Hawaii – An Energizing Holiday

Hawaiian Way Inaugural Tour 2012

Hawaiian Way Inaugural Tour 2012

An Energizing and Relaxing Holiday – Hawaii and Back

I cannot believe we are now into May and I haven’t written a post since I took off for Hawaii in March. It is almost as if I got into holiday mode and couldn’t get out of it. Do you know the feeling?

Not to say that I have done nothing since I came back – I just haven’t been back in contact with you, my online friends. I am so sorry. Easy to get out of the routine of blogging every day.

Hawaii was Energizing in every way.

Receiving a welcoming Lei

Receiving a welcoming Lei

We did so much – exploring the Big Island from Kona and getting to know Aunty Josephine and her wonderful family.

I will upload some videos soon so you can see the personal hula demonstration we had from Aunty’s grand-daughter, the beautiful Summer, and Kumu Wayne. ‘Kumu’ means teacher or leader in Hawaiian, and our regular Kumu was Dean, who arranged everything.

We drank Pina Coladas by the pool at the luxurious King Kamehemehe Hotel, snorkelled with fish and turtles, visited the refuge and the original palace of King Kamehemehe I, and subsequent kings and queens, flew over the still active volcano and viewed the contrasting scenery of the Hilo side where rainfall is 140 inches a year (compared with only 7 inches on the other side).

We dined at a variety of restaurants, and one night sat on the Lanai (verandah) overlooking the bay.The night at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp restaurant themed for the Forest Gump movie, was special as it was Coral’s birthday and she was serenaded by the wait staff. Our last night on the big island was a sunset meal overlooking the bay at the Canoe Club.

With Coral, Pina Coladas by the pool

With Coral, Pina Coladas by the pool

Shopping in Honolulu

We shopped till we dropped at the markets, Walmart, Hilo Hattie’s and the specialty shops along the boardwalk, and when we flew to Honolulu the shopping continued at the magnificent Ala Moana shopping centre, while staying for two nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel – the famous one with the Rainbow.

On our second day we took a bus tour around the island of Oahu, where we saw Barack Obama’s former home, the beach where Elvis starred in the movie ‘Blue Hawaii’ plus magnificent scenery, a ranch, the Dole Plantation and more. So much to see and do.

What can I say – it was a wonderful experience and I am still enjoying it as I review the photos and recapture the spirit of the island.

At the Refuge

At the Refuge

Dean is conducting another tour in July.

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Live with Energy

Joan

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