Friday, April 1, 2011

Aloha 'Oe...

Brother Amos "Moose" Kuana Arashiro was laid to rest today. We were able to participate in the celebration of his life. We are so grateful of our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and know that we will all be together again. A celebration of his life has gone on all week long at his family home. Anyone can drop over anytime for food, music and to talk story.
These are pictures of his grave. He is buried in the Hawaiian Cemetery right across the street from our house. The wake or viewing started at 9:00 this morning and lasted until 11:00. People came and stayed to visit during this time. Pastries and juice were served on the patio. After the viewing we had the funeral. It was short; a eulogy, a speaker (the Plan of Salvation), a musical number (Where Can I Go For Peace?), then remarks from the Bishop (2 scriptures and a remembrance). It was wonderful. Afterward, we all met at the cemetery for the graveside service. There was the dedication of the grave and then a basket of orchid flowers was passed around and we all put a few flowers on the casket. We all sang "Till We Meet Again, Aloha 'OE and then Hawaii Aloha." It was beautiful! Then the pall bearers all took hold of straps and lowered the casket into the ground. Family and friends were invited to shovel dirt in over the casket. It was so hard for Dad and me at first as we heard the dirt falling on the casket. They filled the grave to the top and then mounded the dirt and placed the flower sprays on top. Then everyone was invited to go home and change their clothes and meet at the Kekaha Senior Center for a Hawaiian feast put on by family and friends. It was quite an experience. Twice in one week we have been immersed in the culture of Hawaii. And we are so blessed by the love that is growing in our hearts for this beautiful place.

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