Christmas Newsletter 2021   22 comments

2021 Holiday Greetings from Lari & Cliff

         Hopefully we are slowly coming out of pandemic mode, so we can return to traveling, sporting events, concerts and partying with family & friends.  

         My daughter’s family: Yvette, Erik, Noakai & Marlowe returned home to Battery Park City in early September after spending almost 2 years in Margate City, NJ during the pandemic. Marlowe is in second grade at Battery Park City public school and Noakai is a senior at Stuyvesant High School nearby. 

         My son’s family: Ryan is an instructor at Shipfitter Shop 11, Pearl Harbor Shipyard. Kara teaches kindergarten at Holomua in Ewa Beach. Jensen is a Junior at UH West Oahu. Madisen is a senior & varsity cheerleader at Moanalua HS. Allysen is a 6th grader at Salt Lake Elementary and is in club Cheer. 

         My brother Bruce Kimura and I used to go dancing before covid and now we occasionally have dinner together. He loves to sing karaoke. He is retired but still does small jobs for friends and family. He helps me around my condo whenever I need odd jobs done. We are each other’s airport shuttle. His baby is Sweetie, a lovable Yorkie.

         My sister Christine lives in Boulder, CO with her hubby Phil Shull. Her daughter Desmonne lives nearby with her hubby Brian Bennett and their son Coen, who is now 5 years old and in kindergarten. They usually come to Hawaii in February, during their winter to warm up at our beaches. 

         My nephew Kazu Hernandez, who is a doctor at Schofield, reserved KMC (Kilauea Military Camp) for the Veteran’s Day weekend for Cliff & I, my niece Claudine with her daughter Chloe, and his two younger daughters, Ailah and Aulia. We took a day trip around the island to Punaluu, Kona, Hapuna beach and Kamuela. We also visited Pahoa, Kalapana and Hilo. During the summers we go tent camping at various beach campgrounds around Oahu with Claudine and Kazu & their kids, along with Madi &Ally. Last year, we camped at Malaekahana and this summer we camped at Bellows.

         Grandma Lari’s Camps: Three times a year, I invite 7 kids to sleep in my condo for 5 days-during spring break, summer break and winter break, starting in 2020 & continuing in 2021. They love to come to play, swim, and have fun together. I taught them how to sew in March of 2020, and now they come with sewing projects of their own. Most of them already know how to cook breakfast and dinner, so they can prepare meals while they are here. They love to bake cookies, swim in my condo pool, take bus rides around town, play in Makiki District Park nearby, play board games, create skits & plays, play scavenger hunt, card games and more. We usually have a movie night with popcorn and Grandma chooses the movie. They love Uncle Cliff’s Instant Pot spaghetti, so they request it each time they come. 

         This year for Thanksgiving lunch, I ordered a delicious meal from LCC (Leeward Community College) culinary school. Cliff’s family came to enjoy Thanksgiving with us at his home in Kapahulu. Cliff’s son Jordan with Easton (5), daughter Dayna with her hubby Cayce and sister Liane with hubby Paul came for turkey lunch. (sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of Cliff’s family) We ate another turkey dinner at Ryan & Kara’s home in Salt Lake with Kara’s sister, Kandyce and her family.

         On Fridays & Sundays I go to Tsutomu Nakao’s Dragon Beat Taiko classes at Jodo Mission. His classes are so much fun! Saturday mornings I go to the Kakaako Farmers Market on Ward and Ala Moana Blvd. Later in the morning I walk with neighbors to Sandra’s condo’s heated pool at the top of Wilder Ave, where we swim & do water exercise-sometimes we do more chatting then exercising! 

         Cliff Kimura and I met on Match.com in September 2020 and celebrated our One Year Anniversary this September. Yanagi Sushi was Cliff’s hangout late at night while he was working swing shift at United Airlines Operations office. He was a late night regular there for years and now we go there every Saturday night. In May his St Louis class of ’71 celebrated their 50th Class Reunion. We go to art museums, galleries, to the beach, dinners, enjoy wine (beer & sake too), watch movies & enjoy sunsets. Cliff enjoys his photography hobby and goes out often for various photo shoots throughout the year, which include Astro Photography, surfers, Raptor planes, sunsets, sports and more. When he is not taking photos, he is editing them on his computer and sharing them on Flickr and on his WordPress blog.

We traveled standby on United Airlines together for the first time in August. We went to LA for 3 days & flew to Denver for 3 days. In October, he couldn’t travel, so I went by myself on standby to New York to visit Yvette and her family for a week. On the way home, I visited Marcus and Linda in Kansas City, MO for a few days. We can’t wait to travel to Japan & hope to enjoy many future trips together. 

May the holidays and the New Year bring you much peace, health & happiness.

                              Love and aloha,

                                Lari & Cliff

Posted December 15, 2021 by lariyasui in Christmas, Christmas news

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  1. Merry Christmas from Kauai! Enjoyed your newsletter and wonderful pics of all the fun you’re having. I’d say you’re having too much fun! May you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2022. Thanks for keeping in touch. I’m always interested in what you’re up to. Keep it coming.
    Pearl

  2. Dear Lari:
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful memories. According to the Bible “Like cold water on a tired
    soul. Is a good report from a distant land” Proverbs 25:25

    We thank you from the bottom of our hearts all the effort that you’ve always done for us.
    As I had mentioned before we are walking as one of Jehovah’s witnesses since in July 1973.
    We are preaching s good news of Jesus The godly principles in the Bible show us how to live
    In a way that brings physcial benefits. For example being “ moderate in habits” contributes to
    good health. (1 Timothy 3:2) By ‘cleansing ourselves of every defilement of fresh and spirit,
    we avoid damaging our health. Applying God,s counsel found in the Bible also promotes
    happiness in marriage and self-respect.
    -1 Corinthians 6:18.

