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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Staying At the Moana Hotel in Waikiki in January

The Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki - Hawaii. You may recall this hotel from the Elvis's movie Blue Hawaii in 1961. Hawaii was just a state 2 years ands this was one of the only places on the beach. 

The open air lobby allows ocean breezes to flow through

Lulu is making a presentation at a conference in Hawaii. Usually we stay at our friend Doris's condo in Waikiki. When Lulu was a professor at the University of Hawaii - we loved the condo life on the beach - but would always love to the crash the facilities at the Moana Hotel. I used to enjoy sitting on their verandah and read the newspapers from all over the world. Later on- I would squat on their wifi while Lulu enjoyed the beach.

I remember one young lady using a beach lounge by the pool under the Banyan tree - when the life guard came and routed her from her squat. She replied to him in perfect German - got up and hopped into the pool.

Lulu used to teach a course for the University of Hawaii every summer. We would have  a lot of guests come over to spend some time in our condo.

From January 5th to the 9th - no one will be chased from the pool - unless Lulu points them out to the life guard. She reserved a room in the historic section of this Hawaiian landmark. Now she will have the right color of towel to prove she is legit.

One time I surprised Lulu with an anniversary dinner on the veranda. Drew - Keith - and Robin were along for the party. They witnessed a pigeon bomb Lulu's pretty white dress. To my joy - the hotel paid the bill for the meal and the dress cleaning.

It was off the coast of this hotel where Lulu and Harry learned to surf - see video here -

Harry Surfing Video

At one time it was the only hotel on the beach

Just like Seek is the Capital of Coaldale - Waikiki is the Capital of Honolulu. On the map you can see how close the beach is to the airport. You can also see Pearl Harbor - Tora! Tora! Tora!

To the east of the Moana Hotel is Diamond Head - an extinct volcano.

In the day time I sit on those porch rockers and watch the people and cars go by.

This Banyan tree has a pool - restaurant - and bar - under its boughs.
This photo shows the Moana Hotel before there were cars.

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