Aloha! Thank you for being patient with me while I sort through the mounds of back work, and catch up on everything that has happened since my last post. Things are finally falling back into “normality” around here, and it’s time to continue on! So let’s get started!

First, I want to (again) say thank you for all the support my family has received over the past month! Today marks the one month anniversary since my Grandmother’s passing, and we still continue to receive notes and comments about her! It’s been an amazing experience, and I want to thank all of you for the support! Here’s a picture from Punchbowl on the day we entombed her. I will always remember looking up at the beautiful Hawaiian day and smiling!

Even during an emaotionally dark time, it helps to look up and see the beauty!

Even during a emotionally dark time, it helps to look up and see the beauty!

After a rough couple of weeks, the family got together on Lana’i to celebrate Dad’s 60th birthday! It was an amazing experience with some our closest family friends, and we were able to relax and unwind! Up in the mountains, there’s an activity center where we shot some archery! The contest was that if you got any two of your final six shots in the bullseye, you got to take home a commemorative crystal pineapple! Well, yours truly hit THREE of the six and took home the trophy (no big deal, haha)!

Nick hit three of six arrows in the bulls-eye to earn the elusive "crystal pineapple."

Nick hit three of six arrows in the bulls-eye to earn the elusive “crystal pineapple.”

So after all that, it was finally time to get back to work and perform with ManoaDNA! For the fourth year in a row, we were asked to perform at the orientation dinner at Chaminade University! It’s always a great treat for us, and the students always get up and dance! Thanks as always to the staff at Chaminade for having us, and we look forward to next year!

Performing for the fourth year in a row, we helped welcome the incoming class to Chaminade University!

Performing for the fourth year in a row, we helped welcome the incoming class to Chaminade University!

Of course, since it is September, it’s football season! I don’t really know why I am so excited for football this year, but I guess it’s just that time of the year for me! Last Thursday featured the opening game for the University of Hawai’i, against USC. We lost, but I had a great time just being with friends and getting the rust off our tailgating skills! Here’s to a great season for UH!

Nick was so excited to be back at Aloha Stadium that he just had to show it!

Nick was so excited to be back at Aloha Stadium that he just had to show it!

Finally today, I end with the same question I asked my brother on Wednesday. Here’s the back story: I was sitting on a beach on the north shore and saw a tourist couple walking on the beach. They were laughing, smiling, grabbing sand, running in and out of the water, just generally so happy to be in Hawai’i! It got me wondering though, where’s the one place that I would like to go that would make me just as happy? Where is my “Dream Vacation of a Lifetime?” Where’s yours? Leave a comment below or let me know and I’ll post up some suggestions on my next blog!

It was overcast, but the beach was beautiful in La'ie on the north shore of O'ahu.

It was overcast, but the beach was beautiful in La’ie on the north shore of O’ahu.

Until next time! #TeamDNA Pride!
ALOHA!
Nick

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