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Flashback Friday — Aloha

It was 4 degrees here when I got up this morning, so it’s only fitting to flashback to last year at this time, when Catherine and Basil were heading to Hawaii with the Greenwich High School choral groups. As you might recall, it was a fabulous trip for them. Click here to relive their adventures. Catherine swears … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — All Washed Up

Flashback to 1988 and the first time some members of the family went to Hawaii. Here are Mom and Dad on Maui. My father won the trip through work and they had a blast. I remember at the time thinking I’d not seen photos of my parents looking quite as happy as they did on … Continue reading

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday — Hula, Hula

Oh, I had a different Wordless Wednesday planned. Early spring thaw photos from Sunday’s trip to the beach where the 50-degree temperatures coaxed what felt like the whole town — and every family dog — out of hibernation. I thought those images might help us limp along until the real spring finally showed itself, now … Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday — Hawaii Dreaming

While we in the Northeast cope with the cold, white winter, here’s a taste of some warmer views…  

Return to the Status Quo

Slowly, normalcy is returning to our corner of Halsey Drive. Jet lag and exhaustion have done a number on Basil and Catherine, but nevertheless, they have regaled me with tales from their weeklong Greenwich High chorus trip to Hawaii. Friday night, over pizza, they unpacked way too many trinkets, recounted the entire visit to the … Continue reading

The Aloha Diaries Part 6 — Aloha

Well, the Greenwich High choral group is on its way home, having left Honolulu a couple of hours ago. Assuming the second leg of their journey, from SFO, runs on time, United Airlines should deliver my two Valentines by supper. The kids sang one last time yesterday, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific — Punchbowl Cemetery, … Continue reading

The Aloha Diaries Part 5 — In Remembrance and Making Memories

Yesterday’s leg of the Greenwich (CT) High choral group’s Hawaii trip started out on a somber note. The group spent the morning at the USS Arizona Memorial, where they had a tour, heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor and gave a performance. Mr. Lee, who witnessed the attack from start to finish, shared his … Continue reading

The Aloha Diaries Part 4 — Fun in the Sun

Lots more excitement in Hawaii yesterday. The Greenwich High chorus spent the day in Oahu, where they had lunch at the Turtle Bay Resort, spent time on Waimea Beach, and toured the Dole Pineapple Plantation before giving a performance at The Ala Moana Center. Here is Catherine on the beach, where the kids reveled in the sun, surf and 80-degree temperatures. … Continue reading

The Aloha Diaries, Part 3 — Naval Gazing

Yesterday, the Greenwich High choral groups headed to the naval base on Ford Island in Hawaii, where they toured the Pacific Aviation Museum and performed on the dock at the Battleship Missouri. The kids are so tightly scheduled that I’ve had only brief conversations with Catherine and Basil, mostly via text message. Basil’s efforts to send me video from his phone camera … Continue reading

The Aloha Diaries, Part 2 — Quite a Hike

First full day in Hawaii was busy. They got started with a trip to Hickam Air Force Base, where there was a tour and lunch before the obligatory group picture, a piece of which Basil captured here. So far, everything seems to be going just fine, with everyone trying some new things. Basil gave poi a … Continue reading