‘Hum­ble, lov­able Blackie’ in news again

The Maui News - - OPINION -

The late Blackie Gadar­ian is in the news again with the sale of dozens of me­men­tos up for auc­tion by his wife, Sara (The Maui News, May 6).

Ev­ery­one has a story about Blackie. Among the 60 pro­files of Maui peo­ple in my book “Voices of Aloha on Mag­i­cal Maui” from my col­umn in La­haina News, two of my fa­vorites were on Blackie.

“Why would you ever want to write a col­umn about that guy,” my wife once said.

Blackie loved to say out­ra­geous things to tourists and it was fun to see him in ac­tion. One day the op­por­tu­nity came to push back.

Blackie did not like Barack Obama. Each evening his golf cart was parked at Leilani’s. I had a Barack Obama bumper sticker and slapped it on his cart.

Af­ter the elec­tion, I couldn’t re­sist. “Hey Blackie,” I said. “I see by your golf cart your man Barack won.” Blackie didn’t miss a beat. “I have guns at home,” he warned. And I was out of there.

To some, Blackie was just about the mean­est man they had ever met but all was fa­cade. His wife Sara got a huge kick out of the an­tics of “hum­ble, lov­able Blackie.” Sara has an most in­fec­tious laugh and a great sense of hu­mor. She put both to good use dur­ing 53 years of mar­riage.

Blackie’s spirit lives on through Sara.

My Blackie col­umn can be found at norm­bezane.com.

Norm Bezane La­haina

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