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Final 
Update Posted

Culver LaVerne Kuhens
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1932 - 2010

The creation and maintenance the website behind this update page was a combined hobby of Culver and Brian Kuhens from 1998 until Culver's passing in late 2010.
 
Begun as a way to share photographs, poetry and happenings with far-flung relatives, kuhens.com gave the father and son team a final common interest that became a mild inspiration to countless other families.
 
Culver's now heavenly knowledge transcends cyberspace for news about his progeny. As such, this website stands as an archival testimonial to Culver's last decade on Earth and to his celebration of the lives led by the only surviving members of his family.

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Our First Inheritance

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Bob is still alive in their minds.

     The passing of our parents (Joan; Culver; Jackie) and of our siblings (Pam; Michael) left not only loving memories, but also many final and associated expenses which we are fortunate to have been able to absorb.
    However, with the recent loss of Donna’s father, Bob Hennequin, we received not only the beautiful memories of a noble man to cherish deeply, but also his last true partner, Athena.

Robert Michael Hennequin
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1939 - 2017

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Bob (right) on Air Force leave in Germany

     Bob served 25 years in the Air Force, Navy and Navy Reserve and 20 years as a Greenville City Police Officer. This never made him wealthy, per se, but the connections he made along the way allowed him a few perks.
    One is Athena, an 11-year-old German Shepherd domestically born from two German immigrant parents. Trained and Handled by Washington K-9, Athena had a career as an accomplished Certified Narcotic Detector Dog and has since spent her retirement serving in hospitals and nursing homes as a Registered Therapy Dog.
    By his bedside in the hospital to the very end, Athena only added to the peace, love and contentment Bob experienced on his way to join his beloved Jackie.

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Click HERE to see Fun Facts about K-9 Police Dogs

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Athena is adjusting well to Island Life.

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Ginger and Fu do not seem impressed by Athenas special breeding.

Hurricane Matthew
No Match For
Hilton Head Islanders

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   Sage was safely evacuated from The Governor's School in Hartsville to her grandfather's home near Greenville where she also stayed with a family who generously hosted other GSSM evacuees. 
 
   The Rotarian motto of "Service Above Self," resonated deeply within our decision to remain on the island. In the days leading up to Hurricane Matthew's arrival, Donna, a Registered Nurse, assisted in the evacuation of dozens of patients from Hilton Head Hospitalwhile Brian gathered provisions to distribute to others who would not be leaving before the bridge closed. As such, we were unable to secure our own home's safety until well after the evacuation order became mandatory.
 
   Once we finished boarding up our windows and ensuring we were as prepared as we could be, we treated ourselves to a surreal bike ride around the island and on the beach, all the while whistling in the dark and knowing it.

The first load of waters to distribute:
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Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned
Mandatory Evacuation Order to clear
our beaches of all those pesky tourists.

We arrived to find a virtually deserted beach:
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A happily inebriated local couple took this photo
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of us with what one of them kept calling `that skinny girl.`

Donna captured this quintessential shot of the
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steadfast and blissful ignorance one will only find in South Carolina.

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Our street the morning after the storm:
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Our home emerged from the hurricane completely unscathed.

1st dune gone-2nd dune breached-3rd dune intact!
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$100 Million 2016 HHI Beach Renourishment completed just in time!

Two of our septuagenarians were holed up here...
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...at Palmetto Bay Marina.

Palmetto Bay Marina was completely destroyed.
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The Kuhens Family - Summer 2016
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As a rising Senior at the Governor's School, Sage's Summer 2016 Internship was in Columbia where she studied the factors influencing attendance to Class A Minor League Baseball games, with a concentration on the Columbia Fireflies.

Sage's Summer 2016 Internship Office in Columbia
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Studying the Factors Influencing Attendance to Class A Minor League Baseball Games

Sage made a quick visit home for Father's Day.
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Mother's Days are always appreciative, loving and joyous for The Kuhens Family, but Summertime Father's Days tend to be geared more toward fun and adventure. 

View from Sage's USC Honor's College Dorm Room
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This was Sage's residence during her Summer 2016 Internship.

During Sage's internship in Columbia, we stopped by to see an old friend and mentor. We first met Kobayashi Sensei in 1987, quickly becoming friends and students of his language, culture and cuisine. After having travelled across the globe (including Asia) in the three decades since then, we have yet to experience a better Japanese sushi meal anywhere. Kobayashi Sensei's humble demeanor, kindness and generosity is matched only by his mastery of whatever he touches. Should you find yourself near South Carolina's state capitol, please don't miss the opportunity to have one of the best dinners of your life:

CAMON JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR

Our Five-Year Reunion
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Visiting from Galax, Virginia - Summer 1992

A Quarter-Century Later:
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Visiting from Hilton Head island - Summer 2016

Sage attends the SC Governor's School as a member of the Class of 2017
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Click the photo to learn more about this remarkable STEM boarding school.

For her 2016 Interim course for the Governor's School, Sage studied the history of art and architecture of the Mediterranean coast through Spain, France and Italy. Of the hundreds of interior and exterior photos she sent home, here are just a few.

Overlooking Barcelona
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La Plaza de Toros de las Ventas - Madrid
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Sage's father and grandfather were at the same spot almost 50 years ago.

Near Pont du Gard, France
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Spanish Tile over Barcelona
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Rome, Italy

On a Mediterranean beach near Barcelona, Spain
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Sage always heads straight for the water.

Some less familiar architecture in Pisa, Italy.
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Sage backpacking through Avignon, France
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Pont du Gard, France

Sage @ 15
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Sage Hennequin Kuhens

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Our first selfie! -Easter 2015
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Sage's Island Backyard - October 2010
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Hilton Head Island Beach House
KUHENS HILTON HEAD ISLAND

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Dolphins feeding in the surf at Palmetto Dunes
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Sage said she chose to be #13 ...
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... as an "In your face" to luck.

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Shallow waters make for safe & fun Kiteboarding
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Donna cherishes her Live Oaks:
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Sage found a whelk eating a clam:
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We cherish the freedom we enjoy while
nestled in the timeless serenity that can only
be found on bridgeless Daufuskie Island! 

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Curious dolphins swim right up to the boat:
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Haig Point Home on Daufuskie Island
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Strolling down Haig Point Road
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Tabby ruins near our Haig Point home:
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Gullah Voodoo
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Beach on Daufuskie Island
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Bald Eagle at Bloody Point
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Weekly Mini Regatta at Windmill Harbor
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These are enjoyed most Wednesdays from mid-to-late afternoon, based on winds, rain & tides.

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Sage loves to go parasailing with our friends:
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Osprey nest on light post at nearby HHI bank:
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Ospreys are also known as Seahawks.

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Snowy Egrets are dancing on the stern:
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Hermit Crabs in a Groin's Pile at Low Tide
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Rowing crew is great exercise:
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One of our embarkment points:
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Nearby ruins of a church:
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Rickshaw Daddy
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Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts

 
 

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