Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Revisiting Kauai: Memories of Georg

My last visits to Kauai were in 2002 and 2004 with my beloved husband of 46 years. It has always remained fondly in my memories as being the most idyllic, romantic vacation spot. At his memorial service last year we showed a slideshow (which my grandson Nathan put together) made up mainly of pics of him on the island and underscored by Iz singing "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World". I felt strongly that I wanted to return to Kauai with my family.

The trip was filled with memories of him, hiking Waimea Canyon, eating Jo-Jo's shave ice, eating at Keoki's Paradise, driving to the north shore. My grandson retraced his steps and my daughter-in-law took a photo of him standing at the very edge of the canyon my husband did and she stitched the two photos together to look as though they were standing there together. Our last day, which happened to be Georg's birthday, we tossed a lei off the balcony into the ocean.

We rented a beautiful condo right on the ocean, enabling us to take in the tropical breezes and the sparking blue water.  Nathan learned how to dive at the pool and discovered a newfound love for hiking.  I took him on his first helicopter ride to see the amazing scenery of the inaccessible places on the island.  It was a special time of togetherness that I shall never forget.


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