September 17th, 2016 – First Birthday Luau


On Saturday we had a huge birthday luau for the boys’ 1st birthday. We booked it at a city park that is close to our house.The weather was perfect – mid 80’s with very little wind. The party was well attended with around 100 adults & 40 kids! We had 2 other Triplet families in attendance, as well as several Twin families. We are extremely fortunate to have an active/friendly multiples community in our area and they are very supportive of each other!🙂


John A. – Proprietor/Head Chef, Polar Ice

Polar Ice (facebook link) catered our event. John & his wife Valerie went above & beyond, while Lou & Mike helped man the grills and the ice machine. We had so many compliments on how delicious the food was. It was a hot day in Northern California, so the Shaved Ice was really a treat for our guests.🙂

For lunch we had:

  • BBQ Chicken
  • Fried Rice
  • Beanie Weenies
  • Fresh Garden Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Complimentary Shaved Ice
  • Chiquita Mini Bananas, Nachos & Hot Dogs for the kids!

The boys loved all of the attention that they were getting from our friends & family! I have to admit, I was a little worried that they might have a meltdown from all of the attention/people. But it never happened! It was nice that so many of our cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters & calabash family of friends gathered to celebrate the boys first birthday. Some were seeing them for the first time! Doctor Spivak who delivered Rachel’s older son Avery was in attendance, as well as Registered Nurse Amy S. from Kaiser’s Walnut Creek NICU.


A fun time was had by all!

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Kaleo, Makani & Keoni’s 1st Birthday Luau

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In lieu of gifts, we asked our guests to consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Together we raised over $600 for this cause! A cure for pediatric cancer begins with you. Through the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, your donation can save lives.


Donate today to fund research for a cure

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the people that pitched in to help make this a memorable & enjoyable event for all!

  • Rachel – my wife, she did such an outstanding job, planning for the bounce house supervision, organizing/planning/purchasing decorations, organizing volunteers to help decorate & getting the boys ready for the party. I also want to thank her for being the best Super Hero Mom ever to our wonderful boys!
  • Grandma Anne – she helped decorate and put out party favors, as well as being a fantastic grandma to our boys
  • Grandpa John – for picking up the birthday balloons and being the father of my gorgeous wife!
  • Avery A. – he was a big help with setup and helping to keep an eye on the boys.
  • Ali C. – all of her artwork and creative ideas were on display for everyone to enjoy!
  • Sergio S. – he was such a tremendous help with setup and organization! I could not have done this without him!
  • Rosa M. – for picking up the birthday cake & knife!🙂
  • Craig V. – for helping us with setup & being such an awesome guy!
  • John P. – Papa John, for blessing the food and being a great friend/papa to our boys!
  • Bryan B. & Chris W. – for helping us with cleanup after the event.
  • John A., Valerie A., Mike G. & Lou – Our caterers/friends. They catered the event and were fantastic in every way imaginable. If you are local to our area, please don’t hesitate to give Polar Ice a call!!!
  • To everyone that took photos throughout the event. I love receiving photos from all of you!
  • Rachel & I would also like to thank everyone for all of the thoughtful gifts for the boys – money, gift cards, diapers, clothes & toys! We will be sure to put them all to good use!
  • For those of you that donated to NPCF – thank you again!!!

I truly apologize if I left anybody out! (I am sure Rachel will let me know if I did!🙂 )

Mahalo Nui Loa Na Ho’olaule’a A Me La Kaua!

(Thank you for celebrating with us!)


September 16, 2016 – A Note to My Sons II, Happy 1st Birthday!!!

To my sons – Kaleo, Makani & Keoni,

I have vivid memories of the day you were born. How could I ever forget? It was a beautiful day.

It would turn out to be – The Best Day of My Life!


September 16, 2015, Kaiser Hospital Walnut Creek CA – your birthday sunrise!

September 16th, 2015:

The day started out just like any other. Except – this day was special, it was not just any other day. Today was THE day! The day that we would get to hold you and hear you cry for the first time. To look into your beautiful eyes and to touch your little hands!

