Kathy and I took a really big holoholo trip, flying to New York City to join our youngest daughter Shannon Malia and her husband Cory Chabot on May 11, 2005 . They left Portland , OR on May 1 st to fulfill their dream of driving around the US of A while still young and before starting their family! Shannon Malia is adventuresome like her Mom (at age 24, Kathy worked in Vietnam for the US State Department during the war years.)
Hmmmm, what to say about New York….first, the heart of New York City is Manhattan, situated on an island that is 22 square miles in size...hey, that is way smaller than my home island of Lana`i which is 140 square miles with a population of two thousand or so. Two million people live on Manhattan Island in buildings so tall that you can’t see the SUN until it’s directly overhead. In case you didn’t know, the favorite color of cars in New York City is yellow (as in ‘Taxi Cabs”). Six of every ten cars I saw on the street were yellow taxi cabs! Unless you want to use the subway or like walking a lot, dem yellow cabs are the way to go but have your heart medication available ‘cause drivers in New York are totally pupule (crazy). For those of you are either active or retired military types, New York City has (particularly since the 9/11/01 tragedy) welcomed the military with all kinds of discounts sooo ask for them when you book hotel rooms or tours or show tickets. Through the generosity of Mr. Mahmood Kahn, Hilton New York hotel Manager, I was able (at the last minute) to get one of their “military rate” rooms at almost a third off the regular price! We saw the stage show “Rent” and one of the stars was a tremendously talented young Filipino actor Enrico Rodriguez. We took the “Circle Line” boat cruise around the island of Manhattan and I recommend doing that tour as you really get to see New York City from a different perspective. The Circle Line tour is one of only two which has boats that are small enough to fit under the several low bridges of Manhattan and thus able to go around the island. We had a once-in-a-lifetime happening when we chanced to walk into the world famous St Patrick Cathedral (a truly beautiful Catholic church) at the same time a huge congregation was celebrating the ordination of ten new priests by Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York ….. fabulous moment!!!!!!
Even the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown , NY has its own unique Hawaiian connection: in the section honoring the NY Mets baseball team is Hawaiian born/former Mets star Benny Agbayani’s black bat engraved with “The Big Kahuna.”
The high point of our ten day vacation trip was Washington , DC . Our young friend Kekoa Kaluhiwa, who works on Senator Akaka’s staff in Hawaii arranged for Kathy, Shannon, Cory and I to join Senator Daniel Akaka for a continental breakfast. Senator Akaka was really busy running between meetings but he stopped by to say hello and pose for a few pictures (see “Where in the World…” on p.3) Greeting us into the Senator’s office were Kaneohe ’s John Paul ( Kailua HS ’77), summer intern Jason Bradshaw (Kalaheo HS ’03) and Jade Kamai (Waimanalo gal, Castle HS ’77). Jade, who also was our tour guide, sends her Aloha to Ohana Sam Kekauoha in the Bremerton area. Joining us for breakfast was Senator Akaka’s sister Millannie Mattson (KS ’66). Also in our VIP tour group: Dr. Noe Apau (KS ’70)Ludlum and her husband Bill, who live in Waikiki plus David and Dee (KS ’64)Christopherson from Kula, Maui . After breakfast, Jade took all of us on a three hour VIP tour of the Capitol. We finished up our VIP tour that evening at the Kennedy Center for the Arts which is a must see! We visited the Smithsonian Museum (go see the Hawaiian section in the Museum of Natural History … good stuff). We visited the World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War Memorials. I served two tours in the ‘ Nam war so I got a bit teary eyed as I looked at names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. DC is a great place to visit with soooo much to see but bring your walking shoes cause you gonna walk a lot……
P-A-H-T-Y time.....auwe, the Punahou folks really know how to party!!! This time my music gang (Iwalani Kamahele, Bernie Simeona, Billy Maquiling and I) got hired to play for the 50 th Hauoli la Hanau (birthday) party given by Hal Burchard (Punahou HS) for his lovely wife Nicky Foytich Burchard (Kahala gal, Kalani ’73) and their guests including Laurie Simpson Bugbee (Punahou ’77) and her husband Jim (Punahou ’77); Jane Burchard Perovich (Punahou ’68); Ellen Garcia (Maryknoll ’73) and Rob Luck (Punahou ’65, son of “Lucky Luck” a legendary Hawaiian radio personality of years past.) Then there was “Bunny” Carlton Lee ( Roosevelt ’62… hey, how’d dis Roosevelt guy get into a Punahou party??) The party was outside and it rained and we got a little wet but the food and drinks were great and the big crowd was having a blast…..really good fun!!
Coming up….June 3 rd, 2005 at the Pacific Place theaters: a world premiere of “The Crow…Wicked Prayer” featuring Kona Kitchen’s Yuji Okumoto with Dennis Hopper, Macy Gray and others. Congrats to “our” (see NWHIT May 2005 issue) Everett Hawks Arena football team who has won 9 games without a loss…….wow!
Gotta go……until next time……a hui hou…..Danny
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