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November 23rd, 2011

Every year since I moved back to Hawaii, I've been spending Thanksgiving at my dad's sister's house. After my uncle died, my aunt ceded responsibility to her daughter's family, while I added a family of my own. Around the same time, my parents moved back to this state. Now we unload a carful of five Akos.

My cousin, meanwhile, opens her home to all kinds of "orphans" - transplants without families, new divorcees, college kids, couples who gravitate to a large family-type gathering - so at times, the dinners bloat to two dozen or more. She generously tells me to bring "whomever," so some years I come with more friends.

I always look forward to this time. I think of my cousin like a sister, yet I don't spend nearly enough time throughout the year with her. (Nope, not Cousin Val. Large Chinese family, remember?)

As we head into another Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my family- besides a supportive extended family, a husband I'm still in love with, a great daughter, loving parents who I see all the time, and the blessing of knowing who my true friends really are.

I asked a few friends for their thoughts, as well.

STACY LOE PARIS, At-home mom, freelance journalist, former KGMB anchor

Stacy, on a family trip to Colorado this summer

Stacy, on a family trip to Colorado this summer

I am extremely thankful for my loving family.  My 7-year old son Cole is the joy of my life.  He makes me enjoy being a mother, more than I ever thought possible.  And my husband Bill.  He is simply the
most amazing man on earth in my eyes.  I thank God every day that we managed to find each other.  I have two adult stepchildren whom I also adore and love as if they were my own.

I am blessed to be living in Hawaii and be surrounded by wonderful and caring friends who love me despite my flaws.

I'm also thankful to be living a lower-stressed life as a freelance writer and producer.  It affords me the flexibility to work from home most of the time and be free to pick up my son after school and spend quality time together.  There is nowhere else I would rather be at this point in my life.

After almost 20 years in the news business, I am thoroughly enjoying a slower pace which allows me to focus on being a hands-on mom.  It's a job that won't make me rich, but which gives me the greatest joy I have ever known.

OLENA HEU, KHON Wake Up 2Day anchor

Olena & Daniel

Olena & Daniel

Olena's bachelorette party

Olena's bachelorette party


I am so very thankful for my friends because they are my family and have supported me all of my life... and I am so blessed to have found my love, my best friend and my soul mate in my husband.

...What are you thankful for?

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9 Responses to “Thankful”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    I think that when people say they are thankful, they really mean they are glad, or happy, about what they have. So in that sense I am thankful for just about everything. Life is good! I'm thankful to have a place to live (because otherwise I'd be out on the street). I'm thankful to be a cancer survivor (because otherwise I'd be dead). I'm thankful to have a sharp mind, loving heart, and perceptive soul, because otherwise I'd be dumb, nasty, and alienated.

    But if we look at the word "thankful," it implies there is someone to whom thanks are owed -- as though the thankful person is the recipient of unearned and undeserved gifts. So, in that sense, there are very few things I am thankful for, because nearly everything I have was earned by my own hard work (physical, emotional, and spiritual work). Dogs owe thanks to their owners. Children owe thanks to the parents who created them and give them material and emotional support even when the child has done nothing to deserve it. Adults on welfare owe thanks to the taxpayers who support them (although some of them feel "entitled" and show no gratitude at all). But for most of us: we get what we deserve, and don't owe thanks for it. And for those who believe in it: the wheel of Karma delivers to us in this life what we earned in previous lives. I must have been a saint last time around!

    Sorry for the "buzzkill", but I'm a philosopher. Can't help thinking carefully about things, and trying to get all the way down to the bottom even if getting there is sometimes a little uncomfortable.

  2. M:

    Hello Diane,
    I'm thankful for having Jesus in my heart, thankful for my loving wife, my family, my friends, my health and my job.

  3. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    i thank God for His Love. i thank God 4 His Son Jesus Christ. i thank God 4 forgiving me of my sins. i give thanks 2 Jesus 4 He is my Lord and Savior. i thank God 4 His blessings.

  4. Rosette:

    I am thankful after half raising two kids I still have my sanity!... I am thankful my husband is working so my chihuahua..shih tzu and shorkie and I can stay home relax watch t.v and have our nap time...I am thankful for being peace happpy being alone....I am thankful after rasing my two boys they turned out pretty good GOOD.

  5. Rosette:

    I am thankful for having good far so good.. "CREATOR GRANTED ME GOOD LUCK...HAPPINESS AND GOOD HEART " ....

  6. Kage:

    I am thankful for my health. Although it is not as good as it could be, it could be worse.
    I am thankful for my family and friends.
    I am thankful I have a job and can provide for myself.

  7. Rosette:

    I am thankful for the doctors nurses dentist...SCIENTIST .inventor..teachers.....I AM THANKFUL FOR THE THE PADS LOL...I am thankful for many things I am glad many things are invented in my life time!
    YES THANKFUL FOR MY HALF CRIPPLE HEALTH.... I am thankful to have two kids...and especially my hard working husband...
    I am thankful I have three dogs...and a house.

  8. Rosette:

    oh thankful for my t.v.. !

  9. Titus:

    For the freedom to pursue my dream career, instead of working for the sake of making money.

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