Lost a dear friend on Thursday … Clement “Skip” Akina passed away at the age of 62 after a courageous battle with cancer.   Skip was an outstanding athlete at Punahou and UH and later became a coach and mentor to many of Hawai’i’s young athletes, including my son Alex.  I’ll always remember our squash games and our lunches … the jokes, the laughter, the great camaraderie.  Rest in peace, my friend … we’re gonna miss you dearly.

Shortly after I received word of Skip’s passing, I was driving home to get ready for Lulu’s and there in the valley was a beautiful rainbow! I hadn’t seen a rainbow in Manoa for quite a while and all of a sudden there it was!  It was almost as if the kupuna were trying to lift my spirits and tell me that my friend was now in a good place.  Definitely a chicken skin moment …

I’m so bummed right now .. don’t really feel like writing any more so I’m gonna go walk the puppies with Carla.  Maybe I’ll be inspired after I come back ..

Aloha, “D”

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  1. Masako 10 years ago

    How beautiful rainbow… maybe this is present from your friend… really so beautiful!

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