Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Aloha from Waikiki Beach!!

Actually, I am now in the AC lounge at the Honolulu airport. :o)

This is the end of the most wonderful vacation. So great in fact that I didn't even go near the computer the entire time. But now I have 2 hours to kill and free WiFi here so I thought I'd get a quick post up.

Well it all started last Monday, we got to the airport bright and early and took off 15 minutes before it started ice raining. (phew!) We made it to Denver and managed to catch our flight to Hawaii with 1/2 an hour to spare. When we finally got here (12+ hours later) we had a limo to take us to the hotel. The hotel was fantastic - we stayed at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and had fantastic service. Every day they have fresh pineapple and pineapple juice in the lobby and fresh flowers with toothpicks in the stem to put in your hair. Every night there was live Hawaiian music on a stage by the beach with hula dancers.

The beach was breathtaking with a view of Diamond Head volcano in the background. We actually hiked to the top of Diamond Head to see the huge crater. We went snorkeling at Hanuma bay which had the most spectacular coral reef right off the beach. We also visited Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the battleship Missouri. Francis and Stephan visited the Bowfin submarine as well. We went to an authentic Luau where we ate a feast of pulled pork backed in an underground imu. The were fantastic dancers and we all got to learn a hula dance. Francis took some surf lessons and really did well. We visited Chinatown where they make all the fresh flower lei's. Lei making is a family business and is passed on from generation to generation. We had a lei made more miss Naomi and had her picture taken with the ladies making the leis.

The Hawaiian language has only 12 alphabet letters so to me all the words sound similar but he learned that Aloha can mean hello, goodbye and I love you. Of course anyone who has seen the Lilo and Stitch movie knows that Ohana means family and we learned that Mahalo means thank you.

A couple of locals told us that if we threw sand into the ocean that we will be sure to return so that was the last thing we did today before grabbing the airport shuttle.
Well that's it for now, I've got a long flight ahead with 2 cranky kiddo's - wish me luck!
Goodbye Hawaii - thanks for the memories.


Catherine said...

Oh what beautiful pictures! Glad you had such a great time! Here's hoping spring is right around the corner so that your system isn't too shocked by all the snow.


3D said...

Awesome! Looks amazing. SO happy that you had a great trip and I can not wait to see all the pics and hear more about it.

Safe trip home!

Keep smilin!

Mark & Michelle said...

Great pictures!

Looks like a beautiful place! I am glad you got away to 'recharge' your batteries!

Elisa, Jarrod, Thomas & Zoe said...

Well you missed nothing here!
Snow, snow and more snow.

I am totally green with envy at what a fabulous time you had, the pics look great.

Briana's Mom said...

Awww! I am so JEALOUS! It looks so beautiful there!

PIPO said...

Fabulous pictures of a great time!

What wonderful memories you will have of the trip.

Safe travels home.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, what a wonderful vacation. Hawaii is so incredible. That Francis is getting to be quite the world traveller and now a surfer.


Janet said...

Oh do I ever LOVE Hawaii! I want to go back some day for sure! Now, more than EVER!!!!!

Susie & Gordie said...

zlcSure looks like you guys had a great time! Hope your return trip was uneventful.

kris said...

Geez you couldn't go somwhere MORE exotic?! What fun. So jealous. Great pics.

RoLo said...

the photos are lovely, looks like you had a lovely time