The beige stucco duplex on Julian Avenue isn't even a pale imitation of Malacanang Palace. It doesn't have enough room for Imelda Marcos' lingerie, much less the rest of her wardrobe.
Although diminutive by the standards of its current occupants, the temporary two-bedroom home of deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife still has a certain cachet around Hickam Air Force Base.
"We call it the Polynesian Suite," says base spokesman Capt. Kevin Krejcarek. "It was built during World War II, or maybe a bit earlier. They started on that style a little bit before the  attack."
Across the street, the Marcos entourage brunches and dines, buffet style, at the Officers Club, overlooking Pearl Harbor. Mrs. Marcos shows up occasionally. She likes to sip Perrier.
But the deposed dictator rarely joins his retainers. His household staff-in-exile usually carries the daily fare -- prime rib, lobster tails, swordfish steaks, scampi -- back to the duplex or cooks for the Marcoses there.
As reports circulate that Marcos might be departing soon, some residents regret that the islands may lose their most controversial tenant -- although not because of any fervor for the former president.
"I would like him to stay in the United States where we can get at him," says Horacio (Ducky) Paredes, a free-lance journalist now serving as spokesman at the Philippine consulate here. "If he were to leave, that would make impossible many of the things we would like to do -- like [pursuing] court cases by people who were mistreated by the Marcos regime" and lawsuits to recover Marcos' hidden wealth.
Meanwhile, the Air Force hoteliers have done their best to be accommodating. They even staged a couple of shopping trips outside the cordoned-off "compound" to the Base Exchange, which was opened after hours for the visitors.
The entourage responded by putting $40,000 worth of "personal necessities" on the tab before shopping privileges were cut off.
Hawaiians -- and the Marcoses -- are accustomed, of course, to reports of far grander spectaculars. Among Marcos shopping binges here in happier days were such legendary forays as the 500 boxes of macadamia nut candies, stowed aboard the presidential aircraft amid 20 trunks of other merchandise purchased on the way back to Manila at Christmas in 1981; the $18,000 blitz through Carol & Mary's store with Hawaii's first lady Jean Ariyoshi before Christmas in 1982.
Now, except for one late-night repast at the Kahala Hilton, the former first lady stays within the "compound" that Air Force security police and Marine MPs have established around their quarters and, until yesterday, the Officers Club and pool as well.
The former president, even more reclusive, sticks to the duplex and immediate grounds. The once voluble Marcos has clammed up. According to one source, he is writing a book. He is also busily calling around the world, supervising his legal strategy. The bill from Hawaiian Telephone has yet to arrive at Hickam.
By all accounts, the Marcoses are just as anxious to move out as Air Force officials are to see them go. Beribboned brass have been forced for several weeks now to sup with the noncommissioned officers at the the NCO Tradewinds Club. Even the officers' barbershop has been off-limits.
Yesterday, however, nameless authorities decided enough was enough and reclaimed the Officers' Club except for a small section that remains reserved for the Marcosites. There are about 40 left at Hickam out of an original contingent of 90; some have moved elsewhere in Honolulu and a few have returned to Manila.
Advisers to Philippine President Corazon Aquino here feel that Hawaii will bear special watching as long as Marcos stays.
"Any plots against the life of the president [Aquino] or against the government will probably have Hawaii as the center of intrigue," Paredes believes.
Hawaii has about 185,000 residents of Philippine extraction and perhaps 80 percent of them trace their lineage to Ilocos Norte, Marcos' home province. He has considerable support here. But there are signs that it may be wearing thin.
This week, for instance, radio station KISA, which has a predominantly Filipino audience, conducted one of its periodic telephone polls. Fifty-two percent (of the first 100 callers) said they wanted Marcos to stay in Hawaii and 48 percent recommended that he move to another country. In a February poll, 68 percent favored his staying in Hawaii and only 29 percent were against it, while 3 percent didn't care.