On their 65th anniversary, Don and Dorothy Farmer’s day began with a surprise delivery of their wedding photo along with the Sunday edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
"They actually put it in a picture frame," said Dorothy Farmer, 83, of Honolulu. "That was extremely sweet. You couldn’t ask for anything sweeter than that."
For Farmer the gift came with her first edition of the Star-Advertiser, which is 1 week old today, formed in the merger of Hawaii’s two largest newspapers.
Two men knocked at Farmer’s door at about 7 a.m. yesterday and handed her the Sunday Star-Advertiser as well as a framed black-and-white photo of the couple, high school sweethearts who married in 1945.
In the picture, Dorothy Farmer wore her wedding dress, and Don Farmer had on his Army uniform. It bore the greeting, "Happy 65th wedding anniversary today, June 13th … your loving daughters, Cherrie and Kathy."
Cheryl Farmer, who lives in Michigan, said her father did not recognize himself in the photo when he first saw it.
She said the idea came from Linda Woo, director of sales and marketing, when she called to ask about placing an announcement in the paper.
"It was fabulous," said Farmer, who has visited Hawaii numerous times. "It was so aloha."
Along with concert tickets, a gift certificate to the Shore Bird Restaurant and Beach Bar, and flowers, Farmer also bought her parents a six-month subscription to the Star-Advertiser.