S: Our Hawaiian Adventure - June 2011
FC: HAWAII 2011 | June 4 - 15, 2011
1: Day One - Maui Haleakala and the Beach Day Two Maui Tropical Plantation Whaler's Village Old Lahaina Luau Day Three Surviving Hana Highway Black Sand Beach Day Four - Big Island Flight from Maui to Big Island Day Five Chris & Kim 4th Anniversary Two beaches and a Luau Day Six Waterfalls Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour The Lava Road Day Seven Kim's Shopping Day Mauna Kea Observatories Day Eight Church and a Cookout South Point Green Sand Beach Day Nine Atlantis Submarine Tour Lunch and Shopping Day Ten Going Home | HAWAII 2011 Layout & Narration by Kimberly Hayden Yerino Edited by Christopher Yerino | Maui Tropical Plantation
3: Dedication Dedicated to Lario and Phyllis Yerino. Thanks Mom and Dad for bringing us with you on the vacation of a lifetime! We enjoyed many firsts: first helicopter ride, first submarine tour, first taste of taro and other exotic foods. We also really appreciated the opportunity to get away from it all and be refreshed in the midst of an incredibly challenging year. You're the best! We love you lots! Chris & Kim
4: January 9, 1954 - April 16, 2011 | March 17, 1920 - May 2, 2011 | August 8, 1922 - June 28, 2011 | Until we meet again...
5: An Island Paradise Our trip to Hawaii was truly a week in paradise – both literally and symbolically. The word paradise, as used in the Bible, was borrowed from the ancient Persian word for “an enclosed or walled garden or park used by kings and nobles.” The Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) uses the word paradise (Gk: paradeisos) to describe the Garden of Eden. Eden embodied God’s perfect creation in which mankind lived in harmony with nature and anything you ever wanted to eat sprung up from the ground. God declares this in Genesis 1:29, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” In Hawaii, we were surrounded by beautiful and delicious flora – trees full of mangos, bananas, and coconuts; pineapples growing out of their little pedestals on the ground, and sugar cane stalks swaying in the breeze. In the Old Testament, the word paradise largely referred to actual physical gardens. However, the New Testament introduces us to a deeper eternal meaning of the word paradise. In Luke 23:43, Jesus promises the penitent criminal next to Him at the crucifixion, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Paradise is also represented in John’s vision of the end times: “I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).* The Bible teaches that our eternal life with God will be in paradise – a perfected restoration of what God originally intended in the Garden of Eden. When we hiked three miles over rocky terrain to see a beach made of peridot, I could not help but think about the foundation of the New Jerusalem. “The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald...” (Revelation 21:19). Being in such a beautiful place was a great comfort to me. It reminded me that this paradise is only a temporary shadow of the true Paradise that we will enjoy with God forever and that Mom, Grandpa and Grandma are enjoying now. What an encouraging foretaste of our eternal home! *Hegeman, David Bruce. Plowing in Hope. Moscow, ID: Cannon Press, 2007.
6: We began our adventure on the beautiful island of Maui. After a full day of travel from CT, we reached the Haiku airport around 7:00pm Hawaii time, 1:00am New Haven time. So we were eager to see our vacation house and go to bed. It was a cozy house off of Hwy. 365 with high ceilings and a large backyard containing pineapple, coconut and guava plants. The owner seemed to be fascinated with hand-carved wooden Eastern decor. Intricate carvings covered almost every surface. A small lizard decided to join us for dinner that night. We got a few photos before sending him home. | Arrival
7: Before our voyage to Haleakala, we spent part of the morning exploring and enjoying our backyard. | Day 1
8: The winding road to Haleakala. | When was the last time you saw one of these??
9: Our greeters at Haleakala National Park were three of the rare and beautiful Nene geese - Hawaii's state bird.
15: Mom found a mystery fruit in the backyard. You could hear liquid in it when you shook it. Mom was certain that it was edible. Chris tried to open it with a meat-cleaver, but it was too tough and woody. Meanwhile, Dad supervised the process. | The Mystery Fruit
16: The Beach
18: Sunset on the Beach
20: Day 2 | The Maui Tropical Plantation was by far one of my favorite places in Hawaii. The gardens are so picturesque that most of the souvenir photography is shot on site. It was an incredible display of the best of Hawaii's flora and fauna.
