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Five Years Ago Today ❤

Aloha Kakahiaka or Good Morning, I was learning because the Surfrider changes out the elevator mats according to time of day! 😉
This was our breakfast view from The Veranda, looks pretty quiet.
Breakfast view May 16th ❤
It was but we surfed it anyway and then played at the beach in front of the hotel.
WaterCam May 16th ❤
Sooo…. you go down this trail and come out…
Down the trail May 16th ❤
here… WHOA! Waimea Bay!
Whoa! May 16th ❤
These dudes were worried about the “Lil’ Brah” going in.
Lil' Brah May 16th ❤Body Surfin' May 16th ❤
YES!!! … Oh! Maybe not…
Yes! May 16th ❤Maybe not May 16th ❤
They to see when the wave is coming in and then the juuuuump…
Checking it out May 16th ❤Going for it May 16th ❤Wave watcher May 16th ❤Splash May 16th ❤
You have to love girl power!
Girl Power May 16th ❤Nice! May 16th ❤Skimboarding May 16th ❤
It works better with out the shirt … lol!
Again May 16th ❤
A quiet day at Waimea.
Wave mouth May 16th ❤Crash May 16th ❤
Back up the trail and the view from mid-way up the trail.
Up trail May 16th ❤Trial view May 16th ❤
The view from the top.
Rock line May 16th ❤
Waimea from the car…
Waimea  Bay May 16th ❤
on the way to Sunset Beach.
Sunset Beach May 16th ❤
Proper May 16th ❤Aloha May 16th ❤
We enjoyed a great dinner at Duke’s Waikiki…
Duke's May 16th ❤May 16th ❤
said Aloha to Diamondhead and The Moana Surfrider and headed to the airport.
Aloha Diamondhead May 16th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

Good Morning Diamondhead!
Diamondhead May 15th ❤
Not nearly as big as Lahaina’s Banyan Tree but still impressive!
Banyan Tree May 15th ❤
Across from the Surfrider is the International Marketplace, both it and Waikiki Town Center are built on land that was owned by Queen Emma Kaleleonalani, a humanitarian beloved by her people. She joined her husband King Kamehameha IV in a personal crusade to stem the decline of native Hawaiians.
Intl Marketplace May 15th ❤
Today, we are headed out to the North Shore, Baby!
North Shore May 15th ❤Hale'iwa May 15th ❤
This is called, “A Lesson in Patience”.
Patience May 15th ❤
After spending a few hours there we went over to Ehukai Beach Park, aka the one… the only… the very quiet 😉 Bonzai Pipeline!
Ehukai Beach Park May 15th ❤Quiet May 15th ❤
Pipe May 15th ❤
The Blues May 15th ❤
Bonzai Pipeline May 15th ❤RIP Ronnie Burns May 15th ❤
Learned a new word on this trip… Vog!
The Vog May 15th ❤
While not a whole lot of respiratory fun, the vog does make for some very cool pictures.
Mountains in the Vog May 15th ❤
Driving back in five o’clock traffic I can’t help but think, this is a pretty sweet view if you’re stuck in traffic.
Commute May 15th ❤
Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, these are a must for me… heeheehee! I can’t wait to go check out the new one in Waikiki!
HRC Honolulu May 15th ❤
I bow down to the gods of surf!
Pray for Surf May 15th ❤
The view from our room at night.
Nite Y'all May 15th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

