Scott Rowland

From: Scott Rowland 
Date: October 12, 2010 
Subject: some words about Lorin 

This is based on some words I said when I had the honor of presenting Lorin with a lifetime achievement award at the Hawai'i Chapter's 40th anniversary: 

A few years prior to that, for unknown reasons, I was sitting in my office at UH and it came to me that I pretty much owed my entire professional career and all the things that go with it (friends, travel, etc.) to Lorin. How?  I'm a geologist, and the first geology course I took at UH pretty much got me hooked.  Why did I take a geology course?  Because my friend Mark Enomoto was taking it.  How did I meet Mark?  On a HSTP to Haleakala.  And who founded HSTP?  Was Lorin.  How did I learn about HSTP?  Because in my senior year at Roosevelt we had a High School Hiker group.  And who founded High School Hikers?  Was Lorin too.  So I might have stumbled into geology without all these events,  but I might not have.  Importantly, there are lots of folks out there who are far more  accomplished than I am (Sam Gon, Suzanne Harada, Art Medeiros, Dana Peterson, to name a few), and I'll bet that they too owe at least some of where they are today to Lorin's guidance.  Probably, as with me, Lorin never said, "Go out and be a _____."  Instead, he put in place the mechanisms for us to see the natural world in a way that we would come to care about it; finding the particular path was left to us.  The other important legacy that Lorin has left us is the importance of teaching.  What good is knowledge if it isn't shared?  Something I didn't mention that evening (because I only thought about it recently) is what about all those people who maybe only  joined High School Hikers for one year?  Or only went on one HSTP trip?  Think of how many hundreds of such people there are and how whatever little or large love for the natural world they have, can be traced to Lorin.
I won't be at Lorin's memorial in November, but hopefully he would approve of my excuse - leading a class field trip to Kilauea.  So on that day I'll be out on the active lava flows  where the world is alive and the rocks live and breathe.  And I expect that I'll see him in the trees and clouds and rain showers and maybe even the pahoehoe toes.  Aloha Lorin.