A wedding, a memorial & a nod to John McClatchy

25 07 2010

The energies for this month require us to be strong. Yesterday, I had the honor and pleasure of performing the marriage ceremony for a delightful couple who I met six days ago. They chose a very small, quiet wedding with members of their blended family attending. In all there were twelve of us at Kualoa on a gorgeous morning.  Yes, I am an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and licensed by the State of Hawaii to marry couples. The two tenets of the ULC are: freedom of religion, and do the right thing.

Later, I drove over to Punahou School to rehearse some songs and hula that the Punahou Alumni Glee Club will be performing at the Celebration of Life for Hattie Eldredge Phillips, 62, our kumu (director and teacher) who passed over on July 13. It will be a large funeral in the school gym with visitation starting at 9 a.m. The live video of the memorial service will begin at 12 noon, and you may go to this link to view it. Hattie was beloved by all and leaves a legacy of developing the Hawaiian culture across the curriculum, along with her late brother David Eldredge, at our alma mater. You may revisit my blog about her: type in Guardians of Tradition in the search box in the righthand sidebar below.

And sadly, my hanai sister’s husband John McClatchy of Idaho passed on July 22 after aggressive cancer. He had opted out of surgery. A very nice article by Sabina Dana Plasse of the Idaho Mountain Express tells about his life and popularity in Idaho. To read, click here. He and Kathy were married in Honolulu. He came here just a few times to visit over the years. He wondered why DH and I never went to visit them in Idaho. I wonder why, too.

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke



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