Ohana is family.
The Plum is Stephanie Plum, lingerie buyer turned bonds enforcer in 16 sizzling books from Janet Evanovich. Stephanie takes us on wild ride around New Jersey as she battles bad guys in between pot roast with her family.
Ohana. It's important to Stephanie and her creator. From Janet's website, http://www.evanovich.com/,
"When we moved to New Hampshire we realized there was more to this writing stuff than just writing, so we formed a family business, Evanovich, Inc. My son, Peter, a Dartmouth College graduate, assumed responsibility for everything financial ... In '96 my daughter Alex, a film and photography school graduate, came on board and created the website .... My husband now manages all aspects of the business and tries to keep me on time (a thankless, impossible job!)."
Speaking of bounty hunters ...
The Dog is Duane Chapman, real life bounty hunter, reality TV star, and family man. I recently discovered his show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, on AE, http://www.aetv.com/dog-the-bounty-hunter/index.jsp:
"The Bounty Hunter comes back with more action-packed adrenaline fueled hunts from Hawaii to Colorado, tracking down fugitives along side his wife Beth Chapman and fearless family, Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman and Baby Lyssa Chapman."
Ohana. It's important to the Dog.
A recent episode featured Dog and family flying to Hilo on the Big Island to capture a "skipper." Once they captured the skipper at his home, Dog asked him to say goodbye to his keiki (children). On the way to the police station, Dog encouraged the skipper to look forward to the future so he could take care of his ohana.
Speaking of Hawaii ...
The Duke is Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890-January 22, 1968). He was an Aloha Ambassador, Olympic swimmer, and surfing legend.
"Born at Haleakala, Duke was one of nine children of a Honolulu policeman. Named for the Duke of Edinburgh, a visitor to Hawaii earlier in the century, young Duke was a private person who dropped out of McKinley High School. He earned his living as a beachboy and stevedore at the Honolulu Harbor docks. Growing up on the beach in Waikiki, Duke surfed with his brothers and entertained tourists with tandem rides. More important than his prowess in local waters was Duke's global appeal. Despite encountering racism throughout his extensive travels, his undying aloha spirit brought unprecedented attention to the Hawaiian Islands."
Honolulu hosts the Duke's OceanFest, http://www.dukefoundation.org/, this weekend to celebrate the 120th anniversary of his birthday.
The OceanFest includes a free screening of The Ride, a locally produced movie from Third Reef Pictures., http://www.thirdreefpictures.com/. It is a story of a modern California surfer who travels back in time to meet the Duke. The surfer becomes a member of Duke's ohana during his temporary stay in 1911 Hawaii.
Order this family film from Amazon or fly on Hawaiian Airlines, which is now featuring The Ride on its trans Pacific flights.
Ohana. It is the focal point of island living. It was the inspiration behind Duke's creed,
"Try meeting or leaving people with aloha, you’ll be surprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.”
To celebrate the Plum, the Dog, and the Duke, I am giving away ohana treats to all commenters:
1. Leave a comment to this blog about family, the Plum, the Dog, and/or the Duke.
2. Send me your mailing address to email@example.com. US and international residents are welcome!
Kim in Hawaii