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 The First Week, Part 2 of 3 

Friday Morning, August 24th, 2007...The day of Dukie's Funeral and the 1st day back in action for the Na Hoku II.
This album has a mix of both 'kine pix from that day, but most are of the funeral. It was sad & wonderful all at the same time. For those who didn't know Dukie, here is a little background, and for those who did, maybe there'll be a surprise or two:

Douglas "Dukie" Kuahulu
Aug. 3, 1937 - Aug. 11, 2007
A Treasure Of The Sea, Sand and Surf

Caddie, Oahu Country Club, late 50's. Beach Boy, Waikiki, 1955-2006. High Diver for Guy Lombardo's Show in New York City, early 1960's, Also performed at The World's Fair, NYC, 1964. Original Crew, Hokule'a, 1976. Was in the movies "South Pacific" and "Hawaii", also appeared in "Hawaii 5-0". Some of his many interests included Carving Tiki's, Weaving Coconut Leaf Hats & Bowls,
Chess, Backgammon, Bowling, Cards and Pool.

The first working landing of 2007
The first working landing of 2007
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People begin to gather
People begin to gather
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Braddah Kai...was great to see him again!
Braddah Kai...was great to see him again!
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Dukie's Memory Table
Dukie's Memory Table
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This paddle (anchored to the concrete block) was dropped in after Dukie's ashes were scattered to mark the spot on the ocean floor.
This paddle (anchored to the concrete block) was dropped in after Dukie's ashes were scattered to mark the spot on the ocean floor. *
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Dukie's board
Dukie's board
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The crowd grows larger
The crowd grows larger
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This is always when you see all the old-timers at the same time together
This is always when you see all the old-timers at the same time together *
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Some music for everyone gathered
Some music for everyone gathered
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Kawika arrives
Kawika arrives
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And Rudy
And Rudy
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The service begins
The service begins
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The conch shell is blown by several as a farewell
The conch shell is blown by several as a farewell
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Colored Homing pigeons are released...(It was VERY cool to watch them fly out, then group up together in the air, get their bearings, then head for home (Waipahu)
Colored Homing pigeons are released...(It was VERY cool to watch them fly out, then group up together in the air, get their bearings, then head for home (Waipahu)
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Braddah Gabby Makalena (to the right, blue shirt)
Braddah Gabby Makalena (to the right, blue shirt)
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Buffalo Kealuna, a legendary beachboy, waterman and surfer from the Leeward side (Makaha, Waianae) greets old friends
Buffalo Kealuna, a legendary beachboy, waterman and surfer from the Leeward side (Makaha, Waianae) greets old friends
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Dukie's family & friends get on for the ride out to the scattering place
Dukie's family & friends get on for the ride out to the scattering place
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Dukie's wife Carol comes alongside as she holds the ashes, on their way out
Dukie's wife Carol comes alongside as she holds the ashes, on their way out
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And is joined by some escort canoes
And is joined by some escort canoes
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Everyone gathers at the spot
Everyone gathers at the spot
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Flowers are thrown into the water in his memory
Flowers are thrown into the water in his memory
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The Hokule'a arrives for the scattering
The Hokule'a arrives for the scattering *
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A true sign of status within the community when the Hokule'a presents herself at a funeral.
A true sign of status within the community when the Hokule'a presents herself at a funeral. *
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Former Capt. Albert was on hand
Former Capt. Albert was on hand
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Back on the beach from the funeral, it's time to bless the boat.
Back on the beach from the funeral, it's time to bless the boat.
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It is done...a new year, a fresh start
It is done...a new year, a fresh start
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1st run
1st run
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What a spectacular day!
What a spectacular day!
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The first turtle seen from the working boat in '07...a good sign!
The first turtle seen from the working boat in '07...a good sign!
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