I woke up early (around 5 AM). Your mom was already awake, she had been up for most of the night while the nurses monitored each of your vitals. The night before, your mom had agreed to try to deliver the three of you naturally – but after a long, rough night she wasn’t so sure anymore. She was emotional, tired and distraught. She was having second thoughts:

  • Would she have the energy, strength, stamina to go through labor & delivery after all that she had been through? Especially after the effects of having pre-eclampsia?
  • Would something happen during your delivery that would force them to do an emergency C-Section anyway?
  • After all that she had been through, we wondered if this would be the safest method possible?

We talked about positive vs. negative aspects of each of the two different options and we came to the conclusion that no matter how valiant and heroic “delivering triplets naturally” sounded – the risks far exceeded the benefits. We decided together that a C-Section would be the safest possible procedure to maximize you & your mom’s health. The doctors agreed with our decision and we were scheduled for surgery later that morning!

I was worried – I was worried that there would be complications & that something would go wrong. I was worried that I would fail you as a father.

I didn’t know – I didn’t know how to be a father! I didn’t know what I was in for. I didn’t know how much you would mean to me.

Those were my biggest fears…

My heart swelled with emotion and joy when I first saw each of you boys for the first time. To me, the three of you were perfect! That moment brought tears to my eyes – 1 by 1, they cleaned you up and checked your vitals. I felt so helpless. There was nothing I could do to protect you. This was now out of my control. I turned to my faith in God and prayed that he would look after you.  For after all you are God’s children first and foremost!

Those were some pretty tough times in the Hospital/NICU. The doctors and nurses were so kind, they worked tirelessly hour after hour with love and compassion. You fought like warriors to survive! The other babies were so small and fragile compared to my big strong boys. I almost felt like you didn’t belong there. I couldn’t help but wonder where the other babies’ parents were. Right then – I made a promise to always be there for you, no matter what!

I have to admit, before you were born I had no clue what ‘True Love’ was or meant – Now I know…


-Baby Kaleo

My sweet, sweet “Daddy’s Boy” – my first born! How did I ever get so lucky to have my little PEMU fall in love with me? I love you so much and you put the biggest smile on my face every day when I come home from a long day at work! I love to sit and cuddle with you. I have given you more than your fair share of nicknames over this past year – PEMU, Princess, Little Guy, Baby Kaleo & I may still call you the runt on occasion, but I see BIG, BIG things in your future! You are already a kind, caring, loving baby. Please, please, please – pass those traits on to your brothers and always care for them and your mom!

-Makani Boy

My little blue eyed boy! You are so handsome, smart and articulate. I love watching you play and hearing you try to form words/sentences. You have always been our little “Makani in the Middle”. Your future is as bright as your smile! You are meticulous in your thought process and I can already tell that you are going to be a problem solver. I know you will be quite the ladies’ man – you can already melt all of the girls’ hearts with just a flash of your baby blue eyes! Yes, yes, yes!!!

-Keoni ‘Big Boy’

My little Big Boy! You may be the youngest, but you have excelled in every way imaginable. You are clearly the strongest and most agile of your brothers. I think you will be the protector of our family. You have such an infectious smile and laugh. What a sweet, kind and loving heart you have. You show so much respect and concern for your mom and brothers. I think you will use those gifts to your advantage and make this world a better place as a result. I also expect Big, BIG things from you, I don’t expect anything less!!!

Your mom and I did everything within our power, to give you boys a loving, healthy start in life. To our delight, that is exactly what happened! You thrived. You grew and grew – beyond our wildest dreams. We Love the three of you boys so much, probably more than you will ever know. I have learned so much in just this past year. You have taught me how to be a better father. I feel grateful, fortunate and so honored to be blessed by your presence in my life.

I remember praying that I could be somebody that you looked up to. Now – it is you that I look up to!!!

Mahalo ke Akua! (Thank you God!)

With all my Love – Happy First Birthday Kaleo, Makani & Keoni!

Your Dad



September 8, 2016 – A year to remember…

Sometimes I find it difficult to find the right words to express exactly how I am feeling. Rachel and I have had so many blessings bestowed upon us – Ultimately the birth of these 3 strong, happy, healthy babies. We are very fortunate to have had so much help, both financially and around the house from our families and extended families since the boys were born. We are eternally grateful for each and every one of you for the time, care and effort that you have invested in raising these 3 precious souls!!!


