June 2015 to NY, VA, MD, LV   4 comments

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Roger walking from BnB to Yvette’s apartment in Battery Park City

 

 

 

 

 

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We took Noakai to the top of Freedom Tower

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We had dinner at Miko’s restaurant, Serafina Meatpacking

 

 

 

 

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Marlowe

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Noakai at bat

 

 

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Roger at Hudner’s home

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Sharmaine and I having wine in Severn, MD

 

 

 

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Roger with Addie and Collin

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Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant in Frederick, MD

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Table 21 in the Volt kitchen

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Matt and Audrey wedding

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Gary and Sally celebrate at wedding

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Frederick Art Festival

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Dinner with Dennis and Janne Hudner

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Las Vegas Waipahu reunion w/ Oasays

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Las Vegas Waipahu reunion w/ Nani and Reto

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4 L’s taiko sisters at UNLV

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Taiko class with Tiffany at UNLV

Presenting the latest episode of

“Hawaiians on the East Coast and Vegas”

starring: Lari and Roger

May 27 to June 15, 2015

 

       We were invited to a wedding in Maryland, so we added on New York City and connected to Vegas for a class reunion making our trip three weeks long. First, we flew to NY to visit Yvette, Erik, Noakai and Marlowe (YENM) for a few days. We stayed at an AirBnB apartment close to their apartment in Battery Park City, right near the World Trade Center. We went to the broadway show “On the Town” and I saw “Kinky Boots”. We watched Noey play little league baseball, just a couple blocks from their apartment. We took Noey to the top of the Freedom Tower the day it opened and saw the awesome views from 104 stories up. We went to the World Science Festival at Greenwich Village, where the kids could do all kinds of hands-on science activities.

We took the Chinatown Bus from New York City to Arlington, VA. It cost $27 each and took 4 hours non-stop. Dennis Hudner picked us up at the bus depot and took us home. We stayed with Janne and Dennis for two nights and they loan us a car for a week. The first night, Janne prepared a nice supper and the second night, they took us to Clarity, a very nice restaurant in their neighborhood. After that we moved to an AirBnB in Hyattsville, MD close to University of MD campus in College Park. From there, we drove up to Laurel to visit and have dinner with cousin Gary and Sally. And the next night, we drove up to Severn to visit and have dinner with cousin Sharmaine, David, Collin and Addison.

I went by myself on the metro into DC one day to Senator Mazie Hirono’s coffee hour and another day to Congressman Mark Takai’s coffee hour. I got to meet other guests at the coffee hours and both the Senator and Congressman shared their goals and committees that they sit on in Congress. I discovered the Postal Museum right next to Union Station, and spent a couple of happy hours there.

Then we drove to Frederick MD staying at another AirBnB so we could attend the wedding of Matt and Audrey Shiomichi. The visit to Frederick, MD was so much fun! It is a small town about an hour NW of DC. We lucked out because they were having an Art Festival, which is held there the first weekend in June. On Friday night, we went to Volt, Top Chef’s Bryan Voltaggio’s signature restaurant. We sat at Table 21, only 8 seats in the kitchen, with 21 courses! It was fabulous and we enjoyed watching the chefs in the kitchen. After dinner, we went to a local bar to join the bride and groom-to-be having drinks with their friends. On Saturday, we spent the whole morning at the Art Festival, then drove out to see two covered bridges and get some fresh ice cream at the South Mountain Creamery dairy farm. Then we got dressed for the wedding and drove to the Stone Manor country club for the elegant and charming wedding and reception. Everyone (except Roger) danced the night away. We all had a grand time! Note: Roger has a difficult time walking, limiting his activities.

We returned to the Hudner’s home in Vienna on Sunday to return the car and the next day, Dennis drove us to the airport and we flew to Las Vegas for Roger’s all-class Waipahu HS reunion. At the California Hotel, we had fun at the hospitality suite talking stories with old and new friends, watched the slot tournament and attended a banquet where everyone gathered for a final dinner. I made sure to get a $20 massage almost every day while in Vegas. Roger and I rode the huge ferris wheel, The High Roller at the Linq before I dropped him off at the airport.

I stayed back for 3 days in Vegas to attend a Taiko Conference at UNLV. It was fabulous! There were hands-on workshops for us to learn techniques and exhibits and sales at the Marketplace and awesome performances at lunchtime and after dinner. My taiko sensei, Kenny Endo was one of the workshop leaders. I made friends with Leslie, Lorin and Lovelle, and we were the 4 Ls. We had so much fun, talking and laughing. After the conference, everyone left, and my flight was late at night, so I spent the evening with friends Danette and Jason, who live in Vegas. We went to massage together and then to dinner at Hikari for AYCE (all-you-can-eat) sashimi and sushi.

I am so happy that we took this last trip together before Roger died a month later.

 

Lari’s Top Ten:

10 Meeting the 3 L’s at Taiko conference: Leslie, Lorin and Lovelle

9 Enjoying the Art Festival in downtown Frederick, MD

8 Seeing Kinky Boots on Broadway, such a wonderful musical production

7 Taking Noey to the top of the Freedom Tower

6 Seeing friends at the Waipahu HS reunion at the California Hotel in Las Vegas

5 Attending coffee hours at Senator Hirono and Congressman Mark Takai’s offices

4 Matt and Audrey Shiomichi’s wedding

3 Taiko conference at UNLV

2 Visiting with family and friends

1 Table 21 at Volt (Top Chef Bryan Voltagio’s restaurant)

 

Posted April 17, 2016 by lariyasui in USA

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4 responses to “June 2015 to NY, VA, MD, LV

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  1. Thank you for sharing you and Rogers travels. It’s never too late to here from you. Thanks.

  2. I enjoyed your travels. This was so well written as usual. I am so glad you have so many wonderful times and memories with Roger. We sure miss you. By the way we have those $20 massages here all over. We make it a point to get massages at least once a week and we have are favorites but try to mix them up here and there. So, when you have time to visit us, we can get massages for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mahalo Lari for sharing you and Roger’s world travels! Hope to see you sometime next month when we come home for our grandson’s graduation at UH. All my ohana will be flying home next month. I will be sure to call you okay?
    We think of you often and hope to see you!
    Love, Nani and Reto

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