By Wayne Harada
It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember those who passed, notably with wartime ties. But it’s also a time to reflect the good times with family members who are gone. A time to bring flowers and say gravesite prayers — we did that this weekend, bringing bouquets to six graves at two sites, Mililani and Punchbowl — principally to mark the first anniversary of the passing of dad, to remember mom, in-laws, an aunt and other family members.
Also attended the Glenn Cannon celebration of life Saturday, at Kennedy Theatre; it was a wonderful revisit to honor a genius of the stage, and the vocals by the likes of Shari Lynn, John Mount, Laurence Paxton, Kalani Brady, Joe Kingston and Joyce Maltby provided personal punctuations in the prolific acting-directing canon of Cannon. Colleagues Paul Mitri, Dennis Carroll, Terence Knapp, Cecilia Fordham, Dwight Martin, Vanita Rae Smith and Brenda Ching shared more insights and rich remembrances of Glenn; his widow, Samsil Cannon, assembled a sweet and intimate video recollection.
Perhaps the piece de resistance was David Farmer’s tale, and subsequent audio, of Cannon, the karaoke king, singing “My Way” his way. With images of him on a screen. It was The Way to bid him aloha...and a touchstone of Memorial Day 2013.