Over the past couple of years that I have been writing this blog, some of you have gotten a glimpse of my handsome black cat, Kaimana. In Hawai`ian, Kaimana means “diamond.” He was solid black with a little white spot under his chin like a diamond necklace.
He’s been with me for about twelve years. He became mine when he kept pawing at me through the bars of his cage at the Humane Shelter. Only a little older than a kitten, he quickly took up residence in my heart and home.
In my home on Alii Drive, he worked diligently to climb up the railing of the staircase. If he fell off half-way up, he’d jump down and start over. The first time he made it to the top without falling off, he sat at the top proclaiming his victory.
Then he spent the same amount of time learning how to go back down the railing without falling off. Once he learned both directions, he went up and down, up and down.
Like most cats, he could sleep anywhere and at any time – in a bowl. . .
. . . in a bidet . . .
. . . on a high shelf . . .
. . . in a bookshelf . . .
. . . or tucked in among the pottery.
Kaimana was the ultimate “techno-cat.” Whenever he heard the ring of the fax machine, he would run upstairs, sit on top of the machine and watch the fax arrive. I think he was trying to get it out to bring to me.
A rocky medical history resulted in several major hospitalizations. Even though it meant extending his life by several years, wearing this collar made him quite angry.
He loved to wander around the property as I worked . . .
. . . or lounge on a fallen log . . .
. . . or nestle up to the geraniums.
Always content to be wherever I was, he also loved to watch what was going on outside his world.
I wonder if he thought he was hiding from me?
I found out how sick he was with diabetes while my daughter was visiting, so I made arrangements for him to be put to sleep this past Wednesday. She helped me find the appropriate place for his final resting place and started the digging process.
As Inga was digging, Kaimana came out to see what we were doing. After investigating, it seemed as if he approved of where he would finally rest, so he went up to the house to take a nap.
I have put together a slideshow of pictures for those who knew him, or who would just like to see a beautiful cat at play and at leisure.
If you would like to view a larger slideshow, click here.
A hui hou!