I hope y’all didn’t think we were done! We just got married there is a honeymoon to be had! 😉
It broke my heart to leave Maui.
Noooo... May 14th ❤
It was hard to believe we were leaving.
Leaving Maui May 14th ❤
Out of the places I have traveled, only Maui had made me want to leave Texas.
Don't want to May 14th ❤
Aloha Maui ❤
Aloha Maui May 14th ❤
Hey, I’ve been here before, only for an hour or so on the way to Maui.
Aloha O’ahu!
O'ahu May 14th ❤
Since it was out Honeymoon I spent more than I would normally spend on a hotel. I wanted to stay somewhere that had history, it was a toss-up between The Royal Hawaiian Princess of the Westin Moana Surfrider and The First Lady of Waikiki won.
Surfrider May 14th ❤
When I reserved the room the online questionnaire asked if there was anything special about our visit. I indicated we had never been to O’ahu and that we were going to stay there for our honey moon. The front desk asked us to wait for a few minutes while they finished with our suite, I replied that I didn’t think I’d booked a suite and they said they had upgraded us! WOOHOO! The Bell Captain came forward and said he wanted to take us to our room, when we got into the elevator he pushed the button with the PH on it! They upgraded us to The Nalu Suite 2109, he explained that the only other one like it, is the one the owner stays in right next to it! I don’t normally post pictures of the interior of a hotel room but THIS was off the hook!
Our living area.
Nalu May 14th ❤
The from our living room windows.
Lanai View May 14th ❤Cont Lani View May 14th ❤
They aren’t kidding when they call it a Westin Heavenly Bed! I’ve never slept so good.
Bedroom May 14th ❤
The Lanai.
Peering out May 14th ❤Relaxation May 14th ❤
I could see the Royal Hawaiian Princess looking down from the Lanai.
Royal Hawaiian Princess May 14th ❤
THIS magnificent view was straight off the front of our Lanai.
Waikiki May 14th ❤
Have I mentioned I love Hawaii?
Chocolate May 14th ❤
We spent a good portion of the day on in The Banyan Court…
Banyan Court May 14th ❤
and lovin’ Waikiki!
Diamond Head May 14th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

My maternal grandparents eloped, my parents eloped too; I have always been adamant that I would not get married in a courthouse, my fear was if I did, my daughter (should I have one), would elope as well. I did not break the cycle but I would not have wanted to be married any other way. ❤
This is The Old Lahaina Courthouse, isn’t it cute? It was built-in 1859, during the reign of Kamehameha the VI.
Old Lahaina Courthouse May 13th ❤
I did not get married there!!! I worked with a wedding coordinator online, we decided we were going to get married in South Maui; however, the previous weekend at the Hyatt there were weddings everywhere: the Great Lawn, the waterfall, the gazebo and the beach. Jack and I began to ask the locals if we should move our ceremony to West Maui, everyone responded the same way, they asked where we currently were going to be married and then they all recommended we stay with our original location. It was probably an hour drive to get there but when you live in Texas an hour drive is next door, so that wasn’t a problem; when it got scary, was when the road dropped down to one lane and the edge of the road was on my side. Passing oncoming traffic was very precarious. We pulled up to a wall, that is overgrown with vegetation and my initial thought was, “Uh-oh, what did I do?”; then I walked through the opening and knew THIS was where we were meant to be married! We were Maui’d in Makena Cove (Secret Beach), in a traditional Hawaiian Ceremony by Rev. Alalani Hill.
Makena Cove May 13th ❤
Secret Beach May 13th ❤
May 13th ❤
We dined at Sonz at the Hyatt Regency Ka’anapali after the ceremony, yes, that’s where we were staying but I did look into several places and it was highly recommended. It was an excellent choice, the wait staff was amazing, because it was not busy they really went out of their way to make everything very special.
Sonz May 13th ❤
You did catch that I said we eloped, right? Five years ago today smart phones were not as popular as they are now and I personally did not buy my first iPhone until the month after we got back. So these are the pictures that our family and friends back home woke up to in their email in boxes.
Surprise May 13th ❤Email May 13th ❤
I must say we do have really great senses of humor but I was surprised at how many people thought we were kidding, so what if we had already been together for thirteen years and engaged for eight! I always said I wanted a long engagement. 😀
This is the picture that went out with the formal announcement when we got home.
Announcement May 13th ❤
❤At this point I would like to thank Sheree Giegling, she made it all happen and is by far an excellent wedding coordinator. I contacted her two weeks before the date and she managed everything so that we had a perfect day, she even managed to pull off getting the “mainland” flowers I wanted for my bouquet. 😉 The day before the wedding she called and asked what I was doing, when I replied, “I am about to snorkel off the coast of Lana’i”, she cracked up laughing and said I was the calmest bride she ever worked with. I had complete faith in her and for good reason too, it was the perfect day.
❤I would also like to thank Rev. Alalani Hill for falling in love with us, the way we did with her; we will always treasure your words and you have truly touched our soul.
❤Last but not least, to the woman who stopped us in the hallway of the Hyatt, asked if we were getting married, if my Mom was there and when I replied that she was not said, “Well come here and give me a hug! You need a hug from a Mom on your wedding day!” When I told my mother she wept tears of happiness, said your actions meant the world to her and because of how much they meant should she ever get the opportunity to she will do the same. Thank you!
Just Maui'd May 13th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

