Kay Hively talks about her recent trip to the 50th state in her "As Time Goes By" column for Sunday.


Yes, I made it to Hawaii. The 50th state is conquered, or maybe the 50th state conquered me.

Thanks to a good many people, especially Karol Mayer who rolled up her sleeves for us, Russell and I had a very short but a very good holiday out in the the Pacific. And, let me tell you, it really is OUT in the ocean. Going out wasn't so bad, but boy it's a long way home. We went on and on for hours and hours without sleep.

I promise to spend only one column on the trip. There were so many who had questions and were excited about our going, that I want to let them know how it went.

When I left Neosho, I had only one real goal—I wanted to visit the USS Arizona.

We got that done and it was a very moving experience, something every free man and woman in the world should do. I really tip my hat to the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy which are the caretakers of that memorial.

So, once the Arizona visit was over, everything else was icing on the cake. One thing I really enjoyed was visiting the countryside to see some of the rural life and farming. Unfortunately, farming is becoming a thing of the past as the islands are being taken over by developers and wealthy individuals who buy up great chunks of land and remove it from agricultural production.

We saw some bananas, coffee, macadamia nuts, and pineapple.....pineapple, pineapple. If there was a theme to our visit it was either pineapple or ABC stores. I have never eaten so much pineapple in my entire life. Thank goodness, I absolutely love pineapple so I had it every chance I got and I got a world of chances—even at McDonald's one night when we came in too late to dress for dinner.

The ABC stores are a real phenomena to me. An ABC store is generally a small shop that sells over-the-counter medicine and then just about everything else you could ever need, especially if you are a tourist.

Before I left home, a friend asked me to get some special lipstick for her. She was told it was only found at the ABC stores. So, I popped into the ABC store, which was in my hotel complex. I found the lipstick, and I also found a home away from home. Everyone we got acquainted with on the trip talked about the ABC stores. And there seemed to be an ABC store on every corner.

The locals have some interesting phrases which they claim are what ABC means. The one I liked best is All Blocks Covered. And truly, all blocks in downtown Honolulu are covered by one of those remarkable little stores.

Russell and I talked about the popularity of them, so when we got home we asked our stockbroker son about buying some shares in the company. The minute I brought up the subject, our son said to forget it because the company is privately held. He also said we were not the first to come home from Hawaii wanting him to get some stock for us.

It's difficult to name the best thing about a vacation, but three come to mind: The USS Arizona, our wonderful hotel (location, location, location—as the real estate people say) and some of the personal interaction we had with a multitude of people.

As I said, only one column about the trip....but I will write more in future issues of The Post. You might want to tune in there if you want to hear about beach bums, rummy players, over-the-hill rock and rollers, my two British boyfriends and who knows what else—maybe even the crying grandmother I last saw sitting in the Honolulu airport wondering how she would ever get home!