“So all of a sudden the realization comes over me, ‘I don't know what I'm do'n, I'm gonna make an ass outta myself and...’, anyway, I do the race. And it ends up being one of THE most fun things I've ever done in my life. And it dawned on me: what if everything you're afraid of is like that?”

Dave Kalama
Conversessions, 2017

“One morning in May, on the front page of The New York Times, there was a photograph of a soldier firing his rifle at Taliban attackers from the ramparts of Fire Base Restrepo in Afghanastan. An Associated Press photographer had captured Specialist Zachary Boyd defending his Fire Base dressed in helmet, body armor, flip flops, and pink boxer shorts with little red hearts in which were printed, ‘I Love New York’. I burst out laughing. Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip flops has a special kind of courage, I said publicly. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare. I loved that picture so much that an enlargement hung on the wall outside my office for two years.”

former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

“‘Isn't it strange,’ Malama asked, ‘the little man spends so much time telling us how the Hawaiians ought to behave, but it is always his people who do the wrong things.’”

James A, Michener
Hawaii: A Novel