Thanks to Baron Sekiya with www.Hawaii247.com for allowing me to re-post this photo of Suez “Suzzy” Mielke and her two-year-old Kaimalia with Santa at the Keauhou Shopping Center recently. (SeeÂ
This photo is representative of what a Big Island, small world we are living upon. Â I received this photo in an email from Suez Mielke, wishing me and everybody on her email list a Merry Christmas. Â The email had been forwarded to Suzzy Mielke by Shannon Rudolph, who had seen it posted on www.Hawaii247.com and recognized Suzzy Mielke and her daughter. I know Shannon Rudolph, at least in cyberspace. Â She has included me on her mass email list for some time now, at least since the Hawaii County Council was taking up the issue of depleted uranium on and around the Pohakuloa Training Area. Â I have known and have been friends with Suzzy Mielke since 2001, when she roomed with a guy I used to date in Kona. Â She and I have mutual friends in both Kona and Puna.
Baron Sekiya, who took the widely circulated photo of Suzzy Mielke and her daughter, is a former colleague of mine at the West Hawaii Today who is now running the blog/cyber publication, www.Hawaii247.com.Â
What’s that saying, there are sixth degrees of separation? Â Oftentimes, I find less. I think it’s more like, we are all interconnected.Â
In any event, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday — whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas — and a Merry 2009.