I vividly remember getting an unusual early morning telephone call on September 11, 2001.
The call broke the stillness in our Kaaawa home in advance of our usual early wakeup. It must have been somewhere around 4 or 4:30 a.m. When the phone rings at that time, you of course are immediately wondering who in your family might have a sudden illness or accident. I answered.
It was a friend who I worked with back during my days with Common Cause, more than 15 hears earlier.
I don’t remember her exact words, but her message was to the point. Turn on your television. Now! It’s unbelievable.
She was right. It was unbelievable.
I blogged that morning.
No entry today, just a moment of silence as we watch events unfold a half world away
We went out walking early, not knowing what else to do. Another of our regular morning characters, who lives across from the beach, was sitting just feet from the water in a folding chair with fishing poles on either side of him.
He said he didn’t know what else to do either.
“I guess I should say a prayer for all those people….”, he said in a fading voice. As should we all.
This morning, 15 years later, we were back in Kaaawa. We spent the night with good friends after an afternoon and evening doing a favor of photographs at the wedding of Lilinoe Rezentes-Kaohu, whose extended family were nearby neighbors in Kaaawa. I’ve carried my camera through many of their family parties over the years which offered my wonderful photo opps! This was another in a long string.
This morning was quiet. We did our early walk along the beach, although there wasn’t much beach at the high tide. Then we sat with our coffee and a light breakfast.
With my iPad, I captured this photo with the elements of the morning. Visible out the window, the lush foliage of Kaaawa. Under the window, our friends’ surfboards, reminding you that the ocean is just a short distance down the hill. It was quite a peaceful. It seemed like a world away from that long ago morning in 2001.
In any case, I hope to be back with some of Saturday’s photos, which tell their own story of island life.