This has been such an amazing journey. The first 3 months were such a blur that I barely remember what happened and when. Rachel and I feel extremely fortunate that the boys have been relatively healthy. They have only had 2 small colds – fever, runny nose and cough. (hopefully I am not jinxing it by mentioning it!)

Even though they were born just minutes a part, they are so different in every way imaginable. Below is brief update of each boy’s progress and the Hawaiian meanings of each name, along with some fun ‘meanings’ that I found on the old interweb (in italics!)

Hope you enjoy…

Baby Kaleo: The oldest of our trio. He is still the runt (compared to his ‘little brothers’ anyway). He weighs a little bit more than Makani but he is an inch and a half shorter than both of his brothers. He is such a sweet, sweet boy, I think he is happiest when he gets to sit on my lap. I think he would do it all day long if I didn’t have to go to work. He’s a little behind his brothers as far as crawling and standing goes, but he is making a strong push to catch up to them.



In Hawaiian – Kaleo means ‘sound’ or ‘voice’ and this little dude is definitely NOT lacking in that department. If he is happy or upset, he will definitely let you know! He likes to sing and copy the sounds that his brothers make. Heaven forbid if one of his brothers has a toy that he wants!!!

Who is he?
Kaleo is a strong man who is quite unfathomable due to two opposing components in his first name. The first, masculine and irascible, excitable and passionate; comes from the association of the karmic 1 and 8. The other tendency makes him nervous, private, internalized, shy or even inhibited. Individualistic and personal, he is a man of duty – perhaps more so in his intentions than in real life, however. He has difficulty making himself understood, his reactions are often unpredictable and he could just as easily react in an untimely or drastic manner as become withdrawn in a more or less painful sensitivity. Dialogue, tact and diplomacy are not his strong points even though his intuition is very well developed… He is generally an active person but his tendency to go to extremes can mean that his lifestyle is subject to change. Either he puts all his heart and soul into the task at hand, working relentlessly until he has finished – or he takes refuge in total inactivity. As a child, Kaleo tries to impose himself and will spend a lot of time and energy to earn the respect of those around him. Parents, avoid rubbing him up the wrong way and encourage him to communicate. A star pupil, Kaleo´s education could be a roaring success, unless his need for independence, versatility and impatience lead him to become a self-taught genius.

What does he like?
He likes to shine, to be noticed, admired and set an example for others; and he won´t hesitate to resort to his natural theatrical talents in order to achieve these ends. Kaleo could appear to be a rather original, eccentric or marginal character. If his intellectual nature is prevalent, he will be fond of astrology, psychology, ethnology and spirituality… or will profess reactionary opinions – or contrarily – revolutionary views; with an apparently cynical, critical and scathing attitude. In matters of the heart, he is ardently passionate (but not particularly sentimental) and generous, but only on the condition that his authority is never challenged! He also expects his partner to pay him constant attention and could reveal himself to be as jealous as a jilted skunk!

What does he do?
Obviously such a multi-faceted individual has multiple possibilities. If he was born on the 16th, he will be more likely to choose one of the technical or specialized fields (engineer, mechanics, information technology) or scientific research; otherwise, the paranormal domain could equally fascinate him, because he has strong intuitive abilities which could easily become clairvoyance (magnetic healer…).

Makani Boy: He is such a funny little dude! Our Blue Eyed Boy – he has so many facial expressions and you can literally see the wheels turning in his brain when he is trying to figure something out. He really likes to play with or without his brothers and he is able to understand certain words and phrases. He is still an outdoorsy kind of guy. He just loves going for rides in the car and getting out and about in their stroller. He doesn’t sleep nearly as much as his brothers. I think that he really likes his morning 1 on 1 time with dad, as he usually wakes up 30 minutes before his brothers so he can hang out with me and talk about current events.



