Today seemed to be about honor.  We honored a lifelong friendship, nature, Gods and marriage.

A few days ago, my childhood friend, Eric asked us to do a small favor for him.  His older brother lives on Oahu and they have a running joke about leaving ugly ties for each other.  My memory of Mike, the brother, is riding home from CCD, in a red volvo, with Mike driving, squirting the back windshield wiper fluid on walkers.  Not a very Christian thing to do, but we did it anyways, taking delight in people’s shock.  Eric needed us to drop off a tie at his brother’s house, which we finally did.  We had some left over beer, so his brother was also gifted with good beer to offset the ugly tie.

After that little excursion we set out for Lyon Arboretum, a repeat visit for us. Last time we were here, was in the summer and the flowering was much different and the falls were a little bigger this time.  This is  a beautiful peaceful place, even in rain showers and mud.

Keeping with the tradition of honor, we next honored the hop gods and made a return visit to Honolulu Beerworks.  Chatted with one of the brewers and she told us it cost $800 to overnight a shipment of fresh hops from Washington State. Yikes, but they were so excited to have fresh hops and brew with it.  The extra amount we paid for that beer was well worth it.

Our next stop was a repeat visit to My-Ryang-Sa Temple. The is a Korean Buddhist temple.  The solitude, peaceful sanctuary and sheer beauty is a relief from the craziness of our busy world.  This is a quiet area full of honor, respect and contemplation.

Our next stop was Monsarrat Shave Ice.  They use real fruit and not sugar syrup to flavor the ice.  We thought Flat Stanley would enjoy his visit here. Best shave ice we have had on the islands.

After shave ice we walked over to Queen Kapiolani Garden.  What a lovely spot full of beautiful hibiscus.

Can’t believe we missed this garden in the summer time. Piece of advice don’t trust all the travel sites about tourism.  I know I read somewhere this wasn’t worth it, but it really is.

After a nap at home, we drove the 15 minute drive, which turned into a 45 minute drive due to no left turns allowed at certain hours, to Ala Moana Beach Park, for sunset..  We realized on our last night we should have been going here earlier in the week, the people watching is amazing.  Lots of wedding and family photo shoots happening.  We found it fascinating to watch the professional photographers, compared to the amatuer pro ones.The amateurs were placing their subjects in front of lamp poles, while the pros strategically placed Diamond Head or the setting sun behind the subjects.

So today we honored a friend’s request, honored the beauty of nature, honored a different religion, honored the beauty of marriage just starting out.  We captured and honored small bits of life today, that make the world a beautiful place to be.

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