Sunday, March 7, 2010


Tutu is actually samoan or something other than Hawaiian - But, it is used in Hawaii very frequently; it is a respectful way to say grandma.

Sue's grandmother passed away earlier today at the age of 93.  She was living in Hawaii when her first grandchild was going to be born.   She told everybody that she was going to be a Tutu(Grandmother) and that name stuck. 

Everyone called her Tutu.

When I first met Tutu in 1982, she was excited about going moose hunting in Alaska.  She was 65 and I thought she was pretty hip.

I found out today that it was a well kept family secret that while Tutu loved to go hunting, she was a terrible shot so the moose were in little danger of her.

Tutu loved her family and as the matriarch of the family would beam proudly at her ever glowing clan and say to everyone, "Look what I started".

So Tutu, I want to thank you for the incredible family you started.  I am honored to be married to one of your granddaughters, and have been blessed to raise two of your great grandchidren.

Tutu is surived by her daughter Shirley, seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great-great Krazy baby.

I hope she finds some good hunting and fishing with her husband Henry and her daughter Sherri.

Aloha Tutu...

A, ala, watchful, alertness

L, lokahi, working with unity

O, oia'i'o, truthful honesty

H, ha'aha'a, humility

A, ahonui, patient perseverance

The kahuna David Bray interprets this code as "Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms, and humble." He also stated that to the Hawaiian of old, Aloha meant "God in us."

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