Monday, November 16, 2015

Hawaiian National Cemetery - Punchbowl Crater

Detto and I took a tour of the Punchbowl Crater Cemetery. 

It was a very solemn place.

The guide told us about the men and women who died defending our nation that were buried here. 

War Correspondent Ernie Pyle..

The First Astronaut from Hawaii.

This is the view as you are leaving the cemetery.You can barely see the ocean in between the buildings. 

I never knew that Honolulu was such a major city! 

Can you see the mountains in the distance?

These trees with the HUGE seed pods captured my attention. After many failed attempts, I finally got a sort of clear picture of one. 

Such a pretty view. I wonder what it would look like at night with all of the lights on??
This is a very small island. I was amazed that we could see Diamond Head from so far away. 
No "Vog" today. 
We were told that Vog is what the locals call the fog/volcano smoke combo that limits visibility on the island! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

More Luau Pictures

I was amazed that Princess House arranged for authentic dancers to perform live for us! 

I was so neat to see them doing their traditional dances and hearing the men play and sing their songs. 

The men had different style dances than the women.

They were all very talented. 

The inside singers were really good too! They played their instruments really well and they all had great voices. 

It was fun watching the entertainment! 

They had this authentic cake.It was very different than our cakes. There was a lot of coconut in it. 


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hawaiian Luau

After a fun day in the sun we were ready for our Hawaiian Luau!! 

Detto was ready to surf!!

They had tons of local island foods like Fire Roasted Pig!

They had some authentic Hawaiian guys!! Detto is so cute! 
Lisa and I had to get our picture too!

There was music playing on a stage inside! I
t reminded me of Elvis's Blue Hawaii! 

I could not believe our view! 

The food was really interesting! 
It wasn't great, but it was probably because I'm not used to it.

We listened to the entertainment and watched the sunset! 

I could not believe that this was our view from the party! 

The authentic hula was really cool! 
I will post more pictures of the Hula dancers! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Here fishy, fishy, fishy ~ Hanauma Bay, HI

So many Sea Urchins and bright purple coral! 

The fish really were amazing swimming around the coral. 

This guy with is little snub nose was really cute!

More Coral!

These were so vibrant yellow. 
There were a bunch of these, they were just hard to photograph because they were so fast!

So cute!

This is hard to tell, but this guy was bright blue with a yellow tail.

In the upper right corner is actually a fish.It looked like a stick or piece of grass floating in the water until he started swimming. 
So cool!

This shows what kept happening as the tides changed. We would be swimming along and then the tide would drop and we would be skimming the coral. 
It was very stressful in some spots! 

The fish didn't seem to have any problems though.

The black fish is actually a spotted fish that looked like a blow fish. 

This fish looked like he had a parrots mouth.

Another attempt to get his picture. He was a little camera shy.

Not this guy. He wanted his glamour shots taken. So pretty.
This snorkeling trip was one of my favorite parts of our trip to Hawaii. 
I was amazed at all of the different fish that we saw. 
They were so beautiful and it was cool seeing them in their natural habitat. 
We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to have experienced this.