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Twenty years to Hawaii
Dedicated to Marian Buhl Boyer

Submitted by Anonymous

On July 8, 1928 a baby girl named Edith was born on the Island of Molokai. Edith was a direct descendant of Alii Nui, queen of Maui. When she was 13 she was present on Oahu, during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and later she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Edith met a sailor, my great uncle, married him and they had three children, two girls and a boy. They moved to Pennsylvania and when the marriage broke apart Edith returned to Hawai'i with the 3 children in 1959. Through lack of communication my family lost contact with Edith and the children.

When I was a young my grandmother would show me pictures and tell me stories about our family in Hawai'i. I always wanted to find them. I started my search in 1983. At that time I didn't have the internet to use. I had to go to the library and search phone books. I searched and searched again for 20 years and then it happened. One night in December of 2003 I was searching the internet and found what turned out to be the missing link. An obituary that included a name matching Edith's son's name. The obituary also mentioned the names of her two daughters. The daughter's first names matched my missing family members. I had a feeling of "this has to be them." Although I couldn't find an address for any of my 3 family members the obituary did say that Edith had three other sons. After searching the internet I found an address for one son and sent him a letter in the hope that my intuition was right. When my phone rang one night and the man told me that Edith was indeed his mother I almost hit the floor. He promised me he would give my information to his brother and sisters and the rest is history.

Since making contact with my family in Hawai'i I have sent them pictures that they didn't know existed. I've tried to fill a gap for them with all the information I can. Probably the thing that has touched me the most was the reaction when I sent the pictures to them. I was told that they didn't have any pictures of themselves as children to show to their children and grandchildren. Hopefully they now have a little something to pass along. I hoped that the love of my family would one day bring us all back together.

The best thing about this story is that it is non-fiction. It is the real story of a family lost and then found. It has taken me 20 years to write about this. I haven't been to Hawai'i yet to meet my family for the first time, but I will get there. Now maybe you know why the title is "Twenty years to Hawaii."


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