On a quiet morning 75 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 more wounded. Twenty-one ships of the Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including the USS Arizona. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photos from World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by National Park Service.
How do you pronounce your url? Is it kuh-lay or kay-lee or something else? (thx if you take the time to answer!)
My url comes from my middle name “Kalei”, which is Hawaiian for “The Blessed One” or “The Lei” like a flower lei. It’s pronounced “Kuh-lay” or “Kah-lei” for the vowel-inclined.
My Mom was born and raised in Hawaii, her Mom, Oma, lived there most of her life, and it’s where my parents met and married. Oma and Opa on my Mom’s side are both buried at Punchbowl, or, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Diamond Head.
I was also lucky enough to experience most of Oahu’s hidden local hang outs in the 80′s and 90′s before over exposure took them out of commission or severely degraded the experience (ie: Hanauma Bay, The Toilet Bowl, Waimea Falls, Waimea Bay, Kapena Falls, etc.)
Defo miss Hawaii, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I catch a billet over there. Until then, work is still a blast wherever I end up!