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Published: February 14th 2015
This blog entry and especially the photographs are dedicated to my mother, “Mama S,” for her birthday. Thanks for giving me life over fifty years ago. However, Mama S informs me that in my case, my birth was the easiest part in rearing me.
The winds were blowing steadily in Honolulu today. Deke and I could hear them whistling on our balcony, which is on the tenth floor. I wasn't sure if today would be a good day to hang out on the beach and by the pool, but it turned out to be quite comfortable when we did so.
We had a lovely breakfast at the hotel overlooking the Pacific. Deke liked the table so much, he reserved it through the rest of our stay. As I have mentioned before, Deke has taught me that sometimes all one has to do is ask.
Because Deke recently had a melanoma removed, we have to be careful in the sun. The Kahala Hotel staff helped us out, and Deke and I sat near the pool in a shaded tiki cabana. For much of the time, Deke and I both sported swim shirts. Now, a swim shirt may take some
of your sexy away, but it can act as a swimming suit cover-up, and is great if you are in and out of the water all day. Moma S said that she got badly burned in Hawaii when she went snorkeling; Moma S, we’ll hook you up with a good swim shirt when we return.
We spent some quiet, peaceful hours together. However, I did embarrass Deke when I went around asking Kahala guests if I could take their picture for my blog.
There are many famous people who have had their picture taken at The Kahala Hotel; perusing these photographs was like looking at a “Who’s Who” list. In my case, however, when I had my picture taken, it was more like, “Who’s She?” Everyone from Richard Nixon, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth, political dignitaries from Japan, to Yanni, Jim Neighbors, and Snoop Dog adorn a sort of “Hall of Fame” in the Kahala gallery. Smiling out through sensitive eyes was a picture of Robin Williams taken in 2010. I hope that his stay at The Kahala brought him so joy and comfort before his untimely end.
The Kahala has a beautiful lagoon
for dolphins. Initially, I wanted to have the full dolphin experience by getting into the water with them. It turned out that I had a dolphin encounter anyway. I left our tiki cabana to walk around, and I stopped by the dolphin enclosure. A dolphin swam up near me, exposed its right eye, and looked at me for a good twenty to thirty seconds. I spoke to it soothingly. It was wonderful, but knowing how intelligent dolphins are, I wondered if it could read my sometimes troubled mind, and was just trying to help me out a bit. For whatever reason the dolphin chose to interact with me, I am grateful, and will never forget it.
Deke and I went to Whole Foods so that we could pick up some supplies for our room, and there he found a bottle of pineapple wine—I didn't even know that it existed. I tried it and liked it. It is definitely sweet, and the pineapple aroma extremely pleasing.
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