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Thanksgiving Memories and Gratitudes

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Genoa Keawe, Aunty Genoa, Waikiki Beach Marriott, Moana Beach Terrace, Thanksgiving, Jason Poole

Thanksgiving Day with Aunty Genoa Keawe in Waikīkī. Perfection. (November 2007)

HAUʻOLI LĀ HOʻOMAIKAʻI!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I was thinking about Thanksgiving Day memories today while I cooked dinner.

Here’s one of my favorites:

It’s November 22, 2007.  Thanksgiving Day.  James and I are sitting at a table, poolside, at the Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.  We’ve done an extravagant thing–flown to Hawaii for the weekend, essentially.  Still jet-lagged, we’ve arrived early at the Moana Terrace and ordered sandwiches and french fries and beer.

Why would we do this?

Well, we were there to see the one and only AUNTY GENOA KEAWE and Her Hawaiians perform.

And we knew we had to get there early and get  a table.  (Aunty Genoa and the gang drew a crowd!)

Listening to her voice, being inspired by her indomitable spirit, and watching the sunset over the beach in Waikīkī.  I mean, is there a better way to spend Thanksgiving?

Yes…  It was an extreme luxury to be there.  We’d saved our pennies all year to make it happen.

(I was blessed with the opportunity to sing with her that night.  But that’s the subject of another blog post!  Stay tuned…)

It was a memory that will last a lifetime.

And it continues to inspire me every day.  The photo above is a great reminder of that night.  A night we’ll never forget.

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Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful.  I thought I’d share my list of 5 Gratitudes with you:

1.  My family and friends (They are my bones.)

2.  My teachers (They are my breath.)

3.  Hawaiian music.  (It is my blood.)

4.  Our ancestors.  (We stand on their shoulders.)

5.  The opportunity to share this crazy journey with ALL OF YOU!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

**Crooner Note:  Aunty Genoa’s family keeps the tradition alive and still performs regularly at the Marriott Waikīkī–including TONIGHT!  Yay for Thanksgiving traditions!  Please click HERE to check out their schedule.

One Response to “Thanksgiving Memories and Gratitudes”

  1. Nicole Thibadeaux says:

    I, too am thankful for family, both the family we are born into and the family we make. Literally AND figuratively, the family we make.