July 28, 2016 · Uncategorized

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My family all met on the Hawaiian island of Maui to put my dad’s ashes into the sea.  This was one of his last requests.

We rented a catamaran and spent the morning over a reef.  As we placed my dad's ashes into the sea, we also spread Hawaiian flowers.  It was exactly the ceremony I think he would have wanted.

We rented a catamaran and spent the morning over a reef. As we placed my dad's ashes into the sea, we also spread Hawaiian flowers. It was exactly the ceremony I think he would have wanted.

I had a chance to sit back with my family, enjoy a rum & coke, and share memories of my dad while watching the sun set.

I had a chance to sit back with my family, enjoy a rum & coke, and share memories of my dad while watching the sun set.

I had my underwater housing with me and there was no way I wasn't going to go and shoot some reef life. Hawaiian cleaner wrasse (Labroides phthirophagus)

I had my underwater housing with me and there was no way I wasn't going to go and shoot some reef life. Hawaiian cleaner wrasse (Labroides phthirophagus)

Lots of Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Lots of Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Guineafowl Puffer (Arothron meleagris)

Guineafowl Puffer (Arothron meleagris)

Hawaiian Leaf Fish (Taenianotus triacanthus)

Hawaiian Leaf Fish (Taenianotus triacanthus)

Millet Butterflyfish (Chaetodon miliaris)

Millet Butterflyfish (Chaetodon miliaris)

Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis), Molokai, Hawaii, 2016

Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys polylepis), Molokai, Hawaii, 2016

Finally got to dive with Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), Molokai, Hawaii 2016

Finally got to dive with Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), Molokai, Hawaii 2016

I miss you dad and grandpa - Thank you for instilling a deep respect for and love of nature... and a drive to conserve it. You and grandpa shaped who I have become. Thank you for all of the camping trips, the fishing excursions and the opportunities to maintain fish and amphibians in countless aquariums and terrariums when I was a kid. I wish you both were here to share my adventures. More than anything else, thank you for teaching me to never walk away from something I believe in.

I miss you dad and grandpa - Thank you for instilling a deep respect for and love of nature... and a drive to conserve it. You and grandpa shaped who I have become. Thank you for all of the camping trips, the fishing excursions and the opportunities to maintain fish and amphibians in countless aquariums and terrariums when I was a kid. I wish you both were here to share my adventures. More than anything else, thank you for teaching me to never walk away from something I believe in.

Written by Dante


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