Mike's cousin, Beverly, was also on the cruise, along with her husband Joe, who just happens to be a very talented golfer. Prior to sailing from Los Angeles, Mike inquired if I might be able to set-up a round of golf for Joe (and myself) so that he could experience the game in Hawaii for the first time.
I was all over that! A tee time was secured and at ten AM, I picked Joe up at the pier and we were on our way to the course. Joe was not only a very good golfer, he was as kind and friendly, too. We're both 66-years old and Joe, just like me, took his wristwatch off the day he retired and hasn't worn one since. Who'da thunk we would have so much in common! We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Mamala Bay, though he thrashed me on the course, taking all the money. If I may illustrate: On the back nine, he hit a perfect baby draw to the green of a 298-yard par four! Three dollars was the friendly wager and from the very first hole the outcome was never in doubt. He was too gracious to collect, so I assured him the money would be placed in a hermetically-sealed mayonnaise jar until they return to the islands. And, who knows...with the interest, he could send a grandchild to college! I should also mention that Joe paid for my round! Mahalo Sir!
Our day ended at the Halekulani Hotel's open-air restaurant and lanai, "House Without A Key", where Mike, Michele and the rest of the cruise gang were already enjoying the sweet Hawaiian music and umbrella drinks, waiting for sunset. No green flash, but we were more-than-compensated with the Hula dancing of beautiful Kanoe Miller. The link will take you to a YouTube video of her dancing. She stopped by between sets to chat with us and pose for photos. Soon, dusk turned into a beautiful evening and it was time for the cruisers to head back to their ship. It was a wonderful visit and we're looking forward to their next trip.
Two days later, a good friend and former co-worker of Michele's came for a visit. Henriette was here last year and it was nice to see here again. We kept her pretty busy, including a hike to Makapuu lighthouse, a day at Kailua Beach, a day strolling the shops and sights of Waikiki and a sunset dinner/whale watching cruise aboard the Makani.
Her last night with us, we treated her to sunset and dinner on our lanai, followed by the short ride to the airport. As we say, "Aloha Oe Henriette", or until we meet again.
For those blogger pals who have expressed concern for my health due to the lack of posting recently, this post should make it clear that I'm not ill, just tired! :))
Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!