26: The Coconut Turns out that Mom's mystery fruit was a coconut. During our plantation tour, we stopped to learn how to crack a coconut. A meat cleaver is not a sufficient weapon. Rather, cracking a coconut requires a large spike and a big rock, in addition to muscle, concentration, determination and guts. Fortunately, we cracked a nut that was still edible. What a tasty treat!
27: Whaler's VILLAGE | Scrimshaw - Whaler's Museum | Kim's Anniversary Present
28: Old Lahaina Luau | For those of us with allergies, the flower leis made lovely headdresses.
29: Kalua Pig
30: "Is that your duck?" To start our day with humor, a duck stood in the middle of the road blocking traffic. An inconvenienced truck driver asked if the duck were a pet of ours before shooing him off the road. | Day 3 | I saw the T-shirt before I met the road. Today, it all started to make sense. I have not validated this, but I am quite sure that "Hana" is Hawaiian for "winding narrow road from hell." I feel ill just looking at the pictures. Mom and I took turns getting car-sick in the backseat. Chris was lucky enough to sleep through most of it. The scenic overlooks were beautiful and nice opportunities to let the stomach settle. We did not make it to the end, but we're proud to say that "We Survived Half of the Road to Hana."
31: Since Chris was resting so peacefully, I decided to braid and put a flower in his hair.
32: Inside the Lava Tube
33: Outside the Lava Tube Ti Tree Maze
34: Black Sand Beach | Mom's Yoga Video Wai'anapanapa State Park
35: Chris Contemplating Life
37: Day 4 | We flew from Maui to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were welcomed by hula dancers and a live band at the airport. | Our new digs: White Sands Condominiums, Kailua-Kona
38: Day 5 | Sea Turtle Sighting
40: Island Breeze Luau
41: I had so much fun at the first luau that I could think of no better way to spend our 4th Wedding Anniversary than at another luau. We were excited to learn that the Island Breeze luau has as its main purpose to raise money for ministry. Not only did we enjoy the show, we made some awesome friends!
43: Celebrating 4 Years! June 9, 2011
44: Day 5 | We visited Akaka Falls State Park where we saw many flowering and curious plants and waterfalls up to 420 feet high. We also visited Pe'epe'e Falls and the Boiling Pots where Chris and Dad climbed off the trail for a better view.
48: At Kaleakala, we learned an interesting fact - I get really elevation sick at 10,000 ft. above sea level. So when it came time to visit telescopes at the 14,000 ft. summit of Mauna Kea... guess who stayed behind. When I got tired of laying around the condo, I took the trolley up to the shopping center. I shopped until I had picked up more than I could carry. Then I enjoyed dinner on the beach and took the trolley back home. In addition to souvenirs for friends and family, I treated myself to a henna tattoo, a sarong and a high-quality ukulele. | And on the seventh day she rested...sort of. | Day 7
49: The Trip to Mauna Kea by Chris Yerino Today, we drove two hours toward the north-central region of the Big Island to the summit of Mauna Kea to see the home of the most powerful telescopes in the world. We rested a few hours at the visitor's center at 10,000 feet to acclimate to the low pressure. We saw an enlightening video about the complicated relationship between the observatory site and the indigenous Hawaiians for whom the land is sacred. We then drove the next 4,000 ft. past the cloud line to see the gigantic and beautiful domes of the Mauna Kea observatories, approximately 12 in number. The tour guides started our tour with a traditional Hawaiian chant asking the gods' permission to set foot on the mountain. We toured the Keck I observatory and got to see what the individual sub-mirrors looked like as well as the adaptive optics and the interchangeable detectors. We also hiked to the top of Pu'u Poliahu and waited till evening where we saw the most picturesque sunsets. Afterwards, we returned to the visitor's center where we got to use some 12 inch telescopes. Dad was astonished to see the Southern Cross for the first time. We also saw alpha Centauri, omega Centauri, and a type II supernova in the Whirlpool Galaxy.
51: An altar constructed by the indigenous Hawaiians.
