The Hawaiian Eye meeting was on Kauai this year. Getting there turned into a bit of a fiasco for me. I had a 1015am departure scheduled for Friday. Finally at 230pm, they cancelled the flight after multiple delays. It took 1 ½ hours to get the luggage. By the time we got home, there wasn’t really time to do anything except eat and get to bed since we had to be up at 330am to go back to the airport for an early departure. After we got home, my husband realized he had mistakenly grabbed the wrong golf bag. We checked in early to try to deal with the golf bag issue, to no avail. Our golf bag was not there. We left the wrong bag with Hawaiian baggage service and headed to the gate. We boarded on time then sat on the plane for 2 ½ hours again. By the time we finally arrived in Kailua it was 36 hours after we first left home… Of course I had to remember Crissy was traveling with a 22 month old and a 6 week old so I couldn’t imagine her travel experience was a whole lot better. At least she didn’t get delayed with the kids.
We had a great condo within walking distance to the meeting. It was great to catch up with colleagues and friends. Alan Reider said good-bye at the general session, announcing this would be his last. He turned the reigns over to his associate and partner, Allison Shuren. We got to spend some time with Kevin and Sue Corcoran, Christine Lapointe and Candy Simerson at the OWL reception Sunday. We spent Monday evening with our good friends and clients, Helga Pizio, MD and Vlajko Djordjevic. Their new ASC is under construction as we speak. We found time to touch base with David Chang, MD, David Leach, MD and several vendors, and Crissy spoke to the Nurses and Tech track on Tuesday.
We did a good job balancing work with some down time. The guys got in a couple of rounds of golf and we spent lots of time in the pool and even some beach time with the kids. Aidan was of course fascinated by the beached sea turtle and loved the waves. We had a fantastic dinner at the Eating House 1849, Roy Yamagichi’s restaurant in Kauai. They definitely know how to treat families. They bought Aidan, Crissy’s toddler, a quesadilla almost as soon as we sat down. The food is described as “plantation cuisine inspired by Hawaii’s past”. We described everything we tasted as delicious. Highly recommend this place. Don’t miss the cocktails. They were perfectly balanced.
All in all, it was a great trip. Good courses, good friends, family,
We prayed for an uneventful return flight Friday. After 3 delays that meant we were going to miss our connection in HNL, we were pleased to get a page and get bumped to another flight so we could make it home on time. With the help of a 125mph tail wind we did just that! Aloha until next year…
-Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC