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


Detail of Sophie Barrett l941 at Kapiolani Park Zoo near her home 2415 Ala Wai Boulevard Waikiki #950 {S}{H}
Closeup of Sophie looking at a peacock in Kapiolani Park Zoo near her home 2415 Ala Wai Boulevard Waikiki. She often wore seersucker dresses like this one. A family friend Riley Allen was editor of Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper. He was active in Honolulu Audubon Society. Many native Hawaiian birds hjave become extinct - at least fifty species and the islands remain the most remarkable"hot Spot" in the United States with very numerous highly endangered bird, plant, and animal species, which are mostly in the mountains.However, a wide variety of plant species from around the tropics can be enjoyed by residents -shower trees, poincianas, Venezuelan gold tree, Central American frangipani, Chinese and Indian banyans, mangoes, pineapple, macadamia nuts- and the fine Kapiolani bird collection with African crown cranes, birds of paradise, toucans,parakeets, guinea hens, and in l940s a cassowary, a penguin, pigeons and doves.Sunday afternoons Sophie often enjoyed band concerts at the park. The Barretts swam at Waikiki Beach nearly every day and often brought servicemen as guests.
Subject: detail Sophie Barrett at Kapiolani zoo
Year: 1941