Whooo .. am I out of shape!  Tried working out a bit yesterday afternoon and my legs totally gave out … guess that’s what happens when you go on vacation for a few days.  It’s amazing how long and hard you work to get yourself in shape and then how quickly you can lose it.  It just ain’t fair, I tell you ….

Last Saturday night was a very special evening for us as we returned to the Eva Parker Wood cottage on the grounds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel to perform at another Twilight at Kalahuipua’a.  We always love coming every year to this wonderful event which is held every month on the Saturday closest to the full moon.  It’s definitely one of our favorite gigs … the location, people, and especially the powerful mana, all make this an amazing experience.  In fact, it was after our very first Twilight event that Alex was inspired to compose DOWN IN PARADISE!  I want to send our heartfelt mahalo out to Danny & Anna Akaka and their ohana, and also to the staff at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel for their wonderful hospitality and aloha!

After that wonderful evening, we were back out on the links on Sunday … this time at Mauna Lani’s  South Course.  I knew I was in trouble when I hit my first tee shot about 50 yds. – in fact, I didn’t even make the fairway!  It was pretty much a struggle for the rest of the round as I ended up shooting an 88, which is pretty bad for a resort course.  I’ve been having a lot of trouble lately getting off the tee … my drives are very inconsistent and I can’t get seem to get into any kind of rhythm.  This will definitely be a problem on Thursday if I don’t fix the problem … the Degenerates are going to eat me alive!  While we were out golfing, Carla went to pick sea salt with Francis and Susie Ruddle who own the boat & diving concession at the Mauna Lani and are very close friends of the Akakas.  They always offer to take us out on their catamaran or run us up the coast to pick salt whenever we’re there … such kind and generous people!  Carla came back that day raving about what an amazing experience she had, and even had bags of salt to boot … the only drawback was that she got a really wicked sunburn!  That evening we had dinner with Danny & Anna along with their daughter Kalei at the Lava Lava Beach Club.  We also ran into fellow musician Don Kaulia and his wife who were performing when we got there but had to stop when it began to rain.  It was great to spend time with the Akakas … we always try to hook up whenever we can but rarely get the opportunity since our schedules are so busy.  Kalei is running for the State House of Representatives so now their schedule is even more crazy …

We flew back to O’ahu the next day and it’s back to the grind again … but such great memories of another fabulous Twilight weekend!

Aloha, “D”

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