In Hawaiian the meaning of the name – Makani means wind. I think this is where his love of outdoors comes in to play, Rachel and I both find it ironic that when he was born he was the only one that required assistance breathing via CPAP!
People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters…
People with this name tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They are capable, charismatic leaders who often undertake large endeavors with great success. They value truth, justice, and discipline, and may be quick-tempered with those who do not. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become impractical and rigid…

Keoni Big Boy: He is such a happy go lucky guy! He loves his mama and follows her around like a little puppy. He is by far the biggest, strongest and most agile of the three boys. He has an unlimited amount of energy. But, on the plus side – when he sleeps, he sleeps hard and long! I think that he is a self appointed ladies man! He just loves the ladies! I sometimes forget that Keoni is still just a baby. He is so big that he looks and acts like a toddler. I really enjoy watching him laugh and play. He likes to play ‘Where’s Keoni?’ and laughs at just about anything! Obviously, he loves to eat and I wonder sometimes if he will ever throw in the towel and get full. It hasn’t happened yet.


In Hawaiian the meaning of the name – Keoni is ‘John’ or the ‘the Chosen One’

Who is he?

Masculine and endowed with a certain magnetism, Keoni emanates an air of strength. He is courageous and assertive, although he is also quite wary. This is undoubtedly related to his shyness and emotional fragility – a real Achilles´ heel which affects his mood and level of enthusiasm. This can occasionally result in outbursts of anger if he does not feel that he has been fully understood. Fiery and passionate, he conceals a sweet gentleness behind a firm, even curt and abrupt demeanor. Nevertheless, Keoni is a friendly, affectionate and likable soul – once he has decided that he trusts somebody. An ambitious young man, he is not indifferent to material comfort. He is particularly efficient and capable of great diplomacy when he feels motivated, whereas in other circumstances he may prove to be lacking in tact. Keoni is confident and self-assured; his energy, celerity and his realistic and practical approach are extremely valuable assets! He remains nonetheless quite an impatient and irritable character, and could also prove to be something of an opportunist – his desire to succeed is that strong. However, at the same time he is rather proud and conceited, loathes flattery and deceit and possesses an acute sense of justice… He could sometimes feel torn between his desires and his principles. Born to be in charge, he is capable of assuming responsibility, as much in the family sphere as in his professional life. As a child, this is a little boy who is very attached to his family who he is ever eager to please and who therefore have a considerable influence on him as. Furthermore, he is a sensible and responsible child from an early age and his parents know that he can be trusted. Conscientious and quite a perfectionist, he is of an above average intelligence which means that he is apt to continue his education as long as he chooses. However, his well-being and development remain heavily dependent on a harmonious effective environment and the karmic 6 could mean that he experiences upheaval in his family environment. In this case, Keoni could react in one of two ways; either he will feel overly implicated and take care of the others, or he will flee his responsibilities completely.

What does he like?

Keoni is anxious to please and seeks peace and harmony above all. A lover of perfection, he is sensitive to beauty, aesthetics and comfort. He could occasionally be indecisive and excessively perfectionist because he has a real eye for detail. When it comes to love, he is passionate and possessive, and capable of ferocious jealousy. Loyal, frank and intense, he has difficulty forgiving disloyalty on the part of his partner.

What does he do?

Several types of occupation are likely to attract his attention; the social and medical fields (doctor, magistrate, judge…), consulting, the financial or business domains (management, accounting…), gastronomy, cuisine, aesthetics, art or real estate…

All 3 boys have hit a plateau as far as weight gain goes. I think all of the crawling, standing and up/down exercises have burned off all of their baby fat reserves. They are down to 4, 8 ounce bottles per day and will usually eat solid food in the morning when they wake up and at night right before bed. I am literally counting the number of bottles I have left to make each night before I can put that routine in my rear view mirror! I think it is safe to say that I have made over 6,000 bottles of formula/breast milk since they were born last year!

We are currently in the final stretch of planning for the boy’s first birthday party. We have over 120 adults and almost 50 kids that plan on attending. Hope to see you there!

It’s hard to believe they will be 1 year old in just 8 short days!

Mahalo E Ke Akua No Keia La (Thank you God for this day!)




August 16, 2016 – 11 Months + our first getaway to Monterey…

Wow – what else I can say???


