Family Reunions

By Blog Director: Sandra Pascal
Three years ago our grandma passed away. After her funeral we all gathered at Aunt Mary Kay’s house and  began to reminisce. Everyone agreed that it’s unfortunate that families tend to get together when someone passes away.  We decided right then and there that we were not going to let that happen again. We were going to plan a family reunion and have a blast! We should come together to celebrate family and life, we should not come together during a time of loss.
Two weeks ago my husband’s family had their reunion. It was a blast. He has a huge family, 158 people came together in Palm Springs and shared 3 nights and 4 days together. We stayed at a really nice resort, where we had a choice of renting a house or apartment. It was so nice to wake up every morning and walk next door to an aunt or family member and have breakfast, take a bike around the neighborhood, and see your family hanging out. One of the best parts, playing cards until late at night surrounded by a table of family members of all ages.
Some of the many activities also were, we played games, went to a water park, and had a huge party on Saturday night where everyone wore a color coordinated shirt to distinguish themselves from what side of the family they were from. We ended the family reunion on Sunday with a mass at the local Catholic church, it was so beautiful. The priest was  so happy to see our family come together and pray.
 It was so nice to be able to meet new family members and revisit with old ones. Life is so busy for everyone and it’s hard to keep in touch with so many people. Spending a few days with them was such a great experience.  I know that my children really enjoyed spending time with their cousins and learning new languages and culture.
Traditions and family values are key for our family. Most of our family is Hawaiian and it was so special to see their love for nature, passion for life, and family.  They were very relaxed and easy going. They shared their music with us and the teenagers danced to traditional Hawaiian music. It was such a magical experience. Being around people that love you and care about you is pretty cool. I feel that my children got a better understanding of their roots and where they come from.
My biggest take away was to see all the different generations and how each one was so unique and special. I would highly recommend that you make a call today and make arrangements for your own family reunion. It doesnt have to be a 4 day event it could be as simple as a picnic at a park.  At the end of the day all we have is family, big or small, it doesn’t matter. What matters is spending quality time and making beautiful  memories together.
You will not regret it… and yes the next family reunion is in Hawaii 2020!!
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Love your Ohana you only get one.
“Ohana” means family

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