Aloha Friends and Family,

I’ve been a busy, busy bee lately, but I wanted to make sure to take a moment today to pay tribute to our lost loved ones.

I remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday. I was sitting on a shuttle bus on my way into work and I was just shy of seven months pregnant. When I found out about what happened and when I saw the actual footage on tv, I felt what I’m sure many others felt. Dismay, helplessness, and vulnerable were the feelings running through me. A part of me felt almost terrified to be bringing a new life into this crazy world.

These animals, who we welcomed openly to our country and who returned the favor by causing death and destruction, forever changed life as we know it in the United States. An ironic change, is that It is far more difficult for honest immigrants to come here and make a new start. We have also been struggling with our economy and with our role in the world. Hopefully, whomever our new president is, he will have good guidance and will help us reach the light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, let’s all take a moment to pray for the victims as well as for their families who will never again know the joy of seeing their loved one’s smiling face and welcome embrace.

Many of you may or may not know this, but recently, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed about six miles outside of Honolulu Airport. On board were four men. Three did not survive their injuries and the fourth was never recovered. These kinds of incidents are extremely rare for our unsung Coast Guard service members. It is a small family that we are a part of and when this type of tragedy strikes, it is especially difficult. Especially saddening was that all of these brave men left behind young families.

For anyone interested, a fund to help their families has been started and you can find more information on how to help here.

Aloha and God Bless,


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