56: On Sunday, we enjoyed worshipping with some of the friends we made at the Christian luau Thursday. It was a great service held in a beautiful open-air tent/sanctuary. The worship style was very similar to Vineyard churches on the mainland, but it was awesome seeing how the Hawaiians give expression to their faith. | Day 8 | After church, we were privileged to join two Presbyterian pastors we met at the luau, David and Lori, at a cookout in their honor as their honored guests! The cookout took place at the University of the Nations, a training school for pastors and missionaries. There, we met more awesome people and learned a lot about the ministry training in Hawaii and how they integrate faith and culture. On top of all that, the food was AMAZING. I especially enjoyed Samoan-style Kalua pig and taro cooked in coconut milk. Yum!
57: South Point | After our church adventure, we journeyed to the end of the earth...or at least to the southernmost point in the U.S. We took South Point road to Ka Lae - South point.
59: "If you stripped out the vegetation, this would look just like the surface of Mars." - Dad | Like something out of the Wizard of Oz, I found myself following the yellow brick (dirt) road to the emerald (peridot) city. After a short drive down a most inhospitable dirt road, we had to hike three miles east to the legendary Papakolea Beach, known for its beautiful green sand. As the wind got colder and the walk grew rockier, my only hope that our quest was not in vain was seeing a few samples of olivine-speckled basalt. | Green Sand Beach
60: Much to our excitement, the green sand beach is real and we found it! What may be even more amazing is the fact that I hiked three miles and climbed down a rock cliff in a bikini and a sarong just to catch a glimpse of the glittery green goodness. It was all I dreamt it would be.
63: Ask the Geologist: Facts from Dad Papakolea Beach is located in a volcano cinder cone, Pu'u Mahana, which formed 49,000 years ago from the southwest rift of Mauna Loa. The basalt and volcanic ash is loaded with olivine (peridot) which entirely makes up the beach giving it a beautiful green colored sand. The only other green sand beach in the USA is in Guam. Half of the cinder cone slumped into the ocean in the distant past, which is why the only way to the beach is to climb down the steep sides of the cinder cone.
64: The Helicopter Tour | This was our first time in a helicopter. What a ride! We did not see as many gushing volcanoes as we hoped, but it was a lovely tour of the island. The Kilauea Volcano had a little steam and we think we saw a few glowing pits.
66: The Lava Road After our helicopter tour, we drove to one of the roads that had been shut down by lava flow. This one was covered in pahoehoe lava, known for its "rope-like" texture.
67: Dad collecting samples. | Mom's yoga video volume II.
68: Today, we returned to my shopping hot spot to take a tour in the Atlantis submarine. Dolphins performed for us as we took a boat to the sub. We traveled to a depth of 100 ft. and saw a lot of fish and ship wrecks. The captain sent up bubbles to let boats on the surface know we were emerging. | Day 9
72: After the submarine tour, we did some shopping and had lunch. We visited some jewelry stores and saw some beautiful black coral pieces. We even bought a few. Then we enjoyed lunch in a nice local open-air restaurant on Alii. | White Coral | Black Coral | Gold Coral
73: Dad's calamari
75: Not much was happening at the Alii Gardens Market on a weekday. But there was some interesting "wildlife." | Aloha, Barbie and Ken!
76: In the last days of our trip, we began to reflect on how grateful we were for the experience. There's Chris taking in the last moments of Hawaii goodness. Mom's final fruit experiment involved a large prickly object she picked up on the shopping trip that the Hawaiians call breadfruit. It was incredibly sticky on the inside and unfortunately not ripe enough to eat. But it would have been great for glue. Before we left for the airport, Mom and Dad took a walk on the beach where they saw another sea turtle.
77: Day 10 | On day 10, we had breakfast at McDonald's. The Spam and rice local cuisine did not really appeal, so we had regular pancakes and sausage. Then we went to the airport where we said goodbye to Mom and Dad and the beautiful island of Hawaii.
78: Aloha `Oe by Queen Lili`uokalani Aloha `oe, aloha `oe E ke onaona noho i ka lipo One fond embrace, A ho`i a`e au Until we meet again `O ka hali`a aloha i hiki mai Ke hone a`e nei i Ku`u manawa `O `oe n ka`u ipo aloha A loko e hana nei Farewell to you, farewell to you The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers One fond embrace, 'Ere I depart Until we meet again Sweet memories come back to me Bringing fresh remembrances Of the past Dearest one, yes, you are mine own From you, true love shall never depart