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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PEARL'S ASHES: #4--Four Seasons Hualalai



Travel+Leisure rates the Four Seasons Hualalai at Kaupulehu as the best hotel in Hawaii (the Halekulani, where I will be staying this weekend, is #2--and I will have an ash ceremony at La Mer, for this was Pearl's favorite restaurant-- my photo above was taken at this site).  I compared this hotel with the Mauna Beach Hotel and Park Hyatt Tokyo in an earlier posting.  These were her two favorite places to stay.

FS Hualalai's signature restaurant was Pahui'a, which featured the slack key talents of Charles Brotman, a Grammy awardee.  The food and service were just okay.  No great surprise, but there is now another restaurant here called Beach Tree.  Photo from Trip Advisor.

This was one of those locations "new" to Pearl.  (I have adjusted the titles.  As this was ceremony #4,  there is now a direct correlation.)  The sunset that day was spectacular:

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I tossed her ashes into the waters of historic Kaupulehu, had a glass of cognac with a cigar, and spent  a long time, eventually watching the stars above in a reclining chair.

The next morning I had a room service Japanese breakfast for $60, which largely came with the room (I brought the beer):


I then golfed at their course.  They use Pro-V1's on their practice range, so I tossed a dozen into my bag.  I proceeded to lose ten of them.

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