Aloha ā e komo mai!
Allow me to introduce myself: the writer of this blog, the youngest daughter of the Gemini Ohana. My name is Serena Leilani Shipp. I was born to the Maui Shipp family in 1991. That same year, months before my birth, my young parent’s – Captain Gary and Ming Shipp – purchased Gemini, and began daily charters from Ka’anapali Beach, Maui.
For those of you who don’t already know and love her, Gemini is a 64′ x 32′ Catamaran. Her core is of wood and fibreglass, so she’s a heavy one. She is solid as…as an old, wooden boat! Gemini’s passions in life are making people happy by taking them to epic snorkel locations on West Maui, sailing down wind as fast as we’ll let her and floating around, looking for Humpback Whales to hang out with.
Because Gemini joined the family just before I did, she has always been in my life. And she has always been more like a “hanai” mother, or a very generous auntie, never “just a boat.” Growing up, we would visit Gemini every weekend, even some sneaky weekdays we would go sailing and snorkeling with our Gemini Ohana.
The “we” that I might continue to refer to is my core family: eldest brother Chimo Shipp, middle brother Olie Shipp, myself the baby Shipp and our adoring mother, Ming Shipp. This “we” is of course an ever-changing thing, as we have lost some loved ones and, continue to gain more along the way.
At the end of the year in 1992, months before my second birthday, and after having Gemini for only two years, beloved father, husband, and captain, Gary Shipp, passed away. We lost him to the sea. He was a free-diver, reaching extreme depths for incredible lengths of time, one day he pushed too far. And didn’t make it back to the surface. This was a shallow-water blackout. It is fairly common amongst free divers.
I tell you this now, because this is my family history. This is the foundation of the Gemini Ohana. And to move forward in honesty with this blog, we must know the foundation that Gemini was built on. There are a million other details, of course, but those will come. Have patience, dear reader. And enjoy the story as it continues to unfold. This is only the very beginning.
Hawaiian Glossary of Terms:
Ā – And
Aloha – Love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection; to greet, hail. Greetings! Hello! Good-bye! Farewell! etc.
E komo mai – Welcome!
Hānai – Adopted sister (kaikunāne hanai); adopted child (hānai, keiki hanai); adopted family member, etc.
Leilani – Heavenly necklace of flowers
‘Ohana – Family, kin group
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