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03 Mar 2011

Updated March 2, 2011

At the Opera: "La Traviata"

Our second "opera trip" of 2011: "La Traviata;" Also, tour of Kailua, northeast part of Oahu; Queen Emma's piano


(first rainbow of 2011)



Our second "opera trip" of 2011

At the Opera: "La Traviata"

Also, tour of Kailua and northeast part of Oahu, playing on Queen Emma's piano

HAIKU, Maui, Mar 2 - Guiseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" was the first opera I have ever seen.  I think I was about 12 or 13.  I liked the music but I found the action slow and boring.  Typical for a young teen, I suppose.

Since that time, I have seen "La Traviata" at least three more times, including once in an exotic setting of the Roman Arena in Verona, Italy.   Of all the performances, I think I enjoyed the one in Honolulu on Friday night the most.  I even shed a tear or two at the end.  Maybe it's the age.  We feel more, not less, as we get older.  And we appreciate beauty more, even that of a slow moving plot.

As usual, the opera was a dressy affair.  And Elizabeth reveled in it.  She looked so beautiful that she did not mind me publishing these pictures.  Her favorite was the one on the left; mine the middle-left.  She collected compliments like bouquets of flowers all evening from both men and women. I am sure it helped that so many of you also wrote back and encouraged her to "go public" with her photos. :-)

By the way, the HOT acronym in the above pictures stands for Hawaii Opera Theater. :-)

Kailua Beach and northeast Oahu, Playing on Queen Emma's piano

Earlier in the day on Friday, we spent some time on Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward shore, and had lunch/early pre-opera dinner at a nearby restaurant.  We returned the following day for some more fun in the sun, but before stopping to visit Queen Emma's palace on the way to Kailua( HM Queen Emma 1836-1885 shown in right photo) .

Our young tour guide said we were welcome to play Queen Emma's piano, so I jumped at the chance.  And so did Elizabeth with the camera.  She was the photographer the rest of the day.  The pianos sound was a bit tinny and the keys worn out and uneven.  But it was sufficiently good to have stopped a Japanese tour in the other part of the house.  Some of the people wandered in to gawk for a while.  I was asked to do an encore.  So I followed up a slow Chopin Etude with a fast Schubert Impromptu.

After spending some more time on the lovely Kailua beach, we drove eastward to Waimanalo.  That's where Elizabeth took the rest of the pictures...

...including these of para-sailers/hang-gliders taking off, flying and landing (not in chronological order). We then circled around the eastern part of Oahu, winding up back in Honolulu by late afternoon.  We finished the evening with a dinner at Hy's, a wonderful Canadian-owned steakhouse in Waikiki.  The dinner, our third at Hy's in as many years, was the second part of our anniversary celebration.  So the restaurant owners treated us again to a complimentary dessert and photo (right).

We returned home on Sunday, just in time for the Academy Awards ceremony.

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