July 29th, 2011  


This morning we received the devastating news that a dear friend and strong supporter of our sea turtle research passed away. He had just undergone heart bypass surgery and did not recover from post-surgery complications. We spoke with him briefly two days ago, and were so fortunate to be able to tell him we loved him.

Aloha nui loa, Jose. Pulu `elo i ka ua o ka ho`oilo. Aloha!


A Candle, "Maria Lanakila Catholic Church Lahaina" Maui Hawaii

And like all the other times
I’d lit candles for a loved one
at this church
I recited the Lord’s Prayer.

“Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.”

And at

“Thy will be done”
I faltered.

I couldn’t go on.

Couldn’t say
“on earth as it is in heaven.”


Or the rest of the Lord’s Prayer.

And I’ll always wonder

if he’d be okay
if I had.

— Ursula

A Candle, "Maria Lanakila Catholic Church Lahaina" Maui Hawaii


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In commemoration of Jose: a night atop Haleakala