The creation and maintenance of the website behind this update page was a combined hobby of Culver and Brian Kuhens from 1998 until Culver's passing in
Begun as a way to share photographs, poetry and happenings with far-flung relatives, kuhens.com gave the indurated father and son team one last 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.
The passing of our parents (Joan; Culver; Jackie) and of our siblings (Pam;
Michael) left not only loving memories, but also many final 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 and pet service dog, Athena.
Robert Michael Hennequin
1939 - 2017
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 an accomplished career serving as a Certified Narcotic Detector Dog and has since spent her retirement
continuing to serve in hospitals and nursing homes across South Carolina 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.
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 Hospital, while 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:
Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned
Evacuation Order to clear
our beaches of all those pesky tourists.
We arrived to find a virtually deserted beach:
A happily inebriated local couple took this photo
of us with what one of them kept calling `that skinny girl.`
Donna captured this quintessential shot of the
steadfast and blissful ignorance one will only find in South Carolina.
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Our street the morning after the storm:
Our home emerged from the hurricane completely unscathed.
1st dune gone-2nd dune breached-3rd dune intact!
$100 Million 2016 HHI Beach Renourishment completed just in time!
Two of our septuagenarians were holed up here...
...at Palmetto Bay Marina.
Palmetto Bay Marina was completely destroyed.
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The Kuhens Family - Summer 2016
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 theColumbia Fireflies.
Sage's Summer 2016 Internship Office in Columbia
Studying the Factors Influencing Attendance to Class A Minor League Baseball Games
Sage made a quick visit home for Father's Day.
Mother's Days are always
appreciative, loving and joyous for The Kuhens Family, but Summertime Father's Days tend to be geared more towardfun and adventure.
View from Sage's USC Honor's College Dorm Room
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
Sage attends the SC Governor's School as a member of the Class of 2017
Click the photo to learn more about this remarkable STEM boarding school.
For her 2016 Interim course for theGovernor'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.
La Plaza de Toros de las Ventas - Madrid
Sage's father and grandfather were at the same spot almost 50 years ago.