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Our Last Hawaii Christmas

VIDEO/AUDIO-MUSIC on YouTube above. NOTE: On the video; double-click to enlarge, and/or, right-click for the drop-down menu and click on 'Loop' for auto-repeat, click settings and pick the highest level for quality viewing. AUDIO: Song was written by a Hawaiian queen after her king dies overseas, sung by my cousin *Tree is a Norfolk Island Pine Our Last Hawaii Christmas Our home looked like The Munsters house, above town road the loft's great hall, tall tree stands near mom's grand cut fresh from our Norfolk pine lot distant, in the country -- colorful lights, bells, tinsels, and stuffed animals through the french doors greet eyes beautifully. Our curved hilltop driveway, white lights held each palm tree six bay windows, rainbow-hued variables the roof and dormers shone brightly front stone stairs glowed, blued watt -- many had helped dad who meticulously planned his trials made for a simple workload. Our Christmas eve, *Lau Lau replaced Christmas ham mode large gifts in the back of the tree, all fanned while smallest stacked fronted their spot freed tracks train chugs clearly -- mom wore reds and whites, played the grand, sung madrigals it's Nineteen-Sixty-Nine, in Hawaii. *Lau Lau; a small cut of butterfish added to chopped Hawaiian salted pork, then wrapped in taro leaf, lastly, stem-tied-ti leaf-wrapped and (present-day method) in lieu of ti-leaf, foil paper is used then placed in a steam cooker. *Twas to be our last Christmas in Hawaii (Big Island), in ensuing months, we lost our home when our great hall parlor drapes caught fire, our family then moved to Bath, Maine as it was heartbreaking for our parents to bear. 2020 December 28th A Little Memory - My Invented Form *2nd Place* ~~Constance La France ALOHA, to our once trimmed Norfolk Island Pines *Due to our departure, the pines is now a forest, too tall to sell, now hardly sold publically

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Date: 1/21/2021 4:43:00 AM
Reads like a memorial time in your life. Congrats on this great winner. Sara
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Hilo Poet
Date: 1/21/2021 8:55:00 AM
Sara, 'twas a family tragedy prior to the said Christmas and fire that compounded our move, thank you, Aloha!
Date: 1/19/2021 12:09:00 PM
William, congratulations on your win in my contest, A Little Memory using my invented Rhyme form, wonderful poem, I like it a lot and the music was great _Constance
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Hilo Poet
Date: 1/19/2021 2:05:00 PM
Thank you, Constance, as it is always a joy whenever I aspire in meeting one of your wondrous challenges my friend, Aloha!
Date: 1/1/2021 7:15:00 AM
A beautiful memory William. So nicely penned. A very blessedness year to you my friend! Linda
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Hilo Poet
Date: 1/1/2021 8:03:00 AM
Thank you, Linda, so kind of you, and a Happy 1st new day, Aloha!
Date: 12/30/2020 10:05:00 PM
Love the poem, William, so much to learn about cultures throughout the world, poetry like this goes a long way to help..All the best for the New Year.
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Hilo Poet
Date: 12/30/2020 11:07:00 PM
Thank you, Harry, and if you should ever cross a menu that serves 'Lau Lau', give it a try, Aloha!
Date: 12/29/2020 10:36:00 AM
Nicely done! So sorry for your loss by fire! You will always have your aloha connection.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 12/31/2020 7:46:00 PM
hau’oli makahiki hou! Loved my time on Oahu. In fact it’s my daughter’s birthday today. She was born at Tripler Army Medical Center. I could hear the New Year’s bells ringing that night. God bless ya, my friend!
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Hilo Poet
Date: 12/30/2020 11:04:00 PM
Thank you, Kim, sadly, I'm the last member of my family, and (temporarily) moved back to our island home as the kids are all grown, Aloha!