Saying Good Bye to Lexi Dogg, Sort Of

photo of Lexi Dogg on the beach in Lanikai, 2000 - 2014
The internet famous Lexi Dogg died. We are celebrating her life. Please share your stories – we’d love to know about them.

Lexi was a celebrity dog of the internet era, making her debut in 2006 as the star of Beach Walks with Rox. Within the first year, she had fans from around the world who would send her birthday cards and gifts, who left comments for her, and who found her on the beaches of Hawaii to take her picture. Aside from the nearly 780 episodes, she is a fixture in countless home movies and pics taken by travelers to Hawaii! [Read more…]

Beach Walk 318 – Death in the Distance

Two people in my circle of friends died this past week. Despite my spiritual belief that we will be together again, the loss is still painful for those who loved these two people.

My intention on this show is to “spread a little aloha” so I am faced on a day like today with doing just that while “keeping it real.” Too much positivity gets construed as insensitivity, and that I do not intend.

from a distance, death is a natural and predictable part of life. Up close, it can be very painful, and for that, I open my heart.

Hawaiian words
Make: death
Mamao: distance

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Beach Walk 241 – A hui hou, Evelyn

Today is a Hawaiian-style burial of ashes at sea, fulfilling one of Evelyn’s wishes.

Evelyn DeWitt never lived in Hawaii, but she visited here many times and has family members who live here. One of her wishes was to have her ashes scattered at sea here in the islands. Today we join the family in saying goodbye to her, in that special, aloha style way.

Today’s special show music is by Aaron: Last Goodbye, Ballad

Related episodes:
Memorial Day

Hawaiian words
A hui hou: til we meet again
Make: death

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Beach Walk 205 – A hui hou Harry…

My Uncle Harry died this week, hours after a visit from his older brother, my Dad.

Sometimes we have a chance to say goodbye. (For now…as I believe we’ll see each other again somewhere, somehow.) Sometimes we don’t.

In any case, I find death incredibly personal.

Rob Costlow’s music is perfect for this episode. The title, “L.A./Passing By” I took to mean literally, “Los Angels – Passing By” as Harry did with us this week. Mahalo Rob.

Hawaiian words
Make: death
A hui hou: until we are together again

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Beach Walk 162 – Are Animals Conscious?

I think animals are conscious, and if they are, then I think that means we don’t have to worry for them quite so much.

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About Today’s Show

It was raining a lot today so we made this show at home, and added footage we collected this summer of a honu (turtle) and a manō (shark). Both had died of strangulation from tangled fish wire and fishing nets and were washed ashore.

I felt very sad for them when I encountered each of them (on separate days) yet I couldn’t quite bring myself to rant and rail against the fishermen. One, I figure I am on the soapbox enough, and two, a lot of this I believe is inadvertent. I am not talking about the bill gill nets as I am strongly opposed to those methods of fishing. Too many animals die in the process of collecting some fish. But lines do break and get left behind sometimes.

It also occurs to me that it is somewhat condescending to think of animals as “less than” or needing our pity. (Note I did not say sympathy.) I want them to learn that we humans leave all sorts of stuff behind and to watch out for it. Those of us who believe animals have incredible powers can understand that this is possible!

I do believe there is a difference between animals in the wild and those who have come to live with us, like Lexi or the goldfish in our pond. It is my job to protect them. And I do happily.

In any case, I wanted to show this footage as it is not often we get to have up close encounters with creatures from the sea. And I choose not to worry myself sick that this was all for nothing but rather there is some sense to life, even the painful parts when spirits die, even if we can’t always see it. Certainly the shark was a treat for the school children, who may have a greater appreciation for them as a result.

Hawaiian words
Manō: shark
Honu: turtle
Make: dead

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