Blake

The Garden Island - - Pau Hana Time -

and we weren’t go­ing to rush to Egypt. Hawaii was the other place that was mys­ti­cal and far away and we chose it.

This story is in there too — I worked in bank­ing at that point, and you know those people that think you’re re­ally good friends, but you re­ally don’t like them? I had this lady I worked with and I’d never met her but we talked on the phone.

She lived in Honolulu for a while. We’d de­cided to pick one is­land in­stead of see­ing them all, and she said, “Don’t go to Kauai, it’s the place for ro­man­tics.” She said, “You need to go to Oahu, there’s a real city there.” And I was like, “She says Oahu, I’m go­ing to Kauai.”

So we came here for 10 days and it was mag­i­cal and we came back four or five times be­fore we moved here. Ex­cept for Oahu we never saw any of the other is­lands. We felt a strong con­nec­tion here. It was like the show “Lost.” The is­land was pulling us in.

My main ba­bies now are Kauai Sings and Kauai Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion.

I started the fundraiser Kauai Sings and we used to do it three times a year. We’re down to one time a year this year, but next year we’re try­ing to get back to do­ing it three times a year. That’s been a good thing for Malama Pono.

And the other thing that re­ally pays the bills and has a so­cial as­pect for it is my work. At least 2,000 people on Medi­care on this is­land know me. It’s great. You save aun­tie a hun­dred bucks a month on her drugs, it cre­ates lo­cal street cred like no­body’s busi­ness.

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