Big mahalos to my friends Jim and Michele, Joe and Ann, Lee and Teko, Mary and Mark, and especially, Donald, for their hospitality and friendship. I am indeed fortunate to have such terrific friends. I enjoyed five days at the Waikiki Parc Hotel. It's a small boutique hotel right across the street from the Halekulani (and beach access!). The staff was very friendly and helpful, the rate was very reasonable (no resort fees, free wi-fi and free guest parking). I played tourist for several days, walking all over Waikiki, shopping at Ala Moana Shopping Center (lots of new stores) and just hanging out. During my stay in Hawaii, I sampled Thai, Vietnamese, Himalayan, Chinese, and Hawaiian food (just to name a few). Breakfast at the Aloha Bowl was ono! And the tasting menu at Roy's in Waikiki was fabulous! The poke from Foodland was great, too. I tried four different kinds and that was just a fraction of what was available. I will really miss the fresh food and the amazing variety of ethnic cuisines. My last meal in Waikiki was breakfast at Orchids in the Halekulani hotel. Fresh papaya and eggs benedict were delicious. And the staff surprised me with a slice of their famous coconut cake. It was incredible. And the view of the beach was spectacular.
My goddaughter's wedding was lovely and lots of fun. The ceremony and reception were held at La Pietra school on the side of Diamond Head. It was a beautiful venue and the food was so delicious. The toasts afterwards by the groom's father and brothers were hilarious. I've never laughed so hard at a wedding reception. It was truly memorable. Best wishes to Meghan and Golden for a long and happy life together!
The meet-and-greet at Fiddlesticks, too, was another highlight of my visit. Mahalo to Joan and Pam and staff for putting it all together. And thanks, too, to all those who dropped in to offer their support and feedback. I got lots of wonderful suggestions for new designs and I am already busy getting them underway. But first I have to finish stitching up the new and improved Hawaiian Islands which has been out of stock for way too long. Here's a sneak peak.
As always, please share with me any suggestions for new designs. I want to design what you want to stitch, so let me know! And mahalo to each and every one of you for your support for my Hawaiian designs for cross stitch. I couldn't do it without you.