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Monday, April 6, 2015

I'm Back from Paradise!

My husband and I have been in Hawai'i for the last couple of weeks. It was a dream vacation that we really hadn't planned for. Wow! What a wonderful experience!
A quick picture taken with my iPhone)

 We stayed in a hotel in Waikiki, just a walk across the street from the beach. We ate breakfast on the beach most mornings. (There were covered pavilions and picnic tables.) 

We experienced TWO luaus!

We watched our grandkids learn to surf! (Fast learners!)

They talked me into going parasailing even though I was terrified! It was fun! (Yes, our legs are snow white!)  My sons have teased me about the look on my face. I'm afraid of heights and of swimming in the ocean, so this was a stretch for me!

 (Our view of the boat from the air.)

We did a lot of other things while we were there:
We saw the Dole Pineapple Plantation and  a macadamia nut farm.
 I hiked up to Diamond Head and saw the panoramic view.
 We paid our respects at Pearl Harbor. 
We drove around the coastline of Oahu and saw the beaches on all sides. 
We watched fireworks on Waikiki from the beach. 
We took a submarine ride to see sea turtles, plane and ship wreckage, and lots of tropical fish.
We shopped at a flea market as well as the International Market.
We tasted Spam flavored macadamia nuts!

I am still a little jet lagged. It was a long flight. I made yo-yos (Suffolk puffs for some of you) when I needed to do something with my hands during the flight. I have a nice start on a little coverlet. I like having something I can grab up for times when I know I will be sitting for a while.

To my friends in Hawai'i, you really do live in a paradise! Wow!

I came home and bought a couple of albums by the late Israel (Iz) Kamakawiwo'ole. I have always loved his renditions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and It's a Wonderful World, but I also appreciate his Hawaiian traditional songs. If you haven't heard them, you should check it out.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole


  1. Oh what a MARVELOUS trip! HAWAII!!! Such a GREAT place...and as for the parasailing... I would NOT have EVER been that BRAVE! NO WAY! I also Love IZ...he was as great and popular as Don Ho... I love that you were able to go and have a great time! GLAD YOU ARE BACK!!!

  2. What a wonderful holiday, Linda. I'm very impressed you did the parasailing. There's nothing wrong with white legs!

  3. I am so happy for your, a wonderful trips. I love his music.

  4. What an amazing trip and it looks like you had some fun adventures too.


  5. Looks like a great trip. I've never been to Hawaii.

  6. Isn't it an amazing place? We lived there for a couple of years and I loved every minute. It sounds like you hit all of the good spots on your trip, but I'm afraid I could not do the parasailing thing.

  7. What a wonderful opportunity. Looks like you had an amazing time. Happy for you.

  8. That WAS VERY BRAVE of you, that's a LOOOONG way up. Yep, the look on your face is priceless.

  9. Welcome back Linda - what a wonderful adventure you had and a much deserved one at that! I love that you were so brave and tried that parasailing. My girls did that once and I was the one on land being scared for them,
    Spam flavored macadamia nuts... Is that a good thing? LOL
    That is a very sweet Yoyo quilt!

  10. So glad you had a wonderful time! My daughter is moving to Oahu in June and I'm looking forward to visiting her for long visits!!! It looks so beautiful! Been to Maui (also lovely), but never Oahu!!

  11. Oh what a wonderful trip. We did a four island trip for our 25 anniversary and it really is a paradise.Every island is different I will never forget that trip.

  12. Thanks for sharing! Your visit memories brought back great ones from a trip we took many years ago....I'd sure love to go again!

  13. Oh, what a great vacation you had! Sweet!

  14. Fantastic well rounded Hawaii experience!! And look at those YO YO's!!! Izzy is a relative of a friend and former coworker of mine in Central Oregon and he has a stunning voice also :)


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