July 11, 2012


There's something about seeing an idea in writing that makes it harder to argue; that's how it works for this writer, at least. 

I suspect that's why it's taken me so long to write of Mom's passing--2 weeks. 

This morning, I'm feeling the need (and finding the courage) to mention this life-altering experience here; even so, these are not my own thoughts, but a compilation of the notices we've already put out as a family.  Maybe I'm just trying to put off the "real" work to be done today--writing my part in Mom's service tomorrow morning. 

'Yes, that's exactly what's going on,' the lump in my throat tells me.

"‎4/15/55 - 6/29/12

A hui hou to our precious Mom.
Mahalo to all for your love, prayers, and expressions of sympathy.
We will update as memorial service plans are finalized.

The Recaido-Arnall-Campbell 'ohana"

"...Love knows not its own depth until
the hour of separation..."

Elissa Nalani Prestidge Recaido was born April 15, 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii; she was the fourth of 9 children born to Albert, Sr. and Elizabeth Prestidge of Kalihi, Hawaii.  Lisa attended St. John's Elementary in Kalihi,  and graduated from Kamehameha in 1973.  After graduation, she worked as a waitress and a hula dancer on a local tour boat, while attending school part-time at Honolulu Community College.   In 1975, Lisa met Charles Recaido; they were wed on June 12, 1977. They welcomed their first child, DoRe', later that year.  In 1979, two ministers of God shared the gospel story, which Lisa embraced with her whole heart.  This strengthened her lifelong faith in and love of God; her example in these things marked a path for her 'ohana and others to follow.   Keala was born in 1982; two years later, the family moved to Kealakekua, on the Big Island.  They welcomed Joshua in 1985; Kale followed in 1987.   In 1988, the family relocated again to Waimea, and, in 1992, Charles and Lisa's youngest child, Noah, was born. 

Lisa worked many years as a store clerk in the community of Waimea, making many friends along the way.  Her interests included la'au lapa'au (Hawaiian medicinal healing), which she had opportunity to study under Papa 'Auwae at Lapakahi; midwifery; and political issues pertaining to sovereignty and the Hawaiian kingdom, with great interest in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture.  She spent many years joyfully raising her children, volunteering in numerous school- and community-based activities, sharing with countless others the sweetness and warmth of her beautiful spirit.

Lisa was preceded in death by her eldest brother William, and beloved nephew Mark Maglinti. 

She is survived by parents, Albert & Elizabeth Prestidge, Sr. of Kalihi; husband, Charles Recaido of Waimea, Hawaii; daughters, DoRe’ (Daniel) Arnall of Silverdale, Washington, Keala (Terry) Campbell of Waimea, Hawaii; sons, Joshua Recaido of Bremerton, Washington, Kale Recaido of Waimea, Hawaii, Noah Recaido of Bremerton, Washington; five granddaughters, Calista, Kiana, Mikela, Kawena, and Malia;  sisters, Alberta (Gilbert) Cardus of Waipio, Jacqueline (Henry) Kamai of Kalihi, Carol (Robert) Ueda of Kahuku, Althea (Peter) Marcellino of Waianae, Elizabeth (Judy Hillyer) Prestidge of Fremont, CA; brothers, Albert (Melinda) Prestidge, Jr. of Kaneohe, Robert Prestidge of San Francisco, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts & uncles.

Friends may call 9:30–10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea. Celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Aloha attire. In lieu of floral arrangements, a lei or single flower is appreciated and will be utilized in the ceremony of spreading her ashes.

{All for now}