Borders; Kahala Mall
As soon as I read about the upcoming release of former Governor Ben Cayatano’s book; BEN, I sent Ben e-mail asking where I can get a signed copy. He kindly responded (the same day) that they would be available in mid February. When I read that the first signing would be at Borders in Kahala Mall, I put it on my calendar and got there early.
I sensed that there would be a crowd to hear what Ben had to say, and I wanted to be in the front row. I bought my leather bound edition, which wasn’t even there yet, grabbed a seat up front, and began browsing through one of the many paperback copies on display. While still Governor, Ben invited me on more than one occassion to sit in on a meeting at the state capital. I was honored to do that, and even more honored when he said, “Call me Ben.”
Within minutes after my arrival the bookstore seating area was overflowing with fans and interested parties there to get a copy of BEN.
Street Kid Becomes Governor
Before the signing line formed, Ben talked about some of what is in the book, sharing with us that he was born and raised in the blue collar community of Kalihi, graduated from Farrington High school in 1958, studied hard to get a law degree, and on November 8, 1994 became the first Filipino-American governor in United States.
Call me Ron
When Ben was signing my book I said, “Call me Ron.” He had actually called me by name during his talk, and I’m sure that he dosn’t recall the day, when as Governor he told me to call him Ben. I’m sure that meant more to me than it could have to him.
First Lady Vicky Cayetano
In 1997 Miss Vicky Tiu bacame Mrs. Vicky Cayetano and the 1st Lady for the state of Hawaii. Vicky was the long time president and chief executive officer of United Laundry Services, Inc. In the 60’s Vicky played a major supporting role opposite Elvis Presley in the musical film “It Happened at the World’s Fair.” On my way out I was able to see Vicky Cayatano too. All of this made for a great Saturday Morning.
This part will most likely last many more Saturday mornings; and then some. I am loving it already!