After a longer than planned vacation to Hawaii I’m back at the key in the CQ-WPX Contest.
Did I miss having a radio in Hawaii? Not for one second. Didn’t even take a camera other than the one in my smart phone (dang happy with it too).
I spent a lot of time there (Navy) in the 80’s and 90’s but this was by far my most fulfilling trip. My YL patiently endured my reminiscing of how things used to be and exclamations of “Man, things sure have changed!” said too many times to no one in particular.
- Best dessert on Oahu – the chocolate souffle at Roy’s.
- Most over-rated restaurant – Marukame Udon.
- Best unexpected good meal – any of the shrimp trucks on the North Shore.
- Still as much a 3rd-world backwater contained within the US – Chinatown.
Waikiki lacks any of its former character, having become a shopping mecca for W and JA tourists. It is absolutely nothing more than that. Gone from Kuhio & Kapiolani streets are the impromptu bars with local flavor, the $1000/night working girls, open-air BBQ stands and local musicians.
In other words, the things that once gave it character.
Completely sterile now, made safe for the shoppers. Sad.
Most of our time was spent near the North Shore at any of the isolated beaches that still fit Michener’s words: “coconut palms nodding gracefully toward the ocean. Reefs upon which waves broke into spray, and inner lagoons, lovely beyond description”.
An 8-hour flight brought us home to a mailbox full of junk and bills – and a much anticipated QSL from a country I’d given up hope of working, Bangladesh, courtesy of Vadym UT6UD operating as S21XV.
Thanks (Mahalo) again, Vadym – you da man…
Now back to the contest with a cup of that $$$ Kona coffee we had to lug back with us. Aloha for now.