Published in the November 7 – 20, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Robert Airoldi and Kathryn Walker moments after he proposed to her on a cruise around Kaui

My life is changing in a wonderful way. During an eight-day vacation to Hawaii in October, I proposed to my girlfriend, Kathryn Walker — and she said yes! We are looking forward to the wedding next year.

First, we spent five days in Maui, eating our way up and down the island. We attended a luau in Lahaina, snorkeled in Napili, hiked several trails along the west coast, laid on the beach in Makena State Park, drove to Haleakalā Crater, then to Iao Valley State Park where we saw the Iao Needle and just really enjoyed ourselves.

Then we went to Kauai for three days. There we saw the Spouting Horn (Google this to learn more!) on the road to ʻEleʻele and also visited Waimea Canyon State Park and Waimea Falls.

On Monday, Oct. 22, we had a sunset boat tour on the Lucky Lady up the Nā Pali coast-line where we witnessed astounding views of the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park. It’s known for its towering sea cliffs punctuated by narrow valleys, streams and cascading waterfalls. It’s also where some scenes from the “Jurassic Park” movies were filmed.

That morning I grabbed the ring out of my suitcase and called Kathryn’s daughter, Mattie, to give her a heads up. We had trouble connecting during the day. First, she was busy at work and when she did call back I was unable to take the call as Kathryn and I were together in our rented Jeep on our way to the historic town of Hanapepe. With the three-hour time difference, I was finally able to get a hold of her about 2:30 p.m. Hawaii time. Hiding in the boat’s bathroom on our way up the Nā Pali coastline, I told Mattie of my plans to propose.

A few hours later on the way back, the sun sank into the ocean horizon in a splendid glow as a full moon rose in the east. I asked Kathryn for her hand in marriage. I’m so glad I took the leap of faith. It may have taken until the age of 59 to get engaged, but I know it will be worth the wait. I love you, Kathryn!

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Vietnam veterans Ed Bowers and Charles Weston will organize Veterans Day events this year. Bowers will preside over the annual commemoration celebration at the downtown Veterans Memorial. The event kicks off at 9 a.m., Sunday Nov. 11. Weston is organizing the annual 5K/10K run/walk to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. This year, the race start time has been pushed back to 9:45 a.m. to allow for a seamless integration with the celebration. Weston said he hopes attendees of the morning’s annual gathering will join in at the start of the run while also allowing for runners to arrive early and participate in the Veterans Day remembrance of those who died in service. Sign up for the run at

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Bobby Lipsett with his parents.

The 2018 Safe Trick or Treat Night brought an invasion of superheroes, horror movie villains and Disney princesses to stream by local merchants and nonprofits for sweet treats. Morgan Hill publisher Marty Cheek teamed up with South Valley Science and Engineering Fair manager Susan Fritts to give out Hershey kisses to the hordes of children.

Cheek spied a boy wearing an amazing home-made costume that made him seem to be trapped in a coin-operated “claw machine” with the toy prizes. He knew in an instant that he found a winner in his annual costume contest and pulled him to the side for a quick photo op.

The boy is Bobby Lipsett of San Jose. Cheek presented him with a $50 gift certificate to Rosy’s at the Beach. He and his parents made the costume together and came to Morgan Hill to show it off at Safe Trick or Treat Night.

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Kudos to the employees at Morgan Hill-based Sakata Seeds for their efforts in raising awareness for the American Heart Association. On the morning of Oct.  3, the Sakata staff stepped out at their regional offices for a company-wide Heart Walk staged at seven of their campuses.

“This is not commonly done, and we are happy to be blazing a new trail for the American Heart Association in conjunction with Sakata Gives,” said Jamie Kitz, corporate citizenship specialist, for the company’s corporate giving program.

Thanks, Sakata, for taking a walk for health.

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi is the editor of Morgan Hill Life newspaper. If you have a story idea or an Around Town column item you want to tell him about, you can reach him at (408) 427-5865 or at
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