The Pink Palace of the Pacific opened in 1927 at a cost of $4 million ($50 million today). Franklin D. Roosevelt used this site as the Western White House.You saw scenes from Gidget Goes Hawaiian filmed here. They closed for almost a year in 2008 to renovate the place, so I thought now was a good time to revisit the Lady. It is owned by the Osano family of Japan.
I walked into Waikiki (all of three minutes) and bought a salmon moco (the healthy version of loco moco) with a bottle of beer and a spot of sake:
Honolulu Marathon (former Mayor Frank Fasi is credited for starting this all), for two of my Saturday golf partners, Carleton Taketa and Eddie Chiu, would just about be finishing. I started at the above point. There were a lot of distractions. As my trek to the Diamond Head Lookout a week ago, I realized I had never really walked any distance on Waikiki Beach ever. In fact I've not walked barefeet on a beach for more than a few hundred yards in at least half a century.
There were almost 23,000 runners this year, with more than 60% from Japan. This is the 39th year, and there were no competitors from Japan for the first three years. Now Japan Airlines is the THE major sponsor. I noticed during my viewing period that, regularly, two young Japanese female participants, many holding hands, sprinted to the finish line and look fabulous doing so. It was almost as if they had just rested for hours, went to a beauty salon and snuck in at the final 100 yards. Historically, 82% have finished. There has been only one death. The results this year?
I walked on the beach back to the Royal Hawaiian, and noticed a finisher (that orange shirt) enjoying a deserved rest:
Return tomorrow for my dinner at La Mer, and more.