Glenn Bauer

Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 20:53:43

Hi David,

Thank you for sharing Ken's and your moving thoughts about Lorin. He was a big influence in my life as well...I was born a local haole with really no local experience, even though I went to University Lab School , or, during the Red Scare of the 1950's, the "Little Red Schoolhouse On the Hill". The first hike was Kohala Ditch in 1974, but the second or third hike was Wailau. I remember Lorin picking a ripe mountain apple and then proclaimed it, "makapa!" He said that it would be delicious because of the purple/red maka at the end of the fruit...shortly after having everyone looking for makapa mountain apples, he then started an awapuhi fight...someone, I think it was me, sent an awapuhi head at Lorin and it hit him on the side of the face...he wasn't pleased. There are so many similar stories it's hard to remember them was the ili of Malama that inspired us (and Mary Kawena Pukui) to come up with our son Matt's middle name: Kalamaulula'au or "the light through the trees in the forest." I am happy to see that it was Lorin's favorite ili as well.

He was an inspiration and a teacher. Walking together along the jeep road on the summit of Hualalai, Lorin suggested that I put together a glossary of Hawaiian geological terms...I labored for a year and collected a lot of information. It sat a long time before I gave it to Lorin to look eventually went to some MGF people in Waianae and who eventually, put more meat on the bones.

I also remember following Lorin's example of drinking out of every little pot hole on the trail (to keep your immunities up) and promptly got sick after climbing out of Wailau. I guess my most memorable experiences with Lorin were hiking on Molokai: the Pelekunu to Wailau hike in 1976 with Dana Peterson and Chris Yuen, the 1977 Olokui Expedition, and the 1977 trip to Pelekunu (after Wailau) where Lorin and I hiked out to the eastern point of Pelekunu, feeling the strong trades and seeing the waves crash into a small cusp of a valley. And of course, the 1975 Mauna Loa hike was very exciting...were we going to wander over the wastes of Mauna Loa for eternity, or find the cabin at Ulaula?...well, we survived! There were so many hikes/experiences that it was the essence of his being that entered all of us through osmosis.

Lorin came to my retirement luncheon in 2005 and presented me with his Leeteg painting of my dad's photograph of the old Hawaiian man. Lorin was an inspiration.

Again, thanks for sharing.

Glenn (Bauer)