Mahalo to Christian Wilson

I want to publicly thank Christian Wilson of Laie for his generous assistance in helping me organize the back-end of my new blog. Chris knows a lot about computers and is one of the best SEO [Search Engine Optimization] people around: He frequently donates his talent to friends and various organizations throughout Koolauloa.

I first met Chris over 20 years ago when I was the public relations manager for the Polynesian Cultural Center, and he was a BYU-Hawaii student who had served as a Mormon missionary in French Polynesia. Even then he showed a great aptitude for computers — plus he spoke French, Tahitian and Portuguese (from living in Brazil with his family), but we hired him as a part-time student photographer. His father, Paul Wilson, was an executive with Eastman Kodak who later served with his wife, Lois, as voluntary senior missionaries at the PCC.

Some of the Kodak “yellow” must have rubbed off on Chris over the years up until then, because he was also a good photographer . . . the only problem was he often ended up taking a lot of pictures of a certain featured Tahitian dancer, Patricia Hutihuti, regardless of whatever assignment we gave him. Chris and Patricia eventually married.

Mahalo [thanks] again, Chris.

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