Thursday, July 2, 2009

'Ekolu...

Look! It's Kainoa, that's his first foto... he's in the belly... just shy of 3 months old. Xterra Maui was my first time racing off-road, my 3rd time ever on a mountain bike to be exact and I was pretty convinced the Gods of Maui were punishing me for attempting the World Champs in my first mountain bike race. I was barfing like a dog, flying over my handle bars into rocks and camera men, and more dizzy than a kid at the fair. A quick trip to the doctor informed me I was very pregnant. Very.

My best pal Leann and I spent an afternoon naming the little baby. Kainoa was the first one I ever liked, it was the name of my favorite student I ever taught. Later I was informed it has multiple Hawaiian meanings, one of them is "strong". After the doctor told me the baby was perfectly healthy even after launching into rocks during Xterra the name seemed fitting. If Kainoa was a girl I wanted to call her Coco. Coco Wee. Everyone made fun of me for that, saying it sounds more like a cereal. Leann did her best to help think of names that his peers won't tease him at school (she's a local Hawaii girl who was showing me the ropes!).



"E noho iho ike opu weuweu, mai ho'oki' eki'e"

A Hawaiian prayer that my child will remain part of the Earth-walking humbly but with an inner self confidence. To have a quiet strength more admirable than self importance, arrogance, and egotism.

HAPPY 3rd (ekolu) BIRTHDAY KAINOA!!

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21 comments:

Jill Costantino said...

Happy Birthday Kainoa! Hope you had an awesome fun day today:)

ADC said...

Yay, happy birthday Kainoa. Hope you and mummy have a great day.

t-odd said...

Happy Birthday! Now let the REAL fun begin.

MJ said...

Happy Birthday Kainoa!

Cricket said...

I love the poem & you both:)

Missy said...

OH, happy day big guy!

Mel said...

Breeeeee....I think that is the FIRST running photo..you are NOT smiling in =)
Happy Birthday cutie Kainoa!!!

Marni said...

Happy happy birthday!!!

CoachLiz said...

Hope you had a great day yesterday Kainoa!!

Happy Third Birthday!!!

PJ said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Kainoa!

kristen said...

Happy birthday to the little one!

p.s. I've been lurking for a while. Love your spirit. and uh, I've done two xterras -- any baby in the womb that survives those are seriously as hardcore as their crazy mamas! He's going to be a great athlete.

chr15 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAINOA!!!
You have a beautiful child Bree!

Love the prayer too... We could all take something from that!

Yasi said...

That is the best story for a name ever, it's so fitting! Enjoy the day to both of you.

Bob Almighty said...

Happy Birthday little dude.

Lance Hancock said...

That's awesome. My son turns 3 Sunday. Congratulations big guy!! Keep up the hard work Bree.

Martin said...

Hau`oli Lā Hānau!

Julia said...

Happy birthday to Kainoa! I hope you both have a special day :)
PS- Ekolu is one of my favorite Hawaiian bands!

LeAnn said...

LOL...I remember all this and more...remember we use to say "TACO BELL" in the truck and you would literally throw up! Me and "the other" would crack-up...we were bad.
Anyways, I made something for you...it will be in the mail soon. Love you.

Carolyn said...

That is so beautiful Bree, you are the best Mommy ever ;-)

Charisa said...

Happy Birthday Kainoa!! :)

ShirleyPerly said...

Happy Birthday Kainoa!! Sounds like he was strong even before he was born!