Friday, June 20, 2008

Oahu


Tuesday, June 3: We walk Waikiki Beach, then head to Ko olina Lagoon where we snorkel and watch the sunset. Where Waikiki is filled with high rise towers, lots of shopping, and a great but crowded beach; Ko olina is the opposite. It has several hotels, but it's quiet. The resort area is surrounded by land, homes, and a golf course. The lagoons (though man made) are beautiful and safe swimming. We enjoyed the contrast.


Wednesday, June 4: Laie is the destination for the day. First we attend the Temple, then we have lunch with friend Akemi. She's attending BYU Hawaii. After that we head to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a day of entertaining and educational shows about the different Polynesian Islands. There is too much to do here in one day, so the center offers free return within 3 days! While here we learn how to use Poi balls (from New Zealand), try poi (from Hawaii), eat a buffet luau, and watch the amazing Horizons show.


Thursday, June 5: Another early day! We get up early to get to Hanauma Bay--a famous snorkeling site. We snorkel about an hour and see some amazing fish including a parrot fish. After snorkeling we go to Sea Life Park. Here we enjoy dolphin shows and I get to swim with dolphins! After Sea Life Park, we returned to Hanauma Bay for a little more snorkeling.


Friday, June 6: We get in our surf lessons this morning! We spend a few minutes on land learning how to stand and get up on the surfboard. Then we head to the water! Surfing doesn't really seem so hard. The instructor watches the waves then pushes you with great force in front of an oncoming wave, and you stand up! I was quite successful at this! Nick tried catching his own wave and was successful once. We realized that it was quite difficult to do the surfing without the push from the instructor!


Later we drive back to the North Shore to catch some things we missed at the PCC and also visit some North Shore beaches. The highlight was Turtle Beach! We got out there to snorkel, and we found a pod of 10 turtles from small to huge!! It was amazing.

Saturday, June 7: We wake up very early to get to the Aloha Swap Meet at the stadium. We hear it gets hot, so we arrive at about 7 am. Most vendors are still unpacking! We find some great treasures, then head to the Pearl Harbor Sites. We visit the USS Bowfin and the USS Arizona Memorial. Very interesting and educational. Later in the afternoon we do a little surfing at Waikiki.

Sunday, June 8: We find a church a make it on time at 8:00 am! After church, we take a Sunday drive up Tantalus. Beautiful vegetation and views of Honolulu. Later we enjoy a parade in Waikiki. It's a Pan Pacific Festival, so there are many Japanese participants.


Monday, June 9: Our last vacation day we spend at Waikiki Beach. We try a little surfing. I catch one good wave; Nick catches a couple. Then I read a book and get a little sunburned on the beach. Nick goes out for more. I decide to get Ukulele, and we get our bags to depart our vacation. It has gone by so fast. What a dream we have had.

Hawaii Vacation



Nick and I celebrated 10 years of marriage by going on a trip to Hawaii. The kids went on a trip to Grandma's!! Wow we had such a great time. Here's a summary:

Friday, May 30: Ash and kids drive to Albuquerque; meet up with Grandma, Judy, and Michal and attend the Symphony at the zoo. It was interesting listening to the music while the animals added noises!

Saturday, May 31: Nick and Ash arrive in Lihue, Kauai on separate flights, but about the same time. Rent a car, then head to Poipu. Have famous Puka Dog (very large hot dog with fancy sauces like mango or pineapple). Then try out body boarding at the beach. I don't really get a great hang of it and am pummelled by waves too many times. Nick does alright, but realizes he needs a rash guard (he purchases one later). Drive to Anini Beach to camp. Woken up by resident roosters throughout the night.



Sunday, June 1: Walk on the beach. Nick is determined to catch a sand crab. He blocks off a hole to one, but then I am the one who is brave enough to pick it up first!! We drive to Hanalei (we didn't find Puff the Magic Dragon), and attend church there. About half of the people attending are visitors (pretty common there). At the end of the meeting, the local members stand and sing Aloha to all the visitors and members moving out of their congregation. It was beautiful.



We plan to hike to Hanakapi'ia Beach and maybe to the Falls. We think the hike will be too long all the way to the falls, but after talking to other hikers, we feel that we can't miss the falls; we are half way there! This was a pretty tough hike 5 hours round trip, and that was with a bit of jogging! There are signs warning visitors not to go near the water at Hanakapi'ia Beach due to a strong current. It scared us enought to stay out of the water. We did walk through this cave that opened up to what we'll call a Pirate's Cove. The trail that we hike is along the famous Napali Coast. You can only see the coast by hiking, by boat, or by air.


After the beach we continue on the trail to Hanakapi'ai Falls. It's a great reward after the long hike! We take a little swim under the falls.






After the hike we check out beautiful Ke'e Beach then snorkel at Tunnels Beach. Then we drive to the other side of the island and stop at Salt Pond Beach Park to camp. Again roosters help wake you up!


Monday, June 2

We take a raft trip to see the Napali Coast. We leave from Port Allen. Along the way we see dolphins and sea turtles. The coast is amazing! We also snorkel at lunch time. After the raft trip. We try body boarding again at Po'ipu Beach, have some Sushi, then head to the airport. We leave Lihue and travel to Honolulu. It's a very short flight!