After a fun-filled day in the sun we a wonderful sunset dinner on Front Street in Lahaina at The Feast at Lele. Lele is the ancient name for Lahaina; the Maui Royal Family would entertain and feast at this same beach, which has a spectacular sunset view.
Feast at Lele May 12th ❤
The Feast at Lele features dancers, music and traditional dishes of four of the cultures of the Polynesian Triangle. Many people advised us to go hungry because it is a great deal of food and they were right it is a great deal of DELICIOUS food. As appetizers we were served: Banana, Taro and Sweet Potato Chips with a Tropical Ginger and Ogo Seaweed Salsa.
Hawaiian Dancers May 12th ❤
Our first course was from Hawaii; with Imu Roasted Kalua Pig, Pohole Ferns and Heart of Palm salad, Fresh Island Fish with Mango Sauce and Poi.
Hawaiian Dancer May 12th ❤Rythm 12th ❤
Sunset dancers May 12th ❤
From Aotearoa (New Zealand) our second course was Sea Bean Duck Salad with Poha Berry Dressing, Kuku Patties, Maori Fishcake with Mussels, Salmon and Scallops, Harore Kumara, Roasted Mushrooms, Sweet Potato and Garlic.
Still dancing May 12th ❤Sunset Luau May 12th ❤
Our third course was from Tahiti; it was Fafa Steamed Chicken and Taro Leaf in Coconut Milk, E-iaota, Poissen Cru Scallops on the Shell and Baked Scallops.
Tahitian dancer May 12th ❤Selena? May 12th ❤
Tahiti May 12th ❤
From Samoa our fourth course was Supasui, Grilled Steak Palusami, Breadfruit with Taro Leaf and Coconut Cream, Shrimp and Avocado with Lilikoi.
Samoan dancers May 12th ❤
Our FIFTH and final course, DESSERTS 😀 Caramel Macadamia Nut Tart topped with Fruited Coconut Pudding (Haupia) and Hawaiian Chocolate Truffles.
Fire dancer May 12th ❤
Fire May 12th ❤Fire dude May 12th ❤
Fire circles May 12th ❤Gettin' hot May 12th ❤
One of the beautiful dancers posed for a photo with Jack on our way out.
Leaving the luau May 12th ❤
When I got back to the resort that night I was amused by the collection of our leis, today was an AMAZING day but I happen to know that tomorrow will be one of the best days of my life.
Lei's May 12th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

Today will actually contain two posts, this is because it was a very busy day with a whole lot of fun packed in. 🙂

