It was late morning as we were pulled into Honolulu by a tugboat. As we docked, a band played and there were hula girls dancing on the docks. In the water were what were called "pearl divers". Passengers on board the ship would throw coins into the sea and the pearl divers would dive for the coins. The pearl divers were both men and women but it seemed like there were more women than men.
After awhile, we went ashore and we were given a plumeria lei with a kiss on the cheek. We walked through Pier 9 and the impressive Aloha Tower; I turned to look at the tower clock with the letters ALOHA written over it. We walked to a shopping area where women were stringing and selling flower lei's. Orchid lei's were very inexpensive so my Mother bought one, as orchid's were her favorite flower. I preferred the carnation lei's, because of the volume of the flowers. They were all beautiful.
We shopped for a short time but stayed close to the ship. It was late afternoon and we had to return to the ship.
The next morning, as the band played, the hula girls danced and the pearl divers dove for coins, a tugboat pulled us back out to sea. There is a saying in Hawaii, if you throw your lei into the sea and it floats back to shore, you will return to the islands. My lei floated back to shore. I hoped the saying would be true and I would return to the islands.