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February 20, 2018
It has been one year since the Lord took you home, Ben. This morning started before dawn. We came to Hawaii to celebrate your life.
This morning started early, 6:30. Mom, Thomas and I headed to the beach and took a canoe out into the bay for a conch celebration of your life. It was a slightly cool, but pleasant morning. Very peacefully we paddled out through the early dawn. The water was crystal clear, and you could see all the coral and sea life below the boat.
When we reached the spot for your ceremony, Josani, our guide told us of how kings used to meet here because all four mountains can be seen from here, as well as the island of Maui. He blew the conch shell three times to make sure you knew we were here, and he then shared a sacred chant to open your ceremony.
After the opening chant, we each had an opportunity to speak about you. Mom spoke of your eyes being the same color blue as the strikingly blue water below the boat. She also talked about your kind soul and ability to talk and help people who were having a hard time, which is a true gift. I thanked God that we had you for 16 years, your big heart and hugs, and how grateful I am for that time with you.
By this time, the sun was just about to peek over the mountaintop. It is customary to have another Hawaiian chant and think of positivity for the day to come. We then cut our leis, released the flowers into the water in your honor. At that point, it seemed your whole life flashed before me in vivid images and memories. I was emotional as this was overwhelming for me.
After that, Josani blew the conch shell three more times in your honor and to close your ceremony. We paddled back into the beach and had breakfast.
Ben, I think this was a great way to celebrate and honor you as a person. I am sad and miss you every day. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace my son, until we meet again.
Love always,
Dad
February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018