Sunday, March 19th...This was meant to be sort of an open day as I had to pack, switch hotel rooms and unpack along with meeting up with the tour group at 6:30 PM for a kickoff orientation and dinner. I had one more special place I still wanted to visit for another trip down memory lane.
There was a hotel on Waikiki Beach that had a huge banyan tree out on the patio leading to the beach. Forty years ago, I had found an old family album and there was a photo of my Grandfather taken in 1918 when he was in the Navy standing by that banyan tree. The reason it was meaningful was because I had also found a photo of my Mom and Dad taken in 1947 and they were standing right in front of the exact same tree!
What makes this more significant is that my parents never realized it was the same setting until I pointed it out to them. It was just pure coincidence. Also in 1992, my wife Donna and I were on a vacation in Honolulu. We decided to seek out that same hotel and recreate the photo setting by that banyan tree.
So off I went today, once again, to find that hotel. It's now the Moana Surfrider...