As we headed out, I saw this and thought does this give new meaning to the term house boat?
Houseboat? May 12th ❤
It was an early windy morning in Ma’alaea and we are going snorkeling at Molokini Crater and off the coast of Lana’i with the Pacific Whale Foundation.
Ma'alaea May 12th ❤
As we leave Mala’aea I can see both West Maui and South Maui growing smaller.
Leaving Ma'alaea May 12th ❤South Maui May 12th ❤
Kaho’olawe was established in the 1830’s as a penal colony by Kamehamahea I, after the “Great Mahele” ranchers allowed sheep and goats to consume all the vegetation; an effort was made to bring back the vegetation until the attack on Pearl Harbor, after which it was designated for target practice by the government. It was not until 1990 that it was returned to Hawai’i, after such long-term contamination it was declared unsafe and uninhabitable; at this time preservationists are working diligently to remove anything that has not exploded, re-vegetate and rejuvenate the land.
Kaho'olawe May 12th ❤
We have arrived at Molokini Crater, this popular dive and snorkel spot is a crescent-shaped partially submerged volcanic crater.
Molokini Crater May 12th ❤
♪♫Up on the shore they work all day,
Out in the sun they slave away,
While we devotin’,
Full time to floatin’,
Under the Sea♪♫
Darling it's better, down where it's wetter... May 12th ❤
La Perouse Bay is visible as we leave Molokini.
La Perouse Bay May 12th ❤Leaving Molokini May 12th ❤
Sweetheart Rock, legend has is that a Princess from Maui was captured by a Warrior from Lana’i, she was so beautiful he did not want other men to see her so he hid her in a sea cave close to the rock. One day a storm came, although he rushed back to the cave, she drowned. Brokenhearted he climbed the rock, buried her and leapt to his death. (This is a legend, so please don’t try to climb the rock!)
Sweetheart Rock Lana'i May 12th ❤
This rock formation marks a well-known dive spot off Lana’i, our tour guide said if you are in the “know” you would recognize the rock; I wonder if she means First Cathedral? 😉
Secret Dive Spot May 12th ❤
This is a large resort off the coast of Lana’i and the area we snorkel in.
Lana'i resort May 12th ❤Snorkeling Lana'i May 12th ❤
It’s funny how the pali don’t really look that high from far away but when you get up close you realize they are monstrous.
Far Pali May 12th ❤Close Pali May 12th ❤
Look some friends (Spinner Dolphins) came out to escort us back to Maui.
New dudes May 12th ❤
Our entourage May 12th ❤Flipper May 12th ❤
Swimmie May 12th ❤Day job May 12th ❤
Fun fun fun May 12th ❤
West Maui Mountains
West Maui May 12th ❤
Distance May 12th ❤
Our Captain must have been Ishmael, his crew thought he was crazy when he turned off the engines because he saw whale-sign in the water. I’m glad he did because if not I would not have gotten this very cool shot of a baby whale breaching.
Baby whale May 12th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

Today we go to Lahaina Town, I read that their Banyan Tree is one of the oldest in the United States but nothing prepared me for how big this tree is. It is an Indian Banyan that was planted in 1873 by Sheriff William Owen Smith, it takes up most of the block.
The Banyan Tree May 11th ❤
What a wonderful way to browse the local artist’s wares than under the shade of a huge tree. Jack is getting restless and wants to go surfing. 😉
Center of the Banyan Tree May 11th ❤
Downtown Lahaina
Downtown Lahaina May 11th ❤
This sign made me smile and giggle.
We're going surfing! May 11th ❤
The next two photos were taken by Ric Larsen, who while talking to us, told us to keep and eye out for his son’s Westley and Granger who at the time were up and coming surfers. 😉
This is Gene our Royal Hawaiian Surf Guide knocking off… I think.
Gene May 11th ❤
THIS was going on in the background while we were surfing, that tail slap usually means, going to be under for a long time.
Tail Slap May 11th ❤
I always visit the Hard Rock Cafe’s when I travel, I love to check out the memorabilia, I must agree the Lahaina Hard Rock is Mai Tai Kool!
Mai Tai Kool May 11th ❤
This Houli!!! HAha! 😀 Jack and King Kamehameha I
Kamehameha I, a warrior chief became “Lord Over the Hawaiian Islands”, after his victory at the battle of Nu’uanu in O’ahu. After his death his remains were secreted to a place unknown and his mana (life force) continues to watch over Hawai’i.
Houli May 11th ❤
Not a whole lot to say except, “Le Sigh”.
Le Sigh May 11th ❤
There really is no better way to spend an afternoon than under palm fronds…
Palms May 11th ❤
in a hammock.
Hammock May 11th ❤
Heaven, I’m in heaven ♪ ♫
Heaven May 11th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

