A few years ago, as my passion for genealogy grew, so too did my understanding of how history bridges time and shapes our future. I suppose that living in the shadow of Pearl Harbor reinforces that understanding - the USS Arizona Memorial serving as poignant reminder of the start of America's involvement in World War 2, and a few yards away, the USS Missouri, on whose decks Japan signed the peace treaty, standing as a symbol of the end of the war.
A few nights ago I was reminded of this bridge again, when we met an old friend for dinner in Waikiki.
After, strolling on the beach, I took an opportunity to peek through the Royal Hawaiian hotel, that 1925 symbol of Waikiki's beginnings in the tourism industry. The Moorish architecture and pink stucco facade are hard to miss among the modern high rises. Yet here again, walking down beautifully lit corridors, through tented cabanas poolside, and watching guests enjoy a cocktail at tables by the sea, it wasn't hard to imagine the glamorous visitors of a bygone era sharing much the same experiences.