Giving Thanks with Friends~~Friendship Friday Welcomes Kim Lowe

I’ve often written about the sacrifices made by US military service members and their family’s.  Today, I’m delighted to welcome USN veteran and one of those family members. Kim Lowe.  Kim and her children will be spending this Thanksgiving without her active duty husband.  She’s got a terrific perspective on the situation and I’m proud to call Kim friend.  I’m also grateful that while I’m on vacation Kim will be here for the entire week and through the holiday weekend.    Please stop by often, drop a comment and share your Thanksgiving Day plans.  Now here’s Kim.

Giving Thanks with the Aloha Spirit 

We are fast approaching Thanksgiving in the US – six days to the Turkey Dinner. I’m hoping to be invited by a neighbor. If no invitation materializes, I am taking the kids to the Officers’ Club for their buffet dinner. I am thankful that I can celebrate Thanksgiving with Aloha spirit – no matter where the dinner is served.

I’m sure my husband will be doing the same – hoping for an invitation or eating at the O’Club – as he is currently working in Korea for a year. We are making the best of a tough situation – I am thankful that we can be in contact by phone, Skype, and emails. It keeps the Aloha Spirit alive in our family.

My husband returns to Hawaii for the Christmas Holiday. I am thankful that he can be with us, especially my children, who miss him.   I cannot be his substitute at Scouting meetings, bowling practice, or putting on the green.   Our holiday will be touched by the Aloha Spirit.

Next summer, he will move onto his next assignment. We will follow, leaving behind fond memories of Hawaii.  But I will carry the  Aloha Spirit with me, no matter where we move. The Aloha Spirit is best described by Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic medalist and surfing enthusiast:

“In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with Aloha, which means with love.
Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship.”

Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You’ll be surprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.

Whether you eat turkey or lau lau for Thanksgiving Dinner, I wish that your time spent with family and friends is touched by the Aloha Spirit.

Kim Lowe is a military veteran and military spouse.   She currently lives near Pearl Harbor.   Check out her book blog, SOS Aloha, at, and her travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at


19 thoughts on “Giving Thanks with Friends~~Friendship Friday Welcomes Kim Lowe

  1. I am also glad to hear your hubby will make it home for Christmas! You can do everything for your kids but you can’t replace ‘Dad’.
    Hope you get an excellent turkey dinner for Thanksgiving!!!

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  3. Kim, I’m so glad your husband will be home for Christmas. It’s so nice that you can keep in touch with him by phone, Skype and email. It makes it so much easier for you and the boys.

  4. Happy to hear that your husband will be home for Christmas, Kim. A few of my cousin won’t be able to come home for Thanksgiving, but hopefully we see them at Christmas.

  5. Kim I understand how your holiday spirit is dampened but still strong. The feeling of ohana is strong in the islands also. When my husband and I were stationed in Germany we would host Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for the people he worked with. In Hawaii we had very dear and close friends we shared the holidays with. This will be my first Thanksgiving without him. I’m heading to East TX to share it with his family like we always did. Christmas was a blur last year and this past year has flown by. Aloha and take care thinkin go fyou and hoping aloha fills your life.

  6. Kim, anyone who meets you, whether in person or through the wonders of the internet, knows that you personify the Aloha spirit. Hugs to you and your family and a sincere thank you for your sacrifices and service…and I tell you from the bitter voice of experience…don’t go wandering around the night before Thanksgiving looking for groceries or fast food…I have a vivid memory of doing that one year…it wasn’t a pretty sight, lol.

  7. Lovely post, Kim. If you were in Texas, I’d have you and your sons spend Thanksgiving with us! Being apart for the holidays must be so difficult for your family. Please know how much the rest of us appreciate what your Hubby and family–and all other military folks and families–do for us. Take care.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, I know how hard it is to be seperated from a love one for the holidays. Thanks for sharing the Aloha Spirit.

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