During our trip to Hawaii we went to Waikiki Beach several times. On this day, it was our first visit. We had stop for drinks at Hawaiian Hilton Hotel and Hale Koa Hotel. We had Mai Tais at each hotel but the ones at the Hilton were my favorite. At $15 a piece, they should have been good! They also looked good and they didn’t slight you on the booze. After a couple of these I moved onto the Danno, a frozen drink named after the character from Hawaii 5-0. These are the Mai Tais from Hale Koa Hotel, they were only $9 and also carried a punch! We had a couple here before going to the Hilton By this time we were needing some lunch, I had the Hawaiian Loco Moco. It was a wonderful dish layered with white rice, a burger patty, two fried eggs topped with Maui …
After church, a great brunch at the Officer’s Club and an overlook of the Marine Base it was time for a swim at the beach 900 feet from the Kelly’s home. The North Beach, also listed on some GPS as Officer’s Beach, is located along the windward side of Oahu, accessible only through Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base. This rugged beach located next to housing and the base golf course, proves that there is more than just one type of beach in Hawaii. Unlike the tropical white sands of other beaches, North Beach’s appeal is its rugged shores with lava shelves that pool with water as waves pound the shoreline. This is really not a beach for snorkeling or swimming, but the guys did try. North Beach is a beach for marveling at Mother Nature’s ferocity as waves crash and the ocean breeze picks up. This is the beach that …
The ever popular Sunday Champagne Brunch was the perfect complement to our first Sunday morning in Hawaii. Selections include crab legs, a sushi station, peel-n-eat shrimp, and an omelet station. The Officer’s Club was built-in 1941 and still supports the proud tradition and heritage of the Marine Corps way of life. Perched on top of a hill that unfolds a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean and Koolau Mountains. The food was very good and a good selections. Reserved exclusively for Officers, the Kauai Bar proudly continues the tradition of Marine Corps clubs at Kaneohe Bay. The bar provides an opportunity for camaraderie and promotes espirit de corps. The officers’ Club dining room features a panoramic view of the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course and Pacific Ocean. I know I took a picture of the ocean and mountain but can’t find it among all the photos we took. So here are …
Before going to the Officer’s Club for Sunday Brunch, we traveled up the mountain to overlook Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay. This gave us a great view of the bay, the Marine Base and Coconut Island. From this advantage point, we could also see Coconut Island or Mokuoloe. It is a 28 acre island that originally was 12 acres. In the early 1930s an heir to the Fleishman yeast fortune, doubled the island with coral rubble, sand, and earthen landfill. The island later became a rest and relaxation station for U.S. Navy flyers during WW II. In 1947 a group purchased the island and convert it to an exclusive resort club and hotel. Then from the 1950s to the 1980s, Edwin Pauley, a Los Angeles businessman, used the island for a family summer get-aways.  In mid 1980s a Japanese real estate investor owned half the island, while the University of Hawaii owned …
We flew from Kansas City to Dallas, where we met up with the Rotchfords. Fred had arranged for us to fly first classes so it had been a very nice flight. In Dallas we waited in the American Airlines Admirals Club were we had complimentary juice, coffee, soft drinks, herbal tea and light snacks. They also had a cash bar. Just some of the snack that the Admirals Club had. This was the bar area. They also had an exercise room, showers, business center and lots of outlets everywhere to charge telephones and laptops. Once we boarded the plane, the flight attendant offered us mimosa, champagne, coffee, tea or soda as our pre-departure beverage. We enjoyed a couple of mimosa as the other passengers boarded. A ramekin full of a hot tropical mixed nuts mixture was delivered to us as soon as we were in the air. The mix included almonds, …
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