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9-Fine-Hawai'ian Tribute

A small note to 9 of you, my Ohana on Oahu. Without you all here, this place would not be paradise.


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Since I am leaving the island, and an emotional sap, I wanted to write to a few people who have made all the difference in my time here. They have made my college years (my Hawai'i years) so meaningful to me, and the best chapter of my life thus far. It wasn't until today that it really hit me, how many of you I may never see in front of me again, because you will be doing awesome things with your life when I return! But let me express my overwhelming gratitude for the time I got to share with you, here on this island in the middle of the deep blue sea...

[ Christian Ritchie ]

Relation:
First friend on the island, Last roommate on the island
How we met:
Ceramics Sculpting class my sophomore year.
My favorite thing about you:
How observant you are. Not many people are aware of your brilliance when they first meet you. It comes out in pieces, and over years, formed this amazingly aware and kind individual.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
When you and I went to Sandy's to watch the sun come up, and a million night visits to UH dorms.

[ Thomas Rugg]

Relation:
Closest friend on Oahu, one of my many soulmates
How we met:
Through Jesse Austin, right when I first moved here
My favorite thing about you:
The other day we were walking down the street in absolute awe at how happy with are with our lives. This joy has been present in you since the day we met. You light is what motivates me to smile when I think I cant.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
We went to Croms one night my first year here. I don't know if you remember that night, but I do. It was when I knew that given a few months, you would be one of my best friends.

[ Michiko Nagai ]

Relation:
Ex-roomate from Palolo, the one I run into the most often, the first person I really loved on this island
How we met:
I moved into your house halfway through my sophomore year.
My favorite thing about you:
This one is hard, but I am pretty sure its that you laugh WHENEVER you want to. I have this image in my head of you laughing during entirely inappropriate situations, in people's faces, while you hit a cop car, when we were breaking hearts... you never hold that in. You never should.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
Haha, the day we spent on the boat with Karl and Captain John, who later became a frequent at my bar. You and I got so wasted that we took our clothes off and swam in the ocean outside the Shorebird Restaurant. Also, we rolled a napkin up like a joint and smoked flaming paper products (on video) in the middle of the restaurant.

[ Brendin Brown ]

Relation:
Cinematic Mate for Life
How we met:
At your old place with Justine. You were wearing a blue shirt and had strange facial hair. I remember almost not remembering you. Haha
My favorite thing about you:
Your face. Yup. I love everything about your face.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
The night that you came over to the Asterisk and discovered Jackie and I lived in the same house.

[ Tim Zapor ]

Relation:
Adopted Family, High School Classmate
How we met:
Running into each other every year at Love Fest
My favorite thing about you:
You are not afraid of yourself. While you do care what people think of you, it's the right people, and in front of them you are nothing but 200% you. Which is this clumsy, nerdy, yet very sexy man with great hair. Haha
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
Okay, this one I really cant say. Our first two weeks together hanging out every day? My 21st birthday? Watching vampire movies all day in your living room? Getting unbelievable drunk with you like 30 times? Many First Fridays? Wicked? Too much fun to choose one.

[ Jon Fritzler ]

Relation:
Soul brother, Ex-Roommate, Oracle
How we met:
At an AMP event my first year on Oahu, "If I could tell the world one thing..."
My favorite thing about you:
Your willpower. I can't even begin to explain to you how much you have changed my life. You are the example of sheer manifestation in life, love, and spiritual achievement. You can read my mind, and have helped me get out of bed on mornings I thought I couldn't.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
Actually, your 27th birthday takes the cake on this one. Even with all of our Amp/Asterisk adventures.

[ Hannah Gabrielle Stewart ]

Relation:
Yin to my Yang
How we met:
In the parking lot at the Asterisk
My favorite thing about you:
The love that literally leaks out of your pores. You love the people in your life so much it actually shines. You love the planet, you love freedom, you love love. You are Love, Gabby.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
(remember, this excludes on the mainland) Your 21st Birthday. Watching you spin fire as the sun came up. I don't think I have ever seen a human being look so ... whole.

[ Genna Daly ]

Relation:
Ex-roommate, ex-friend, Re-sister
How we met:
At mini garden with Cait and Evan for dinner.
My favorite thing about you:
Your confidence. It even shows through the way you stand and stretch. You attract light, love, and all good things Genna.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
Hahaha. Do I even have to say it? The "Tag Team Charlie" night.

[ Daniel Walker ]

Relation:
Ex-Boyfriend, The only person I trust to run the world
How we met:
In Michigan at college, he was the one I moved to Hawai'i with
My favorite thing about you:
Your point of view, and the way you are constantly trying to better yourself, your situation, and that of the people you care about.
Best Memory with you on Oahu:
My 19th Birthday, the last time we went to Croms with the guitar, and when I saw you this week and we smoked in the tent in your living room. Those three days, it was so clear, that I want to be doing these things with you until we are old and grey.

So that's it guys. I could go on forever telling all of you how much I love you, how much I am going to miss you, and how much I am donating to the study of teleportation, but there just isn't enough time left. "I've got to keep on moving, stay alive."

Posted by Further 12.28.2012 21:04 Archived in USA Tagged hawaii goodbye ohana

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