S: Oahu Getaway April 2011
BC: Made by Mom in the Middle of the night June 2011
FC: Oahu Getaway April 2011
1: After spending most of a year purchasing a new house, moving, and renovating the old house, we decided we needed a break. In true Mom style we planned and executed a trip to Hawaii in near-zero time. We grabbed cheap airfare to Oahu and spent a week with the Kauahis. Aloha!
3: Dad loves malasadas. Leonards makes the best malasadas. Lucky we stay Kaneohe - Leonards truck is at Windward Mall in the mornings.
4: Our triumphant return to Ala Moana beach park. Dad was thrilled to bring Mom here to relive his first trip here with Sam back in 2006.
5: This was Samantha's first time snorkeling. We talked a lot about whether to use fins or not, and she ultimately decided to go without. She was not sure about the snorkel tube either. She tried it but had trouble keeping the tip above water. A few tiny fish were more than enough to keep her attention, and soon she was zooming all over A great place to learn how to snorkel. Good thinking, Dad!!
6: We found this flowered hat at KMart. It took us 2 stops at CVS and KMart before we were ready for the beach.
7: Playing with sand and shells | After a while Mom's hat was too wet to wear. Being wet didn't stop Sam from wearing her new favorite hat.
8: Princess Kaiulani Victoria Kaiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawkiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn (1875–1899) was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii and held the title of crown princess. Kaiulani became known throughout the world for her intelligence, beauty and determination. Her royal status, talent and double-ancestry (Hawaiian-Scottish) kept her frequently in the press of the day. She campaigned for Hawaii's independence alongside her Aunt, Queen Lili'uokulani, but died very young at the age of 23. Princess Kaiulani is frequently represented in the musical and dance tranditions of Hawai'i thru mele, oli, and hula. This statue is located in a small triangle park at the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kanekapolei Street in Waikiki. It was created by sculptor Jan Gordon Fisher who also created Waikiki's famous Duke Kahanamoku statue.
9: Mom and Dad made a pact that all future Hawaiian vacations must start with a visit to Duke's - no if's and's or but's. Attitude adjustment must be a priority.
10: Once a day is all we ask.
11: Night falls on the Pali and we return to Kaina's, trunk bursting at the seams with all of our gear and treasures
12: Portugese sausage breakfast at Auntie Jan's | Lizard Friend
13: Then thru the H3 tunnel to the Aloha Swap Meet
14: Did you know so many manapua make? Must have decoder ring.! It was unanimous... Baked spicy pork is the best
15: 4 M Superfecta Clockwise from the top: Manju, Manapua, Mochi, Malasada ... all on one day. Piecrust Manju, Apple flavor - from the Wednesday Farmer's Market at Windward Mall Baked Char Siu Manapua - Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory Butter Mochi - Farmer's market Day-old Plain Malasada - Leonard's We have got to start pacing ourselves, it is only Wednesday.! Note: Uncle Kaina claims he does not know what a Superfecta is. He just heard it somewhere.”
16: Are you sure we can't go in the pool? | Oh...OK... | The girls got 10 minutes in the pool before they had to get out due to the thunder which meant lightning hazard. They were very disappointed.
17: Windward Mall Farmer's Market | Picked up manju, thai curry, sweet bread ...
18: Our first visit to Kualoa Park and Mokoli'i Island, also known as Chinaman's Hat.
20: Chinaman's Hat and China Girl in Hat
21: The beach was mostly deserted, the water was crystal clear. We could have spent all day here but we had bigger adventures in mind...
22: Near Kahana Bay Beach park is a tiny fishing pier where the waves routinely crash into the cars parked in the lot.
23: Sam took control of the camera and snapped away at the crabs. We call this place Crab Pier.
24: "And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home..."
27: Lai'e Point is one of Mom's favorite places. She loves where the land meets the sea.
29: Pupuke'a (Shark's Cove) | Sam's first real snorkeling adventure. She was very confident and it was like she'd been doing it all her life. Except that she had to announce every single fish she saw, the minute that she saw it.
30: We were near this waterfall-inlet when a series of 6 or 7 big surges came through. The wall is about 6 feet tall. But after the 6th increasingly large surge, I didn't hang around. But Sam was long gone after I'd pointed out the spiky sea urchins underfoot. All in all, Sam showed immense bravery for which I made her a medal. That little paper medal meant the world to her.
31: We finally coaxed our little fish out of the water with... wait for it... Goldfish crackers. Then some shave ice, of course. Such a perfect day prompts Mom to ask why vacations can't last forever.
32: Beautifully atmospheric cloudcover over the Pali, along the H3 highway | H3
33: Visible from H3, the Haiku Stairs... according to the interwebs, a tightly guarded set of 3922 mossy, slick, almost vertical steps leading to a series of observation platforms. You must pass the guardshack before his shift starts at 4am, and follow the correct turns on a many-forked trail. and not fall off the ladder. Only for the boldest of adventurers. So for now we only take pictures... | Haiku Stairs
34: Free | Swim
36: Hostess gifts for Kelly and Auntie Jan
37: Costco, How do we love thee... Let me count the ways...
39: Sake Night
42: Kaiona Beach Park
43: and by now...a snorkelling pro
44: Kawehi and Samantha
45: Boogie Boarding at Turtle Bay