Friday, July 8, 2011

Aloha!! I'm back from vacation in Hawaii.....

We had a wonderful time on vacation in Hawaii! After spending many, many hours......about 14.......in airplanes and airports on the trip from Florida, we made it to Honolulu!  Thank goodness for in-flight movies! I was able to watch three on the way out. No sleep on the flights for us, we were too excited!  We would regret that later....       

The view from our room on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.


 Another view from our room of Honolulu.


 Some of us love to dig holes, deep holes, in the sand......on every beach they can find.


 Sea kayaking out to an island bird sanctuary was challenging.  4.5 miles without an outboard!


 Seriously?? From here to that island on the left?  In a kayak?


Everyone has to learn to surf while they are in Hawaii.  Well okay, everyone but me!  Someone needs to be in charge of the camera right?


My little guy tackling the big waves.


A view of Hunauma Bay.  I was amazed by the colors of the water.  Look at all of the coral.


One of the many scenic points where you can stop on a drive around Oahu.


 A moving visit to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.


 My submariners on the USS Bowfin.



 A view of Diamond Head Crater from the top.  Kayaking, hiking one mile up a volcano with a 99 step stairway, when do I start vacation?

 We didn't remove any coral or lava, but we did take lots of pictures (The Brady Bunch curse scared us).  This picture is from Bonsai Pipeline Beach in Oahu on the North Shore.  Can you see how the grains of sand are so rounded? Nothing like the black sand we would see later on the island of Hawaii.  Check back soon to look at those pictures. We also took some time to drive around the island and we stopped and ate at a Shrimp Shack that had been featured on HGTV.

After exploring Oahu we flew to the big island of Hawaii and saw plenty of lava, many sea turtles, a black sand beach and Volcanoes National Park.  I have lots more I'd love to share with you!  I'm sure you would love nothing more than looking at my vacation pictures!  LOL!!  I'll split them up in a few posts, including one about my visit to Quilt Passions, a quilt store in Kailua Kona, Hawaii that was featured in the latest Quilt Sampler magazine!   

21 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

OH, I would love more - my dream vacation!! Well not the 4 mile paddle or mile hike , but beaches, sand, water, flower, culture, - well, please do share.

Candace said...

I loved your pictures and will very much enjoy seeing more. How was the Shrimp Shack?

AnnieO said...

Gorgeous Hawaii--I never get tired of pictures of that water and those mountains. Please show more! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I lived on Oahu for a few months way back when and have many fond memories of my time there.

Jackie said...

It looks like tons of fun! 14 hours on a plane...ugh! Seems very worth it though.

Handmade by Mai said...

Great pitcures and yes I want to see more. It's a big dream of me to go on a holiday to Hawaii. Did you visit a quiltshop?

Carol said...

What a wonderful vacation...love the pictures!

Cheryl said...

Hawaii looks wonderful and it looks like everyone had a grand time!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Please! I would love to see more! I visited Hawaii once. 9 years ago. My best friend hosted a "destination" wedding and was married there. It was beautiful. What a wonderful vacation. I hope to get back there one of these days.

JoAnne said...

It looks like you hit the major highlights! I live on Oahu, myself. Did you all snorkel at Hanauma Bay? I'm not sure when you were there, but the 27 June-3 July Quilt Hawaii was going on at the Marriott on Waikiki. I took the Superior Threads School of Threadology class. I also really like the Big Island and Quilt Passions is great. Did you get shave ice when you were on the North Shore?

Dandelion Quilts said...

How wonderful...just looks like a lovely vacation and time with family.

Needled Mom said...

Such gorgeous pictures of such a beautiful location!!! We lived there for awhile and the pictures brought back all the beauty I remember from the island - the amazing water colors being number 1!!

LeAnn said...

It looks like you had so much fun! I'm so happy for you. You are quite the photographer.

Joyful Quilter said...

Well you may not have gotten any rest but it looks like you had loads of fun! Great pictures, yes, please share more.

Sonia said...

Welcome Back!

Beautiful pics. :) I'm glad you had a good time.

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Linda said...

Looks like it was an amazing vacation!!!!! Just beautiful pics!! Hawaii is one of my favorite places to vacation!

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip! Looks like everyone had a lot of fun.

Stephanie said...

We lived in Kaneohe for 3 years and LOVED snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Lots of memories came flooding back with this post. I hope you were able to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore.

Lois Evensen said...

What a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing the images.

What brought me to your blog from Cactus Quilts, though, was that darling picture of your dog in the pool. So cute!

Lois

Sinta Renee said...

I love your vacation photos! Looks like you all had a fantastic time! And I am so jealous that you went kayaking- so fun!

Sandra said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time. The different colors in the water are stunning.

Houseelf said...

What a great place for a holiday. I love the sea colours! I know what you mean about these active holidays. I was up at 5am some days on mine.