- Veterans Day always occurs on November 11--because the Armistice with Germany began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918--and recognizes all who served in our armed services. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954.
- Memorial Day remembers those who died while serving in our armed forces. Originally called Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868, this holiday is now always on the final Monday in May, and marks the start of summer vacation, like Labor Day marks the end.
I thought I'd have my usual bento lunch at Magic Island. Then, it occurred to me that parking might be a problem, as the Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony was scheduled for tonight, so I instead went to 53 By the Sea. Last year a 15 Craigside lunch outing was to this restaurant.
What was startling was the view of Diamond Head, left eye (top) versus right eye (bottom, after cataract surgery three days ago):
My right eye is now dominating, so my left eye feels ignored. My regular photochromic/progressive glasses now do not work too well, so I bought a pair of dark glasses for driving. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks the left will gain equality. I should comment that those lanterns will be floated from a point just left of those coconut trees in the background. But I'm here for lunch:
Escargot, Cajun-style, more reminiscent of Louisiana cuisine, rather than Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where the Cajun food was almost abominable. The vegetable tempura was a nice balance. The wine was Santa Margherita rose. I ended with a cappuccino.
The view 30 degrees to the left is of Kakaako:
I grew up right in the middle of all those high rises. Needless to say, 60 years ago, the tallest building near my home had two floors.
Here are some photos from Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony 2016:
The ceremony concluded with a group singing of Hawaii Aloha.