Upcoming Hawai’i presentation

Upcoming Hawai'i presentation

Eighteen years ago, I visited Hawai’i for the first time. I am not counting the two trans-Pacific flights I did through Hawai’i as a kid when we lived on Guam. No, this was a bona fide stop for four days with my ship, the U.S.S. David R. Ray, as she deployed from Long Beach Naval Station to the Persian Gulf, for what would turn out to be anything but a routine deployment.

Then, last December, Michelle and I spent about ten days on the Big Island, where I asked her to marry me. We trekked all over Hawai’i, spending time on the Kona Coast, going through the island on the saddle road and up to Mauna Kea, and down to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (where I learned I have been mispronouncing “Kilauea” all my life – the stress is supposed to be on the second syllable, not the third). For those of you who visited my old web site, before I had this blog, I posted the narrative of our daily treks on a travelogue on my site. Then, just a few months later, I traveled with the crew of the U.S.S. Peleliu from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to take crew portraits for their cruisebook covering their deployment to the Persian Gulf.

This coming Tuesday, December 16, I will be giving a presentation at the weekly meeting of the Alaskan Prospector’s Society at 7:30 at the First United Methodist Church on the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage. I will talk about my experiences in Hawai’i, including some humorous notes on local culture, and present a slide show. The slide show will cover photos from both Hawai’i trips, in a piece called, “Hawai’i: By Land and By Sea.” While I know many marine officers were concerned about possible action in Iran, I am pleased to say that the ship and the 15th Expeditionary Marine Unit returned home to San Diego last month.

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