Thursday, July 3, 2008

Just in from Hawaii

We had a WONDERFUL time in Hawaii. The picture above is at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on our first full day there. We sat out by the pool for several hours refreshing ourselves in the pool and soaking up the rays. I had never done the resort thing in Hawaii before, and so it was good to spend a couple days at this amazing property and feel like we were living in style.

Being in Hawaii with Michael was totally different than the previous times I've been there before. He has spent enough time in the islands (he was born there and has returned many times since) to know about all the local delicacies and favorite places. I was introduced to many foods I had never tried before as Michael hunted down some of his favorites like malasadas and manapuas - yum!!! I also tried shave ice with ice cream and azuki beans. It didn't sound good to me at first, but it is - it is! We treated ourselves to a shared shave ice every day.

Once we left Waikiki, we spent the remainder (and most of) our vacation in the town of Kailua. Kailua has one of the best beaches in Hawaii, but no resorts. It's a bedroom community. Lots of people live there and commute to Honolulu for work. We were within a short walk's distance from the beach and the downtown shopping area. The property at which we stayed was waterfront, but not beachfront, however we could see the beach from the backyard (which was just beautiful), and we had full use of their saltwater pool. The unit we stayed in was so charming and comfortable, and the owners were gracious hosts. In fact, they discussed having us return next summer to housesit for them while they travel! We would be delighted to do so, of course!

On a side note, I really enjoyed waking to the sounds of the birds in the morning. They kept birds at their home, and together with the native birdies we were treated to quite a chorus each morning.

We drove around the island one day - up to the famous North Shore, through the fields of sugar cane and pineapple, along the stunningly beautiful coastline. Of the three islands I have now visited, I have to say that Oahu is my favorite. There is so much to do there if you like, and yet when we were at "home" in Kailua it was so quiet and and life moved very slowly. I was trying to figure out how we could relocate to Kailua, but alas I cannot think of a reasonable way to do so. So, we will return as visitors one day instead.

I hope to put together a little slideshow of some of our photos, but I've got other things that need my attention first. Perhaps I'll get to that over the weekend instead.

Aloha, for now!


Shelley said...

Wow! Sounds like a terrific time. What a way to decompress from a challenging year. You really deserved this Joannah. :)

Michelle said...

Welcome home! Sounds like you had a great time.

Kayce said...

OMY malasadas! I totally forgot about those incredible treats! It is so wonderful to be with someone who knows all the ins and outs of the island. Our dear friends that live there always take us to places you'd never find in a tour book. Hence the malasadas! YUM!!

D said...

I'm sorry you had to vacation at such a horrible, ugly location. Thank goodness you made it back.

(please note the sarcasm!)

Glad you had a great time...I want to go!

Terri @ in His hands said...

Sounds LOVELY! I love, love, love Hawaii!

Glad you had fun!

Paula said...

What a great time! I LOVE the hilton HV, its so nice.
I bet your nice and tan now.

Lisa and Tate said...

Ah.. PARADISE... glad you had an amazing time!

Kristin said...

Welcome home... can't wait to see the rest of your pics!

Kudo said...

Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for all your support these days. I wish I could pack you in my luguge and take you with me.

Alyson & Ford said...

Wonderful vacation!!
Enjoy your week.

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Shannon said...

Sounds gorgeous. If you figure out that tiny relocation problem let me know! I'd love to join you!