By Steve Kajihiro
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, I was asked by UH Alumni Association Pacific NW President Dawn Mallory to help her out at the Lokahi ‘Ohana O Hawai’i Spring Ho’olaule’a in Puyallup, WA. Although, I dreaded the one and half hour drive to this event, I kept thinking about the kalua pig that was waiting for me at the end of my long drive. Today’s mission was to promote the UH Alumni Association because our membership is only about 60 people out of several thousands that now reside in the Pacific Northwest.
Anyway, this event was fun. I got to eat my kalua pig plate and check out some cool vendors from all over the Northwest from Kalei O Kalani to the Hawaii General Store. If you wanted something from Hawai’i, chances are you could have gotten it at this event. There were also music and dancing but I was to busy talking and eating to notice, who was playing. For those that know me, I love to talk to people and love to eat.
To my surprise, I met up with Philip and Kalei Akeo who sells Hawaiian merchandise at a swap meet down in the Tacoma area. I met the Akeos almost three years ago at another event like this. I was very surprised that they remembered me. But I’m more glad that I could help them out. Philip asked me to assist him with getting his grandson some exposure to football coaches. Philip said his grandson Robert Akeo-Orr who is a wide receiver from Bethel High School wants to play for Hawai’i but he did not get recruited. So, stay tuned for the next athlete showcase which will be on Robert Akeo-Orr.
Back to the Ho’olaulea….for those of you who still live in Hawai’i, you might not think anything of it but for us on the mainland this is a chance for us to hangout with others from the islands. Having been away for 10 years, I look for any chance to hang out and meet people from Hawai’i. It was a long drive but I’m glad I did it. The next time the Lokahi ‘Ohana O Hawai’i has their Ho’olaulea in Puyullap, WA, just jump in your car and go. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause since the Lokahi ‘Ohana O Hawai’i is a non-profit organization. Check out their website at www.lokahiohananw.com.
Anyway…sorry for the ramblings and sorry that there’s no photos. My camera battery went dead.
Aloha for now,