At one time in my life, I lived within minutes of Waikiki, and loved to roam the streets and beaches inhaling the magnificent scent of plumeria and the soft sea air. Until moving to Hawaii, I'd lived in the Pacific Northwest, which has its own special beauty, but I was never fully acquainted with the meaning of "warm." Now I knew. Those were crazy days. I remember one time when I was on Kalakaua Avenue, just walking along, and it began to rain. And rain. We literally had a flood, and waded through water up to our knees. This was near Kapiolani Park. But if you're just playing at the beach, things like this are fun. Now, years later, I'm living in Arizona, but back to Waikiki for a wedding and a funeral. I'd been staying with Ted and Martha Vorfeld on the Big Island, so this was a quick trip. My dear friend and relative, Mary Anne Vorfeld, picked me up at the airport and off we went on a tour of Waikiki. It was a bit early for lunch, so we drove around and she showed me what had changed, and we both enjoyed slowly going through the crowded streets. I've always loved the energy and color and texture that is Waikiki, and so does Mary Anne. We stopped off at the Elks Club, then made our way slowly to our lunch destination: the Hau Tree Lanai at New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. We both enjoyed the Chicken Papaya Salad and Iced Tea. Mary Anne and I caught up on family and friends, and then we left for the Hilton Hawaiian Village, where I'd spend the next couple of days while attending my granddaughter's wedding. It was so good to see Mary Anne. She is wonderful.
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For most people, volunteering is an extra; something that's nice to do, but not absolutely necessary. Although plenty of students do community service, the number of students who volunteer is dropping at a rapid rate. Consider this: college student volunteerism peaked in 2004 at 31.2%, and in 2010, got down to 26.1%. Nearly three-fourths of students are missing out on an incredibly enriching experience that can benefit them not just personally, but professionally as well. Why is this such a big deal? Read on to understand 12 reasons why community service is so vital to student success, and why volunteering should be required in schools. Find entire guest article here.
Several weeks ago I returned from Hawaii, where I spent part of my time on the Big Island with the Ted Vorfelds and part of my time on Oahu. There were two events on Oahu: granddaughter Dana Kukuruda's wedding on July 1 and stepson Peter Vorfeld's beachside funeral on July 2. It was a time of celebrating life and spending time with the most remarkable people: my Vorfeld family. And the joy of meeting so many of their friends. The wedding was held in the chapel at Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the funeral at Peter and Esther's home on the beach (in Waimanalo). It was a bittersweet time, but again, a joy to see so many friends and relatives, and to participate in such a meaningful funeral service on the beach. I spent quite a bit of time in Holualoa, and will be sharing some photos in my blog and on Facebook. Thanks for letting me share a few special moment in my life.