- We had to change our flights last minute, because we were laying over in Dallas, and there was going to be a major storm. So we arrived later than expected. We had the best weather when we were there, though. Sunny almost all the time. This is one of my favorite sunset photos from the trip. I call it my "surfer sunset". We were always in bed by 9 and up at 5 a.m. - all the East Coasters were :)
The best part of Oahu, in my opinion, is the North Shore. We went to Sunset Beach, and then to the Bonzai Pipeline, and WOW were those waves big. They were 15 footers when we were there, and when the competitions take place, they're upwards of 30 FEET! I thought the ones we saw were monsterous!
Maui was GORGEOUS. We stayed at the Sheraton, and I told them it was my birthday and we got a room upgrade. It was the best view, and just so relaxing. They gave us a lei when we arrived. It seems a big deal, but you get "lei'ed" in Hawaii all over the place! I think the Sheraton Maui was one of the nicest hotels I've stayed in.
We took an airplane tour over the Big Island to see the volcanos. Aside from getting airsick, the views of the lava spilling into the water were amazing! Even with the G-forces and the hairpin turns.
We had our own rainbow just outside the plane. I call it a plane bow. People in Hawaii must not get as excited about rainbows as we did. They probably see them all the time.
I celebrated my birthday in Maui. We took a whole day and did nothing but lay at the pool and the beach and drink lava flows (pina colada with strawberry sauce). It was super relaxing with no place to be. I finally got good sleep.
We had my birthday dinner in Lahaina and a Hula Pie for my birthday cake! We ate at a place called Kimos. I had steak - my traditional birthday meal.
I learned to play the ukelele on my birthday. It's a lot like guitar, except fewer strings and different chord fingerings.
- We took a whale watching/snorkeling tour. There was a baby whale who kept jumping out of the water to play. You couldn't tell where he'd jump though, and I left my nice camera on dry land, so no pics of him. :( But here's one of his mom waving at us with a fin. We also saw a baby dolphin. We saw everything we could want to on that sail!
- I even played in the ocean some. I snorkeled at Black Rock too. And saw that Hawaiian fish with 30-some odd letters in his name. I also quite enjoyed the "hang loose" sign. I actually had a surfer give me the "hang loose" and it was so cool! Did I seriously just post a pic of me in a bathing suit on the Internet? Good thing I go to the gym! Clearly, jet lag is involved here.
- We drove the road to Hana. Scary stuff! Lots of hairpin turns and one-lane bridges. After about three stops, we were done. Plus, as you go up into the rainforrest, the weather gets more cloudy.
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