Picture Gallery 79

Hawaii, December 2012 January 2013

Relaxing at our beach rental on Oahu

Max, Marlin and Eileen enjoying the back yard of our Oahu rental house.

Max reading in the back yard.

We played Battleship out there, too.

Eileen in the back yard again (or still).

We saw many rainbows, especially on Oahu. We learned that pointing at them would immediately reveal us as tourists.

A wave hits the seawall in the back yard. The thundering waves were heard (and felt the ground shook!) night and day.

North shore, Oahu (a couple of miles down the road from our rental house.)

Marlin, Jackie, Bengt and Max at the three-bedroom beach house on Oahu.

Food and drink

We took a four-hour food tour in Honolulu.
Here Mike, one of our food tour guides, introduces the spam musubi we're about to try.
(Many Hawaiians like it, but we didn't.)

Pork and rice noodles (food tour).

We saw how those noodles are made.

Our other food tour guide, Sahara, introducing the Kekaulike Cocktail
(lychee-vodka-pineapple smoothie). Okole Maluna! (Bottoms up!)

Sahara in a very crowded and colorful Chinatown shop that sells exotic
preserved fruits, nuts, seeds, crackers, fish, candies, etc.

Max's new favorite fruit, rambutan.

Max tries lime shave ice.

Nancy looking forward to trying guava juice and tamarind soda.

Bengt approves of his Puka dog (similar to a hot dog).

Spam is very popular, and soy sauce is purchased in gallon-sized jugs!

Nancy looks forward to digging into her banana and macadamia nut pancakes.

Inter-island cruise aboard NCL's Pride of America

Pride of America, a 15-deck ship with a crew of 946 serving max. 2146 passengers.

Bengt and Jackie, minutes after boarding Pride of America.
We enjoyed beer from Kona Brewery and Kauai Island Brewery.

We'd been on board about one hour when Max won not one but two glitzy watches in one of those claw machines at the arcade.

Pride of America docked in Kahului (Maui).

Departing Oahu view from the ship.

One of the tender boats at Kona (Big Island).

Our stateroom on board NCL's Pride of America.

The port of Nawiliwili (Kauai). Max took this from the helicopter. You can see our ship in the middle, towards the right.

Another view of our ship from the helicopter.

The ship's pool area.

A view from our stateroom balcony.

Lines to tender back to the ship in Kona (the Big Island).

Ocean creatures

Max after one of his dives. He saw a stingray!

It's true no one looks good in snorkel gear.

A ringtail surgeonfish.

A slate pencil urchin.

Max on the move.

A green sea turtle.

This is Hawaii's state fish, the reef triggerfish. (In Hawaiian, that's humuhumu-nukunuku-apuaa.)

A trumpetfish. Cool!

Beautiful yellow tang fish.

Max still on the move.

A bullethead parrotfish.

A bluelined surgeonfish.

A rockmover wrasse. (Thanks, Judy!) I saw this fish moving rocks and pieces of coral to feed.

Close encounter with a green sea turtle while snorkeling right by our Kauai condo.

I love these guys!

A male surge wrasse.

An orangebar surgeonfish.

One of the many varieties of cornetfish.

Another male surge wrasse.

A male saddle wrasse (above) and a threadfin butterflyfish.

A bluespine unicornfish.

A bluespine unicornfish. I think they look so weird!

Unidentified fish. (Some sort of pufferfish? Stocky hawkfish? Marbled hawkfish?)

Sea cucumber.

A school of flagtails.

Other creatures

A cute gecko on our garbage bin.

There were chickens everywhere. Including inside the airport. Especially on Kauai.

At Honolulu International Airport, they have these spikes on top of the displays so birds don't roost there and poop all over them!

Everything grows to amazing proportions in Hawaii, including the spiders!

How many bullfrogs can you count?

Plants and flowers

Palm trees on Maui.

Christmas ornaments hanging from trees at Allerton Gardens.

In Hawaii, orchids grow on trees at least at Allerton Gardens.

At Allerton Gardens we saw plants that I'd never seen before in my life
as well as what we consider common houseplants growing GIANT outdoors!

Just look at the size of these leaves!

Here is where they filmed the Jurassic Park scene in which dinosaur eggs were found.

A fascinating bamboo "forest".

More crazy flora.

Leis for sale in Chinatown, Honolulu.

An unusual plant that had tiny birds and gigantic bees swarming around it.

Did you know this is how pineapple grows? I didn't.

Did you know poinsettias could grow this big? I didn't.

Colorful miniature cacti for sale.

Yep, it's windy on the south shore of Kauai! (Check out how this tree grew.)

Polihale State Park is a remote wild beach on the western side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The park is miles away from the town of Kekaha, and it can only be reached via a poorly marked, dirt sugarcane road.

Polihale beach on a busy Sunday.

"That's quite a setup you've got there", passing beachcombers commented to Nancy and Eileen.

Our setup from behind. What a view! We spent two full days sitting here.

Eileen wading at Polihale Beach.

Our condo at Kuhio Shores on Kauai

A view of our Kauai condo from the water.

Our patio at Kuhio Shores #110.

One last surfer in the evening light. (Taken from the patio of the condo.)

New Year's Eve on Kauai.

More scenery

The Iao Needle Valley parking lot.

Eileen and Max about to enter the Thurston lava tube.

We got up at 3 a.m. to take a tour to Haleakala National Park. We were to do some stargazing and then experience the fantastic sunrise.
Unfortunately it was freezing cold (literally) and rainy. We saw a few nice colors in the sky at sunrise....

... and the crater was eerily moon-like in the morning mist before it resumed raining.

Another of many beautiful sunsets.

Kauai's north shore.

A lighthouse on Kauai's north shore.

A view of Waimea Canyon, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific".
I have lots of photos, but none of them even begin to do it justice.

For heaven's sake, Max, be careful!

It was fascinating and beautiful how the elements had worn down the harsh, craggy volcanoes of Kauai over five million years.

You can see why Kauai is called The Garden Isle.

Our chopper. What a great way to see Kauai!

We wore black to prevent reflections in the pictures.

All six passengers had a great view, but Max's was the best.

Kauai's Na Pali coastline from inland.

Kauai's Na Pali coast as viewed from the cruise ship. (Too bad it was so misty that day.)

"Kaua'i is not America, and it never will be!"

What a beautiful place for a walk or run, despite the clouds!

Bye-bye, Honolulu! (This time we flew out.)