Friday, December 2, 2016

WHAT I AM THANKFUL FOR IN 2016

I have been focusing on 2016 and all the things I am thankful for. Number one must be my girls!

 And, my beautiful little girls!
Of course my Mom!

 And, my super grandsons!

 I was very grateful to be able to take Owen on a trip to visit my Mom in Northern California and to see the grave of his great-great-great grandfather, Owen Boe, his namesake.

 I am very grateful to work with Marla on our buying trip this past March in Thailand & Bali for Wesco Fabrics!

 It was wonderful to explore new places like the temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

 I loved seeing Marla work with our grandson Paxton ( on right) and his friend Josh at Wesco Fabrics this year. She spent many years in education then as an interior designer before coming to work at Wesco Fabrics.

 A huge 2016 highlight was cycling with my friend Philippe in Italy. I am really grateful I can still climb these mountains!

 I am grateful for strong memories of the past and visions of the future! Marla is next to the building where Wesco Fabrics first began in 1946 at 30th and Larimer Street in Denver.

 Fabulous sunsets are always on my "Most grateful lists." 

 I am really thankful for all the little things in life. My nephew Kekoa gave us a jar of "Ohelo" jam which is out-of-this world!

I am grateful for all the connections I have made in 2016 with old and new friends!

 I am thankful to have a sense of adventure and a curiosity to make new discoveries. There are many exciting paths still to be taken.

My biggest wish for 2016 is to continue to have great hope for the future! 

I could obviously write a novel on all the many things I am thankful for in 2016. 
I wish you the very best during this Holiday season.


Image credits: Dick Gentry, Gary Gentry



Friday, November 18, 2016

EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH KOHALA COAST ON HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND

It has been years since I visited the little town of Hawi on the Big Island's north Kohala coast. Years ago my daughter, Stacy, and I rode our bikes up here while training for triathlons on the mainland. It has a funky Hawaii vibe and a great change of pace from the luxurious resorts on the Kona coast.


We were all hungry for lunch so we stopped at the "Local Dish."

 We lined up at the counter and ordered lunch. Everything is sourced locally and looked really good.   
And then I turned and spotted the "Cocktail" board! We all had to have something! I ordered the Kohala Mai Tai made with local juices. Simply amazing!


Stacy loved her Mahi Mahi and the Girls ate French fries while checking out what their brothers were up to outside. She is wearing a sling after breaking a bone in her elbow in a fall.


Having Hawi fun!


Time for desert at Tropical Dreams ice cream across the street.

We took the boys with us and continued up the road past the cute little town of Kapaau. We were intrigued with the "Kohala Hongwanji Mission Cemetery" in Kapaau. The first Japanese immigrants arrived in 1885 and worked as contract laborers in the sugar and pineapple plantations. 


The Keokea Beach Park near Kapaau was almost deserted when we arrived.

The boys and I enjoy the view of the crashing surf.

Highway 270 ends at the Pololu Lookout. An area of rustic beauty, it is the most Northern point of the Big Island.


There is a trail leading down the valley to a Black Sand beach far below. It was really fun returning to this iconic place once again!

Chinese immigrants formed the "Kohala Tong Wo Society" in 1886. They were some of the earliest immigrants to Hawaii.


This is the historical "Tong Wo Society" building built in the late 19th century. The first floor was used for political and social gatherings. The second floor has a religious altar. I was struck by the beauty and the colors of this building the first time I saw it! 

***Take a look at this YouTube video shot here at a Chinese New Year's celebration in 2011. Very interesting, don't you think?



IMAGES: Dick Gentry