MANY VISITS INCLUDED – WATCH FOR YEAR CHANGE!
April 22, 2018
Sharon and I popped over to Oahu for a three night stay here at the Moana Surfrider with a lovely view of Diamond Head…
Five short visits with the fam 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2018. See 2009 for a longer stay.
Hanauma Bay! For years I’ve had this place on my mind to visit again.
“In 1967 it was set apart by the State division of Fish and Game as a Marine Protected Area, a term used generically to describe any marine area that had some or all of its resources protected. In Hanauma Bay’s case everything became protected, from the fish to the reef, to the sand itself.”
It’s changed like everything else, controlled entry, required watching of a conservation film, and enforcing of the rules such as no chumming the water!
I was in my suit, gear in hand, just as the skies opened with a giant downpour. I decided to go out anyway and by the time I got my fins on it had stopped.
Then Sharon and I did a walking tour of downtown Honolulu and enjoyed many of the historic buildings.
This is the Alexander & Baldwin Building. Beth loaned us a great walking tour booklet with wonderful introductions to the architecture, put out by the Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
I’m not going to copy all this excellent information because google will give you more if you ask.
After the walk-about I went to T&B’s house to admire the remodel that is in progress and Sharon went shopping.
In the late afternoon Sharon and I stopped by the O Bar at the Alohilani Resort. All that blue is indeed the front glass of a giant aquarium (or multiple aquariums?) with so many fish but unfortunately there was also live entertainment that was so loud. So so loud. It’s definitely worth a look though!
We’re leaving this afternoon and I wanted to take this chance to swim at Waikiki Beach in the quiet calm of early morning. That’s the Surfrider in the middle and in the middle of that, under all the trees is where we enjoy the Happy Hour Hula Shows.
I brought my underwater camera in with me which had the upside of taking pictures which I totally enjoy and the downside of making it more trouble to swim, which I also totally enjoy.
…relatives! and their friends!
From the upper left, Sharon, Christa, Beth, Charis, Trevor then Janice, Yvette, Winfred. Unfortunately Caleb couldn’t make it because he was sick.
Trevor and Winfred are long time friends from high school. Winfred and Yvette left their three teenage kids with Grandpa and came to Hawaii for a couple of weeks with the Browns.
Everyone gathered except Caleb sadly being still sick. Ten People total. The Browns brought a Full On picnic dinner which we ate here in this hotel room, and we watched the fireworks, and played games to wait for the traffic to abate.
Thank you guys, it was GREAT!
Everyone was so kind as I was Sick Like Dog. Same Old Same Old. I need not go on. But for the record:
An allergy update:
2013 July Kauai/Honolulu
2012 June in MN; November baaad at home
2011 March in MN; November after W’s wedding
2010 February; June (both mild)
2009 December at home
2007 November during the fires
2006 March just back from Hawaii
2005 April; June; October; (now that was a bad year!)
We spent a lovely long day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. We just did a day tour and skipped the luau. Their luau is pretty fun, but big, expensive, and very show biz.
I was impressed and surprisingly delighted with all they had for the day. It was extremely entertaining with a very little bit of education along the “maybe this is true? I’ll have to check it out” lines.
The Polynesian Cultural Center includes Fiji and some other maps do too and many maps, such as this one, don’t. Wiki says Fiji is in Melanesia but they do the cool hip-shaking dances so we’ll let that pass.
I’m going to pick a few pictures and say that should you find yourself in Oahu you could consider enjoying the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Don’t forget, this is an Amusement Park, so don’t be expecting Margaret Mead… but you’ll get some idea of geography you probably don’t remember, and some feeling for the differences among the islands. I’d even go again.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a fully supported venture of the Mormon Church meant to support the education of the performers at the Brigham Young University–Hawaii. You can even have a free tour to see the Laie Hawaii Temple and the Visitors Center of the LDS Church.
What this means is that everyone who works here is SO FRIENDLY. It’s practically weird at first, but you get used to it.
