Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Rabbit Island off Windward northeast coast of Oahu,Hawaii
Jack Barrett photo. After World War II ended l945-l947 the Barrett family frequently drove "around the Island" of Oahu 604 square miles where Honolulu is located. The short route to the rainy wiindward coast is over the steep Nuuanu Pali Road across the crest of the volcanic Koolau Moiuntains.Jack hiked this route in l925 with his MARBLEHEAD shipmate Eddie Arroyo of New Orleans Louisiana.After that date,. the Joseph Kalanianaole Highway was completed around the southeastern shore past the spectacular Blow Hole, where sea water periodically erupts like a geyser through a small hole in the rocks.Sophie used to sing Jerome Kern's l920's song hit"When it's moonlight in Kailua." Rabbit Island is north og Kailua and Kaneohe, where a major Naval Air Base developed in Woirld War II.John's first grade teacher Mrs. Celestine Barbour relocated in l99l to a Kailua retiurement home after many years in Waikiki. She grew up on a Kohala sugar plantation, where her parents emigrated from Portugal and Madeira l883.Waimea Falls at the north end of Oahu was another outstanding site the Barretts frequently visited. John's fifth grade teacher Agnes Dee Davidson had a son and two daughters. One daughter was connected with radio station KHON, and her son Douglas was a professional photographer, who phtographed Waimea Falls and many other island scenes. #788 p 25
Subject: Rabbit Island near Oahu{H}
Year: 1946