Aloha! For the last time!
Heather got home from that crazy hike safely with no 10 hour extra layover (thankfully). For the next two days she walked like an old granny with all her stiff and sore muscles. She had to go up stairs one at a time holding on to the railing with both hands! And she couldn’t swim for 2 days!
In this post, I thought I would share some pics and activities we did that didn’t make a full post. First, I’ll start you off with a tour of the room I lived in. We stayed in a Japanese style house on the side of a mountain right under a pink hospital!
This house has stairs going into and from every room! Here are the stairs as you enter my bedroom.
The windows in almost all the buildings in Hawaii have slats to open instead of sashes.
I was so very pleasantly surprised that the only person I had to share this bedroom with was Heather! We even got our own bathroom and shower too! We were so spoiled, but it was wonderful! And yes, there are even steps leading up to the bathroom:
Although we spent many evenings inside watching Elena practice magic tricks, during the day we went outdoors.
Here we all are at a blowhole sight. It took us a while to find it.
Is it here? No.
Here? Also negative.
Finally we found it, but it wasn’t very impressive.
We got back into the car in search of a beach with big waves.
Abby and Heather got way more than they asked for. These waves were so huge they were like waterfalls slamming down.
The kids were brave, but Abby and Heather wanted to go to a more gentle beach to swim.
So we went to rabbit beach!
The waves were still kind of scary, but we were brave enough to go in them.
Another day, we celebrated Jacob and Elena’s school graduations. In Hawaii, they call them promotions, like you’re promoted to a new grade.
Our yummy food that Esther, Abby and Heather made.
This pic is actually of Heather’s first time viewing the Pacific Ocean on her first full day. She went close to try and feel the water temp with the tips of her fingers and ended up with her shoes and sock sopped by a wave!
We tried to get shave ice two times before, and each time it was closed. We finally took a pic so we’d remember when they’re open. The third time was a charm!
Heather went snorkeling in Shark’s Cove. She told me it was like being in an aquarium! She saw more humus, schools of fish, and one fish that had neon green, orange and blue stripes!
This was the last sunset we saw that graced the sky before we had to leave.
I had the most wonderful time in Hawaii. If I ever get another chance to go back, I probably would. I would love to see more of the Polynesian Cultural Center, hike on more trails, and go snorkeling again.
For the last time,
Upcoming posts will be:
Happy Birthday Kit
4th of July Battle of the Bands (and orchestra, since we pretty much only have stringed instruments!)