Monday, September 21, 2009

Hawaii 3

Maunawili Falls Hike
Hiking in the rain the rain
The falls at the end of the rainbow....:) I mean hike

Canoe Parade at the Polynesian Cultural Center representing the various Pacific Islands and cultures...the Hawaiian Isles are in blue
...the Isle of Fiji

Samoa...yes, he climbed it with his bare feet...all the way to the top.

Tribal shuffleboard
The guys getting spear lessons
A Hawaiian Catamaran used to navigate the oceans...using only the stars to guide, I'm impressed!
THE LUAU..that's a roasted pig making its entrance.
A plate full of Luau food including taro rolls...that would be the purple thing at the top. Yes, they are very purple!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hawaii Part 2

More of our adventures in Hawaii. We really had a great time and squeezed a lot in.

This me getting washed up on shore from snorkeling. I was a little scared but it turned out to be loads of fun and very easy to do. We spent the day at a beach on the North Shore, known for good snorkeling and got to see lots of brightly colored fish who seemed completely unaware or afraid of us. (no, we didn't see any sharks and I'm very happy about that!) My daughter and I used the float to lay across so we didn't have to think about swimming and looking at the same time, neither of us are strong swimmers. This place is called 3 Tables because there are 3 coral reef/rocky type barriers there between the shore and the open sea. That made for fairly safe swimming and really good snorkeling.

Here we are at the famous Masumoto's eating Shave Ice. They line up at this place for a concoction very similar to a snow cone only the ice is REALLY just like snow...and the flavors are largely, papaya, watermelon, banana, etc. Yum! Very refreshing on a hot day...which they all are. :)
Near sunset and while waiting for our table at Jameson's for dinner,(hey their sunset photo looks just like mine...I took my own I promise!) we spotted several sea turtles off the jetty. Very Cool! They would pop their heads up and look at us as if to say hello. Unfortunately none of my shots of their heads turned out.

Paddle boarding...the latest in surf riding...easier than surfing, I'm told and very serene at sundown.
Gorgeous sunsets nightly. Note the couple in the foreground who pulled up their beach chairs just for the occasion.

And the morning and the evening...were the second day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hawaii...part 1

Very first sight we saw after getting off the plane. We actually saw four rainbows that day.

Hubby couldn't get over the mountains...neither could I really. They were so dramatic and beautiful! Every bit as dramatic as the Rockies...only green!

Proof we were actually there! The island in the background is called The Chinaman's Hat.

Every where you looked there were spectacular beaches...and multicolored water.

Its hot but very breezy..the meaning of the word "balmy".

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Would you do it again?

I ran across this article and thought it made for very good reading. I can truthfully say "Absolutely" to the question posed. How about you?

Bye now...I'm off to Hawaii for 9 days with that guy I married...:)