well we are back in mainland america, but frankly i miss the tropics! what a spectacular visit, trip, time away. it was all of these wrapped snugly into one.

i bathed in the ocean and the sun. i exercised my wakeboarding and kayaking muscles. i hiked through sand and lava rock. i saw seals lazing next to the sea, and fish floating through coral. i witnessed homeless people living in tents next to the beach, and the sun lighting the sky on fire as it dipped below the earth.

i drank mai tais and corona. i ate crab, shrimp, and scallops, shave ice at matsumoto's, and chocolate haipua pie at ted's bakery. i saw history through the eyes of pearl harbor. i inhaled intoxicating sea air.

i lived in the moment. and each moment was spectacular.

here are a few.

hiking diamond head crater

view from the top

peter and chris at the top

candid at the club on wakeboarding day

on the water

peter showing off

fiery sunset

start of our hike to the point

the road/path/trail

view on the way

view at the point

monk seals (there ARE actually 2 here)

"we're going back to the start" -
the start of the real trail

good day for the surfers
saw some 10-15 footers

waimea bay on the north shore

uss bowfin at pearl harbor

uss arizona memorial

in memory and honor of those who died

the flag on the memorial

swap meet/flea market at aloha stadium
this pic was for the boy scouts i have in youth group

homeless tents outside of waikiki

driving around honolulu

they had the greatest trees

view from chris' apartment

kayaking at kailua bay - you can barely see our
kayaks pulled up on the beach of this island

leaning trees at a beach park
on the windward side

great climbing trees


driftwood at a different beach park

chocolate haipua pie at ted's bakery

hanauma bay where we snorkeled.
the coral goes almost the whole way
to the beach...

the blowhole rock on the way to lanakai

i had my eyes opened in many different ways on this trip, through many different means, and people. i am incredibly thankful for it.

i didn't want it to end


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