|DH and I at Luau (night pics)|
In between we had a fabulous time visiting all the lava beaches and little coves around the east coast where they live.
We also visited the north shore, Pearl Harbor, and saw where Jurassic Park, Gilligan's Island, and Lost were filmed. Visited a macadamia farm...
|at Macadamia Nut Farm|
and a Chocolate Factory. Did you know that Hawaii is the only place in the US that can grow cocao beans? They only grow within 10-20 degrees from the equator - so it's South America, Africa, and Hawaii. Isn't that interesting? They explained everything on the tour from the growing of the trees, harvesting and roasting the beans, to making the chocolate. And they had a tasting bar!!
|daughter-in-law and I|
|son and I|
Especially loved having coffee on the beach in the morning...
DH of course loved visiting Pearl Harbor and seeing the battleships and submarines... He was fascinated with the ship itself and the history - while I was most moved at the pictures on the wall of all those young men who died. They were so young.
This is me thinking about using the scooter to explore the island... of course I didn't do it. Didn't need to... my son and his wife took us everywhere. We could have stayed longer and spread it out, but to be honest, I don't think we missed anything. We weren't interested in seeing Waikiki - too crowded. Enjoyed Kailua where they live. It's separated from Honolulu by the Koolau mountain range.
If you know Oahu, Hawaii... you may recognize some of these places. We visited:
Macadamia Nut Farm
The Ranch (Jurassic Park)
Turtle Bay Resort
Polynesian cultural center
Ka Moana Luau
... all in one week (minus 2 days of flying)! I had my daughter-in-law write them down for me as I would never remember or know how to pronounce them.
It was the trip of a lifetime for us... and what happened at the Luau is a whole nother' story (which I may tell at another time).
(I hope the pictures are not too large - but the scenery is just too gorgeous to see small and didn't know if everyone could enlarge them.)
Have a great weekend... and as always thanks for reading. If I could, I would share some of these wonderful macadamia nut products we brought home with us. And I learned that although I don't care for canned pineapple - I loved the fresh Hawaiian pineapple served everywhere!
Now I have to spend the weekend catching up on all the blog reading I missed...