Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lindy and Luaus - My Trip to Maui

Here it is the cold of winter (well, as cold as it has been in Southern California), and I just realized I didn’t post pics from my summer trip to Hawaii. I guess I have summer on the brain. My last trip to Maui was a vintage disappointment to me as I just couldn’t get my sweaty body, tropically-enhanced frizzy hair, and sunburned skin in the mood to pretend to want to live out my Hawaiian vintage dreams.  This time I just decided to dress like a normal person from the get go and stop trying so hard to look vintage perfect.  Tank tops?  I wore them.  Cargo pants (I don’t do shorts, usually)?  Yep.  Bathing suits? Gulp, sure (no photo evidence, though.) Guess what? The vintage wardrobe police didn’t strike me down with pitchforks made of hair picks and bindings made of last season’s too tight girdle garters. And I had a grand time.  However, I did take an hour to slip on a 20s dress for a vintage-esque photo shoot at our favorite photo spot in Makena. I couldn’t bear making my boys wear suits in that heat, so they just went in shirt sleeves. While the perfectionist in me is tempted to say, look at her hair, where are their jackets, what happened to the shoes, I quietly strive to squash that little monster like a bug and enjoy our photos for what they are – a wonderful snapshot in time of my very blessed family.

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui


Maui is so varied in that you can go from the Mediterranean conditions on one coast, to the lava formations and black sand beaches sheltered by rain forests on another.

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui


As hokey as they can be, I love to go to luaus to get a little hula fix. This time around, the photos are, ahem, masculine.

Lady by Choice Maui luau

Lady by Choice Maui luau

Lady by Choice Maui luau

We have a little tradition in Hawaii of trying to capture each sunset of our trip that we can on film.  They are all so beautiful.

Lady by Choice Maui sunset

Lady by Choice Maui sunset

Lady by Choice Maui sunset


My vintage thoughts were not far from me in our ventures from home as we took the long trip on the twisting road to Hana, along the nail-biting one-lane roads of Kipahulu to the Palapala Ho'omau church and graveyard where Charles Lindbergh, the famed aviator, is buried. He spent his last years in Kipahulu. His grave, near the cliffs at Kipahulu, is simple, given his stature. 

Lady by Choice Maui Lindbergh

Lady by Choice Maui Lindbergh

Lady by Choice Maui Lindbergh Kipahulu

When I danced hula many years ago, I danced to a song talking about Kipahulu.  It is interesting, as a mainland dancer, you often don’t get to experience the spirit of the places you dance about. You learn the lyrics, both Hawaiian and English, and try to convey the emotion in your expression as if you know what you are talking about.  However, not having visited the place, the dance is left a little plain.  I now know about Kipahulu.  

E nanea ho`i kau
Ka lehulehu
Hale kipa ho`okipa
E na malihini

Such a delight
For the many visitors,
A house to call at and be welcomed
Along with the many guests.

Lady by Choice Maui



A hui hou,

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hollywood Forever Cemetery



“The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais

Hollywood Forever

One of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever Cemetery harkens to the old tradition of resting places for the dead.  Unlike the sterile field of flat headstones easily mown over at some cemeteries, Hollywood Forever is filled with standing headstones, temples and monuments as unique as those whom they commemorate.  Once a favored cemetery for the elite of Hollywood royalty, it fell in to disrepair.  Now it is making a comeback.  On the National Register of Historic Places, you can find cemetery movie screenings, Day of the Dead commemorations, concerts, and tours, which is what brought me to the cemetery.  The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles was doing their annual tour, in its 30th year.  I had wanted to attend for awhile, but calendars had never worked out.  This time I jumped on the opportunity to hear the dirt, as they say, on some of the icons of the history of Hollywood.

While hearing the stories was interesting, what was most interesting were the monuments themselves - remarkable in their diversity and, in some cases, grandeur.  

Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever
 I just liked this epitaph.

Hollywood Forever
 The monument for Cecil B. DeMille, overlooking Paramount Studios.

Hollywood Forever
 The great comedic actress, and love of William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies.

Hollywood Forever
 Tyrone Power

Hollywood Forever
While you may not know him, as someone who donated an outstanding library to UCLA, I am very familiar with the owner of the grandest temple on the grounds, William A. Clark, Jr.

Hollywood Forever
 The temple and pond for Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

But what was also interesting were how humble and simple the resting places of some of the most famous people in Hollywood were.

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
Alfalfa, from Our Gang.  His dad and a picture of his, uh, interesting invention is next to him.

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
 If you didn't know Fay Wray, the love of King Kong, was under this little willow tree, you wouldn't find her.

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
 Charlie Chaplin's mother.  His son is in a mausoleum on the grounds, as well.

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

While many are outside under the blue California skies, many of Hollywood's mighty are locked away in mausoleum interments.

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
 The simple resting place of Rudolph Valentino

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
 Miss Barbara La Marr
Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
My favorite dancer, Eleanor Powell.  No one taps better.

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
 "Bad guy" Peter Lorre

Within the masoleums is exquisite artwork.


Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice

Hollywood Forever Lady by Choice
 
Now, I could regale you with tales of all of these noted individuals, but then you might not take the tour next year when it is offered.  A few of the graves above I ferreted out on my own and are not part of the tour, but there are cemetery guides online that can show you the locations of these, and other celebrities.  I didn't go see the Talmadges or Bugsy Siegel, to name a few.  So next time you are in the neighborhood, pay a visit to Hollywood Forever.  The luminaries there were in the spotlight in life and should not be forgotten in death.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

'Bye for Now,

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