Every Cloud has a Silver Lining


The media tried to beat up the berthing of NZ ships at the commercial docks of Honolulu rather than out in the sticks at Pearl Harbour. I bet the sailors are pretty grateful that they don;t have to shell out for expensive cab fares to and from Pearl Harbour:

A ban on New Zealand ships berthing in the big American base at Pearl Harbour has turned into a boon for Kiwi sailors and the nightclubs in downtown Honolulu.

The frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and tanker HMNZS Endeavour are taking part in Rimpac, the world’s biggest military operation, but while old enemies Japan and Russia are allowed into Pearl Harbour, the New Zealand ships have been sent to Aloha Tower – deep in the commercial heart of Honolulu.

They are happily close to Hooters and a place called Bikini Cantina. The exile to Honolulu is in return for New Zealand’s ban on nuclear warships.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a story this weekend, and reprinted in the forces paper Stars and Stripes, notes that Nikol DeWoody, a bartender for Bikini Cantina received nine marriage proposals – all from New Zealand navy sailors, all on the same night.

“When they first came (to the bar), I looked up and there were like 100 of them,” DeWoody said. “It got busy. And they are nice dudes,” she told the newspaper.

DeWoody called the New Zealand sailors “very respectful.”

Bikini Cantina customer Marc Anthony said the Kiwis are better off at Aloha Tower.

“I think they are the happiest guys in RIMPAC – they are not stuck in Pearl Harbour,” he said.

“They’ve got Chinatown right here, they’ve got Waikiki, instead of spending 60 bucks for a round-trip (cab ride).”

Hooters has received many New Zealand sailors.

Gordon Biersch said it has experienced a 25 percent increase in business.

“We’re certainly happy that they are berthed here at Aloha Tower. Just a window of opportunity for additional business,” one business head said

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