Welcoming The Hopi Medicine Man

Don Chapman
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October 03, 2007
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Dawn Chapman and Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma
Dawn Chapman and Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma at Second Mesa

You may recall a column I wrote in May about visiting the Hopi reservation in Arizona with my just-graduated daughter Dawn, and spending time with the Hopi medicine man Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma, who’d predicted 9/11 five years before it happened.

I received several calls and e-mails from readers wanting to know how they could meet Grandfather Martin. The good news is that he’ll arrive in Honolulu on Oct. 9 for a week, thanks to my acupuncturist Dr. Peggy Oshiro and her meditation students. He’ll be visiting a number of sites on Oahu, including the Royal Mausoleum at Mauna Ala, Helemano Plantation and Sea Life Park. He’ll also visit the Hindu temple at Lawai, Kauai. His one public talk will be at Hawaii Business Equipment on Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Seating is limited. For more information, call Gladys at 396-9703 ...

(If you missed it, you can see that original column at http://www.midweek.com/content/columns/editorsdesk_article/lunch_with_the_h opi_medicine_man/ ...)

By the way, for readers who may also recall my writing about my daughter Dawn’s first day of kindergarten at Kamehameha and various other milestones between then and her college graduation from Northern Arizona U. at Flagstaff in May, she was just hired as a claims adjustor by an insurance company in Phoenix. Few things have given me such a parental thrill as receiving her first e-mail from her work address, with her name and title at the bottom. Yup, I’m a proud pop ...

We’re all sorry to see Lisa Asato leave our staff for another opportunity. She’s been an important part of Team MidWeek, a smart young woman who is a hard worker - always a tough combination to beat - and whose calm personality was much appreciated. We wish her all the best ...

Taking her place is Alana Chun Folen, who just graduated from the UH-Manoa journalism program. We see a great future for this talented young writer ...

Another big change here is that Yu Shing Ting - another smart, hard-working young woman - goes on maternity leave this week. The baby boy was expected by Tuesday. Yu Shing does so much for both editions of MidWeek, we’ll miss her and eagerly await her return ...

Filling in for Yu Shing is Sarah Pacheco, another recent UH journalism grad. While I was interviewing her for the job, Sarah glanced at some photos on my office wall and exclaimed, “Oh my gosh, you’re Dawn and Kai Chapman’s dad!” Turns out she was my son Kai’s classmate at Kamehameha (class of ‘03). It’s a small world, and a smaller island, but Sarah got the job on her own merits. We’re glad to have her ...

Hiring people the same age as my children doesn’t exactly make me feel older, but it doesn’t make me feel any younger either ...

Dining tip: Just tried Cassis, Chef Mavro’s downtown restaurant, for the first time and it was one of the greatest dinners I’ve ever enjoyed. Reasonable prices, wonderful food and ambiance, with a perfect wine pairing for each dish, including dessert. Onolicious barely does the fare at Cassis justice ...

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