Laura and I took a trip to Hawaii. We left on Saturday, July 9th, and we returned on Sunday, July 17th. It was a wonderful vacation and much of that can be attributed to the gracious generosity of Aunt Julia and Uncle Bob, who housed us, fed us, and loaned us their SUV for the week. All the amenities of a 5 star bed-n-breakfast, and then some! Thank you so much, Aunt Julia and Uncle Bob!
On to the trip and some pictures!
A rainbow! Hah! It rained on and off pretty consistently, but we didn't see our first rainbow until the second to last day!
Seamen used to sleep on torpedos? Whoa.
FYI: submarines are not meant for anyone over the height of 5'6".
The other side of the ball: A plea to Alexander Cartwright to have some good fortune fall upon my Cubs.
I did great in the channel, but I fell FIVE times in the ocean. Laura only fell ONCE. She has mad paddleboarding skills.
We tried the Shave Ice at Aoki's (my favorite), Matsumoto's, and Island Snow (where Obama gets his shave ice).
It is served with ice cream at the bottom with azuki beans upon request. Laura's not a fan of the azuki beans.
A Brazilian Cardinal.
Those are just some of the highlights of the trip.
We also enjoyed food at a Korean restaurant, went to two botanical gardens, climbed to the top of Diamond Head, traversed a trail to a fantastic waterfall, visited Punch Bowl, got stuck in traffic on the North Shore, had fish tacos, ran on the beach (4.65 miles barefoot!), had jumbo shrimp sold out of a van, got stuck in Shark's Cove, saw a blow hole in the rock along the ocean, dabbled with kimchee and Spam Musubi, drove through Dole's pineapple fields (not literally), and generally had more fun than a couple should be allowed.