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Penny sits on our lanai with her usual cup of tea and says goodbye to the Lawai Beach Resort in the rain


Honolulu – we meet our hostess Harriet’s friend Kazue, who gives us beads made from nuts …

and then Penny picks passion fruit for her in her garden. Harriet lets us off at the Honolulu Art Gallery and we are amazed – an incredible collection of western and eastern art. From the beach straight to great art. Dazzling.

Diego Rivera

 Matisse, my fave, and below, a portrait by my father’s friend Alice Neel next to an anonymous 19th century portrait

amazing trees with roots that descend from on high

We got a bus to crowded expensive Waikiki Beach and paddled and strolled

 They’re trying to keep out the riff raft

 Penny went on walking, and I did the classic thing – went to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel beach bar …

 for a mai tai. Delicious. I’m not a cocktail person, but that could change.

 A gorgeous monkey pod tree in the front courtyard of the old pink hotel. In April I was on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, and today on Waikiki Beach, which has a similar feel – huge old hotels, beach, rich people – except that most of the people here today were Japanese. And also runners – the Honolulu Marathon is Sunday. I thought briefly that I might enter but decided to drink a mai tai instead.

Harriet with her cousin, who’s wearing a shirt with a Hawaiian Christmas theme. She picked us up at the beach, dropped us at our room, and soon we’re going out for a Japanese meal with her and her son. My treat. I am so grateful to Penny and her old friend Harriet for this incredible vacation.

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I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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