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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"My heart aches for the skydivers and pilot..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!

Kimo's world-Special Breaking News Edition #129
Editors note;
Read all about the tragic skydiving accident that took the lives of 5 people on Kauai
on Monday May 23,2016;

My heart aches for the skydivers and pilot

I did not personally know any of the deceased  of the recent skydive Kauai tragedy in Hanapepe.
My friend Ken Landfield visiting Kauai from Homer Alaska
enjoying the time of his life skydiving with tandem skydive
instructor Enzo Amitrano whom tragically lost his
life in an airplane accident doing what he loved.

Photo courtesy; Ken Landfield 

I cried when I heard the story.My heart aches for the  the 2 instructors, 2 tandem skydivers and pilot. I felt a kinship, though I personally did not know any of the 5 who lost their lives.

Kauai is  a small and when something like this happens if feels like ohana (family) even when the people it happens to are not blood related.

For my 60th birthday I had planned a skydive with this company. I had a friend who had visited from Alaska who could not stop ranting and raving about how he had the time of his life--- and like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the classic movie. "The Bucket List" decided to take a skydive for his 60th birthday too, which is what prompted my idea to do the same. 

I decided to put it off since a very dear friend told me if I waited to do it on her birthday she would fork the bill! I don't know if we will still go, that's not why I am writing this.

None of this is about money or bucket lists. It's about life and how precious it is, and how in the blink of an eye any of us can be gone  within a  heartbeat.  Do you think any of the 5 people that died that tragic day woke up and  though that within a few short hours their life would end?

Life is short. Enjoy your neighbors, smile and shoot a shaka at a stranger, buy a homeless person a meal, eat a hotdog or spam musubi without guilt, and don't argue and loose friendships over presidential candidates, there not worth it.  Basically don't sweat the small stuff.

We may disagree on issues, however one thing is for certain, everyone reading this was given the gift of a life, So why not try your optimum to enjoy it--- you just never know when you will be taking your last breath.

The enclosed quote by -William Wallace- describes those who like to take adventures and live life to the fullest
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”  

Do a Mitzvot (good deed) in memory and honor of each of the deceased . It can be donation to your favorite charity, planting a tree  in their honor or just pleasant thoughts and reflections.

May God bless and comfort the family  and friends of the deceased.

 Editors note;
The Garden Island news published this blog as a guest column on June 1, 2016;

Breaking News;
Hawaii News Now;
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Three former Skydive Kauai pilots said they were concerned about the airworthiness of the plane that crashed Monday just after takeoff, killing all five people on board.
"I didn't feel comfortable flying that plane myself," said one pilot.
Two of the pilots said they quit rather than go up in the 51-year-old plane again. The third said he left Skydive Kauai in 2012 when he asked to see the plane's maintenance logs and was fired.
Hawaii News Now granted the three pilots anonymity.
Read more;


Ann McGregor said...

mahalo nui - I had not heard.. my heart feels with yours.

Ken Landfield said...

It was awesome.
Those guys were the best.

Glenn Mickens said...

"Yes, Kimo, all of us are saddened by this horrible tragedy. Life is so short and unforeseen catastrophes like this makes you realize how much shorter it can be.
We have to live life to its fullest, every day, as no one knows when the end will happen.
A great baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Pete Reeser use to tell all the young players in Vero Beach to make every play as if it were the last out in the World Series and the same goes for the real world---use each day as though it is the last and you will never have any regrets when your time is up."

KimoRosen said...

Can't go wrong with that advise, Mahalo Glenn!

Dennis Anderson said...

Wow. Not good

Nikki Kauai said...

That was a very nice blog and tribute to those who lived and passed. Ok and I'm going to have a hotdog without guilt too!

KimoRosen said...

Hoping TGI publishes it too, I sent it to them. wink emoticon

Anonymous said...

photo of hotdog from Costco
Here's your hotdog, enjoy! wink emoticon

Facebook comments said...

10You, Melissa Frommer, UlyssesMelinda Kontos and 7 others
Ken Landfield
Ken Landfield Damn it! This is horrible.
That's Enzo, in my profile picture...
That was a guy who loved his work, with an infectious enthusiasm. Rest in peace, brother.
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Emily Wisdom
Emily Wisdom · Friends with Ken Landfield
This is so unbelievably sad. Wondering if it was Duane and the young pilot that passed. Horrible.
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James Kimo Rosen
James Kimo Rosen updates and breaking news and continued converge on this trajedy go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skydive-Kauai/124824610911475?fref=ts
Skydive Kauai
Skydive Kauai
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UlyssesMelinda Kontos
UlyssesMelinda Kontos So very tragic. Condolences to everyone involved and everyone there with you all.
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Philippe Lacour
Philippe Lacour · Friends with Ken Landfield
Triste cette tragédie, mais je crois comprendre!
See Translation
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James Kimo Rosen
James Kimo Rosen The Kauai Garden Island News followed up this morning with a touching story on four of the diseased... http://thegardenisland.com/.../article_5194e1eb-4426-559b...
Serving Kaua'i and Ni'ihau since 1902
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Christine Muscarella Frost
Christine Muscarella Frost This is why I keep my feet planted firmly on the ground. I would never, ever even think about skydiving. Life is short enough without taking a risk that could result in death.
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James Kimo Rosen
James Kimo Rosen Breaking News! Breaking News;
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3 former Skydive Kauai pilots had safety concerns about crashed plane
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UlyssesMelinda Kontos
UlyssesMelinda Kontos SO tragic.
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KimoRosen said...

