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I received a call last night from one of the first people that I met working here on Oahu. He retired last year and I haven't seen him since.

We talked quite a bit when I first arrived on Oahu. He has relatives on Molokai and he said he hadn't been back there in years. I asked why and he said the relatives insist he doesn't pay for lodging but they really don't have any sleeping accommodations that his old body can handle any more.

His relatives live on the east side and I said my condo was over there and I told him he was welcome to use it when he wanted to visit. About a week later, he asked me if I was serious because he mentioned it to his wife and they wanted to go. So I set it all up for them and they had a great time. He couldn't believe I let them stay for free after we had only met a couple months before.

Anyway, we talked daily and I always loved hearing his stories about Molokai. I told him it was sad that we wouldn't talk story everyday anymore when he retired. It was a pleasant surprise when I got his call and he wanted to met for a quick plate lunch yesterday at Richie's drive-in.

It turns out that he heard that I was retiring and he wanted to give me something. Just before his father passed away, his father gave him 10 old Hawaiian coins. He wanted him to give them out to people who show and live Aloha. He only had one left and he wanted me to have it. I was really touched and my eyes welled up a bit when he gave it to me.

It is an old beat up coin with no real value but it has real value to me. I told him that I will make sure when the time is right I will do the same and pass it on to someone the shows and lives Aloha. We even made plans for him to use our condo again while we will be on Kauai in May.

Only in Hawaii.

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A lovely sentiment. Well deserved.
 

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Also, I forgot to mention, he said it took him over 10 years to pass them all out.
 

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What a great story, and a tribute to the effect you have had on this man’s life.
 

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What a touching story and a precious gift!
 

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Great story, Jeff, and what a good friend to have, even if you don't know him well. What he said of you is true. You have demonstrated my philosophy on friendship: Always be the friend you want to have in your own life. I said as much during our visit the other day - that you have always shown Local Hawaiians the respect they deserve, and you make friends there easily because of it.

For those who may wonder what the words on the back of the coin mean, it's the Hawaii state motto. "Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono." It means "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."

Hapaha is a quarter-dollar coin. There is more to learn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalākaua_coinage

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Great story, Jeff, and what a good friend to have, even if you don't know him well. What he said of you is true. You have demonstrated my philosophy on friendship: Always be the friend you want to have in your own life. I said as much during our visit the other day - that you have always shown Local Hawaiians the respect they deserve, and you make friends there easily because of it.

For those who may wonder what the words on the back of the coin mean, it's the Hawaii state motto. "Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono." It means "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."

Hapaha is a quarter-dollar coin. There is more to learn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalākaua_coinage

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Mahalo Dave
 

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Jeff, thank you for sharing your story. It was very touching and truly speaks of Aloha.

Best regards.

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That's a beautiful. This is one of the main reasons we keep coming back to Hawaii.
 

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Thanks Jeff for sharing this meanful story and thanks DaveNV for explaining the meaning on the back of this coin.

"The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. " This is so beautiful and true.
 

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I told him it was sad that we wouldn't talk story everyday anymore when he retired
Oh Jeff, to be able to "talk story" with someone, what a treat! It was over 45 years ago that I spent a semester at university in Hawaii and some of the ways we said things will never leave me. I think I still "go store".......
 
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