We chose to avoid the crowds and celebrate Father's Day today with Mom at Gyotaku restaurant in Pearl City. We happened to have a Boy Scout Makahiki coupon (50% off the 2nd entree) that we bought a long time ago.
Gyotaku means fish rubbing. The restaurant is decorated with them.
I wished we had KC here so we could come for a free Keiki (Hawaiian for Kids) meal on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
I had the Gyotaku California Delight lunch box for $8.95. Art and Mom had the regular lunch box for $9.95 which had more sashimi in it. I'm not a HUGE fan of raw fish.
There was a whole lot to this meal. Art had to finish mine for me. Mom didn't have much trouble with hers... just scarfed it up perfectly happily.
While we were eating, Art gave me a surreptitious smile and told Mom that we would be planning another trip back to Japan in 2012 to view the southern islands where we've never gone to. We've already got a trip planned for 2011 to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
I was stunned to see Mom smile cheerfully at this. For the last few years she has been adamant about never, EVER, EVER traveling again. She was afraid of the long ride, the bathrooms, the possible cold, having proper clothes, leaving her house, leaving the plants, organizing presents to give, etc., ETC. This time she was actually excited about the prospect. She wondered what would happen if she wasn't in good health. We told her we've got the wheelchair ready. Yes, she said, let's definitely bring the wheelchair.
Wow! What a change of heart! I love it! This gives her something to be healthy for and she's looking forward already to seeing some places she's already thinking about.
Wow! This is so great! I guess she really enjoyed the trip in March-April and is now not afraid to travel anymore.
LATER: Art's friend invited him to lunch at the Pearl City Gyotaku Restaurant a few days later and the server would not accept the same coupon (we had two) which Art presented to help his friend with the bill. It bothered me enough that I put in a call to tell the restaurant that the coupon does not specify that it won't cover the luncheon special he ordered. The person on the line was apologetic and said it should have been accepted, and would talk to the person in charge about it.