I was born on the island of Oahu and my first memories are of flowers. Here my mother holds me in the garden behind our house in Wainae. My sister, standing beside us, is three-and-a-half. My grandparents and Great Aunt Mary arrived by ship for a visit and were encircled with leis in the Hawaiian tradition. Isn't it funny that my grandfather, on vacation on a tropical island, is wearing a suit and tie? But he was a banker. That was what he always wore.