, of course, many were in both). While on the one hand Pearl was generally frugal, our best moments were spent when we infrequently splurged to some excess.