S: Hawaii 2010
FC: Oahu with Cannon, Penny, Lyberty, and Jordan | Hawaii 2010
1: We went to Waikiki to surf. John David, Mark, and Joshua enjoyed a day of surfing. Michael enjoyed a day of rolling in the surf. John snorkeled and Jeanne enjoyed the sun and the water. It was a lovely day. We stayed until the sun went down and then, in true Hawaiian style, went to dinner in our beach clothes. (Jeanne added a sarong.) | Duke Kahanamoku and the Paff Surfers
2: We saw a great variety of pineapples growing right out of the ground. | Dole Pineapple Plantation | We enjoyed pineapple dipped in chocolate on a stick and listened to live ukelele music.
3: We went to Aloha Tower with Cannon, Penny, Lyberty and Jordan. There were so many big, beautiful fish swimming in the clear water below. We loved watching them. | We got to feed the fish and the wild birds. The birds ate out of our hands. Birds landed on Michael's hand to eat. He was fascinated!
5: We went to Waimea for cliff jumping. John David, Mark, and Joshua climbed the rocks and jumped into the rolling surf. They looked like they were flying. | Boogie boarding was one of our favorite daily activities. Jordan joined John David, Mark, and Joshua in the waves.
6: Kahana Valley: We hiked through a native settlement to walk through Jurassic Park. This was an area reserved for boar hunting. There were some very BIG trees. We had a true rain forest hike, complete with misty rain and beautiful flowers.
7: After a humid rain forest hike fighting mosquitoes and "wait-a-minute" vines, we were soaked to the skin. We cooled our feet in a stream.
8: Mark found a friend. John David sculpted. Beautiful snorkeling!!! | Electric Beach: Joshua helped Michael ride the waves.
9: The boys hiked up to WWII pill boxes high on the mountain. There was a little of everything: rock climbing, bush whacking, sheer drop-offs, old military installations.
10: Hungry for a little crab, John David? | Jordan, Joshua, and John David greet a turtle.
11: Turtle Beach: huge sea turtles came right up to us in the surf. Michael kept calling, "Come here, Crush!" They came up to greet us, and we looked at them under the water.
12: Shark's Cove: we all got a taste of snorkeling in the clear, shallow water. Of course, John snorkeled at every beach.
13: Michael loved playing in the surf with his "whole family."
14: Michael's favorite game at every beach (Makaha, Kaena, Waikiki, Waimea, Ko'Olina, White Sands) was surf tag.
15: John and Cannon enjoyed watching the cousins play. | White Sands | John David did some surfing. | Joshua, Jordan, and Michael boarded. | Mark and Lyberty in the waves.
16: Makaha: our favorite beach. Michael enjoyed digging and jumping in the waves. All boys boarded. John David left a little of himself on the reef. John and Jeanne swam with turtles.
17: Kaena Point: beautiful and quiet. The boys discovered a new game--beach sledding. John and Jeanne snorkeled and enjoyed the sound of the surf. We stayed until the sun went down.
18: Wave jumping! Every day we wore ourselves out in the surf and cooled off with shaved ice: guava, mango, passion fruit, li hing mui, lychee, pineapple, and coconut. Yum!
19: What a great way to spend the summer. Three weeks with family in Oahu. Happy graduation, John David and Jeanne!
20: It was a wonderful summer in paradise enjoying God's creation and each other. We are grateful for the memories. Aloha!