Http://KaanapaliCondoNews.com, Dec. 7–We feature the full story of Kea Aloha, the only dog profiled recently in Maui newspapers, preparing for another day in the ocean. Read his story below from my Voices of Maui column in Lahaina News.
THE LOYAL FRIEND
Day in Life of Kea Aloha
AS THE ONLY NATIVE HAWAIIAN in our family, born in Hilo, Hawaii, weaned in Honolulu on Sand Island, arriving on Maui via Hawaiian Air just three months after birth, Kea Aloha loves living in the greatest place on earth. The white fluffy guy frequently petted by visitors who miss their animals love this dog.
The vet has said he has a very strong heart. That’s because his co-masters walk him down and then up Kekaʻa Drive hill every morning to visit the resorts and sit on a soon-to-be rented beach cabana chair to watch Trilogy snorkel day-trippers depart each morning
Kea spends more time at the beach than many residents who mostly seem to go to and fro to the store or other places unconnected to the joys of paradise. Kea takes up his story in his own words.
“My first stop in the morning is the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel valet stand where I say hello to my friends Patti, Bobbie, Clayton and Ron (who keeps insisting I need training).
To let others dogs know I have been around, I raise my hind leg on my favorite signs, one saying, “Stop” and another, “ No Parking. Your Car Will Be Towed by Alli’i Towing.” The ocean used to scare me to death, even the sound of it before I could see. Now it merely frightens me.
Back home, I like to sleep around. Favorite spots are a doggy bed next to an open window, sofa, and lounge chair and cold marble in the bathroom. P
I go to a lot of places, particularly liking the Sunday Drive to Ulapalakua Ranch where I once heard Amy Haniali’i sing at the winery. I had to stand outside the white picket fence though. P My co-masters like to order Elk burgers at the ranch store. I have been to Whale Day in Kihei and heard Neil Abercrombie and Alan Arakawa speak at the Maui Tropical Plantation before they won election.
I don’t like politics though, tired of my masters watching Morning Joe on Tivo and the Last Word with Lawrence O-Donnell on MSNBC. I don’t like Joe interrupting Mika, either. and I am tired of people being destructive by continuing to bash Obamacare.
P My friend Tommy thinks I am a conservative but as usual 100 percent of the time, he is wrong. I don’t like Fox either since I do not like animal channels that put out false “information.”
My favorite hangout place is Paia Fish Market where I sit under a picnic table and watch the masters eat ono fish sandwiches which they claim are the best on the island.
Must they always eat three times a day?
When little, I once took a dump on the threshold of the Paia bikini store where my of my co-master likes to sit watching women try on bikinis.
I have been on vacation to Chicago but the last trip was harrowing. American Airlines was fine without a reservation. But on a second trip on United flying out of Honolulu, a clerk asked for my reservation and I had none. We missed our flight and the co-master had to take me in a cab to the outside the airport to a freight building and wait six hours for another flight.
In the evening, I sometimes go for a run with my friend Parker, a tiny dog who recently broke his leg jumping off a sofa and had to have a metal plate put in. No more incessant ball chasing for him.
I also sometimes blitz at home around the kitchen counter, the dining table, and sofa when the co-master decides to chase me. I could be a great NFL halfback because of my quick moves since the co- master never catches me. A football is too big for me to carry, however.
I have become famous, though. I am pictured on the Lahaina Library Facelift Timeline blog because I served as a volunteer for the Rotary Club of Lahaina modernization project. And I have been praised in a book for not eating the author’s manuscript for breakfast.
Bedtime is around 10. Sometimes the co-master falls asleep on the sofa watching House and I have to bark to get her to join me in bed with my stuffed pig, the love of my life, who squeaks when I put her in my mouth.
This is all I have space for. I haven’t been to the Lahaina News office yet but maybe I should go to ask editor Mark Vieth for more space. I guess Craig would have to sell more ads to help make the paper thicker.
So that’s all folks, as a famous woodpecker used to say. A hui hou and be kind to anyone with four legs. See you at the beach, but not close to the water.
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