Clawdeen seemed to blow in with the breeze, and I was happy to have a chance to spend a day to show her some of my favorite places in Honolulu.
She arrived in the late afternoon, so we had a little chat out on the lanai. She noticed the ukulele that Monty sometimes likes to play and thought that she might like to strum a little. I told her that I didn’t know how to play, but she might be able to figure it out. She managed to pluck out a little ditty and look like a rock star! Who knew?
A bit later, we took her along as we met some friends for dinner. We had Vietnamese food and I shared some of my summer rolls with her~ she loved the peanut sauce!
We awoke early the next morning to take a little walk through Waikiki, since everyone needs to do that at least once. Wouldn’t you know it? We met a famous person there–Mr. IHOP Pancake Man! He really wanted to pose with Clawdeen and gave us a shaka sign, which is very common here when taking one’s picture.
Next, we walked through the gardens at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, because I wanted to show Clawdeen the waterfalls~ there are LOTS of waterfalls there, and she felt the urge to take her shoes off. Hawai‘i has a way of doing that to people, so I indulged her.
We walked through the hotel to get to the beach so she could see Diamond Head. I brought a towel for her so she could sit for a while and sun her legs, without getting all sandy. It was a lovely day there and not too crowded!
When she had had enough sun, we walked back to the street via the fabulous old Royal Hawaiian Hotel, visiting its many garden areas.
She really wanted to pose in front of some purple orchids for her friend Delilah, so she did.
We walked a ways more until we came upon a small pond~ it was lovely with all the water lilies blooming.
Taking a quick peek inside the hotel, Clawdeen loved the beautiful archways and architecture. She could imagine the opulent balls that were held long ago.
When we got to the street, we had another amazing thing happen… we experienced an “Elvis sighting!” So we very excitedly asked Elvis if it was okay if Clawdeen could have her picture taken with him, and guess what? He said yes!! So he held her in the crook of his arm and sang a few bars of “Love Me Tender.” Clawdeen loved it all, as only she could.
The morning was almost over and we needed a little bit of a rest, so we went back to my house and had a little bit of lunch and time to sit down and rest for an hour or so. So we picked up a sandwich from Subway and ate on the lanai. After a rest, we headed toward Foster Gardens to see the orchids and the butterfly garden.
It was a lovely day in the gardens, since the sun was out and things were blooming nicely. We walked around a bit and came across some crown-of-thorns plants, which I love. We went into the conservatory and looked at all of the beautiful orchids.
Lastly, we went to the butterfly garden, which was full of fluttering beauties. She climbed up on the sculpture in the main garden and enjoyed all of the creatures taking in the sunshine. She reached out her hand, and wouldn’t you know it? A Monarch butterfly lighted on her, resting for a small moment. Clawdeen gazed intently at the creature, and then it flew off. Clawdeen climbed down from the sculpture and said that she was tired and ready to go.
So we left and made our way home, stopping only to pick up a fresh pineapple to refresh ourselves. When we got home, I cut up the pineapple and brought it outside to relax on the lanai. As we sat there, Clawdeen looked very thoughtful and earnest at the same time. She told me something that almost didn’t surprise me~ she said that the butterfly whispered to her that she must go home to Delilah~ Delilah was missing her.
So we ate what we could of the pineapple and made quick arrangements to get her on her way. Delilah, I hope Clawdeen tells you all about the fun we had on our day together in Honolulu, and that someday you’ll have the chance to see it, too. Meanwhile, keep seeking the beauty!
Love, hugs and Aloooooha, from your friend Chris (Durietz)