Worth Thinking About"Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use." Ruth Gordon
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Aloha, Peter Vorfeld
Thursday, March 29, 2012, Peter Vorfeld left us. He'd had heart surgery a couple of weeks earlier, and while the surgery was successful, the incidents that followed were unexpected and eventually caused his death. Pete, like his dad, had presence. Wherever he was, there was energy. And kindness. I love how he tried to appear gruff, but it never worked, at least with me. He had a very tender heart. How he loved his family, and his friends. How he enjoyed helping people solve problems, especially related to things he knew about. And he knew a lot. One of the most beautiful things to happen to him was his marriage to Esther Green. She was the ideal person for him: the polar opposite in almost every way, and together they were an unbeatable team. My gosh, at one time, they even flipped a house in Kailua. This was not Esther's normal activity of choice, but she was a good sport and they did it! The two of them brought six kids into the marriage. Fabulous (now grown) kids who have been such a part of Peter and Esther's life. Their home in Waimanalo was always a haven for me. In 2004, they hosted a beautiful memorial service for Jack, including live Hawaiian music. Memorable. I remember sitting out on the back porch visiting with Peter during that visit. He gave me some excellent advice, and I took it. I'll never forget his kindness to me, his stepmother. We were actually more like brother and sister. It was an honor to be his friend and relative. He leaves many people with broken hearts. We truly mourn his passing. What a privilege to have known him all these years. I first met him when I worked for Amfac in Kakaako. In fact, Peter introduced me to his dad. A year later, I saw his dad again, and from that time on, he was all I could see. Pete's granddaughter, Dana Kukuruda, is getting married in Hawaii this summer, and during that special family time, there will be some kind of event to celebrate Peter's life. I may not get there, but I will still celebrate his life...