Waikiki. Just the mention of the name brings up fanciful, exotic dreams of warm, sun-splashed days and balmy, breeze-cooled evenings. A beachside paradise filled with beach boys, lounge chairs, local beauties, and spacious beaches. Tourists. It’s easy to imagine oneself enjoying this legendary place on a sun-kissed perfect vacation.
But unlike the imaginings and longings that drive vacationers to Waikiki, it is a place with residents, traffic jams, high prices, and weather that doesn’t always cooperate with the dream. This is one such day, somewhat cool, heavily overcast, with grey clouds on the distance, threatening a vacation spoiled by rain. A document of what was. Waikiki. March 11, 2015. Somewhere around noon.