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Hawaii and FishHouse

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
I swim every day at Waikiki Beach, in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel with Diamond Head in the distance.
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My husband, Jim Hayes, and I have just returned from our annual trip to Hawaii. I go to the beach every day for sunshine and a swim while Jim likes to go to Kapiolani Park and work out at the outdoor gym. Our son, Clayton Hayes, and his wife, Donna, and their sons live on Oahu so we eat breakfast and dinner with them. We stay at The Breakers in Waikiki and the kids live in nearby Hawaii Kai. It is a tradition for Jim to take us all for Sunday morning breakfast at the Royal Hawaiian hotel, where they have a fabulous brunch.

For my swim, I always sit in front of the clock in front of the Royal; it is my favorite beach. This year I had just sat down and a woman named Inge came up to me and said she and her husband were there from Snowmass. And one afternoon I was resting on the porch at the Royal and along came Aspenite Ed Peterson and his wife, Pat. They had rented a house in Lahaina on Oahu over the holidays with all their children and grandchildren then met business associates on the island of Maui.

They were taking a rest at the Royal. Then the next day on the beach I talked with Henrik Brusletto of Snowmass who used to own the Scandinavian Shop in Aspen. Small world. The Royal (also known as Waikiki’s Pink Palace), which was built in 1927 and remodeled after World War II, is closing in June for a total remodel. Everyone says it is supposed to be eight months but will probably take a year.

Another of Aspen’s big holiday parties is The FishHouse Punch, which is given each year by a group of bon vivant Aspenites. This year the black-tie event was held at the St. Regis Aspen and was very elegant.

The next big event in Aspen will be The Red Brick Center for the Arts’ gala honoring artist Betty Weiss. The event is planned March 5 at the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows. For reservations call The Red Brick at 429-2777. Betty is on an around-the-world trip with a daughter but she will be back in time.

Undercurrent … I have lived in Aspen 55 years and I have to say this is the most snow I have ever seen.


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