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Cover photo: The healing begins

In 1981, Joan, far left, and David Palmer (one year sober) with goggles on his head, and their eldest son, David, far right, prepare for a dive near the Mauna Lani resort hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. David’s mother, an accomplished snorkeler, has just given him a briefing about staying out of caves while scuba diving. It struck everyone as funny.

David and Joan, who live in Little Rock, AR where their youngest son, Christopher, practices law, have returned to Hawaii every year since 1981 to visit David, founder and owner of the Café Pesto restaurants on the Big Island. Michael, their middle son, is a tennis professional and also a vice president of Obstek, a developer of radar systems. Michael lives in Washington’s Crossing PA.

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