Seriously, these last 11 months have gone by so quickly – if it wasn’t for this blog, it would be hard to piece together what happened and when. Rachel and I constantly refer to this site to relive the memories of what is now just a blur!

Kaleo, Makani & Keoni are thriving in every way possible. They are so big and so strong and remarkably healthy! We count our blessings each and every day – it is hard to imagine the heartbreak, loss and pain that some of our fellow parents of multiples have endured. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of our friends near and far…

This past weekend we met up with another triplet family over in Monterey. It was our first overnight away from home with the boys. They did pretty well, Mom & Pops didn’t get to sleep very well though! We did so much, in such a short amount of time. On our way home, we stopped in Carmel, Capitola, Santa Cruz and Pacifica. The boys are already enjoying the Beach Life, California Style!!!


2 Sets of Triplets!!!

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Rachel & Me in Carmel

We are currently in the process of planning a 1 year birthday party for the boys.

First Baby Luau

First birthdays in Hawaii are considered a major milestone. It is a way to kick off a long and healthy life as well as another reason to enjoy good food and great company. Some families host parties in their backyards while others have it at the beach or at kid-friendly places, like Chuck E. Cheese. No matter where the location, the mark of a child’s first year never goes unnoticed.

This type of celebration has been happening for centuries in many cultures around the world. Most children didn’t live to the age of one due to a lack of the medical advancements that we’re fortunate to have today. In ancient Hawaii, children who beat the odds were honored with a huge feast, better known as a paina or ahaaina. The newer term (first baby luau) came about in the 1850s, referring to the luau leaves in laulau served at the gathering. These gatherings often consist of extended family, friends, neighbors and can reach up to hundreds of attendees.

Although these celebrations are called a luau, they could have an overarching theme. For example, the baby luau could be adorned with sports, superhero, cartoon, etc. decorations and games. Guests usually come with a birthday card and monetary gift for the money box.

A modern baby luau includes cake, while an ancient Hawaiian one might have had haupia for dessert. Traditional feasts included pig, chicken, seafood, coconuts, sweet potatoes and taro (poi). Hawaiians rolled out the lauhala mats and ate on the floor using nothing but their fingers to enjoy the delicious foods. Fresh flowers, ferns and ti leaves decorated the occasion while hula and Hawaiian music decorated the tropical air.

Mahalo ke Akua, God Bless!!!


(L to R) Kaleo, Makani, Keoni…


July 27, 2016 – A new look…

Hi everybody,

Today I decided to change things around a little bit. While I liked the old layout of this blog, it felt like it was taking forever to load because of all the ‘featured images’. Hopefully, this new theme will make the blog a little easier to navigate. Let me know your thoughts – Good or Bad?


Have a blessed day!


Kaleo eating pizza on his first Costco trip!

Mahalo E Ke Akua No Keia La




July 16, 2016 – 10 Months…

We celebrated 10 months together with our Big, Wonderful boys this past Saturday.


All 3 boys have actively been practicing the various stages of crawling:

  • Kaleo has been doing the Army/Infantry crawl (all arms & butt!)
  • Makani does a variation of the standard baby crawl, he can also stop on a dime and sit up!
  • Keoni is our most versatile crawler. He is getting FAST! He can sit up, pull himself to a standing position and return to a seated position. Walking is not too far off for the Big Guy!

Happy 10 Month Birthday Boys!!!

Thank you for following us & God Bless!

Mahalo ke Akua!!!


June 14, 2016 – Out with OLD, In with the NEW!!!

Hey everybody,

We will be celebrating the boy’s 9 month birthday on Thursday June 16th, 2016. There are lots of ‘New Happenings’ around our place and this brings great joy to our lives. Keoni has been army crawling, Kaleo can roll across the entire living room & Makani is showing signs of wanting to walk (skipping the crawling stage completely!) Rachel & I are also feeling a little sentimental, kind of like this is an ‘End of an Era’.😥


The phrase ‘Out with the OLD, In with the NEW’ – pretty much sums up what has been happening around our house. Apparently this process started WAY before the boys were born or even conceived!