    Thank you very much for your good news from a distant land.
    By for now.

    Mikio and Masae

    mikio.Masae@gmail.com
  3. Enjoying life at Kahala Nui – barbM

  4. Loved reading and seeing your trip to Colorado! Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful year with family. Happy Holidays, Mrs. Yasui!

  5. Lari,

    You are a great person and you have wonderful friends and family. You are a very positive person that people around you must have greatly appreciated and inspired, your person or character emulated by them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.

    This greeting is coming from a stranger who damaged your car to my dismay more that 2 years ago. Passed forward my daughter Sydney graduated her Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UH last May 2020. My husband and myself attended her graduation. I was wondering about you and thought about communicating with you but it was such a short time, we were trying to fix her beat up 1978 Toyota truck, she recently purchased with her tax refund, she’s very proud of it. She’s working for a local company in Oahu right now to gain some experience. I have a 23 year son who lives in Silverthorne CO, who is a very hard working young man, he tried school but said it is not for him.

    I just turned 62 years old in November, and working as a Dentist in my small practice in a tiny town called Troutman in NC. The town is starting to be crowded and I do not like the idea but it is expected. I love and enjoy very much what I do (except the administrative part), but I guess retirement is more likely 5 years down the road.

    Take care and stay healthy Lari and Cliff. Hope you have a Wonderful Holidays!

    Angie Le Cras

  6. Beautiful memories Mrs Yasui!!! Always a joy reading and seeing all your adventures on Facebook. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Cheers to a safe and adventurous New Year!!!

    Celebrado’s
    Jane, Phil, Nic and Zac

  7. Happy holidays Lari and Roger: Just love reading about your travels; miss seeing everyone! Take care and stay safe!

  8. Such a cheerful newsy Christmas message from Lari and Cliff! Thanks for the hardcopy to. Would you believe my printer broke just as I was printing up my newsletters so I had to talk to HP support for two days. I will be purchasing a new one from them and that is the best solution! All is well in Kaneohe

  9. Merry Christmas Lari, Cliff and Ohana,
    Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.
    If you are ever in Oregon, visit Sake One in Forest Grove. We really like that place and joined the Sake Club, too.
    Take care and welcome to the Crusader Ohana!

  10. Hi Aunty Lari & Uncle Clifford! I love your pictures and your travel adventures. Families surely grows up fast…and old. The Donohues are doing well. Luci is a fighter and keeps going. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022 New Year!! Love to all

    Jr & Karen Donohue & entire Donohue Ohana

  11. Dear Lari,

    I love love love reading all your wonderful adventures. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Williamsburg Brooklyn!

  12. Geez Lari…
    – You’re so techy!
    – You sure are LIVING an exciting, joyful, busy, fun, and meaningful life with those who are precious!
    – I LOVE how you spend time with people especially your grandkiddos!!! Teaching them so many things that most don’t know how to do while building loving relationships. You’ve given me ideas of what I can do with my grandkiddos. I have 3.
    – So glad you’re LIVING!!! A great role model for me and others!!!

  13. Lari: Thank you for your always “newsy” letters. You are “on-the-go”, enthusiastic about life, bringing joy and cheer to those around you! I am happy for you that God has blessed you with strong family ties and that you now have a companion that also loves to travel! How great is that! May I extend my Christmas greeting to you from San Diego. Tom will be 95 in February and I am not far behind. We enjoy good health, blessings of family on both sides and are still active in in the community. Thanks again for sharing your life! God bless you!

  14. Lari – You’re still gorgeous and full of vim, vigor, and vitality! Stay that way and stay well, too! Wishing you and your family all the best this Holiday Season!
    Friend and Admirer Always! – Dante Carpenter

  15. Merry Christmas from Lakewood, CO! So nice to read your newsletter and wish we could travel and enjoy as much as you do. One of these days we hope to visit you. Thank you for sharing your adventures. Take care.
    Mabuhay!
    Deo and Noree

  16. Merry Christmas Lari! I enjoyed your Christmas letter. It was so full of activity. I marvel at “Grandma Lari’s Camps”—3X a year!! OMGOSH I’m exhausted just reading it.
    I have only Mika but we do a lot of things together, too. This week we’ll bake cookies. She says, “Grammy is my pal!”
    I try to make memories for her and for Dan and I.
    I’m glad you finally met someone you enjoy being with! We always felt you were so bold and daring to try on line matches! But you were safe and careful in your choice!! Have fun!
    Merry Christmas to you and Cliff!

  17. Happy Holidays Lari!
    Love reading your newsletters, you are such a busy, busy person!!!
    Glad I have Facebook to keep up with you!
    Have a very Merry Christmas 🎄
    Ray & Wayne

  18. May you continue to have health and the strength to do many activities. God Bless. Merry Christmas and a great 2022.

  19. Thank you for your joyful newsletter. I enjoyed reading all that you shared Lari! You life is exciting and fun! Please enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2023. You’ve endured these trying times with such positiveness. Take good care and be very safe. Thank you again Lari!
    Enjoy yourself with Cliff by your side!

  20. Thank you for sharing Lari. Life is full and wonderful with so may connections. Continue to spread your warmth and laughter! Be safe and healthy in 2022 with Cliff at your side. Blessings to you both!

  21. Thank you for the Christmas letter. I love reading your adventures, I wanna be like you when I grow up. LOL! Have a safe Holiday Season and we’ll do dinner again, Jason and Logan are home.

    Love,
    Reena

  22. Belated holiday greetings! Thank you so much for sharing your newsy Christmas newsletter. You have an wonderful family and lead an amazing life. Best wishes for a memorable and safe 2022.

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