At 4:30PM I walked a block to the parade. I found an excellent spot where I could lean over to support myself: (by my walking cane):
By the way, across the street to the left at the end in the basement is where Waikiki Yokocho is located. To my surprise, soon after 4:30PM the parade arrived, led by Clarke Bright and the Royal Hawaiian Band. He actually recognized me, and came by to shake my hand:
A long, long time ago he worked for me at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute when he was a student at the University of Hawaii. He now is bandmaster. Next came the city that will later tonight put on the fireworks:
Nagaoka is located close to Niigata:
I've never seen so many dragons before, more than two dozen...small ones...large beasts....strange ones:
That last one also has former Mayor Peter Carlisle. There were keiki mikoshis and larger ones:
For most of the participants, this could well have been the thrill of their lives. Japan dominated, but there were parties from China, Korea, the Philippines, hordes of students from all over the world, and even the U.S. Navy. There was one group in particular that brought tears to my eyes. Called Love Junx, you need to take a close look to understand why. The organization and effort to bring them here for this event gives you hope for the future of the world:
Teams so large you couldn't see the end, lots of drumming and cute girls:
That young girl with her father did a lot of waving and dancing and really enjoyed this parade. But after two hours, I was weakening. Try standing for that length of time. So I walked to the beginning of the parade and took photos of what looked like the final two:
I really don't like parades, but this one was memorable. I then went to buy some Ninja Curry to have my dinner on my hotel lanai to await the fireworks from Nagaoka:
Steak curry with ahi sashimi, hot sake and cold Kirin beer. Waikiki at night:
March 12 happens to be the night when the Moon is full. At 8:30 you couldn't see the sand on Waikiki Beach, because it was packed with people:
Then came the fireworks:
I woke up early to watch the sunrise from the Leahi Club Lounge:
I then took my usual walk on Waikiki Beach, from the Sheraton on by the Royal Hawaiian Hotel:
With the Westin Moana Surfrider, Starwood dominates Waikiki Beach. 8AM on the Beach, and almost no tourists. Duke Kahanamoku's statue:
My final meal at the Sheraton Waikiki was lunch on my lanai from an Osaka Ramen restaurant in Waikiki Yokocho with a plum at the end:
The 26 hours I spent in Waikiki felt like a delightful three days, maybe even heavenly ones.
15 Craigside was Purgatory. Then it occurred to me that Waikiki should be added. Finally, the obvious hit me: THE ENTIRETY OF PLANET EARTH IS PURGATORY!!! This is all finally beginning to make some sense.
Ritz Carleton Tokyo and Sheraton Waikiki, those are like gateways to Heaven. Does this mean you need to be rich to get into Heaven? Well, Mother Theresa's life indicates that there are other pathways, too. For most of you, though, you still have a long and tempestuous haul, especially those who are terrible people and happen to believe in reincarnation, for you could well retrogress into life as a cockroach in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). The good news, though, is that in the definition of Purgatory, everyone at this level will eventually get to Heaven, or the religious equivalent, if there is one...and it must exist, for here is a somewhat credulous announcement from NASA:
Clearly, the logic flows that Earth must be Purgatory.