We just got back from almost two weeks in Hawaii and we already want to go back. It was great hanging out with family, going to the beach, eating lots of wonderful food and playing tourist. We were there for Grandma’s birthday and started out the week going out to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate. The kids loved hanging out with Jordan and the three of them spent lots of time chasing the hundreds of lizards that thrive in Grandpa’s back yard. Dan got Jordan and Miles to play this new card game he got called Munchkin and ended up playing almost every night before bed time. There were trips to the beach, hiking, sightseeing, the Bishop Museum, the state Farm Fair and lots of shopping and eating. We spent one morning visiting the spot at Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery where Jeanine spread Mom’s ashes. It’s a beautiful spot with a great view that she would have loved and visiting it made us all miss her again. We spent our last day going over old pictures and then going to a fantastic buffet, full of foods that are hard to find at home. We can’t wait until our next visit. Scroll down for two albums full of more pictures.
Of course, we had to go to the beach on our last day in Hawaii. And as we were getting done swimming and playing in the waves we saw a fish jump out of the water just a little off shore which I guess made us hungry. So we piled into the car and headed over to Nicco’s fish market (recommended by Miles) and had some really yummy lunch. Dan skipped the fish and went for a burger and that was good too. While walking around the fishing piers near the restaurant, we were shocked to see a ray swim by that was nearly as big as a fishing boat. Then, on our way back to the house to pack, we stopped near Aloha Tower and watched some of the tropical fish that usually hang out there. We spent the night saying goodbye to Jordan and Miles and the next morning saying goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa. We got to the airport early and ate lunch and explored some nice gardens that we always knew were there, but had never visited before. Then it was home to the chilly Bay Area where we had to rush the kids to bed to get ready for school the next day.
We really packed in the Hawaii activities this weekend starting by going to a very crowded craft and food fair on Saturday with Grandma and Jordan. We saw tons of shirts and jewelry and other fashion items and tasted a thousand different types of food. We left with some trinkets, some li hing kettle corn, and some dead animals preserved in resin. Dan got an octopus and immediately named him Bobby Flay because he thought Bobby Flay might have made some good calimari with it if he had gotten the chance. Elizabeth got a gecko, which was appropriate since she’s been chasing lizards and geckos since we got here. Jordan got a hermit crab. We went to Sam Choy’s for lunch, and Miles joined us to watch Hawaii beat up on Tulane for dinner.
On Sunday we brought flowers to Punchbowl Cemetery where three of Sandy’s uncles are interred and where Jeanine had spread mom’s ashes. It is a very beautiful location.
After that we toured the grounds of Honolulu City Hall, Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. Then we went to the Arizona Memorial but were kept from actually going all the way to the site because high winds made it too hard for the boats to take us there. We still went through the museum and were able to look across Pearl Harbor to see the memorial and the battleship Missouri. Dan, Liz and I were impressed by this giant snail, but Jordan didn’t understand why since she sees them that size all the time.
We then drove out the new Aulani Disney Resort on the West side of Oahu. It was lacking in Disney-ness in lots of ways and while very pretty, it could have been a Hyatt or Marriott. Still Dan was impressed by the river pool and water playground and wants to stay there some day. This time we just ate at the hotel buffet which was very tasty but also very expensive. I still can’t get to sleep at 1:30 a.m. because I ate so much. Now I’ll have to tone down the eating for the rest of the vacation.
We got to spend Thanksgiving this year with Grandma and Grandpa and Jordan and Miles in Hawaii. We had some great turkey and prime rib and ahi limu poke along with lots of other goodies. When Elizabeth and Daniel and Jordan weren’t eating they were torturing the neighborhood lizards, and there are lots to torture. They keep catching and releasing them, relishing each catch and lamenting each release. We also went to the Bishop Museum and saw the renovated Hawaii Hall which was impressive and got to play with lots of science-y stuff. Later we went to watch the University of Hawaii beat the University of Pacific Tigers in a really close, really fun basketball game. (Made more fun by all the snacks) Next it’s a Christmas craft fair and the UH – Tulane football game. Some pictures are here.
Just got back from our Southern California Vacation and are happy to be home since the last two days were spent with the kids very very sick. We started out by picking up Miles and Jordan from LAX and headed to the La Brea Tar pits and to Farmers Market for breakfast. Then we met Wade, Jeanine, Mike and Luke to see Toy Story 3 at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. After the movie, we went to a Toy Story Fun Fair behind the theater and we rode rides, played on a playground, saw a show, did some crafts, and ate some ice cream.
The next day we went to a little kids amusement park in Stanton called Adventure City, a tiny little place that somehow crammed tons of rides into a quarter of a city block. That night we went to Pirate Dinner Adventure Theater with Jeanine and Luke and John and Deanna. Okay food and okay show but the kids had fun and it was great to spend some rare time with John and Deanna. We wanted to spend more with them but….
Almost all of the rest of the time was spend at Disneyland riding rides and eating and spending money. Tuesday night we went to Dodger Stadium to watch them hit three home runs and beat the Marlins. We sat in the bleachers which was interesting as they don’t let you leave the bleacher area to visit the rest of the stadium, but the fans there are a bit more rowdy than the other sections which made it a lot of fun. Go Dodgers!!!
On Wednesday there was an earthquake so for much of the day the rides were shut down. Also, we didn’t get to see the much lauded World of Color show at California Adventure because something broke during the earthquake safety checks, and that was after we waited half an hour in the morning for tickets and waited more than an hour in the middle of a restless mob that wanted to see the show. It would have been understandable except they didn’t tell us there wouldn’t be a show until well after we should have been let into the viewing area.
We went to Long Beach after Disneyland and so wanted to go to Johns birthday party at Jeanine’s house, but at about one a.m. the night before, the kids started throwing up with headaches and stomach aches. It was extra sad when Elizabeth cried because we couldn’t go to the party. They were throwing up off and on for both of our Long Beach hotel days, so much so that Daniel made us quit using any throw up, puke, vomit, and hurl-ish type words and to just say “flower” instead. Elizabeth was achey and whiny all the way home and only just started feeling better when she saw her own room.
They both got their appetites back when they got home, so I think everything’s okay now. If we erase the last two days, it was a great vacation, even with the earthquake stuff. But we sure regret not spending more time with family or visiting Grandma.Pictures of the trip are here.
We found a great deal to Hawaii and so it was our Christmas present. The trip coincided with Daniel’s seventh birthday. We got to sight see, play on the beach, visit Hawaii family and have a birthday party for Dan. Lots of Wii playing on Jordan’s Wii while there and toward the end, Dan found out that he got a Wii of his own for his birthday.
This is found picture gallery from when Jordan, Miles, and Iris came to visit from Hawaii. I think it’s from the same trip that we went to Seattle and saw Walking With Dinosaurs. I can’t remember if the place went by the new name or the old name then.