Kris Kristofferson: From Center for The Arts to home in Hana

Editor’s note: We’re enjoying some R&R in Hawaii (and celebrating 20 years together, with our son joining us) for a short while. Here’s a new article from the Maui News on Kris Kristofferson, who performed to a sellout crowd at the Center for The Arts in Grass Valley this past year. Kris also has a place in Truckee. In the interview, he likes what our President is doing and is refreshingly down-to-earth.

“Sitting on the back porch with Kris Kristofferson and his wife, Lisa, it’s easy to forget you’re in the presence of someone who has spent four decades actually earning that most overused of terms, show business legend. In two different show businesses – movies and music.

“Married since 1983, bringing their kids up in Hana where they’ve lived since 1990, they’re spectacularly down-to-earth. They’re a poster couple for something even rarer than all the lifetime achievement awards Kris is winning these days: a happy marriage. They finish each other’s sentences. They listen to each other. They make each other laugh.

‘”I’ve always identified with the people I knew in Hawaii. I’ve been to Hawaii since I was a little kid because my father used to fly through here for Pan American. The first construction job I ever had was Hawaiian Dredging out on Wake Island when I was in high school. There’s something about the way the people look at life that I identify with.’

“And its distance from the show biz meccas of Nashville or Los Angeles probably counts in its favor.

‘”In Hana, he’s just ‘Uncle,’ ” Lisa continues. “Nobody cares. Whenever he’s referred to as ‘Hana boy,’ he swells with pride. Family matters here. It’s a culture where family matters. It’s a special place.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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