Pretty much every year for the last 50, I have found myself in Honolulu this time of year. The most recent 20 have been with Allyn of course. Most of the time we have spent it at The Royal Hawaiian and this year is no exception.
There have been some changes, mainly cutbacks, but it is still nice to be home. There is no place I relax more than here.
We had our annual dinner at Roy’s. It is an interesting chain. We stopped eating at their Las Vegas location years ago. Roy sold out 20 of his locations (not Waikiki) in 2014 and quality plummeted. In fact, only four of those remain open today.
Unfortunately, we had some rough spots tonight and their wonderful manager, Diva, tried to fix things, but sometimes it is not just about getting a credit on the check. It does help though!
I see they got a new sign on the world-famous Mai Tai Bar.
In a few days we head to Auckland where we will commence a 75-day journey to Tokyo on the elegant Regent Explorer. More on that later.
New Zealand is FAR from the U.S. It’s almost 6 hours to Honolulu and yet another 7 hours to Aukland.