Sunday, March 15, 2009

Aloha!

Wow, I don't even know where to begin with this post! First, this is for all you Olsons out there: "Aloha oink!" (There was a family in their ward years ago who stood in sacrament meeting wearing pig noses, playing eukelalies, singing "Aloha oink!" Do people seriously do that!?)

Adelle and I spent nine days on the north shore of Oahu with my parents and Suzanne and had such a wonderful time. The sun came out for about a day and a half during our entire stay so I didn't come home with much of a tan, but had a great time regardless. Our condo was just down the road from Turtle Bay so Suzie and I would often walk there while Adelle was napping (thanks, Dad and Mom for helping me with her!) This is a picture of the sand through the crystal-clear water:
Our favorite place to eat was the Hukilau Cafe and it looks like something right out of the movie "50 First Dates". The tables look like little old kitchen tables and has such a relaxed, laid-back feel. My dad has a little crush on one of the waitresses there and blushes everytime we go in. (Shhh, don't tell him I wrote that!)
One of the highlights of the trip for me was going to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We started our afternoon there by watching a boat parade with each of the islands being represented. This is the Samoan float and video of the Tahitian float:
Here are some random pictures of our day there:We were able to visit the Samoan Village and see a man climb a palm tree, eat at the Luau (yum!), and watch a really great fire show put on by each of the islands. I loved it so much there and left wishing I had beautiful brown skin and long black hair!

Another highlight of the trip for me was visiting Pearl Harbor. It is impossible to describe the feeling of reverence there. When you get to the park you watch a movie with real footage of Pearl Harbor and of the attack, then you take a boat ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial. It is amazing to see the oil still seeping up from the boat. The weather that day was grey and rainy and I felt like the weather suited the atmosphere at the memorial.
There is an amazing, let me repeat, amazing swap meet held just outside Aloha stadium where I spent way too much money. One of the days we spent there it rained and rained and Suz and I were running from tent to tent trying to find shelter from the rain. This is what a rainstorm did to my beautiful, soft, hair that was previously full of body. (let me just say, I LOVE what the Hawaiian humidity does to my hair!) Do we have the Farrah Fawcett hair-do going on or what!
I am probably going to embarass myself by saying this, but I never knew that pineapples grew in the ground. (Um, blonde!) I loved seeing the acres and acres of pineapple crops and loved even more, eating some!
Here are a few more random pictures which require no explanation:
Adelle hated the ocean and the sand. I think it was because it was loud and windy and she's a little princess and hates to be dirty.

My dad, Suzie, and I went snorkelling several mornings in Shark's Cove and saw a lot of really pretty fish. I love snorkelling so much and can't wait to take Phillip there to go snorkelling sometime. It was so fun being out in the water and spending a little daddy-daughter time with my sister and dad.

I missed Phillip and my girls SO much and hated being away from them for so long, but had such a wonderful time in paradise!

8 comments:

wjlarsens2 said...

love your post! that cafe was about 10 feet from where steve's parents lived while they were on their mission. we totally ate there and spent all of our time at the houkilau beach too!!! i am so glad you had fun and for phillips sake, so glad you're finally home!!!

wjmom said...

We're glad you're home, but what a fun, dream trip! Thanks for sharing.

Britney said...

What an amazing trip...you LUCKY girl! :)

Erin said...

Wow - I am sooo jealous. I want to go to Hawaii sometime! It looks like you had a great time.

Suzie said...

Oh Mar, That was SO much fun like we say we literally dream about it now :) I'm so glad we were able to spend time with just us... never happens anymore so it was great!

Dan and Melissa said...

How fun!!! Looks like you had an incredible time (you so deserve it). Aloha Oink (that's so funny)

The McMullin Family said...

that place is so beautiful. I've only seen pictures of Hawaii so far, but I do love the polenesian culture. You look great and so does your mom. Tell her hello from me! I still miss you both.

camiandsteve said...

so I never knew pineapples grew in the ground! I swear they grow on trees!