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Our Special Garden - Hawaii
Dedicated to The Late Daisy Brehm

Submitted by Pearl

My love affair with Hawaii began with a float in a small town parade. I was ten and was mesmerized by the beauty of the music and dancing. I became enchanted with anything Hawaiian. As newlyweds, my husband and I delighted in the radio program "Hawaii Calls"; our dreams were to someday visit these beautiful islands. My husband was to be the first; while on his way to the Korean War, his ship spent 3 weeks in Pearl Harbour working with the U.S. Navy. Twenty-five years later, in 1977, it was my turn. We booked a 3-island tour. On arrival, we were greeted with leis by a very jovial and pleasant dark-skinned lady named Daisy Brehm. We immediately liked each other and became close and lasting friends. Daisy was delighted with my unbridled enthusiasm of her beloved "Havaii". Places we visited became even more magical because of Daisy. During our stay in Kauai, I celebrated a birthday, and Daisy suprised me with a lei of over 300 flowers. I was her Hawaiian "Nomi". It was a wonderful tour, a lot of tears were shed as we said goodbye, vowing to return. Approaching our 30th wedding anniversary in 1980, we decided to renew our marriage vows at Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel. Daisy had introduced us to him on our first visit. Kimo, Uncle Billy's son, presented us with a beautiful floral arrangement along with providing our wedding guests (50, all strangers whom we invited) with food and refreshments. "No charge, compliments of the Family," Kimo said. A striking example of the giving and warmth of the Hawaiian people. We spent 6 weeks touring the Islands having all our dreams come true. Unfortunately, our friend from "Hawaii Calls," Alfred Apaka had passed away so our dreams of seeing him perform were not to be. Again with tearful goodbyes, a promise to return soon. In 1985 we were once again being greeted by Daisy with the beautiful leis. She and her husband John again entertained us in their lovely home, which John built and includes a panoramic view of Honolulu. Daisy and her delightful grandchildren danced for us; the graceful movement of the hula and the manner in which it tells a story still enchants me. This trip included a performance of the Waikiki Hula Masters and their pupils as well as a trip to Kalaupapa, visiting the former leper colony. Our guide Jimmy Brede and his story of being sent there at the age of 8, along with the history of the colony, were heartbreaking. We had lunch with Jimmy in his beautiful garden. It has been 15 years since our last visit, the enchantment of Hawaii still beats in my heart. This year, on July 8, we will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Again I dream. I dream of how exciting it would be to celebrate this special anniversary in our "Special Garden - Beautiful Hawaii."

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