Reunited after 30 years

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July 2021 – Our 40th birthday, which was June 15, inspired us to dust off our old photo albums and take a stroll through history. We found this old newspaper clipping of two boys inspecting insects at Hawai`i Nature Center on May 15, 1991.

It’s been 30 years since this photo was taken so we set out on an internet sleuthing adventure to see if we could find the little boy in this photo. We figured our odds might be pretty good as he has an unusual name and men are often easier to find as their last name often doesn’t change. Last month, thanks to the magic of social media, we were able to find Taylor Darzi (pictured left in the 1991 photo).

Taylor and his family lived in Mililani, Oahu and Hilo, Hawaii from 1987 to 1995. While his face has changed over the years, his love for nature has remained timeless. Although Taylor’s life in Hawai’i came to an end, he is still able to express his love for nature wherever he is. In the recent photo, he is at Weavers Needle in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.

Here’s what he had to say about his love for nature: “We moved from Hawaii to Arizona when I was 12 and my love for nature 30 years later has continued to grow. I attribute much of my love for mother nature to my upbringing in Hawaii. From Thurston’s Lava Tubes to Boiling Pots, we were always around nature. Thirty years later I’m a father of two keiki and pass down my love for nature to them.”

Check out our Facebook or Instagram to meet all the many keiki on our campuses today who one day will grow up like Taylor and pass along a love for nature to the next generation.


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