After the ceremony on Mauna Kea, I drove to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, near Hapuna Beach, for this was where Pearl and I spent our honeymoon when it first opened. I might add that this was a particularly trying period, for, in addition to the general sadness of those times, there were six hurricanes/typhoons in the Pacific, with Hurricane Felicia at 145 MPH heading for the north side of the Big Island. I wondered if I should fly home and tend to my apartment.
Well, I instead had two nice meals at Monette's and got along well with the serving staff. The first night was Italian, with Osso Buco, one of Pearl's favorite dishes. The next evening cost twice as much. Here Kona Kampachi from Neil Sims' operation and a delicate Rougie' Farm Foie Gras, at sunset:
Later the second night I tossed PA#3 into the night waters of Kauna'oa Bay:
Further down the coastline was Four Seasons Hualalai at Kaupulehu, at that time the best hotel in the State of Hawaii. Actually, I just re-checked, and it remains #1 in the state. I enjoyed dinner at Pahui'a, and was entertained by Grammy awardee Charles Brotman. The sunset was spectacular, inspiring me to toss her ashes (#4) into the beach waters below:
This link compares the Four Seasons Hualalai with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with the Park Hyatt Tokyo (left), probably Pearl's favorite hotel. Here is a clip about this property. Lost in Translation was filmed here.
The good news was that Hurricane Felicia had fizzled. Those volcanic structures tend to do that to these cyclonic storms. The following morning I ordered a Japanese breakfast to my room, had conveniently packed a bottle of beer which was chilled, and ate this $60+ meal with a view of the beach:
Blue Revolution. Three decades ago I was secretary of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. My staff from the Pacific International Center for High Technology was at the cutting edge of developing ocean thermal energy conversion. A particularly interesting anecdote is the role that Air Force One, President Ronald Reagan and Senator Spark Matsunaga played in the advancement of this marine energy option. I even owned part of a company to grow pearl oysters, where in 1990 or so I went all the way to Australia to hire to Neil Sims to run the facility.
Just outside of Naalehu on the way to the Hutch sugar mill, I stopped by to drop off Pearl's Ashes #5:
Why did I perform this ceremony here? Probably it was in 1963 when I took a photo of Pearl st this site in her nursing uniform by her Hillman Minx:
Nostalgically, the drive from Naalehu took me through Pahala, where Pearl lived in the nurse's cottage when we first met in 1962. I also spent some time at the Hawaiian Agriculture Sugar Company, working at the sugar mill, across the street from the Kau Hospital (this structure was replaced by a new hospital today). My father lived in Koloa, Kauai, where Hawaiian sugar first was produced in 1837. This is the natural habitat of the Hawaii State bird, the nene. I might add that the hottest temperature measured in Hawaii occurred in Pahala, which is at an elevation of 850 feet: 100 F.
I then drove to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to stay at the Volcano House, which first opened in 1877. I dropped of PA#6 just outside my room towards Halemaumau Crater:
Chapter 1 appeared last Wednesday. Next Wednesday, Chapter 3, featuring Pearl's sunburst.