HawaiiCon: Aloha Enjoyed with a Life Time of Memories #OhanaforLife

We would like to take this opportunity to share with everyone that HawaiiCon is not just a place to make friends, have fun & enjoy your self. Its a place to create lasting memories with friends both new & old, family and those whom you hold dear to your heart.

For all those whom have had the opportunity to be with us at some point in the past and are not able to attend this year or are no longer able to attend we would like to say that even if you aren't with us in person, we are still together in heart.

The memories and experiences we have shared together will never die and we here at HawaiiCon will always have a place in our heart for every single one of you. Without your support HawaiiCon wouldn't be what it is today and so for that we would like to give a big Mahalo and Aloha to each and every single one of you.

Last year HawaiiCon had created some amazing memories, and today we would like to share one of those memories with you. For those of you that had the opportunity to meet Diane Szom whom unfortunately passing away shortly after attending HawaiiCon last year. This is her story and a message for her 'Ohana of #HawaiiCon.

To My Beautiful ‘HawaiiCon Ohana’—

Thought I’d write up a little story of what HawaiiCon has meant and done for me…in a very trying time…

So, Here we are a year later….and I am so glad to still be around! If it weren’t for the grace of GOD, you see, ….last year about this time, I had gone on a job interview, and before leaving, went to use the ‘facilities’ and, …not to be too crude….I was a bit shocked to see an extremely deep red  beet-color.

At first, I thought it was because I had been increasingly adding more and more beets and beet juice to my diet! But, after it continued for a few days, I grew curious. It happened again a few weeks later, and by the third episode, I decided to call the VA Hospital…and they immediately urged me to go to the ER. I was in no pain at all…so their assumption of “stones” was not the case.

To make a long story short, I already had my plans set for HawaiiCon, To include a family-visit, my Daughter’s “Ohana” there on the Big Island, my Cousins over on Maui, as well as a friend from Oahu. I mean…I had things to do, people to see and places to go! Thus, I was a bit mind-boggled with the news from my Doctor about invasive bladder cancer. I told him I had these plans …and he said, “GO! Don’t WORRY, DON’T think about all this , GO, have a good time!” So needless to say, with a bit of a heavy heart, I placed the cares in GOD’s hands, and proceeded as though it may very well be my last trip…but to obviously enjoy it to the fullest!

What was so surprisingly incredible--- was the entire experience of HawaiiCon! The true spirit of “Aloha” at HawaiiCon provided so much fun, healthy distractions, and non-stop LAUGHTER….so much so, that who could even think about their troubles or worries??? It blessed me so, so much…. And to meet up with Bill and Kayre Morrison (from my High School days --- I met them both at age 15 going on 16!) And then, to meet Jane, Rod, Brad Parker- whose Art and Gallery I had seen in previous visits, Steve Leialoha, Trina Robbins, Sam Campos…AMAZING to learn of everyone’s stories, their Artforms, their journeys….I was in such AWE the whole time!!

The  “natural family” atmosphere everyone shared was so beautiful and comforting…not to mention joyous and exuberant at many times!! The staff and everyone involved at HawaiiCon truly emulates the “Spirit of ALOHA” as one big “OHANA” and for that I will be forever grateful!

It blessed me in so many ways …beyond words –that I cannot spell out!! I had planned to come out for a visit, more or less be a “spectator” …and little did I know, I would be joining right in! I brought supplies, and had planned to paint every day, to produce at least 3 paintings while there (Pleine Aire) – I was very fortunate to have done 3 watercolor paintings, and 1 Acrylic Painting I call “Hapuna Dreams”—which was our view form the 6th floor balcony area where we Artists sat and worked!...I named this piece “Hapuna Beach Dreams” since it was all “like some dream come true!” While Bill and I were painting and drawing at our tables…I was so blown away! I kept telling Bill, “Pinch Me! I must be dreaming!!!” It was such an incredible time and a wonderful journey!

Hope you enjoy the photos here of some of the fun!

I am so graciously pleased and humbly grateful for the invite from my buddy Bill, …and Sam setting me up in “Artists Alley”…and the opportunity to go, share and do my Art amongst so many beautiful and lovely people …in the spirit of “Aloha”.

When I returned home last Sept, I was in the hospital 3 days later and it was a very scary time when things did not turn out as one would expect. The tools malfunctioned in the OR. They abandoned the procedure, and a few weeks later another surgery was scheduled at another Hospital – and  I ended up having had 2 more surgeries. There were some complications…but nothing too big for GOD! And He definitely brought me through at the amazement of the Doctors as well!

So Halleluia! I’m still here, feeling better than I have in long time ….and  NOW---looking forward to another HawaiiCon where we can all take that ever-needed break from  everyday life—get incredibly  recharged, rested, relaxed, invigorated and entertained all at the same time!

As my Cousin Mele says: “No worries!” J

Praise GOD for His faithfulness! And praise GOD for HawaiiCon and all the planners, staff and preparation it takes!

Looking forward to seeing everyone again real soon!

Love, Peace and Wholeness to all! Mahalo!

-Diane Szom