Aloha Hawaii

img_7067Today, I am taking most of the family on our first family vacations in years.  We are going to Hawaii and will spend time on Oahu and Kauai islands.  I will be posting our usual travel blog on the trip with discussion of sights, restaurants, and adventures for any readers who might benefit from the experience and photos.  As always, I may be a tad delayed in posting depending on wifi and conditions. I will be posting the travel blog at the end of each day.  However, we take off this afternoon and will arrive in Honolulu around 9 pm local time.  Unfortunately, my son is doing pre-med studies and staying behind, though he and my brother-in-law are cheap house and dog sitters at the homestead!

I will return to a couple of the places visited in Hawaii recently but the trip is designed to go to new locations, including the North of Oahu rather than Waikiki.

We are all excited about the trip, though there is some expected rain.  We are hoping to do a mix of hiking, snorkling, and just doing nothing much at all.

Next stop Oahu.


23 thoughts on “Aloha Hawaii”

  1. Prof Turley

    On Kauai see if you can catch a slack key guitar concert by Doug and Sandy McMaster. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Professor…..Have a well-deserved special vacation with your family!
    For your enjoyment, here’s a toe-tapper we sang in college glee club in the ’60’s:

  3. Have a great time!

    Do a sunrise hike to the top of Diamond Head in Honolulu. And the Lanikai Pillbox hike for sure.

    Stop by Ted’s Bakery near Sunset Beach on the North Shore for lunch (they peel their garlic shrimp, so you don’t have to, unlike the shrimp trucks). Try one of their famous pies, so good.

    Skip the lines for any famous touristy ‘shave ice’ shops and go to the one with the shortest line, or no line — it’s all the same!

  4. A great many Japanese restaurants in Honolulu. You might try sampling those. I’ve heard stories of pig roasts. You might locate some place to get whatever stylized version of the native cuisine you can find. Watch out for the Man o’ War. Honolulu’s pretty ticky tacky. I think there’s some agreeable scenery on Maui.

  5. Aloha, Professor:

    I wish you, your family and all whom you love joy, good health and long life … especially on your family holiday (vacation).

    May I suggest, suggest strongly, the following:

    1 When hiking take a guide. Why? You have demonstrated you are dilettante and poseur. Besides being safe, you will learn a great regarding the flora and fauna.
    2 Please restrict your holiday to the South Shore. May I suggest for hikes: Waiamea Canyon and Kuilau Ridge Trail; my sense for your best hiking experience maybe The Sleeping Giant Trail, which is on the East Shore.
    3 When snorkeling take a tour.
    4 Please do Not come to the North Shore. ( Yes!, I live on the North Shore and have had a home here for many years. )
    5 Professor, it does not rain in Hawaii, certainly NOT on the North Shore. The water that falls from the sky is an Hawaiian Blessing!
    Enjoy Poipu (no North Shore!) and be safe!
    Aloha Nui Loa

    dennis hanna

    1. May I suggest locating Dennis Hanna’s house on the North Shore and leaving a burning bag of slaughtered-kuhlua-pig feces on the stoop?

  6. (music)
    Birmingham. Birm ing Ham!
    Greatest city in Ala Bam!
    Clear across this great big land…
    There ain’t no place like Birmingham!

    However, Hawaii is not across this great big land. It is off in some ocean. It should not be a state.

    1. What Paul Manafort will avoid if he is convicted and then pardoned by Trump.

  7. Have a wonderful time. Can’t wait to see the travel blog. We went to Mauri & Kuai on our 25th wedding anniversary and loved it.

  8. When you go to Kauai, be sure to visit the Princeville Hotel late in the day as the sun is going down. You will see the scene from “South Pacific,” and one of the more beautiful scenes in the world.

  9. I will look forward to reading your vacation posts, as I am considering the same itinerary ( difficult to choose between Maui and Kauai, but Kauai wins in my book) .
    If you haven’t already visited in prior visits, you may want to check out Doris Dukes estate and Museum on Oahu, although I believe there is construction going on now ( and the museum will be closed in late September – late November this year). Get your tickets ahead of time if you decide to go.

    1. IIRC, there’s a museum there, or a visitor center. You can see some rusty remnants of the Arizona protruding from the water. Of course, it’s been 40 years, so they may have made some curatorial amendments.

  10. I used to live there. Hope you can go to Koli Koli pass and Wheeler AFB for their historical significance.

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