Thursday, August 23, 2007

Aloha!



We are back from our trip to Hawaii and we had a blast. We spent a week on Kauai and three days in Waikiki with Robert's family. His grandma has a timeshare on Kauai and invited us all to come with her this year. It was beautiful. The resort was right on the beach so anytime I wanted to could just go for a stroll along the beach. I really liked going out in the evening before the sunset and watch the surfers. One time we went out and watched the surfers we saw sea turtles catching the waves too. It was so Finding Nemo.

We did a lot of snorkeling which is something I had never done before this trip. The first time we went I had to sit down on the beach to get my fins on and then walk in backwards. I had a lot of sand in my swimsuit after that. I still get claustrophobic when I first get in the water because there is so much sand in the water near the beach. You can't see anything and your breathing is restricted and you don't really know where you are going. After a few minutes you get away from the beach, the water clears up, you get used to breathing through a stick and it is a lot of fun. My father-in-law got some fish food and it seemed like all the fish in our area were packed right around us.

We also did a lot of relaxing, which for me means reading by the pool. I started reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer a few months ago. The third book came out the week that we left, so I just had to finish it while we were in Hawaii. Now I can't wait for the fourth book. I also picked up For One More Day by Mitch Albom. It was a nice easy read about a man who gets to spend one last day with his deceased mother.

Waikiki was nuts! We went from small town relaxed Kauai to the heart of Waikiki, what a shock! Waikiki is packed full of tall hotels, tourists (a lot of whom were Asian), and just about every big expensive fashion store. It was nice for about an hour, then it was just nauseating. Luckily we spent a lot time around the rest of the island, visiting the Polynesian Culture Center, the Laie Temple, and the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.
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