Final Thought… if you were to peek into most family garages, chances are you’ll find everything but a vehicle in it – but can you blame folks? I mean, where else would you put the rusted push lawnmower Uncle Mel gave you 15 years ago or that musky, leather recliner you swear is a family heirloom. Seriously, who can blame you for holding on to seven gallons of white and pink paint? You never know when you’ll need it. It’s just like that leaky garden hose, the worn out tool set and the broken strands of holiday lights: they may come in handy one day.
The garage is often dismissed as just a place to HIDE – I mean, store your stuff. But, for some people, it is a safe space to be creative. In the 1960s, four young men started a rock band in a Liverpool garage. Who knew John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison would go on to become The Beatles, the most influential and top grossing band of all time.
A similar musical birth happened in 1981 in the basement of an ʻAiea home. (Not quite the family garage, but you get the picture.) In a dust-filled room, amongst the clutter of stuff, two local boys got together one night and recorded one of the most iconic songs ever written and performed about our island home. On our next audio podcast of “WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?
,” Kimo Kahoano shares the story behind the pau hana song that is still sung every Friday afternoon.