Category Archives: Honolulu

Not what we expected – Diamondhead and Waikiki

One of the places on my family’s list of things to see in Honolulu was Chinatown.  My hypnotherapist, Marga, has sent me some pictures of her last trip, filled with steamed dumplings, vegetable stands, and unusual cuts of meat including … Continue reading

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A Punchbowl full of sorrow

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also called Punchbowl because of its shape, is located in an extinct volcano crater.  Puowaina Crater (Consecrated Hill or Hill of Sacrifice) had been the site of Hawaiian Ali’i burials and sacrifices of … Continue reading

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It could have been My Dad – Pearl Harbor

Only a month after Jade and my trip to Honolulu, the whole family went.  The first stop on our Honolulu family getaway was Pearl Harbor, so close to the airport.  To many Americans, including myself, it represents WWII.  Greg and I … Continue reading

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She could have been Queen – Bishop Museum

She was a Hawaiian princess.  She could have been Queen – twice.  Apparently that is not what she wanted.  She was the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha, his last surviving descendant. She was well educated, and lived and dressed as any … Continue reading

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Honolulu wakes up

It’s our last day in Honolulu, and I’m feeling bone tired.  We walked for hours yesterday: my hip and knees hurt.  My daughter is sleeping in this morning, so I go out for my Starbucks and oatmeal, and slip quietly … Continue reading

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Shop ’til you drop – Ala Moana Center

When I glance through a copy of Vogue, I enjoy perusing the ads.  For me, it’s a spectator sport: “I wonder how much that costs?  Who buys this stuff?  Who wears this stuff?”  Clearly the target is not me.  I … Continue reading

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Art History 101; Sad History 201- Honolulu Museum of Art / Iolani Palace

Today’s Honolulu visit was focused on art and history.  The Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA) is interesting even on the outside.  There’s a wonderful juxtaposition of a huge steel structure whose parts move with the wind, with organic huts made … Continue reading

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Highbrow Honolulu – Blaisdell Symphony Hall

This was it, Friday, the first day of three glorious days in Honolulu.  It was my first school fieldtrip in years, and this one would be focused on art and all things cultured.  We were staying right downtown at the … Continue reading

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When the child becomes the parent

For the first time in forever, I get to go on one of my daughters’ fieldtrips.  When I was working, I was always too busy for things like that.  Of course I see now that it was my loss. Jade is … Continue reading

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