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Updated June 21, 2010, Maui Film Festival Gift, Father's Day

Bob's Birthday, Father's Day

Lots of special treats by Elizabeth, Maui Film Festival gift

FROM HAIKU, MAUI (HAWAII)

Bob's Birthday

Lots of special treats by Elizabeth, daughters

HAIKU, Maui, June 3 - This year was the first time in a long time that I was home on my birthday.  So Elizabeth spoiled me with lots of special treats.  And my daughters, who are vacationing in Greece at the moment, also tuned in with their phone calls and special gifts for both Elizabeth and I to enjoy.

So did my sister in Serbia, too.  She provided an ancient recipe that my grandmother used to make me a special chocolate cake for my birthdays when I was a boy.  The cake is so rich that it does not use any flour.  And since Elizabeth said she wanted to make it for me, the only way to do it was to ask my sister for help. Since my sister does not use the internet, she dictated the recipe in Serbian to her daughter in Austria, who then emailed it to me.  Then I translated it into English, and Elizabeth and I converted the metric measures to ounces and cups.  The rest of the art was Elizabeth's creation and improvisation.

So you could say that the cake you are seeing above was truly a result of an international effort.  They say that "too many chefs spoiled the broth."  Not this time.  This chocolate cake tasted every bit as good as I remember it as a child.  And I am not saying this only to make Elizabeth feel good.  She had made me promise that I would tell the truth before she started making the cake.

Elizabeth also gave me this outfit (left) as one of her gifts.  I told her I have not worn white pants since I was 13.  "If you now also give me a white hat, I'll be ready to ship out to Pearl Harbor and join the Navy," I joked. :-)

Later in the evening, Elizabeth took me out to dinner at Mama's Fish House in Paia. She even arranged for a special birthday menu for me (middle right).  And the restaurant provided an excellent coconut birthday sorbet that tasted more like ice cream.

When we came home after dinner, I blew out a few more candles (also white and navy!) before tasting the cake for a second time.

And today, June 4, the day after - well, it is time to go on a diet... :-)

I also want to thank so many of you from around the world who have emailed me your birthday wishes.  Wish I were as good as remembering other people's birthdays.  I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Maui Film Festival Gift, Father's Day

HAIKU, Maui, June 21 - One of the birthday gifts that my daughters showered me with this year was two tickets to the fairly lavish Taste of Wailea cocktail/dinner reception at the Wailea Golf Course.

Here are some scenes from the Taste of Wailea party.  The island you can see in the distance is Kahoolawe, an uninhabited island which the U.S. military had used for target practice, destroying its water supply.  The little hump at the bottom of the hill is Makena, a small village with a beautiful long white sand beach (right shot - see Trips to Makena, Haleakala, Lanai; Sacred Signs, Power Animals, 3-31-2010).

Since my regular camera's battery died after the first four shots, the above pictures were taken by Elizabeth's and my cell phone cameras.  Elizabeth's pink shoes and rainbow nails (middle left) were a hit even with some ladies on the shuttle bus that took us to the reception.  As for that right shot which she took, Elizabeth said I reminded her of an image from the Fiddler on the Roof musical/film.  I said looked like a scarecrow or a straw man, with that Italian straw hat she bought me last year.  Either way, we both thought that picture turned out great, the subject notwithstanding.

The Taste of Wailea party was followed by screenings of four films at the Celestial Cinema, a beautiful open-sky venue, a part of the Maui Film Festival.

Fast forwarding to the next day, Sunday, the Father's Day, we continued our attendance at the Maui Film Festival by attending the world premiere of "442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity," a wonderful full length documentary film about a regiment of Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. Army in World War II.  They became the most highly decorated military unit in U.S. history, and the only one which President Truman personally honored in driving rain after their return from Europe in 1945. 

I don't there was not a dry eye in the audience at the end of the movie, especially after about a dozen or so members of the "442" stood up in the audience to be recognized.  So I highly recommend that you find a way of seeing this five-star film, even if it may not be available right next door to you when the theatrical screenings begin across the country in July (see the California and Japanese screening schedule - above right).

Completing the Father's Day gift, Elizabeth then took me out to a wonderful dinner at a restaurant in Lahaina.  I have never been high on "Hallmark holidays."  So we never really celebrated a Father's Day in my family.  Which is what made this exceptional Father's Day all the more special for me.

And that's all she wrote from the Rainbow Shower so far in June.

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