A Visit to Hawaii

Following my husband and kids through the Sea-Tac Airport on the way to the plane. I’m still deciding how much I’m sharing of my family on this blog.

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We reached paradise…

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Gorgeous.

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Flora and Fauna

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My favorite flowering tree in Hawaii.

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Because I liked this tree so much, I changed my Gravatar (kudos to me for learning how to edit my blog details) to a cropped version of this photo.

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Pearl Harbor attack bullet holes on Ford Island.
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Ford Island Lighthouse. How lucky are we to have played t-ball and practice some golf swings with the kids with this as our background view? We stayed with my sweet friend Carol and her family for a few days in their home on Ford Island.

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Then we stayed in the Marriot Hotel along the waterfront in Waikiki beach for a few nights. My husband wanted to wake up and see the ocean and be across the road from the beach, so we did.

Our boys digging in the sand the first evening at the Waikiki waterfront.

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C was apprehensive of the waves of the ocean. 1, 2, 3…

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Dunking her toes in the gentle waves.

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C is our “rooster” I enjoyed several early breakfasts with her and watched the birds, people and walked around in the Marriot Plaza and surrounding area.

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Strong North Shore waves crashing into the shoreline.

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Classic North Shore view driving down the winding highway.

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Look at all the oxidized volcanic soil and those pineapples during a Dole Plantation tour at the historic Dole Planation in Wahiawa Town, Hawaii!

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We rode on the little red train. I took a picture as the yellow version passed us on the tour around the pineapple plantation.

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Cute photo Of G and his friend on the train ride tour. Both boys love trains.

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Kids can feed the Koi fish at the Dole Plantation. Our boys liked doing this.

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The quintessential Hawaiian sit-down or take-out lunch: two scoops of rice and two sides (mine were fried local Ahi and salad with ginger dressing). It was delicious!

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Delicious Dole Pineapple ice cream. Yum!

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My husband thought this “mixed Don” was delicious. Mixed Don is sweet rice topped with half ahi poke (traditional Hawaiian fare) and half of a spicy tuna mix topped with finely chopped scallions.
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Best sushi at Kuru Kuru in Honolulu.

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Our boys like steamed rice, roe, and the red bean rice balls. And they went “bananas” over the hot dog sushi.

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We all enjoyed the Paradise Cove Luau. Ours sons say they will never forget “the chief dancing with fire!!!”.

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At the Flee Market by the Stadium. All sorts of stuff. I bought Hawaiian shirts for all of us, a cute Hawaiian dress for Miss C, a large cute Hawaiian style beach tote bag and some handcrafted chocolate and vanilla Hawaiian soap.

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Our last evening in town was spent enjoying dinner with our sweet friends at the Kona Brewery and Restaurant located at the Koko Marina Pub. With our friends we enjoyed yummy food and a few beers brought by our witty server while enjoying our company within view of Ko’oalu Mountain range and next to the Koko Marina.

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We had a wonderful ten day vacation in Oahu. Everyone traveled well and we loved the time we were able to spend together as a family of five. We have so many pictures of the kids and us with the kids. A few framed pictures are already up in our home. One is of  us surrounded by parrots at the Paradise Cove and the other is this one below.

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