S: Our Honeymoon
FC: Our Hawaiian Honeymoon
1: What a wonderful and magical evening we had. It went by in a flash. I wasn't ready to leave. Doug Hurst performed the ceremony and he did a fantastic job. He was very casual but direct and funny. Jeff surprised me totally and sang "Only you can love me this way"; a favorite of ours. Keith Urban originally sang it. As RJ said during our engagement "Momma Mc was crying happy tears in heaven". Sandy was my maid of honor and Barry was Jeff's best man. The music was beautiful and we had so much fun. We danced the night away. RJ ate his weight in chocolate covered strawberries and definitely competed with Jeff to dance with me. We stayed at our house for the night (if you could call it that) and got up at 3:45 to head to the airport for Hawaii! We are on flight #1 even as we speak. We have about 30 minutes till we land in Honolulu and get on our cruise ship, Pride of America.
2: Pride Of America | At our life vest safety drill we met a lady from Mountain Home, AR. who knows the Kerr family.
3: Jeff looks a bit more seaworthy and not quite as tired.
4: Our first evening on the ship
5: First Stop, Maui | Tourism is their #1 industry. Farming is their #2, however, Dole is no longer in Hawaii. Dole is based in Costa Rica. | Kahului or Maui
6: The Road to Hana The tree's weren't the only things that were green. I sat in the front seat, took 2 Bonine and was still nauseated. Poor Jeff was sick too! | The Rainbow Tree
8: We stopped at the black sand beach for lunch.
9: The couple with us were Vicki and Stanley from Massachusetts | Oh where to start with the Marie story. First she got on the wrong bus. We had to go back to get her. She was a feisty hoot!
10: We were relieved that we got to FLY back to the boat.
11: The views over Maui were incredible!! We got to sit in the front seat! | This was my first helicopter ride
13: I didn't take many notes today because we were in a moving vehicle most of the time on our tour....and we were motion sick even with medicine. One of the things that I did remember is that most of the vegetation on the island was shipped in. Rats came in on the cruise ships and starting causing many problems because there weren't any predators on the island so mongoose were brought over to kill the rats. What they didn't know was that mongoose are only active in the night and the rats are only active in the day so it was not an effective solution. We also stopped at a local flower farm today. They grow incredibly beautiful tropical flowers and ship straight from their farm. | Jeff still wasn't feeling well so we made it an early night. | The infamous towel animals
14: Hilo | We thought we were going on the Waipu Waterfall and hike today that hiked in a rain forest. However, we were the only ones on the cruise ship that selected that excursion so they canceled it. They placed us on the Kilauea Volcano Hike instead. Joe was our guide. He was very knowledgeable. We got to walk through a lava tube. In a stream of lava a crust forms when it hits air but under the crust is still liquid. It later hollows out, creating a lava tube. | Our guide is pointing out a wild orchid. Legend has it that its good luck if you see them in bloom.
15: The Kilauea Volcano Hike | The Entrance to the Lava Tube | We experienced a 3 mile hike through a volcanic crater and passed steaming fissures.
16: The volcanic crater and steaming fissures are shown to the left.
17: Water vapors were coming out of the fisure. An actual volcano eruption emits a toxic gas that is deadly. If the wind changes direction it closes the park. They claim that the Goddess Pele is said to turn on the faucet. We learned about a fern called the uluhe that grows an inch a day. We also learned that the Na'na' is what they call a hawaiian goose. Later that evening we ate at a speciality italian restaurant on board the ship. It was excellent! | Inside the lava tube
18: snorkeling: The activity that typically leads to a panic attack for Judy. We left our camera on the bus so this is the only picture we got. However we had the memory of snorkeling hand in hand. Jeff helped me get my mask on securely over my ponytail. We swam holding hands while I got over my anxiety. There were some beautiful fish but we didn't see any dolphins or whales. | Kona
19: St. Benedict's church is the first church in Hawaii.
20: There were two trees on the beach that had at least 5 butterflies that were similar to monarchs but smaller and faster. This evening back on the ship the seas were so rough that some things knocked over in our cabin. We couldn't pull into the port here so we had to tender via a life boat back and forth. We walked around a bit and shopped at Hilo Hattie's. We ate lunch at the Canoe Club which was right on the water and was lovely. There was a perfect breeze and view of the cruise ship. | Kona, Hawaii
21: Pride of America
23: Today we explored Kauai on foot. The waves were apparently of epic proportions. There were 20 and 30 foot swells. They were telling people to get out of the water and off the beach. We ate lunch seaside. I had fish taco's (Mahi Mahi) for the first time and they were very good! Tonight is our luau.
26: We went to a fabulous luau tonight. To our right was a couple from Australia and to our left some ladies from Boston. One of the male hula dancers asked me to dance and I thought one of the ladies from Boston was going to pass out.
28: That look is a mix of terror and fun! | More of Kauai | Zipline and Eco Adventure
29: Kuaui is a beautiful island. It rains 250 inches each year so it is very lush. Today was our first zipline experience...and we did three. It was very fun! The day increased in intensity and in the adventure factor.
30: In the tree tops!
32: The next was a 60 foot rock climbing wall that was wet from the rain and moved (swung) as we climbed it.
33: We each fell once but we both made it and rang the bell. Whew!
34: I almost lost it as I was lowering myself down the first little bit. Jeff was very calm | The last thing was that we climbed a 100 ft tree and rappelled down. | Then we went to a 60 ft swing freefall. | It was obviously not my cup of tea
35: I had to go first on this one so I didn't lose my nerve. I think he is smiling a bit too big. :) | Can you see how small the people look?
36: The Napali Coastline
39: Napali Coast: A 15 mile stretch on the Northwest shore of Kuaui. It literally means "the cliffs". The cliffs rise as high as 4000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. A state park and natural reserve was established in 1983.
40: Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Hawaii | The Pearl Harbor exhibit was under construction while we were there so we didn't get to see the memorial wall. We were able to take the ferry to the floating memorial.
41: On December 7, 1941, a sunny Sunday morning, 183 Japanese warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor and demolished the US Pacific Fleet docked at Pearl Harbor. It was this event that pulled the U.S. into World War II. The USS Arizona and over 1,000 crewman are still entombed in her hull. You can still see oil from the ship leaking to the surface.
42: Below is one of the smoke stacks from the USS Arizona. It is visible from the floating memorial.
43: Iolani Palace was the official residence of the last two monarchs of Hawaii. King Kalakaua built the castle in 1882. | National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific