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01st  Good bye party girl

投稿者: ハワイ歩き方事務局 更新日:2006年07月14日

1st Good bye party girl…


Good bye, party girl…

●I am NOT that cool chick…
Hello readers, and welcome to Aloha Diary — a quick peek into the lives of people who call Hawaii “home.” So far we’ve read about the trials and tribulations surrounding the lives of the student, the golfer, the surfer, the newlyweds, and the new mom, just to name a few. So what am I adding to this social fabric? Good question. I think my editors are hoping for a story of a local girl — you know, the “sawayaka” chick who surfs, dates some fabulous local boy, and hangs out with beautiful people at the town’s hottest spots.

Well, I hate to break it to ya, but I am NOT that cool chick. In fact, I don’t do water sports, and I’ve been married eight years. My weekends consist of taking my three-year-old daughter around the birthday party circuit at various homes, parks, and Chuck E. Cheese’s, and at night, occasionally getting drunk at home. I wear more spit-up (did I mention I also have a three-month old baby?) than I wear Roxy, and most of the “beautiful people” I hang out with are also weary parents of toddlers and babies.


Here are the Hapa Kids!

The closest thing to being local is that I’m hapa, which basically means I blend in with the local crowd. I can also throw around a few local lingo, but I’m actually a transplant from Japan. Yep, born and raised, a bonafide rice- and natto-fed nihonjin. How I ended up here in Hawaii is a tale in itself, but in a nutshell, I went to international school in Tokyo, flew faaaaaar away from home to a college in the Midwest, then started gravitating westward over the next decade until I reached Honolulu in 2003.


Kintaro look-alike… Hotei-sama… God of happiness!

What I like to think is that my roots run deep here. For starters, my parents met while they were students at the University of Hawaii. My mom ventured here from Japan to pursue music, and my haole dad studied by day and by night, played guitar at local dives. They spent close to a decade here, creating lifelong friendships and starting a family (my brother was born here) before moving back to Japan in 1975. I came along soon thereafter, and my family stayed in Japan. But the Hawaii bug never escaped my mom, who took me and my brother on vacation to Honolulu as often as financially possible. And over the many summers we spent here, Hawaii became our second home.

So after my parents’ marriage fizzled and my mom retired, she did what she’d longed to do for years — pack up and leave for Hawaii. And thank god she did!

We got here shortly after my daughter turned one. While raising my first child in a big city (San Francisco) without any family nearby, I quickly realized I needed a stronger network of support. Almost all of my friends were single or married without kids. The good thing about this set-up was that I was constantly surrounded by my youthful, bar-hopping buddies who would, even momentarily, help me escape from the truth that I was now a domesticated, breastfeeding, sweatpants-wearing mom. It also meant there were a lot of adoring adults in my daughter’s life. The bad thing was, for her first birthday party, instead of a luau befitting a baby, hers started at 7 p.m. with wine and pupus, and by 10 p.m. most of the guests were sloshed and my daughter was high on birthday cake frosting. Might I remind you, there were NO KIDS at my daughter’s birthday party?
Sure, I miss my friends, not to mention the life I left behind. But for my little girl’s sake, we needed a change of scenery.

Before I move on, let’s name a few “main characters” in my life because they’ll be recurring throughout my stories. Daughter = Erin Kyrie (pronounced kee-ree-ay), mostly a coy, sometimes precocious, toddler who loves rainbows, Teletubbies, Hello Kitty, her best friend Kiara, and her daddy. Those around her call her “Ki-chan” for short. If I may digress a little, one of the coolest things about living in Hawaii is that people are “Japanified” enough that names aren’t difficult to accept. Back in San Francisco, when I called my daughter Ki-chan, people looked at me like “what the heck is Qui Chong? Is that a Chinese martial arts form?” Over here, even the haole kids in her preschool — and their moms — call her Ki-chan without a flinch. I love it.


Kintaro looks alike…?

Moving on… Son = Marsden Ry (pronounced marz-den rai), my kintaro-esque baby born three months ago, complete with chunky arms and legs that look like spiral ham. So far he’s this super-chill kid with no complaints as long as he’s got a full tummy and a warm body next to him. He’s quickly becoming Ki-chan’s punching bag (the other day I caught her sitting on him while she watched her Barney video. He didn’t wake up), but at the rate he’s growing, that won’t be for long.

