Thursday, August 8, 2013

Aloha (Farewell) Hawai'i ... 'til we meet again


Last week, we checked out of our base house and checked into the Hale Koa - House of the Warrior.  From its website (link),

Fort DeRussy has evolved immensely from 1906, when it was sold as a 72-acre parcel of “undesirable” land, to the building of Battery Randolph at the east end of Fort DeRussy (now an Army Museum) in 1911, to the significant roles that Fort DeRussy played during WWII. However, even with all of these military accomplishments Fort DeRussy was still not “desirable” enough for grand social events.


All of this changed on October 25, 1975 when the Hale Koa Hotel celebrated its grand opening. A traditional Hawaiian blessing complete with a royal procession officially opened the hotel. From this celebrated opening ‘til today, the Hale Koa Hotel remains, an all-ranks, all-service hotel bent on providing first-class service without regard to an individual’s status. This is echoed in the mission of the hotel that has remained unchanged from its inception, "To operate a first class hotel and recreation facility at affordable prices for military members and their families." 


The Hale Koa overlooks Waikiki Beach, offering our last sunset over the Wai'anae Mountains. 


We strolled through Waikiki, taking a picture of this corner ... from Hawaii News Now (link),

About 300 people were seen running down Lewers Street in a panic Wednesday night. But those people were extras in the latest motion picture production of "Godzilla," which wraps up its filming early Thursday morning.


We passed the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel ... love the pink building and blue planters!


We dined at CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE .... I ordered the teriyaki burger topped with a pineapple slice!

Aloha, Hawai'i, until we meet again!

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Morning view from our room

12 comments:

  1. Oh, I am going to miss pictures of Hawaii as I'm sure you will miss living there but on to new adventures :)

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  2. I agree with catslady - going to miss Hawaii, the great history lessons and pictures. I'm also looking forward to hearing about your new escapades. I mean adventures!

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  3. I'll miss your pics and updates about what's going on in Hawaii.

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  4. Love your photos! It must be so hard to leave. Have a safe trip, & I hope you and your family love your new home.

    Margaret

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  5. Your leaving Hawaii is sad...for me. I will miss the pictures and the "tours", the history lessons, and the language classes. I am, however, looking forward to learning more of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. Wishing you all the best and much happiness there.

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  6. Bye Bye Hawaii......thanks for all the wonderful pictures.

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  7. Another chapter opens in Baltimore. You will return to Hawaii at some point.

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  8. Love the photos...
    The burger looks yummy!

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  9. I can't wait to see Baltimore and Annapolis through your eyes! Tweeted.

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  10. I will miss your Hawaii posts, but look forward to learning about Baltimore and the surrounding area. and I know you will be back to Hawaii for a visit in the future. Paradise will be calling for you.

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  11. I also love the pink building and blue planters! it,s looking wonder. Hawaiian hotels

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