We had arrived in Oahu, Hawaii in mid June 1957. We waited on board the S.S. Leilani for the tugboat to tow us in to port. We stood on deck staring at the magnificent beauty of the island while waiting to dock. After several hours, the tugboat arrived and we were towed into port, where pearl divers dove for coins, the band played and hula girls danced. It was all very exciting.
When we finally anchored, we said our good-byes, and slowly everyone disembarked from the ship. We received a lei from a woman wearing a sarong, and she kissed each person on the cheek as she draped the lei around their neck. We were then reunited with Bob, who was waiting there to greet us. There were a lot of hugs and kisses, we were all so glad to be together again.
Hawaii was still a territory, not a state at this time, so we had to go through customs. Finally, we were ready to leave and head to Barbers Point, our new home.
Barbers Point is located at the south west point of Oahu. It was a Naval Air Station at that time. We all piled into the car and we were on our way. We passed pineapple fields and sugar cane fields, and as we drove I had my elbow sticking out of the window. By the time we arrived my elbow was bright red from sunburned.
One of the first things I found out after my arrival was that the two Pickles were also at Barbers Point. They arrived about the same time as us, but they flew over instead of traveling by sea. I hadn't seen either Pickle brother for several years, so was looking forward to seeing them again.
Temporary housing would be where we would be staying until our belongings and furniture arrived. Temporary housing could be a quonset hut or an apartment. We were in a small apartment. I was looking forward to getting settled.