Posts tagged ‘vacation’

Trip To Hawaii [1985]

Diamondhead and Downtown Honolulu Hawaii, 1985

There’s no telling what we’ll find at our house.

Earlier this year I was going through a box of belongings that the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad and I have shared for knick knacks for the last 22 years, when I found a roll of Kodak VR 100 film buried beneath the papers and curios of the past.  Initially I thought it was a roll of film I’d shot in Seattle in the early 1980s; it was of the same type I would have purchased, and shot with a second-hand Pentax K1000.  After getting the roll developed, it was clear that the photos weren’t mine at all.

Kodak Kodacolor VR 100

Turns out Mrs. BelRedRoad had shot the film in Hawaii while on a 1985 familiarization trip as a Travel Agent – and then promptly forgot about it.

Hawaiian Sundown [1985]

The photos – like this Oahu sunset – now survive as a time capsule, and testament to what the Hawaiian islands looked like in the time between the two Hawaii Five-Os.  I’ve never been there, so I get to live it through her.

Maui Hill Hotel Resort Pool [1985]

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Want to be there right now?  Me too…

Maui Hill Hawaiian Resort [1985]

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific [1985]

This is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, made famous in both runs of the hit show Hawaii Five-O

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Love this staircase.  So does the guy in the blue shirt. While the high-waisted shorts are dated, much of the wardrobe in these photos would not look out of the ordinary if I were to see it today.

Hawaii / Last Shot on Roll [1985]

The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad fiddling with her camera in the hotel room.  Last shot in Hawaii for her before the long ride home; despite its shaky spooky nature, it’s one of my favorite photos of her.  I would meet her three years later, and the rest is retro-history!

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Father-In-Law was a Cool Traveler in `64

Recently a bag of slides appeared in the mail from my wife’s aunt. The note said, “Thought you might like these slides from Grandmother’s collection. I’ve had these for several years!” The bag was truly a treasure trove of memories, depicting my wife’s parent in their twenties around the time that she was born.

Best of all, many of them were Kodachrome and still had the rich colors the media type was known for.

This slide was taken somewhere in Oregon or Washington, while the wife’s family was on a camping trip. She would have been just a month old at that point. The car – possibly a 1962 Pontiac – was owned by her grandparents. The Security Traveler “canned ham” trailer: pure Sixties righteousness. My father-in-law, ever thin as he is today, takes a drag off his Marlboro and looks pensively into his Dad’s camera. I love the design in his shirt, and the pencil-thin pants.  The clothes and the stance depict the essence of cool.  While he no longer smokes, to this day he stands in the same way.

And so does my brother-in-law!

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