This was the amazing view we had while we ate breakfast!
Breakfast May 10th ❤
Since we had already set up some activities for the next couple of days, we decided to do what you do on vacation, relax and roam around the resort. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Ka’anapali, which is definitely a fun place to stay. I got much more of a kick out of this cool swinging bridge that goes over the pool, than Jack did… heeheehee!
Swinging Bridge  May 10th ❤
There were so many beautiful pieces of art everywhere, since the resort is quite large and there are so many pieces; it’s a wonderful museum to wander at your leisure. Oh look! It is me! 😉
Hyatt Art May 10th ❤Hyatt Regency Ka'anapali May 10th ❤
We decided a beach stroll, sounded perfect.
Beach Stroll May 10th ❤
I fell in love with this little HonuDragon.
HonoDragon May 10th ❤
Black Rock Ka’anapali
Black Rock May 10th ❤
Outside of Whaler’s Village, wondering which way the wind blows.
Whaler's Village May 10th ❤
This really is paradise!
Paradise  May 10th ❤
We found all sorts of treasures while exploring the Hyatt.
Cozy May 10th ❤Under the Sea May 10th ❤
Big Headed May 10th ❤Hyatt Atrium May 10th ❤
This beautiful woman was how I knew which hall led to our room.
On the way to the room May 10th ❤
Does anyone ever get tired of these sunsets?!?
Sunset May 10th ❤


Five Years Ago Today ❤

Aloha!
Well, I’ve never really been a morning person, always much more of a night owl but when there is a FIVE hour time difference; it is surprisingly easy to wake at daybreak.
Early Morning May 9th ❤
I love the beach so the first thing I did was run out to the water.
On da beach May 9th ❤
Look it is a relative of my little buddies back home but this lil’ dude is a bit bigger than the Texas Ghost Crabs. No, I did not try to touch him.
Lil' Buddy May 9th ❤
I am sitting on a palm stump right in front of our room, ours is the third lanai back on the ground level.
You are here May 9th ❤
When I see this picture looking out over Lana’i, I can still feel the crispness of that morning’s breeze.
Lana'i May 9th ❤
As much as I didn’t want to tear myself away, there were errands to be run. While we were in a small business park, I noticed there was a board shaper in one of the bays, I stuck my head in explained I was from Texas and had only seen this done in videos. Sooo… Bob “Ole” Olson, showed us around and even showed off some of his most coveted pieces.
Bob "Ole" Olsen May 9th ❤
After that we were headed to Kehei, so as we drove along Honoapiilani Highway Molokini Crater was visible.
Molokini May 9th ❤
Whoa! Hey! I thought this was a dormant volcano… nah, it’s just the smoke from the burning of sugarcane fields.
Burning Cane May 9th ❤
Ok, so I really am bummed that this picture came out blurry but it was taken out of the window of a moving vehicle. Why, a mall sign you’re asking? In hispanic culture there is the “Cucuy”, a boogie man of sorts that children are teased about. For example, if you misbehave the Cucuy will get you. Kukui (a nut) and Cucuy are pronounced the same, so when we passed this I was amused to think the Cucuy has his own mall and theaters.
Cucuy May 9th ❤
You can barely see the wind turbines on the ridge as we head back to West Maui.
Wind Turbines May 9th ❤
The bird on the right was dreadfully ashamed of the raucous behavior of its mate on the left.
Let meh in May 9th ❤Bird May 9th ❤
So did I mention our resort had birds?
Surf's Up May 9th ❤
He’s looking at you thinking, “Yes, we are birds!”
Penguins May 9th ❤
As I admired the setting sun, I found myself enchanted by the constant sound of the wind in the palms.
Sunset May 9th ❤