I had several girl friends that I spent time with. There was Sarah, a tall blond who was always avant-garde. Sarah was a friend of Mike-ee Wai-kee and she was very artistic. She and I would spend time together on artistic projects including the poem we wrote about Hurricane Nina.
There was Rusty, a natural redhead with fair skin and freckles. Rusty lived in a Quonset Hut, part of Barber's Point military housing. Quonset Huts are prefabricated structures of corrugated steel having a semicircular cross section. They were built primarily in World War II and then following the war, were either sold or utilized for housing, barracks or offices. Rusty lived in one. I was fascinated when I first went into Rusty's home. I had never been in a Quonset Hut before. I was fascinated by the look of the building. It felt like I was beneath a huge arch made of steel. The walls were corrugated steel and if it rained, the noise of the rain falling on the steel magnified the sound, making it sound like a drum solo. The rooms were divided with plywood walls. Rusty was the friend responsible for my joining the church choir.
There was Ilsa, an "Ugly Betty" type. Ilsa was very sweet, but was chubby, wore glasses and had a dark mustache and was heavy on the body hair. Ilsa had a collection of old records that she gave me. There was early jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and some Frank Sinatra, all primarily from the 1930s and all recorded in 78. There was some really good music in the collection, but I was a rock 'n roll girl and not too interested in this type of music.
Finally there was Yvonne. Yvonne was a tall thin Italian beauty with long dark hair. Yvonne's mother was usually around when we would get together at her home, and her mother would take us to different places. Usually Yvonne would be the person with whom I would go to military events. We toured aircraft carriers, inspected weapons on display and checked out the latest in military equipment.
These were some of my friends while living in Hawaii.