Hooking Up At The Swap Meet

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - July 27, 2005
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As I mentioned last week, while on vacation we were visited by a slew of my wife’s family from the Mainland. A head count would produce a total of 14 people. That meant hotel Nagasawa was open for business.

Since our house is centrally located, we became the hub and nightly location for gatherings where we would feast and make plans on what was to come the following day.

Across the kitchen table, in front of the TV and at our Texas Hold ’em family tournament poker table, plans were being made on the next golf outing, bowling tournament, movie excursion, “tourist” event and, of course, shopping jaunt.

We probably have a worldclass premier selection of stores here on Oahu, but the one place everyone wanted to shop at was the swap meet, otherwise known as the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.

A caravan of rental cars and our personal vehicles were required to haul the crew. Our 16-year-old son wanted to bring his girlfriend, so I volunteered to pick her up with my son and meet everyone at the swap meet.

The place was loaded when we got there and I needed to figure out how to locate our group so we could join them. I couldn’t reach my wife on her cell, so I called my mom. She said to meet them at the discount T-shirt booth next to the one selling sunglasses.

I looked around and told her I was standing in front of that exact location. She said the one across from the jewelry booth next to the little toy kiosk. That’s when I realized the entire swap meet is only made up of T-shirt, sunglasses, jewelry and rinky-dink little toy booths.

I was never going to find them.

Still, my mom is a smart cookie. I suddenly heard over the loudspeaker, “There is a lost child named Ronnie Nagasawa. Ronnie, meet your mommy at the ticket booth at the front of the stadium.”


Loretta Yajima of the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, sent in their site for information on fun things for the keiki to do this summer: www. discoverycenterhawaii.org

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