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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina January 30th 2020

What else can go wrong? I accidenally published this blog entry withut the photo captions. Sigh. The rest of the tet is the same. The saga continues… I was in considerable pain from the left hip down to my ankle. Barb and Dianne drove me to the ER at Maui Memorial Hospital where I got to hurry up and wait for someone to talk to. The triage nurse was hilarious. After asking all the important questions he turned with a serious look on his face and asked if I had considered that it might just be "old man's disease". I'm pretty sure he knew his audience and wouldn't have said that to just anyone. They did x-ray my hip area and assured me that wasn’t a problem (I was concerned after my fall a few years ... read more
A view from the resort
Relaxing
Banana plant

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina January 24th 2020

We were very happy that our trip hadn't been delayed any longer as on our first morning in Maui the resort put on a breakfast out on the main patio. Lots of fruit, cornbread, muffins, cinnamon buns and great fun. The resort manager is a native Hawaiian and he gave a great talk on reverence for the sea and some of the local customs. He also gave a great presentation on how to process a coconut into coconut milk. He also demonstrated how to turn the husks into rope by holding one end in his toes and braiding the strands. Fascinating. Because they go to Maui regularly, Barb and Bob have developed a series of regular walks. This made it very easy to see the sights of Napili. It's a beautiful area north of the resort ... read more
Maria Lanakila Church
Banyan Tree
Typical scene

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina January 15th 2020

Well, we are actually back in Canada after two weeks on Maui. Where was the blog you say? In the excitement described herein, I managed to lose my computer charge cord and my iPad Mini isn't up to the job of blogging. So back to the beginning... In 1994, Dianne and I went to Hawaii. We had such a great time that we said we should come back "next year". Well, next year finally arrived, albeit 26 years later. Friends go to Maui every year in the January time frame so we decided to bite the bullet and join them for a couple of weeks. The weather in the south coast area of B.C. has been a bit weird this year. Snow and strong winds have played havoc with ferry and air travel. Because we had ... read more
Victoria airport
Day one in Victoria
More of the same on Day Two

North America » United States » Hawaii » Volcano October 5th 2019

Days 25-28 Waikiki shores Tuesday was a long day at the beach. Nice swim and snorkel and throwing the gridiron ball with Josh, Tom and Ben. We all copped a bit of sun, so the afternoon was a little slow indoors l, while Kym had a pedicure. In the evening we had chines take away in the condo with another great view of the sunset. Wednesday we hired a car and went for a drive around the island. Susie drove brilliantly and ben’s navigation was accurate (and informative). We had a nice walk along sunset beach and then a great swim at the famous Waimea bay where the waves were powerful but fun to contend with. Every so often we hit the sand fairly hard. Ben josh Tim and Zoe swam with a turtle just beyond ... read more
Waikiki sunset
Last holiday snap
Hula girl

North America » United States » Hawaii October 1st 2019

DAY 24 - Waikiki Shore After three weeks of fairly steady travel and sightseeing it was great just to sit on the beach. First up there was the early morning dip in the 26 degree waters of Waikiki. We found a nice little spot where most of the the underwater rocks had been cleared. A small sample of US military might was on show not far away as five jet fighters took off an early morning patrol. Fast and furious! At about 11 we locked in our banana lounge and umbrella for a few hours on the beach proper with some snorkelling thrown in. Some nice long fish were feeding on the seabed and were fun to chase. The Vertigan Mitchell clan arrived early afternoon heralding another swim and throw of an American football. Beautiful large ... read more
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View for pre-dinner drinks

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e September 10th 2019

Today is the last full day of our nearly three month long expedition, and we plan to spend it doing as little as possible. However before we do as little as possible we decide to take a short drive to the Wailua Falls, which we could see out of the plane window yesterday. The falls are beautiful. They’re actually two distinct streams next to each other and we read that they’re more than 50 metres high. Apparently one of their greatest claims to fame is that they appeared, together with the Na Pali Cliffs, in the opening credits of the TV series “Fantasy Island”. This aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s and featured Ricardo Montalban as the owner of a very mysterious island where people came to have their fantasies played out. I wasn’t ... read more
Wailua Falls
A craftsman at work, Wailua Falls
Kauai Beach Resort

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast September 9th 2019

We spend the morning lazing by the pool. Issy asks me what the novel I’m reading is about, and I tell her that it’s a murder mystery. I’m not sure why she asked; she knows that’s all I ever read. She asks me why I don’t get bored with murder mysteries. I don’t know what’s to get bored with; they’re all different. It wouldn’t be very realistic if the same person got murdered every time, and if the killer was the same every time it wouldn’t be a mystery. Now that she’s asked about novels I take the opportunity to vent about the one I’ve just finished reading. It’s not that it wasn’t a good novel; that was the problem, I couldn’t put it down. It was part of a series about a Detective Chief Inspector ... read more
The Kauai Beach Resort
Our Cessna
North coast of Kauai

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast September 8th 2019

I’m struggling to come to terms with the tipping culture here in the States. Back home we might tip a waiter up to ten percent if the service was really exceptional, but it would be by no means expected, and other than that I can’t think of too many people that we’d ever tip. Before we’ve even finished the last mouthfuls of our meals here and in Canada, we’ve had either a credit card machine or a bill put in front of us, with a menu of tip percentages on it to chose from. These start at 18 percent and work their way up from there. I get the impression that we wouldn’t get out of a restaurant alive if we declined to add a tip, no matter how bad the service had been. Last night ... read more
Waimea Canyon
Scott at Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e September 7th 2019

Today we head to the quieter Hawaiian island of Kauai for a few days of relaxation before heading home. Our taxi to the airport is a stretch limousine. We’re told it’s the same price as a normal taxi and that we just got lucky. The other guests standing around the lobby look a bit disappointed as we get in; I think they were hoping for celebrities. We climb into our luxurious padded seats to be confronted by TVs, a fancy sound system, and champagne glasses hanging on the wall. We’d be partying if only someone hadn’t forgotten to stock the bar. I’m not normally a nervous flier, but as we make our way into the plane we hear a voice from the cockpit shouting “pull up, pull up”. Something’s not right here. I don’t know much ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki September 6th 2019

This morning we’ve booked a tour to Pearl Harbour. Issy’s still feeling a bit jetlagged, so Scott and I set off and leave her to rest up. The Pearl Harbour Visitors’ Centre includes a museum which gives extensive background to the events of 7 December 1941, a date which is clearly firmly imprinted in the American psyche. It seems scarcely credible in these days of satellites that a fleet of six massive Japanese aircraft carriers was able to make its way thousands of kilometres across the Pacific without anyone noticing. We’re told that around 40 percent of Hawaiian residents at the time were of Japanese ancestry, and the military was far more worried about sabotage than an air attack. In order to reduce the potential damage from sabotage, the US fighter planes were kept in rows ... read more
List of Victims, USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour
Scott and Issy, Waikiki Beach




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