To the list of comments about the old Queen’s Surf, add this great one from retired Star-Bulletin editor Chuck Frankel.
I loved the Barefoot Bar at Queen’s Surf Beach. I proposed to Helga there one midnight in 1962, while S. Mossman, the Isaac brothers and Veroa Tiki performed.
I loved the downstairs bar and restaurant too, where you could get a roast beef buffet dinner for $2.99. I remember the first Sunday when you could buy liquor before noon, and we ordered a pitcher of bloody marys.
On the beach, you sometimes could hear Kui Lee rehearsing “I’ll Remember You.”
On the last day of the Spencecliff operations, a big crowd sang “We’ll Hang Frank Fasi On a Tall Coconut Tree,” to the tune of “John Brown’s Body.”
The bar and restaurants are long gone. Much of the sand on the beach has disappeared. The crowd of beachgoers has dwindled..
I try to swim there daily. I am sometimes the only swimmer in the water.
–Aloha, Chuck Frankel