7/05/16

Resident tells tales of her Hawaiian heritage

When Elizabeth Easley talks about Hawaii, you feel like you’re there. So does she.

“I can close my eyes and still see Rainbow Falls,” said The Windsor of Savoy resident.

Easley lived the island life until she met her husband and traveled the world teaching, volunteering and raising their family.

Easley’s friends and neighbors recently took in a taste of the tropics during the facility’s yearly luau. Complete with Hawaiian décor, plus authentic food and music, the hallways and common areas transform and delight.

“It is a really well-attended event that everyone loves,” said Cindy Brewer, Windsor Court manager. “Elizabeth knows the performers, The Prairie Dogs, and is always glowing with happiness.”

Easley also glows when she talks about her father’s dental practice in downtown Hilo, pointing to his second-floor office and America’s first cars in a black and white panorama hanging on her bedroom wall.

The memorabilia helps Easley stay close to her roots. Literally.

A ti plant, used to make hula skirts, grows in her living room. Colorful seashells and framed pictures abound.

Brewer applauds Easley’s “gentle spirit and humbleness. She can share her experiences in such vast detail. She really finds value in everything she did or does,” Brewer said.

Easley and her husband, Jack, raised four sons.

“They had a wonderful life living in various places such as Germany, France and Canada before settling down in Champaign-Urbana where John became a professor teaching math and science in the College of Education at the University of Illinois,” Brewer said.

World-wise Easley—who worked with the blind and studied Japanese, who lived in the Marshall Islands and Switzerland—calls her Windsor of Savoy home “a wonderful place.” 

The Windsor of Savoy is an independent- and assisted-living community owned and operated by The Carle Foundation.

“Her favorite part about living in this community is learning about other people and being able to tell her stories,” Brewer said.

After the recent Hawaii-themed event, Easley has more stories to share.

“I credit the wonderful staff in their effort to make the luau as genuine as possible,” she said. “It made me think of home.”