A Hui Hou, Buzzy

While visiting Kalaupapa last week and attending mass at St. Francis, I learned Buzzy Sproat, the famous muleskinner of Molokai, was in ill health. Yesterday, I learned he passed on, no doubt with his boots on and sporting his Princeville Ranch rodeo belt buckle. Here, in his honor, is a piece I wrote over two…

The Extremes of Kalaupapa.

Tragedy and beauty go hand-in-hand at Kalaupapa. Along with metaphor and anthropomorphism. The wind is an ever-present friend at Kalaupapa, blowing bugs and the humid heat down a backdrop of cliffs lined up straight as soldiers in formation. If I were shooting slide film again, I would select a blue-and-green box of Fuji Velvia for…