Treasures from DrumMajor

What a surprise! A few hours ago, the postman banged on my door and when I opened it, he handed me a large cardboard box. It was from my friend, DrumMajor, who is a nurse in Kansas City, Kansas. Included in the box were the following precious gifts:

I read both books, and the one about the “Warriors” made me weep. I am waiting for David to get home from work, so we can both watch the video. And I can’t wait to try the spice rub on chicken!

Here is DrumMajor’s touching letter to me:

“Dear Gigi and David,

“Mahalo for the delightful lunch in Honolulu and shopping with me! (I wore the green one to the Old Lahaina Luau.) Your personal tour of the curving, then misty roads of Tantalus was like a special ride at an amusement park. It’s nice to know all of that greenery is up above Honolulu. Your home is lovely, and the smoothie grand – you could open up a smoothie stand!

“Dorinda lives in a Kansas City suburb. She is a very gracious lady and very calming speaker. I wanted you to have a set of her writings. She spoke about all of her childhood friends and was heartbroken when so many were sent away after the attack. Her family’s Pearl City home was sold to the Navy for housing. Her father was English and her mother was full Hawaiian. Dorinda’s brother remained in Hawaii and wrote a book on the history of hula.

“Living in such a beautiful place with many cultures, I thought you might be able to share this with your grandchildren as they get older. I love how the “Warrior” book promotes peace between former enemies.

“Dorinda has Teacher Guides on her website,, and even does lectures on Skype these days!

“Play with the Bar-B-Q sauce on some chicken – should be yummy.

“Dorinda is the one who got me started with Cindy’s Lei Shop in Chinatown. It was fun to visit the shop in person!

“Aloha from K.C. – DrumMajor”


12 Responses to “Treasures from DrumMajor”

  1. DJan Says:

    This is just wonderful. What a thoughtful person DrumMajor is. I have seen her (his?) comments on other sites, and many times on your own. It’s a very incredible gift, and it sounds like you were the perfect host. If I EVER get a chance to come visit you, I will!

  2. Nanny Says:

    how sweet……
    I would love to see that DVD!

  3. DrumMajor Says:

    Goodness Gosh Gigi — Glad the box got to Paradise. I know Dorinda had childhood friends from many cultures. Since you authored your books about growing up in Hawaii, I thought you might enjoy Dorinda’s. Hopefully they will help explain to your grandkids about the battles and the new-found acceptance between people from different backgrounds.

    Geography lesson: Not as confusing to me as all the streets in Honolulu, the Kansas City metro includes Kansas City, Missouri, where all the history, action, sports and arts are located. On “the Kansas side,” is Kansas City, Kansas. We even have a north-south State Line Road, with Kansas on the west and Missouri on the east. The curvy Missouri River cuts from West to East, and so some people live “north of the river.” Then there’s the Kaw River that branches off from that on the Kansas side. So I actually live in a suburb of “Johnson County”, which isn’t Kansas City, Kansas, but a patchwork of little smaller cities south of Kansas City, Kansas, and south of the river. Confused yet? We’ve even got hills and trees.
    Cheers, DrumMajor

  4. Christine Says:

    What wonderful thoughtful gifts for you Gigi!

  5. Arti Says:

    Drummajor is such a fascinating lady. And you played perfect hosts to her. No wonder she sent you little pieces of appreciation.
    Kudos to you.
    Have a wonderful day:)

  6. Hattie Says:

    Wow. How wonderful of her. You are really so nice, and I’m glad your friend Drum Major realizes that!

  7. musings Says:

    I agree that Drum Major is truly a very, VERY generous, kind and thoughtful friend. It was such a huge pleasure to meet her. I love the book about the Warriors too. Someday, KC will love it as well. Meeting wonderful people like Drum Major is what makes blogging so fabulous!

  8. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    A beautiful & thoughtful gesture to send such wonderful gifts. Very touching.

  9. Denise Says:

    How wonderful and what a very thoughtful gift. I am always interested in the history of Pearl Harbor and this would be an extremely interesting perspective, so much so that I have downloaded it onto my Nook.

  10. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    What a lovely way to thank your friend and how kind she was to send you the “care” package. I think this speaks to the spirit of the season. Dianne

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