It was a special day last Sunday, Father's Day.
Newark is located just off the 880 Freeway, south of Oakland and Swiss Park is approached easily by an off ramp that seems to lead up to its entrance.
This is where Patrick Landeza held his celebration. It was to celebrate not just Father's Day, but also his Na Hoku Hano Hano Award for 'Best Slack-key Album of the Year'.
The significance of the event that Sunday in Newark is that it wasn't held at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu, or any public park in Hawaii. You see, Patrick Landeza is not from Hawaii. He was born and raised in Berkeley, a second generation son of parents who had left the islands for the mainland.
He holds the distinction of becoming the 'first' award recipient who is not from Hawaii to be honored and recognized by Hawaii's exclusive musical community.
It's been said that 'talent will not be denied'. Or ignored.
Add passion for his art and a smoldering determination to bridge that empty, dark hole that lies between being 'from' and being 'of' Hawaii that has resulted in the first of many milestones that await Patrick.
It was a day full of Aloha, love for the Landeza ohana, family, friends, musical peers and well wishers. One could feel the mana, energy in the clear, bright sunlight.
It was all about Hawaii, the spirit of Aloha reflected in each smiling face, each crackle of laughter and conversations sprinkled with Pidgin English. But more than all of this, it was Patrick Landeza's day to shine.
All who were there that Sunday will bear witness to the truth.
Patrick Landeza is not 'from' Hawaii.
He is all 'of' Hawaii.