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North America » United States » Hawaii June 23rd 2021

Last full day on the island in this beautiful house. I am already getting sad. It has been such a great trip and I have loved watching my daughters and granddaughter bonding. Amazing how much Becky and her aunt have in common and how easily all of us got along and enjoyed the same things. No sniping, anger or even hurt feelings. Anyway back to our last big adventure together. Yesterday was the first and only time we had to wear other than casual or dress casual cool clothes. We had to wear long jeans and carry sweatshirts for our trip to Mauna Kea to see the sunset and do stargazing. Little facts about Mauna Kea. It is a dormant volcano and is the highest mountain in the world. Whoa! Wait a minute, you say. We ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii June 22nd 2021

Our “sugar tour” yesterday did not go as expected though we had a great day. Did not get on the road until 8:30, first stop the Pink Mocha Cafe for fancy coffees and teas to go. We were supposed to go this amazing bakery on the south coast for fresh malasadas and breads, but about 2/3 of the way there we stopped dead. After about 30 min and some gossip from hikers, we decided to turn around and go the northern route. Lucky we did, news this morning reported a downed power pole. Jeanne says because of the weather down south, poles tend to rot. It fell but not like we would think, The picture in the news has it snapped off about halfway up and standing upright in the street, held that way by the ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Waikoloa June 21st 2021

Another gorgeous morning on the Big Island. It is only six o’clock but the sun is shining, the breeze is amazing and I am lounging in a chair on my own lanai writing this. Skipped a few days because we have been busy. Saturday we went to Waimea, about a third of the way across the northern part of island to hit local farmer’s markets. The fresh fruits and vegetables were amazing. All these wonderful pastries, fresh crepes that started out the size of a meat platter and then were folded with meats and veggies or into super sized desserts, fantastic wooden and pottery crafts, and even one shop that specialized in baked potatoes cooked on a rotisserie. Then we crossed over to the northern east side and drove down to checkout the view at Waipio ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Waikoloa June 21st 2021

When Jeanne got back, we were all treated to manicures by my granddaughter. She had just purchased four bottles of nail polish and wanted to experiment. I have not had my nails done in years, they are just so weak. Anyway we sat around and reminisced while she did her thing. We tried to grill out with a Big Green Egg, but did not work well, so Gerri cooked steak, chicken and baked potatoes in the house. We had been working on the puzzle in and off all day, so after dinner we hunkered down to finish it. Even started number three, a tropical fish puzzle. This morning we head out on our version of a “sugar overload tour”. We are heading down the west coast of the island. Our first stop will be at a ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Waikoloa June 18th 2021

So much has happened since I last wrote. Tuesday night Jeanne took us to the Hilton Hotel Resort in Waikoloa for a sunset dinner on the patio overlooking the Pacific. Felt like we walked a mile through winding corridors and past a swimming area that reminded me of a lazy river surrounding four or five pools with water slides and waterfalls cascading over lava rocks. No crappy look alike cement here, real lava rocks. Yesterday I took Gerri and Becky to my favorite beach, Hapuna State Park. The water is so crystal clear and pretty warm. Lots of people but everyone pretty much social distancing, so it was wonderful. Gerri asked me if the sea turtles every got close to the shore, I pointed and said “like that one?” And she shrieked and hid behind me. ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Waikoloa June 18th 2021

Part two - Behind Gerri’s bedroom is a full bathroom set up for entering the house after swimming without traipsing water across the great room. The hallway actually winds. Next comes an office, then another sitting room, a laundry room and the fourth bedroom and finally a three car garage. Back to the center of the house with its ten person dining table, a full living room, and a kitchen a chef would love. Two dishwashers, a double refrigerator, a 6x6 island, a wine refrigerator, three different types of coffee makers and so many pull out drawers I would never be able to fill them. And peaceful, oh so peaceful. I fell asleep to the sound of ocean waves and rustling palm tree fronds. This place is heavenly, literally. I am so grateful to Jeanne and ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaanapali June 18th 2021

It was a late morning after coming back late from Kihei and we had nothing really planned for the day. We hung out in the room as the kids played and began the day long task of getting our things together and suitcases packed. Nancy and Nathan went down to the pool with the big green slide to try to reserve us a spot and then Steve, Tory, and the kids went to that pool to play. This time the water slide attendant did not let Vivian go down the slide, she told Steve she had to go by herself and with no floaty so that was not going to work. Vivian was still very happy playing in the pool and eventually Grandpa Jerry came down and played some with some rings and ball we had. ... read more
Last Sunset
Pirate slide
Koi Pond

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kihei June 17th 2021

The morning started nice as Tory made eggs and toast for everyone and we relaxed in the room for the first morning without having to run out somewhere. We had made friends with a couple from Chicago and their kids and they saved us a chair at the Nanea pool so we headed over there to play. The kids brought our inner tubes and used them to fly down the mini-slide as Steve pushed them faster, spun them around, and sent them down backward. Vivian did not like being pushed on her little purple tube because it went too fast but she had plenty of fun pushing daddy down the slide backward and then sliding after him so he could catch her at the bottom. The kids we were meeting with were more interested in playing ... read more
Old neighbors
Hula girl
Hula girls

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kilauea June 16th 2021

Yesterday was our first full day in HI. Jeanne had to work so we headed to the Pink Mocha Cafe for frou-frou drinks and snacks. Starting at 10:30 the three mainlanders had hour and a half massages, compliments of Jeanne. Mother’s Day present for Gerri and me, graduation for Becky. Then we hit Costco, Target, and Safeway to load up on food for the beachside house we head to tomorrow. Made shrimp scampi and garlic bread and we ate on the lanai as the sun set. Today started out with an early morning walk on the lava and sand beach. From there we took a tour of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory and got to learn about how to make chocolate from pod to end product. This farm has 1600 cacao trees on one acre of ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina June 16th 2021

We decided to go back to Slappy Cakes again for the kids to make pancakes because they love doing it so much, this time with Jerry and Nancy. Then we made a quick drive up to Kapalua to see the golf course before heading back to the room and getting ready for a fun day at the resort. We all went out to the beach to play in the sand and ocean with whatever the kids came up with. Nathan wanted to build a volcano of sand with Steve and Vivian that would erupt, while Rosie swam as much as possible in the ocean with Nancy and Tory. The girls came up with a fun idea to lay on their bellies pretending to be mermaids as the waves came and crashed on them, then Nathan joined ... read more
3 buds in the tub
Slappy cakes part 2
Nancy reading to the girls




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