I have a hard time summing up my feelings about my visit home for Grandpa’s funeral. The funeral itself was very profound, the time with my family was much needed–just being in Hawaii is a somewhat spiritual experience for me. It was…wonderful. Organized in sections, here is my attempt to document some of the highlights of the week.
We ate all kinds of food that reminded us of grandpa. Food like KFC, Chinese take out, Chantilly Cake, Kalbi Ribs, Kua’aina Burgers, and Hot Fudge Sundaes.
Yes, this is a lot of KFC. I believe we got a discount, although I think that was mainly because KFC found out grandpa had died–he was a good customer.
If you’ve never had Kalbi ribs before–specifically grilled by my Uncle Jim, then I am deeply sorry for you.
Chris really did eat the 8 pieces of Chantilly Cake on this plate. And then he went back for seconds.
Side note: If you ever visit Hawaii, please make an effort to visit Liliha Bakery. Just in case you are wondering what to order, it should be a Chantilly cake and/or–if you don’t have the space to store a whole cake–a Coco Puff (great blog about the tasty treats here.) The topper of this divine pastry is a nice portion of their famous Chantilly icing (yum, yum, yum.) Liliha bakery also has a small eating counter with diner like food on the menu. I hear it is good although I have always felt a wee bit too haole to sit at the counter. My mom has though. She’s local like that.
I feel pretty lucky to have so many memories and experiences with cousins who I genuinely like. I am also pretty grateful that the ones who are married have given me some cousins-in-law that I am proud to call family. All the cousins except the pregnant one (We missed you Jill!) were in Hawaii which served as a wonderful impromptu family reunion.
We had a work party.
Went for walks.
We took self portraits.
Some not so much.
Of course, the whole reason we were there, and the meaning behind all the activities we shared, was to pay honor to the life of our Grandpa. I was reminded of the good life he led and was inspired to look at my own life, reset my focus, and make some important changes. I also committed to stay connected to some of my favorite people on earth.