The month of May was Pacific Island Heritage month for the U.S. Army. The good folks at Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) determined that a great way to observe this theme would be to celebrate by having a luau, replete with a roasted pig, and traditional Polynesian dance. It turned out that a sizeable percentage of those dancers came from Task Force Aviation (TF AVN), though I suspect there were only a few actual Pacific Islanders among them.
The afternoon was bright, but not particularly warm. I was grateful not to be among the dancers, not least for the fact that I don’t look good in that get-up, and I know I’d have been uncomfortably cold.
Lots of people got involved to make the evening a success. There was abundant food, and it was delicious. The music and dancing reminded me of wonderful times I’ve spent in Hawai’i and Fiji. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve been to either of those places, so the association with those pleasant memories delighted and surprised me.
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