Saturday, February 21, 2009

Aloha!

Howdy... long time no talk. We got back from Hawaii very late Monday night. Techincally, it was Tuesday since it was after midnight. The only reason that matters is I had to get up for my mega marathon school day early Tuesday morning. I haven't recieved much sympathy on that from anyone yet. Guess not getting sleep because of returning home from Hawaii doesn't rate high on the sympathy meter...

Here's a little snapshot of our trip...




Getting close... it's down there!

Finally, meeting our friends. Little Bob has on a sample of the lei's our friends greeted us with.


Our first night was on the beach at Haleiwa... just after sunset with a mai tai in hand...

Turtles on the beach...much bigger than they look.

Little surfer girl...

I love this picture of the big boy surfer heading out while the little guy is trying...


BFF's for life

The Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor. Really interesting and so moving. Our friend is in the military so he was able to take us on to Ford Island and drive around. We got to see some of the airstrip and other things damamged from the attack. Also saw areas where they filmed the movie. We had to rent Pearl Harbor this weekend to see everything again now that we have visited.

My honey got his 500th find at Diamond Head. We hiked up and I thought I was going to die. SO very hot...couldn't get enough air.

The color of the water is amazing!

Kiddos at the Sea Life park.

Hanauma bay...going snorkeling.

Little Bob's boyfriend. This is how they spent most of the trip. At the luau we went to, he watched it with with his arm around Little Bob and then LB turned and gave him a peck on the cheek. He cried when she left... they are too cute!

Obviously, I say boyfriend sarcastically..they are only 5 1/2 for crying out loud but my friend and I wonder. Wouldn't it be so cute if they did end up together in the future and we have all of this footage of them?

The animal in the foreground is called a whalfin. A cross between a whale and a dolphin. It almost is double the size of the bottlenose dolphins and has a shorter nostrum. It is a beautiful animal!


Sunset at Waialua Beach




daddy and little bob at the beach...
very windy day and warning flags. on the windward side of the island that day. now I know why it's called that.

At the luau...

future hula dancers...


whales sighted... too bad we only saw their backs and tail fins this day.

last day at Aloa Moana beach... we squeezed every last possible moment out of our beach time. Was so hard to come back to the cold. At least it has been sunny this week.

I have been listening to my hawaiian CD's this week (had to buy them after listening to the same radio station for 10 days and their playlist with 5 songs... Jason Mraz's song is quite popular there!) and making tropical drinks trying to keep the aloha spirit alive. I haven't really been interested in tropical vacations prior to this one and now I'm hooked. I did enjoy not having things so planned out as well. I think the success lied, however, with our friends giving us lots of info on what to see and do. We might have missed quite a bit otherwise.

K... and the food rocked! Little Bob and daddy are now HUGE spamasubi fans. I don't know if that is how you spell it or not. Basically, it's fried spam, rice, spices all wrapped up in nori (seaweed). Wasn't my favorite but I did love the Shaimin (noodles) manaupuua, pork hash, shaved ice at Matsamoto's, kalua pork, and the best Thai food I've ever had. Apparently, there is a great Hawaiian BBQ restaurant near us. Bob went without me today after his class and is in big trouble. Did I mention that my friend is a chef? So when we weren't out at restaurants, she was cooking for us. She made breakfast every morning and had fresh hot coffee waiting. Ahhh... what a trip! Waaaahhhhh... must go back soon!


How cute are our friends? Love you guys...!

9 comments:

Living on the Spit said...

Welcome back! You were very missed. I loved the photos and now I really want to go somewhere tropical.

I am so glad you all had such a great time.

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

Oh man, I'm moving. That sunset photo!!! Ahhhhh!

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

And welcome home : ) I missed mah Bobs! Will chat soon!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Aaaaaah! You have now made me SO jealous! I would LOVE to have a tropical vacation. Oh hell, who am I kidding, I would love to have ANY vacation.
LOVE the photos! Welcome back!

Predo said...

Aloha!

I am so glad you had a great time, but I am even more glad that you are so quick with a camera! Wow! You all look so rested, relaxed and happy. I think the Island had something to do with it, but getting away, just you guys, probably was the trick.

I am so happy you had this time. So, when is the next vacation. My services as a personal assistance are going very cheap for vacationer's this year!!!! It's like Priceline Predo!

Suz Broughton said...

Welcome home! I'm glad you had fun and thanks for the pictures. I LOVE Hawaii and now am jonesing to go after seeing the sunsets and turtles.
Hope your after trip laundry hasn't been too bad.
Suz

belladella said...

I am so envious! Looks like you guys had so much fun. I am feeling the sunshine :)

Suz Broughton said...

Hope all is well. Haven't heard from you in a while. Just wanted to wish you well! Suz

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

what a lovely family you got there..