pilot identified~~~http://thegardenisland.com/plane-crash-pilot-identified/article_22e93b4a-22c3-11e6-b62c-87710c2e9b19.html

HANAPEPE — The fifth victim of Monday’s plane crash has been identified by friends and family.
Damien Jimmy Horan, 30, was reported to be the pilot of the Cessna 182H that crashed and burned at the Port Allen Airport about 9:30 a.m.
Horan was flying a plane that belonged to Skydive Kauai and was taking two tandem skydivers, Marshall and Phillip Cabe,from Oklahoma, to the jump site.
The plane was also carrying two skydiving instructors, Enzo Amitrano, 43, and Wayne Rose, 27, when the plane crashed.
There were no survivors.
Horan, was originally from Tullamore, Ireland, in Offaly County, but was living in Waimea, sources say.
Horan’s family, who worked as stonecuttters, was well known in Tullamore, Thomas McKeigue told The Irish Mirror.
“They are a well-known, well-liked, decent and hard-working family,” he said. “The whole community will rally around theHoran family.”
Horan, who also lived in Australia, reportedly recently moved to Kauai.

Joan Mcfarlane said...

Very well said, Kimo! Live each day as if it is your last because it very well could be. Treat everyone with aloha because that truly is the legacy most important to leave behind.

Anonymous said...

MSN covered this story nationally today;


Brian Smith said...

absolutely LOVE this shot, ken! wow...

Ken Landfield said...

Thanks Brian!
Not as much as I do.

Linda Kempski-Munns said...

Cherish the moments. xoxo

Philippe Lacour said...


Alan Fayé said...

A letter from the step-grandfather Alan Fayé of Princeville about his grandsons the two brothers Phillip and Marshall Cabe...
Plane crash — Ku‘ia
Editor’s note:


The following letter was written by Alan Fayé of Princeville about brothers Phillip and Marshall Cabe, who died in Monday’s Skydive Kauai plane crash at the Port Allen Airport that also took the lives of pilot Damien Horan, 30, and skydiving instructors Enzo Amitrano, 43, and Wayne Rose, 26. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
On this past Monday morning, Susie and I were listening to KKCR Hawaiian music with Sandy Swift, choosing great Hawaiian music. Of course, we always listen to KKCR Hawaiian music every morning.
At 9:45 a.m., we got a phone call, from Susie’s son, Michael Cabe, my stepson. Michael had taken his two sons to Port Allen Burns Field for a skydiving experience. We knew that the take-off time was 9:30. Michael said “the plane crashed and burned.”
Whoa … NO NO NO!!! We jumped in the car to go to Wilcox Hospital. I kept KKCR music going and hummed along with Sandy. About Molowa’a, Sandy came on with her “Hawaiian” word for the day: ‘Ku’ia’.” She said it related to a bad area near Miloli’i. She said it portends “bad events.”
“MY GOD,” I thought. “Susie, today is ‘ku’ia day”! OMG.
This was last Monday, and another plane crashed off Makaha on Oahu.
We lost both Phillip (27) and Marshall Cabe (25) that day; two of the most wonderful grandkids anyone could ever wish for. They lived with their mother in Lawton, Oklahoma. Michael was treating them for their college graduations and birthdays. They were to be with us for two weeks, with many adventures planned.
Au’we, poho … and … no can get it.
Alan Fayé, Princeville

Garden Island News said...

A touching Heartfelt story in Today's (05-29-16) Garden Island news about the father of two of the crash victims that tried to rescue his sons in the recent airplane skydive accident on Kauai. My
heartfelt condolences.


Michelle Iracheta - The Garden Island
HANAPEPE — Michael Cabe watched his two sons, Phillip and Marshall, climb aboard the single-engine Cessna 182H Skylane at the Port Allen Airport Monday.
Standing a few feet from the plane, he recorded the boys’ excitement — a Kauai skydiving experience they’d never forget. A gift from dad.
Not more than 10 minutes later, as the 51-year-old aircraft ascended, Michael remembers the sound the plane made.
“I watched the plane taxi. I watched my boys come down the runway,” Michael said. “I watched them come up. I watched them pull up and — POP!”
Michael watched in horror, screaming as the plane flew straight up, perpendicular to the ground, but then fell backward. When it hit the grassy field below, it was a ball of flames. Michael darted across the field.
His boys were in that plane and he was going to pull them out.
As Michael ran across the field when the plane went down, he had to jump over a small fence to get to the crash site, he said. When he got there, another man, Jason, was trying to pull one of the men from the burning wreckage.

Read more;

Garden Island News said...

Another Heartfelt story on today's Garden Island news on the Skydive-air crash as we remember...My Heartfelt condolences go out to the Rose family and all the others who lost
their lives on that tragic day.
Please remember the crash victims too on this Memorial day!
Wayne Rose was humble, wise, full of life, kind, chased his dreams and found the love of his life.
That’s how friends and family of the skydiver remembered him as they celebrated his life at Salt Pond Beach Park on Saturday evening.
“He never settled for an ordinary life, and he encouraged everyone around him to do the same,” said Autumn Rose, Wayne’s twin sister. “Believe me when I tell you, that for the nearly 27 years on Earth, Wayne lived more than most people did in a lifetime.”


Glenn Mickens said...

Really a fine article you wrote about those people killed in the plane crash and I am sure that their relatives and friends will appreciate it.

Keep up your fine work---a lot of people including me really appreciate it.