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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Day in Waikiki

Aloha Everyone,

Waikiki Beach is located on the south shore of the island of Oahu. Its length is about 2 miles. Along the beach are many hotels, restaurants, gift shops. The Shore Bird Restaurant at the Outrigger Reef Beach Resort has been one of our old favorites. When we learned that after 37 years, this popular oceanfront restaurant is facing imminent closure, we were curious to dine there perhaps for the last time.

At the end of an era, the restaurant had low energy. From the seating hostess to waitresses, we sensed a general feeling of despondence. The menu was all buffet items with a quality much to be desired. One can't help but wonder if Shore Bird is closing because the quality has deteriorated or if the quality is going down because it is closing. Either way, it was a sad swan song for a place that was once a popular gathering place for locals and tourists.

The bright spot in this rather gloomy atmosphere was sharing table with Will and Lucy from Pearl City. Engaging and fun loving, we exchanged contact info and promised to keep in touch.

Today was a perfect weather in paradise with trade winds blowing. We walked back to our condo enjoying the tropical banyan trees and fragrant flowers that lined the street.

Aloha -- Cathi