And last but not least, dear husband = Paul. The love of my life I conquered back in college, a fellow hapa also born and raised in Japan (and he eats natto).
So there you have it — my introduction to you. Whether or not anyone finds this interesting, I have no idea. The hope here is that I’ll be able to share with you life’s perspective from someone who’s as equally nihonjin as she is American. Most of my topics of choice will probably surround mundane, “everyday” things we encounter here in Hawaii, but I’ll try to tell you like it is — hapa style!

日本語要約
読者の皆さん、こんにちは。今回編集部に「ロコ・ガールのアロハ・ダイアリーを書いてみませんか?」と聞かれ、「いいですよ」とすんなり答えてしまった私、佐々木スザンヌと申します。サーフィン出来ない、独身じゃない(結婚9年目)私は実は「ロコ」でも「ガール」でもない、滞在歴2年の初級ハワイアン・ライフ経験者なのです。普段は仕事と育児に没頭し、週末は娘(3歳)と一緒にお誕生日パーティー巡りに追われている。お洒落より身についてるのが息子(3ヶ月)のよだれ… とさわやか度もかなり低いのが私の今の現実。

ひとつだけ「ロコ」っぽい特徴といえば日本人とアメリカ人のハーフであること。そう、混血児の多いハワイではよ〜く溶け込む上、こっち特有の「俗語」(Pidgin/ピジンと言う)もちょろっと使えます。

話すと長いのでざっと説明すると、私は日本に生まれ納豆とご飯で育ち、インターナショナル・スクールを卒業後渡米して本土にある大学に入学。そこから十年ほどかけて着々と西側(日本方面)へ向い、サンフランシスコを経て2003年にホノルルに到着。
でもハワイには一応「ルーツ」があるんです。日本出身の母とアメリカ人の父はハワイ大学で出会い、結婚し、10年ほどハワイに住んでいました。日本に戻ってからも母はお金が許す限り兄と私をハワイに連れて行ってくれました。ハワイは私の「第二の故郷」みたいなもの。

定年退職して間もなく、母は思い切ってとハワイへ移住。ちょうどその頃サンフランシスコで新米ママをやってた私は親、兄弟、親戚のいない大きな街で子供を育てる自信をなくし始めていました。サンフランはものすごく楽しい街だし友達も数多かったけれど、やはり皆独身、又はノー・キッズ。娘の1歳の誕生日も結局は飲み友達の集まりになってしまった。大人は酔っ払うし、娘はケーキを食べすぎでハイになっちゃうし、赤ちゃんには本当にふさわしくないパーティーでした。

娘の為に環境を変えねばと考え、友達と遊び呆けてる時代にピリオドを打ち(トホホ)、ハワイに越したのが2年前。今ではすっかりハワイののほほ〜んとした生活に浸っています。

これから毎月、日英両語でハワイ・アメリカの文化や生活に纏わる(極日常的かも知れませんが)トピックを、ハーフの視点からありのままご紹介したいと思います。 読んでお楽しみいただけたら幸いですが、少なくともちょっとした英語の勉強のお役に立てればいいな。

皆さんも「アメリカ人のそこが分かんない」や「ハワイのそこが知りたい」等のご希望がありましたら、お気軽に編集部までメール下さい

プロフィール
娘:エリン・霧江(きりえ)、愛称きーちゃん。外見は恥かしがり屋、家では結構「キレちゃう」典型的内弁慶。ハロー・キティとパパをこよなく愛す保育園児。ちなみに、ハワイの人達のひとついいところは名前に「ちゃん」付けをしても分かってくれること。サンフランに住んでた頃、「きーちゃん、きーちゃん」と呼んでる私は廻りの人に「なんだそりゃ? 中国語かい?」と聞くかの様に変な顔をされました。こっちでは白人でも平気に「きーちゃん」と呼んでくれます。 
息子:マーズデン・雷(らい)。腹掛け着せたらまさに金太郎のごとくムチムチ、胸板のぶ厚い、とにかく丈夫そうな3ヵ月児。(母は彼を見て「布袋(ほてい)様」、親戚は「ボンレスハム」と言っている)。今は姉貴に蹴られたり、下敷きにされているが、この調子で行けば「被害者」の日々もそう長くはなさそう。
旦那:ポール。同じく日本生まれ、日本育ちのハーフ。昔から縁はあったけれど、同じ大学に通い始めてからやっと実った仲。一緒に納豆食べてくれる、くだらないギャグ飛ばしてくれる、ありがたき人生のパートナー。


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