Hello and Welcome was the theme of the Hui O Wahine all ranks spouses club luncheon this month. Hawai'i has two spouses clubs. The south side, Ft. Shafter is the Hui O Wahine. The North side, Schofield Barracks is the Hui O'Na Wahine. Being a member of both, and a board member of the Hui O'Na Wahine; I love to promote both organizations. Each club holds monthly luncheons which also doubles as the general membership meetings. Hui Spirit ( Hui O Wahine) has their luncheons the 1st Thursdays of the month and the Hui O'Na Wahine is on the 2nd Thursday. So to share a little of my and our fun with you, I'll give you an inside view of what we experience during our luncheons. Also as you can see I'll include the website for the group I'm featuring at that time so you can check them out yourselves.
Smiling ladies, vendors buzzing as they prepared their wares, soft music playing in the background and the smell of something good in the air. This was the Hui spirit in full force.
The special guest speaker, Ms. Hawaii 2010: Jaylee Kate Fuselier. After a warm welcoming by 1st V.P., Elizabeth Terry, Jaylee begin telling her story of how she grew up on the beautiful North Shore of Hawai'i. She told us of her drive over and the smell of the fresh Hawaiian air. She continued her story of how welcomed she felt upon arrival and the many thanks she had received for coming to speak at the luncheon.
What happened next, no one in that room could have ever predicted and I promise you there wasn't a dry eye left. Jaylee went on to say how grateful she was for all the thanks received, but she was the one who was truly thankful: for all of us in the room and the work we continued to do everyday. Volunteering! How gracious this beautiful young talented woman was. Every one loves the occasional pat on the back, and although un-necessary; it was nice to hear.
She told us of her sister and her disability. That her disability was actually her ability and gifts to thrive in life. For everyone who had told her and her family that she would never do things a "normal kid or person" would do; she did them and more. How her sister took her disability and turned them into contributions of service. What an inspiration again this woman and her family were to a room full of military wives. Myself, amongst others were happy she had decided to share her stories with us, and I will treasure them for life.
Icing on the cake, Jaylee performed a vocal performance of "Feeling Good". Having other committements as Miss. Hawaii, a flight to catch, Jaylee enjoyed a quick bite with us; waved us goodbye and off she went. In all my years living in Texas, not once have I met a "Miss. Texas". Growing up in New Orleans, again, not once have I met "Miss. Louisiana. Here in Hawaii, I have met not one but two Miss. Hawai'i's. Raeceen Anuenue Woolford, Miss Hawai'i 2009 and now Jaylee Kate Fuselier, Miss Hawai'i 2010. Everybody at home: eat your hearts out!
Let me tell you about Ms. Annelle. First to give her a proper introduction she is the Native Hawaiian Liaison to the Army Garrison Commander. Col. Matthew Margotta, Garrison Hawaii commander hired a liaison for Hawaiian issues, formed a council of Hawaiians to advise him, and brought Army and Hawaiian leaders together to sign a covenant in which both sides vowed to respect and understand one another. Ms. Annelle Amaral is the liaison on that council. Col. Douglas Mulbury took over from Margotta in a change of command ceremony. You can follow the entire council on Army Times. (Excerpts from the Army Times)
Ok proper respect was paid (very important) I'm telling you this is one of the most fascinating women I've ever known. What I wanted to tell you was the prayer she opened the luncheon with. OMG, I've heard a lot of Hawaiian prayers since we've been stationed here, and I've tried to learn them all. The Hawaiian's are very ceremonial and with good reason. That's another story for another day. Stay tuned for many of those. Getting off track as I often do. Where was I? Oh yes, the prayer.
The name of it is No'o nani. The Doxology. Let me see real quick if I can find it. Got it
Ho`o nani ka Makua mau
Ke Keiki me ka Uhane no,
Ke Akua mau
Ho`o mai ka`i, pu,
Ko ke ia ao, ko ke la ao
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Hawaiian Chants is the name of the website, I'll put the link below.
To hear someone sing or chant it, words cannot describe. The Hawaiian language is beautiful to the ear in my opinion to begin with. To hear in musically, your forever touched. Not only that, Auntie teaches the HULA at both Schofield and Ft. Shafter. Auntie, pass me some of your energy please!
It was a great luncheon. Great company, great pupu's (appetizer's- almost got ya didn't I), lots of raffle prizes and just a good time had by all. If anyone ever has the opportunity to visit Hawai'i, go off the beaten path of the tourist strip. Meet some people, see the island, and ask someone to "talk story". You'll be glad you did.
Take a minute to volunteer. It's a little of your time, but a lifetime of help to someone else. You never know when you will influence someone, or perhaps be influenced yourself.
Enjoy my friends and until next time