Today we got to go to Honolulu and see the Hawaii Symphony perform the first ever ukulele concerto! I was so surprised when I heard about it. How could a tiny ukulele stand out and be heard over a full orchestra?! I had to go see to find out.
When we got there I had to take a picture of all the beautiful palm trees up against the sky.
We had gotten to the concert a little early which was a really good thing because in front of the Hall, some Suzuki violinists were performing:
Suki would have loved to hear this mini concert since she’s been working on the Suzuki pieces to live up to her name.
All of the players had great posture and played really well.
We went in to hear the ukulele concerto which, in my opinion was not very great. It was really modern and not very memorable. What was memorable, and well worth my ticket was the encores the uke player, Jake Shimabukuro performed. The first piece was one he wrote himself for violin and uke. It made me want to cry. I found it on you tube:
When we walked out of the concert hall we saw a beautiful rainbow:
We walked all along Waikiki beach.
Heather pretended to be a surfer dude. Shaka!!
Then we saw a humuhumunukunukuapua’a:
I dare you to say that 3 times! It’s Hawaii’s state fish.
Diamond Head is a very popular mountain hike in Oahu that we did late in the day so part of the mountain was shady and not horribly hot. There’s my friend, Abby getting ready to climb the mountain.
Here’s Heather at the first look-out point. We’re already up pretty high.
We climbed up these steep and never ending stairs (actually it really wasn’t that bad, it just looked scary.)
We walked through a cool, dark tunnel.
And we reached the summit! See the little white thing? It’s a lighthouse. It was actually only a 45 min hike up. Here are some more views:
If you excuse the guy who photo bombed my pic, you can see the city of Honolulu.
I tried to get a pic looking straight down.
My hiking friends and I!
A long, long time ago this part used to be an active volcano! You can kind of see the crater of it here.
At the end of our jam-packed day, we went swimming at Waikiki. (our bare feet got cut up by all the reefs, I forgot there’s not really any sand and didn’t bring water shoes. Ouch!) After swimming we saw a gorgeous sunset:
We stayed at the beach for a long time because our feet hurt too much to walk home. That actually turned out to be a good thing because I got a great twilight picture with the palm trees.
Sometime soon I’ll post about our trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center.