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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui May 10th 2019

My husband and I haven’t taken a long vacation by ourselves since the kids were born. Yet, when we were planning to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, we knew we needed to book a solo trip, stat! My sister and her husband honeymooned in Maui about five years ago and they haven’t stopped raving about it since! We decided to follow in their footsteps and book a week’s stay in the lush tropical paradise! I’ll break the trip recap into a few different sections later, but I wanted to share some of the highlights of our time together! We arrived very early on Friday morning, around 2 a.m. local time! One of the best decisions we made while planning this trip was to book mostly vacation rental homes. The first one on the schedule was ... read more
Off-Roading on the Back Side of the Island
Hiking to a Hidden Waterfall
Mama's Fish House for Dinner

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui May 7th 2019

The plane descended into the sprawling urban light show that was Los Angeles. After a smooth landing we disembarked and wandered the vast LAX airport looking for something to eat. Stupidly, none of us had brought any provisions to tide us over on the previous flight and we were famished. We needed food and now. My brother Shawn, who was a flight attendant and had been to LA several times, stated that there were some fast food joints in the environs. Carrying only our light backpacks, we casually began our search for sustenance. The air was warm and humid, a drastic change from the eclectic weather that we had become accustomed to back home. The winter had been harsh and even now at the beginning of May, the days were cold and wet. The season just ... read more
Inside of the Haleakala Crater

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina April 8th 2019

Today we woke up in Maui. Well, actually we are anchored off the coast and had to use the ship’s tenders (lifeboats) to ferry our way across to the island. They simply do not have a pier large enough to accommodate our ship. We had an early excursion so we started with a 6:15 wake-up call. David went to the Horizon Court to get some drinks and then to the International Café for Breakfast Sandwiches (very similar to Egg McMuffins) and pastries. All this was because we had to be in the Crown Grill by 7:30 – which we were. Most of the people were sent down all the steps in the Princess Theater, but because we had a walking stick we stayed in the restaurant and were given advanced notice when it was time to ... read more
Very Colorful Fish
Small Octopus

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Nawiliwili April 7th 2019

Hello from the beautiful island of Kauai. This is our 3rdstop in the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai is referred to as the Garden Island. We are docked on the east side of the island and everything is green and lush around the ship. However we did not notice it right away because we slept in until 8:00 and even then we didn’t get going very energetically at first. Last night was a lot of fun but it made for a couple of tired tourists. David brought some tea and juice back to the cabin from the Horizon Court and worked on yesterday’s blog for a while. Then we went up to the Horizon Court about 9:30 and had breakfast. A lot of people had morning excursions but we had wisely not challenged ourselves to head out very ... read more
Semi-tame pigs coming to be fed from train
Janet on the Train
Pigs washing up after their meal

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 6th 2019

Aloha from Oahu Hawaii. Our ship arrived in Honolulu about 7:00 this morning. David was up earlier than that to prepare for his excursion this morning. So he was dressed and fed by the time we arrived in port. Unfortunately it still was not light enough to get a good view of Waikiki or Diamondhead while we were sailing into port. But David was down in the Atrium when they approved everyone to depart the ship. His excursion was supposed to meet at 7:20 inside the cruise terminal and he got on the first bus to leave. Today’s excursion was to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The most well know item is the Arizona Memorial, but it includes a lot more. We only went to two places but spend half a ... read more
Arizona Memorial
USS Bowfin
Entryway to the Missouri

North America » United States » Hawaii April 5th 2019

Land-Ho! After sailing for more than 4 days on a general heading of West-Southwest, and traveling more than 2000 miles, we arrived in Hilo Hawaii today. And the Captain announced that he only had to stop once to ask a fisherman for directions. We are finally on Hawaiian Time, so it is 5 hour different from St Louis. And with all those extra hours of sleep, somehow we were still kind of tired today. Fortunately we had previously decided to cancel today’s excursion in Hilo, so we basically stayed on the ship and enjoyed the warm sunny weather, and just did restful things – with one exception. We slept until after they had cleared passengers to go ashore, and then we got up and had a small breakfast from the buffet. Some of Janet’s knitting friends ... read more
coast outside of breakwater

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e February 26th 2019

It really does cost more to live in the land of beaches and sunshine. "Households in Honolulu spent $66,100 for housing in 2016-2017, about 11% more than our national average. Food was the next highest expenditure, with 15.4% of household budgets, compared to 12.7% nationally." Yet, when we visit, we find hotel rooms for about the same cost as any large city in the U.S. And we spend far less on food, since we tend to "eat local" most of the time. We also do a barbecue or two while here. I notice car rentals have increased the most, followed by gasoline, and entrance to parks and entertainment. After many visits, I do not see visiting Hawaii as any more expensive than other large American cities. Again, getting from island to island is expensive, as are ... read more
Called slippahs in Hawaii
Soon to land in Kauai
Our fmaily dinner and BBQ

North America » United States » Hawaii » Lanai February 25th 2019

From CBS, and other news media outlets: Hawaii is ending the sale of sunscreen containing two chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed legislation which makes Hawaii the first U.S. state to enact a ban on oxybenzone and octinoxate. "This is just one small step toward protecting and restoring the resiliency of Hawaii's reefs," Ige said at a signing ceremony for url= bill, which takes effect in 2021. He said the state would need to continue other efforts to protect coral, including fighting invasive species, pollution from land runoff and climate change. Sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate will only be available to those with a prescription from a physician. Others will ha... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e February 25th 2019

We made it home earlier this morning, 3am to be exact!!! First thing, after some Peet's Coffee, was a trip to Elaine's Pet Resort to pick up Lexi. And what a greeting we received!!! She jumped all over the place, taking at least 5 minutes to settle down enough for her collar, halter, and leash. I am not sure who was happiest to see one another. Elaine's dressed her up for Valentine's Day. I am not sure how they got the tutu and beads on her. That is a difficult task! Almost two weeks away from her is too much. We are glad to be back home with her. And glad to be home. Visiting three islands of Hawaii is both fun, and tiring. But not complaining, as we got to see many dear friends, some ... read more
Lexi V day 2019
uniqlo celebrates multi ethnic Hawaii

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