Hauʻoli Lā Hānau Iā ʻOe e Makuakāne

Me and makuakāne

The month of December is the most exciting (for me) and most stressful (for my mom) in my family as we celebrate two birthdays– that of me and makuakāne and my parents’ anniversary all before Christmas. We kick off the holiday period with a lā hānau dinner for makuakāne surrounded by our closest family members. I haven’t had the opportunity to spend his birthday with him for the past four years because I was taking my finals or flying back home. Thankfully, this year I get to spend his birthday (and every single day) with him, to his delight, I’m sure. We are extremely different people, dad and I, but two conversation topics we will always agree on are football and food. One of my greatest joys since I moved home has been watching every Baylor football game with my makuakāne and makuahine as we discuss the happenings of the quarters and what we are excited about and/or what we’d do differently. Although I truly loved working at Baylor football games and spending each week in the press box, I’m grateful to have a dad who listens to my sports opinions and validates each of my statements. On the same level, he constantly encourages me to go after what I want in life– whether that be sports or law. When I was writing for the Star Advertiser during the football season, he (and mom of course) came with me to almost every game, even to those where they had no care for either team. Knowing that my parents were in the audience cheering me on means the whole world. Dad and I don’t agree on everything– hell, our disagreements are vast and frequent, but we’re slowly becoming more compassionate and attentive when it comes to our discussions and I’m so thankful for that fact. While we won’t share an adoration for Colin Kaepernick or prison abolition (or Vineyard Vines on his end) any time soon, I’m lucky to have a dad who will listen and learn right alongside me no matter what! Hauʻoli lā hānau iā ʻoe e makuakāne!