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!!!
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!!!