Here is a quick summary:


Before we started dating – Rachel lived in a 1 bedroom duplex downtown and I was renting a bedroom in a house that was close to work. December of 2014 we both decided that her place wasn’t big enough, so we started looking for new accommodations. I found a great deal on a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath condo on the other side of town. We signed the lease agreement at the end of January and moved in 1 week before the boys were conceived. (the boys were conceived during Rachel’s birthday getaway vacation to Playa del Carmen)

God was definitely working in our lives!!!


Rachel owned a 2004 VW Jetta 4 door & I had a 1998 BMW 328iS 2 door. In June of 2015 we traded the Jetta in on a 2007 Honda Odyssey. (Probably one of the best investments we have made to date!) Neither of us ever thought we would own a minivan, but it has been a lifesaver. I could not imagine trying to haul the boys and all of their stuff around without it.

In March of 2016 I sold my beloved BMW and bought a 2006 Infinity M45 4 door. It was hard giving up the BMW for a ‘grown up’ car (especially one with all of those doors) but the 350HP Infiniti V8 engine made me happy!!!🙂


We were gifted so many cute outfits that the boys no longer fit in. Rachel has passed most of them on to other Families with multiples from her Facebook group & SCMoMs. It is cute to see other babies sporting those same outfits!

Fisther Price My Little Snug-a-Puppy Deluxe Bouncers (x2)

The boys loved their My Little Snug-a-Puppy Deluxe Bouncers, but they were getting too big for them. We put them up for free on the neighborhood website and a couple that is expecting Twins (their first kiddos) contacted us about them! We are so happy that our bouncers will be going to another Multiple family that needs them and will put them to good use. The cool thing is that they live about 1/2 a mile from us, in the same complex as we do. I am sure we will see them at our community pool more and more as they approach their delivery date.


Fisher Price Rock-n-Plays (x3)

The boys are too big for their Rock-n-Plays and we haven’t used them in over a month. We offered them to the expectant twin couple that we just met, but we aren’t sure that they want/need them yet. These were a life saver when we first brought the boys home from the NICU. Especially since we live in a 2 story house with all of the bedrooms located on the 2nd story. The boys slept exclusively in these for the first 3 months that they were at home. Because of the incline position they also helped to relieve colic & reflux.


Fisher Price Jumperoos (x2)

We are right on the cusp of retiring the jumperoos. They have a 25 lb maximum capacity & Keoni is tipping the scales at 23 lbs. These helped to build the boy’s core strength. We also used them to contain/entertain Keoni after he learned how to army crawl. Behind Makani, you can see the multi-colored gates that we use, now that Keoni is too big for the jumperoos!

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Fisher Price My Little Snug a Puppy Swing & Cradle

Makani was the only one that really got to use the Swing & Cradle. Mostly because his brothers were too chunky to fit in it!🙂 He enjoyed napping in it while his brothers napped in the Pack n Play/Co-Sleeper. We passed it on to another Multiple family through SCMoMs.


Graco Swing By Me

Keoni got to use this swing almost exclusively. It really calmed & soothed him when he was fussy. The other 2 boys rarely got to take it for a spin. This was also passed on to another SCMOM.



Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 infant car seats

The boys haven’t technically outgrown the Graco infant car seats, but they are getting close. I switched them out – 2 weeks ago with New Diono RXT Radian convertible seats. The boys love the new Dionos (rear facing until 2 years old), they have plenty of room to grow and they also have more of an upright seating position (better to take in the views when we go on roadtrips!) I installed 1 of the Gracos in my car until the boys outgrow them completely.

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We used Baby Trend Universal Double & Single Snap-N-Go Stroller Frames with the Graco infant car seats for the first 7 months. They were really convenient as the car seat fits perfectly in the stroller frame. They also don’t draw as much attention as the triple strollers when we are out on the town. When the boys were just 3 1/2 months old, I found a great deal on a Berg Runabout 3 seat stroller on Craigslist. The only thing missing was the sunshade for each side. I had my sail maker friend John, Owner of Amen Sails whip some up in his workshop and now the boys are styling and protected from Prying, Germy Strangers – as well as UV rays.

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That’s about it for this update!

Take care & God Bless / Ke Akua Ho’o Mai Kai