IT'S taken nearly seven years, but better late than never. As soon as he retires as Chief Secretary this week, Sir David Ford will be heading for the tropical Hawaiian paradise of Maui Island for a delayed honeymoon with his wife, Gillian. They got married in Hawaii shortly after Sir David was appointed to the No 2 position in the territory and planned on honeymooning undisturbed in the sun for at least a fortnight. But Executive Council business, alas, waits for no man - least of all someone enjoying a romantic idyll on a Pacific island. So after just a week of his sojourn he had to hurriedly pack the Bermuda shorts and suncream and answer the summons to head back to Hong Kong on urgent government business - Lady Ford reluctantly in tow. The Fords caught a flight back. But, as luck would have it, bad weather caused the aircraft to divert to Taiwan. So he never did make it to the important Executive Council meeting that required his presence. This time they're going back to make up for lost time, with the hope of an eight-day break in Hawaii before Sir David takes up his post as Hong Kong Commissioner in London in mid December. For his sake, let's hope the Sino-British constitutional talks continue to drag on for a few more weeks.