090822: No Vanikapila This Saturday


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

I’m still in Hawai’i so No Vanikapila/Kanikapila this Saturday.

I want to express a heartfelt Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you that supported me on my trip to bid a Final Aloha Oe to my father. It gave me great strength and comfort to know that I was not alone on this difficult journey home.

e neʻe i mua me ka ikaika a me ke akua a me ka ʻohana
move forward with strength and god and family ~ right Carolyn?

 As expected, it was very emotional and yet heartwarming to know that my father was loved so much by many. As I was photographing his Celebration Of Life event. People would stop me and tell me stories about how Dad had helped them in their lives. One grabbed me and said, “Your father helped us buy our home by kicking in his commission so we qualified. If it wasn’t for him I would not have stayed in Hawai’i to raise my family. Even after we bought our home your Dad would often drop by with food to see how we were doing . . . “ 

And the stories went on . . . at times I felt like the Son in the movie “Big Fish”, whose father told him of fantastic tales of his past life. Of course his son thought it was nothing more than the ramblings of a senile old man . . . until the Son attended his Dad’s funeral and his Dad’s stories came to life . . . 

“When a man’s stories are remembered then he is immortal.”  ~ Big Fish.

Mahalo to Alan Kristal for reminding me of that. Let’s all keep remembering “Our Stories” as an ‘Ohana.

Images and Youtube of Delfin De la Cruz Medina’s Celebration of Life below:

Yup, that’s Dad being Dad. I believe it’s a Turkey Drumstick from Thanksgiving. He fed the Medina (20+ siblings, Nieces, Nephews, grand kids, great grand kids and extend family) Tribe 2 Turkeys and Lobster Tails almost every T-Day. He sent me this picture to show me what we were missing living in California . . . Click above to view the online album.

Below is the Livestream from that day. It’s a little long and raw but complete.

Delfin De la Cruz Medina, Celebration of Life.

We “committed” his ashes on September 8th, 2022, at the Military Cemetery at Punchbowl Crater on O’ahu. It was a small ceremony attended by close family, friends and military comrades. For those of you who wish to view, here are the links to the Commitment Ceremony.

Even in a steady rain, they stand guard for their Comrade.

And the Livestream from yesterday. I messed up and did not un-mute the microphone so I included some beautiful mele from Reverend Dennis Kamakahi and Friends instead.

Dad in his Nave Dress Blues, Chief Store Keeper.

Btw, our next gathering will be in the evening, on 9/17. Our monthly (almost) end of the month Potluck, 6pm-9pm. Check out the Events Page for details and what you will be bringing for kaukau (Pot Luck).

Some of you may remember seeing Andrew Molina at the Magic Flute a while back, well just like “magic” he’s back! He’ll be holding a 2 hours Concert/Workshop at Magic Flute on Oct 2, 2022. Scan the QR code below for details and to purchase a ticket.


Father’s journey ends,
A Son’s journey continues,
And Memories shared . . . 

– On behalf Nohea, myself, Medina ‘Ohana and Jake . . .

Me ke Aloha Pumehana . . .

… and a special mahalo nui loa to my beloved Nohea for encouraging me to write this.

Mom and Dad in their traditional Barong Tagalog. I believe they were attending a Fil-Am (Filipino-American) Gala.


082822: Vanikapila 32.22


Aloha Ahi Ahi UFOhana,

Pehea ʻoe?

How are you? Doing well I hope. We are fortunate that the weather’s been kind to us, so far. Though we may be heating up a little by Saturday, but not too hot.

We’ll be back at Vendola Café this Saturday at our usual time of 11am – 1pm, please do text me at 415-300-7804 if you’ll be attending.

Livestream link for this Saturday below.

This will be our last Vanikapila until I get back from O’ahu. Our next Vanikapila will be on 9/17/22. I’ll keep you folks posted on The Blog.

We had a great time at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club last Saturday. Images from the event by Nohea below.

Click above to view videos and photos of the event.

And for those of you who missed the first ever SVWC YouTube Livestream here’s the link below to the recording of the event.

Click above to view the recording.

Ok, keeping it short this time, a little tired from the past weeks events and chores.

we make the journey,
returning with heavy heart,
place of origins.

Remember to keep the Aloha and mana coming for our ‘Ohana Sista, Carolyn:
E neʻe i mua me ka ikaika a me ke akua!
(move forward with strength and our higher power)

Aloha A Hui Hou!


MEOW, you are clear for take off on Runway 1585. Safe Flight . . .