You wanna go for a swim?
July 18, 2019 2:49 PM   Subscribe

The uncle was able to speak fluent English, and pointed out that he couldn’t swim because of his wheelchair. “So what?” replied the muscular gentleman, causing his friend to repeat “It’s Waikiki, ain’t it?”
posted by robcorr (20 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
That was great, thanks.
posted by Keith Talent at 2:59 PM on July 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

Either this is a rather dusty beach or I just got salt water splashed in my eyes.
posted by larrybob at 3:08 PM on July 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

Definitely the story that today needed.
posted by Sequence at 3:10 PM on July 18, 2019

Beautiful and touching.
posted by RandomInconsistencies at 3:11 PM on July 18, 2019

No you're crying.
posted by limeonaire at 3:24 PM on July 18, 2019


This is awesome, thank you for sharing!
posted by CoffeeHikeNapWine at 3:25 PM on July 18, 2019

posted by chavenet at 3:25 PM on July 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

This post gets
posted by clavdivs at 3:38 PM on July 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

This is the BOTW, well done. I sure hope this story finds these totally awesome nā hoahānau. Otherwise I'll just assume they were angels.
posted by allkindsoftime at 3:41 PM on July 18, 2019 [3 favorites]

her uncle described one man as being muscular and just a little smaller than the sumo wrestler Konishiki, and the other man as a long-haired, blond surfer-type

They fight crime!
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:30 PM on July 18, 2019 [11 favorites]

I saw this manga buzzing on Japanese Twitter a few days ago. The translation is pretty accurate, except the part about Mahalo. The uncle is the one saying it, you can tell from his expression.
posted by misozaki at 5:03 PM on July 18, 2019

This is aloha.
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:55 PM on July 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

No you're crying.

Correct.  I have no issue admitting this story brought a tear to my eye.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 7:04 PM on July 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

Swimming in the ocean is at the top of my list of things to do in general and also right before I die.
posted by pilot pirx at 7:22 PM on July 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

Kindness. Intuitive, compassionate kindness. Over and over again we learn the lesson: kindness is the best of what we can offer each other.
posted by minervous at 8:32 PM on July 18, 2019 [5 favorites]

Angels surf among us.
posted by pt68 at 8:48 PM on July 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

The best part of this is that it really happened.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:29 AM on July 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

teary - I needed this - thank you!
posted by leslies at 6:54 AM on July 19, 2019

Yep, dusty in here.
posted by evilDoug at 7:25 AM on July 19, 2019

This reminds me of my grandmother wanting to swim in the Chesapeake one last time before she died. She wasn't walking very well by then and our progress to the beach was so slow a lifeguard stopped to ask if we needed any help. She ended up doing a chair carry with me to carry Grandma to the beach. At first I waded in the water some with Grandma, carrying her portable oxygen tank, but she said no, she really needed to get her whole body in. So my spouse set up our four year old with snacks on the shore and as she very carefully ate each thing, joined us in the water. He carried the oxygen tank above the water and I held Grandma as she floated in the water. I love so much that we got to do that together. (And thanks to the lifeguard, who also came back to open up part of the park so we could get the car down to Grandma to get her home again.)
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:39 AM on July 19, 2019 [15 favorites]

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