[Image: Kenny Talbot on the cover of MauiTime's 2010 Summer Guide, volume 14, issue 49. Photo by Sean Michael Hower. Design by Chris Skiles.]
Kenneth Talbot III (Sept. 9, 1982 – July 31, 2011)
With heavy hearts and emptied ducts, the MauiTime ‘ohana mourns the loss of 28-year-old Kenneth J. Talbot III; one of our extended own. He died early Sunday morning (July 31) after reportedly losing control of his Kawasaki on Wailea Alanui Drive.
We’re privileged to have known Kenny as the buoyantly gregarious hanai brother of our former art director Chris Skiles, and hardworking R.N. at Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Heart, Brain & Vascular Center. In June of this year, he graced the cover of our annual Summer Guide (pictured above); and it’s this proud, silhouetted-by-sunset image of Kenny that we’ll cherish as the placard to our many merry memories of him.
His passing marked Maui’s 11th traffic fatality of 2011. But when tragedy strikes so close to home and heart, it’s a sobering reminder that statistics have souls behind them.
Personally, I’ll remember Kenny as a hilarious conversationalist, an eager teammate in wholesome mischief-making, and a great buddy with whom to adventure. He was generous, candid to a fault (if there is such a thing), and was, frankly, a better listener than I’m accustomed to.
He is missed.
[Picture: Kenny and me, ATVing bandits at Kahoma Ranch, Lahaina.]
[Picture: Kenny (far left) with MauTime team and The Throwdowns at The Throwdowns' Legs Of Our Own listening party, Launiupoko.]
GRIM NITTY GRITTY:
Local brief from MauiNow.com: http://mauinow.com/2011/07/31/kihei-man-suffers-fatal-injuries-in-wailea-motorcycle-crash/
Local brief from The Maui News: http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/551982/Motorcyclist-killed-in-crash.html?nav=10