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Just a short note to thank EVERYONE that was involved in the wonderful Joseph Kekuku Bench Dedication on Tuesday.

It was one of those true community events where the different groups in town - Dover Area Historical Society, Dover Renaissance, the First Memorial Presbyterian Church, Orchard St. Cemetery, Sperry & Sons, Victors Flowers, Town of Dover/Street Dept. (who donated lawn & leaf bags!) - all came together on the same page to make the day and to 'save the day.'

And the person not from Dover, who I will mention by name - Mike Esposito: thank you, for your music - your passion for playing and for teaching us about the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and the different methods. It left us quite inspired and appreciative of this invention by Kekuku. I was not exaggerating when I said it was the best concert I'd been to in years.

And to George Laurie, who took the memorial to Joseph Kekuku off that proverbial 'back burner', found the wonderful bench right in Dover at Sperry's, and asked for my help getting the engraved wording correct.
Thank you George!

As for the beautiful purple orchid lei...Rick Kelly and I met at the cemetery today (sunny and blue skies, of course!), and first placed the lei on the bench, then in front of the gravestone, where we left it where it belonged - with Dover's own Hawaiian.

Thanks again for making the dedication a happy, fun, and musical night.

Joan Bocchino

Co-chair of the Dedication
Officer in both DAHS and DRI, and Fan of Kekuku!

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