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Four Generations, Six Blocks

Published by BIG PLUM | Saturday, September 25, 2010 11:02 PM


This realization came to me as I was doing some "Roots" research. There is something primal about downtown Honolulu that has called four generations of my family to work here.


1884
Great grandpa Augusto Dias
pau plantation work
builds furniture
King Street near Maunakea
His braguinha folks nickname ukulele

1920
Grandpa John Dye marries
Georgina Dias
masterful swirler
of his chocolates
Remember Dye’s Candy Kitchen
in Alexander Young Hotel?
Bishop and Hotel Streets

Robert Dye, their boy,
discovers the downtown Y
Plays every sport
Loves it so much he becomes a Y director
In 1951
Nuuanu Y
corner Pali and Vineyard

Since 1991
I teach sixth graders
Central Middle School
‘cross the street from Nuuanu Y

Kinda cool, eh?
Four generations
working only blocks apart
from each other



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