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AM knee report: still not right but much improved. It gives way occasionally while I’m walking but I’ve come to be proficient at catching myself before I hit the pavement. The long walks around Honolulu that I had planned will probably not take place this trip, but I am still having a great time.


We had to say goodbye over coffee to Sherry’s brother Drew and his wife Colleen this morning.


What a pleasure it was meeting them!


The ladies wanted to do some shopping. Bill tagged along.


They were very impressed by a banyan tree. Well of course they were…you don’t see many of these things in Tennessee.


Did you know that a banyan, also spelled "banian", is a fig that begins its life as an epiphyte, i.e. a plant that grows on another plant, when its seed germinates in a crack or crevice of a host tree or edifice. Well, it is true. If you don’t believe me you can look it up yourself.


Oh boy! The International Market Place! The ladies have been looking forward to this.


Bill was impressed by the Tesla store.


But the ladies had other things in mind.


Oh look! A purse!


Bill waited patiently.


This place had an exercise class. Should we join in? Jeanie?


Rather than exercise she decided to have her hair done at Drybar. Why do they call a hair salon Drybar?



I guess it’s because they have more to offer than a perm.


Sherry waited patiently.


We have decided to have lunch at the Westin Moana Surfrider. It’s one of the original hotels that were erected on Waikiki to entice tourists to the islands. Known as the “First Lady of Waikiki,” this Beaux-Arts-style resort—with its gleaming white façade, grand columns, and a distinctive porte-cochère—first opened its legendary doors on March 11, 1901 and featured the best modern conveniences of the time: telephones, private baths, and the first electric powered elevator in the territory.


Today it features us.


The beachfront restaurant has a beautiful view.


Looking this way.


And that way.


What a view.


We had burgers and fries, of course, but what Bill liked most was the Dole pineapple soft serve. Yummy yummy. You should have seen the mountain of goodness before Bill ate half of it.


We walked along the beach as we headed back to our hotel.


And we passed closer to that banyan tree.


It's a pretty amazing plant.


The tourists were suitably impressed.


The beach was beautiful in the bright sunlight.


And even when it wasn't bright.


The tourists are back, Honolulu.


And they're having fun in the surf.


Look! An outrigger!


As the sun pulls away from the shore and our boat sinks slowly in the west...


We are rewarded with a brilliant sunset.


And a lovely end to a lovely day.


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