Here’s another one, Diamond Head to our left, Waikiki straight ahead, and downtown Honolulu to our right.
Beth had put together a delightful picnic dinner at the beach after which we visited for a while and then retired to my room despite that my sister (ok, the real grandmother here) thinks it’s her room. I understand that other people think it’s their room too. And I let them think that.
We ate a huge and scrumptious brunch at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel and Hau Tree Lanai. We ate and then camped out at their restaurant making it (and their bathroom) home base for our snorkel outing at Waikiki.
Janice (Beth’s mom), Trevor, Caleb, Charis. Inset: me, Amy (T&B’s pal from law school), Beth. Christa was studying at the restaurant and Sharon took the picture.
Caleb was assigned as my personal guide and protector during our snorkel outing.
Trevor: ‘Caleb, you’re with Granty.’ Me: ‘Trevor, really, I’m fine.’ Trevor: ‘Caleb, you’re with Granty.’ I only put up one small fuss because actually it was nice, Caleb is a delightful guide and protector.
I asked Trevor (a very sporty and competitive guy) if there was any sport at which he could still beat Caleb. Trevor thought that perhaps in wrestling due to his 50 pound advantage but he wasn’t anxious to risk injury finding out.
May 2-4 2011
I left Kaua’i under sunny skies and landed in Honolulu under sunny skies. I took the bus to Trevor’s office and upon my arrival there the clouds thickened and a giGANtic thunder and lightning storm broke.
There was a total power failure in all of Trevor and Beth’s neighborhood. We were all having nothing but fun. When the power came back within an hour all the kids groaned with disappointment.
…my favorite is the Moana Surfrider. I probably won’t get to enjoy any of their hula shows this trip but they’re still doing them every night at 6pm for one of the best sundowners in town.
They specialize in Japanese weddings and it is so utterly entertaining to watch them come and go in their knock-me-over-with-a-feather outfits.
I went into the office downtown this morning with Trevor. In the office building coffee shop we shared a delicious Island breakfast of corned beef hash topped by eggs over easy with a side of spam fried rice. It was delicious!
The clouds were too low and the rain was coming down, too much to see the great views out the windows at the office but by the time I was on the streets where I walked and travelled by bus…
The Hawaiian flag features the Union Jack because of Hawaii’s early relationship with Great Britain.
I’ve been obsessing over Hawaiian history since I read Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes. It’s the best book I’ve read in recent memory. It was really really good. If you have the least interest in Hawaii you could check out the Amazon reviews to see if this book might suit you.
Because of Unfamiliar Fishes I wanted to see the Bishop Museum, a place I had not visited before, known for “the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts” and where Sarah Vowell spent a nice chunk of time.
Charles Reed Bishop built this first structure in 1898 in honor of his late wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, to house the family’s heirlooms. They call the style ‘Richardsonian Romanesque architecture’. I’ve only got a side shot, not the elegant front. I don’t know what I’ve forgotten until it’s too late!
March 2007 afternoon of the 29th to late on the 30th
I flew from Kauai (MAHALO Sharon!) to Honolulu for the chance to spend a few hours with the TB-CCC Browns, and took a taxi to Trevor’s office in downtown.
Here is his new priceless art work. (ok, so that’s Charis and she is a priceless work of art but she doesn’t spend the Whole day standing there casting adorning looks upon her father.)
The next morning Beth took us all to the museum associated with the Honolulu Academy of Art. We had a fantastic time. The kids were a pleasure to have along.
First, lunch at the Museum cafe where the kids got to fool around in the plaza and where these works towered over us. They are maybe eight feet tall(7) – let’s just say they towered over me – and are made entirely of glazed clay.
This vase reminded the kids of a story they had read. I forget the details now of the story or why this picture is funny, but it is funny even without know the story.
The guard stopped by with the ‘no photo’ finger wag so we didn’t do any in this room.
The museum is quite charming, small in scale (hardly any guards-hardly any visitors) but the collection is impressive in variety and in that the works are displayed with taste and in support of the educational purpose of institution.