Beach Walk 763R – Memorial Day in the Pacific

We originally filmed this episode for Memorial Day in 2006. But it clearly stands out as a timeless message, and represents the true essence of Beach Walks – even though it was not filmed on a beach! It was completely unscripted, no shot list, we just showed up and worked as fast as we could before the sun set. Sometimes, you know the universe is on your side. Today’s show was filmed at the Hawaii Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 50,000 leis were donated, and over 100 young Boy Scouts placed a lei and a flag on each gravestone. I was quite stirred to be in the presence of death while smelling the sweet scent of plumeria lei. Though most of those buried here are from modern wars, this “punchbowl” of an ancient volcano was the site of Hawaiian aliʻi burials and human sacrifice of those who violated the kapu or taboos.

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  1. …I always enjoy this video; sobering.

  2. Thanks, a true Beach Walks classic!

    Welcome Back?

  3. Welcome back Roxanne, Shane, and Lexi. I have my PDA set to remind me to re-watch this episode, but you beat me to it!

    It’s one of your best and truly a remarkable reflection.

    Mahalo nui loa!

  4. Aloha Jonnie, Shannon, and Luci! Thanks so much for your comments and being so attentive. We’ve just made the move to Maui and are ready to start re-building the site so we can re-launch the show!

    Love and hugs, Rox

  5. Susan and my dog Lexie says

    Congrats on the Maui move, Rox and Shane! This Memorial Day clip never grows old. Aloha and special thoughts are sent your way…

  6. Aloha Rox!

    It’s been a while. I was looking at an old post of mine (way back from 2008) on today, and I noticed that you had commented on it all those years ago, wishing me a happy 1 year anniversary for my site.

    Then I got to thinking: I really miss the show!

    And now that I have an AppleTV, I’d love to see BeachWalks in HD on the big screen. So I came over here, all ready to ask you when or if you would make any new shows, and I see you’ve moved and are planning a Beachwalks Renaissance.

    SO. excited.

    I’m definitely going to spread the word about this when it goes live. Godspeed to you!

  7. Memorial day becomes particularly symbolic for Hawaii, as it proved to be the turning point in WWII that drew the US into war. Thanks for sharing, Roxanne.