Monday, February 15, 2010

Feb. 15, 2010: Aloha, I’m Back!

Vacations have layers of meaning different for each of us as we seek escape from the ubiquitous of everyday life at home. There are so many approaches one can take—pure relaxation, exploration, intensive sports activities, learning new things, experiencing new environments. Whatever you seek in a vacation you can find.

My trip was a combination of all those things. Here are a few photos to give you a taste of what I experienced in the magical paradise of Oahu, Hawaii.

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The view from our 11th floor balcony at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina in Kapolei, Oahu (west coast).

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Kayaking in Kailua Bay, me in front and my two sisters behind me.

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When in Hawaii, one must pay homage to coffee beans.

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Fia Fia Night (translates to "The Happy People") show with Chief Sielu Avea. That's the chief on the right giving me a big hug.

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Lots of beautiful flowers abound; I've no idea as to the name of this plant.

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Shauna's (my niece) friend Ozzie took us out on his boat for a day of whale watching. We cruised down the coast to the Waikiki and Diamondhead area. This is one of the migrating humpbacked whales showing us its graceful tail. Ozzie took us for dinner at the Hawaii Yacht Club and we went back out to watch the fireworks from the vantage point of the water. Fireworks happen every Friday night.

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Drinks in paradise; yep, we really enjoyed life in Hawaii.

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Day or night, no view was without its intrinsic beauty.

If you're interested in seeing more of my Hawaii photos, you can visit my online album here.


grendelskin said...

*sigh* Thanks for sharing your photo album, it looks like you had a terrific time. We rented a little studio in Lanikai for a friend's wedding about ten years ago; I doubt I'll ever get back but I will always remember it with delight. You brought back very warm feelings indeed!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh June! It looks like you had a fantastic time. I was just thinking about where you'd been last week -- I'd forgotten about your trip and chalked it up to computer problems! Your whale picture is beautiful!

Garden4fun said...

Welcome back June! As I read your blog today I think I felt my skin turning a nice color of "envy green". Your pictures are beautiful and it appears everyone had a fabulous time, especially the “mermaids” frolicking in the waterfall. How fun!!


Jennifer said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! So jealous!!

Shauna said...

I had so much fun on that trip with you, June! And that whale tail picture? AMAZING! I especially love the shot of Waikiki and Diamond Head on the background. Fabulous photography for a fabulous trip - we must do this again sometime! ;)

sassypriscilla said...

Ah, June. I wondered how your trip was going. I am so happy it was so wonderful! I cannot even imagine how great it must be there!!!

Linda said...

Green with envy. It looks so relaxing and lovely. Thanks for sharing. Linda

Lorrie said...

June! Fantastic photos of a fantastic vacation! You all look like you're having a wonderful time!

Welcome back!

rohanknitter said...

Welcome home!! It looks so wonderful, your pictures are great, thanks for sharing!!

karen said...

welcome back - your pictures are so wonderful - appreciate the opportunity to live vicariously - looks like you had a wonderful time

Kristie said...

Looks wonderful, and like you had a fantastic time. Great photos!!

Judith said...

mmmmmm nice! wish I had gone with you!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Welcome home June! I really want to experience Hawaii someday really looks like paradise!

Nice photo of you at the end with your sisters have a lovely family!

FinnyKnits said...

Oh gorgeous!

I've never been to Oahu, but I think that first photo has me convinced to consider it next time we're headed for Hawaii.

Watch out Maui and Kauai - you have competition!

Welcome home :)

nicolette said...

Such a delightful trip to paradise! Welcome home!

Bridgett said...

I have chills! What an amazing trip!