The Great State Of Hawaii-Part 3

Happy Monday everyone! Wait! Is there such a thing?! Why do Mondays always seem to be a hard day? It’s so difficult to get back into the routine of school again, especially this close to the end. My preschoolers are definitely feeling it too! At least we can go outside and let them run off some energy. We have 3 weeks left and then we get a much needed break. Yay!!

Since I was thinking about vacation, I decided to show a few (!) more of my Hawaii pictures. I realized I hadn’t done any for awhile. I’m in the midst of some projects, but nothing is complete yet, so this will help fill the gap. Plus it’s nice to dream again!! Here is Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

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One of our free mornings, we decided to check out the aquarium. I decided I saw more of a variety of fish here than I did when we snorkeled, and this was much easier! I don’t remember all the names of the fish, but it’s so relaxing just to look at them and imagine the water and waves.

We probably all know these fish from Finding Nemo-Clown Fish! Did you know that Finding Dory is coming out next month? Can’t wait!

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This little blue guy looked so pretty in front of the coral.

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Yes, those are bright orange teeth on this fellow! I don’t think I would want to meet him underwater!

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A beautiful purple sea urchin.

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Jellyfish are just so cool to watch as they float in the water. Obviously, this is an Upside Down Jellyfish.

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I love starfish and use them all over my house to decorate. I loved how these were all in a row.

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More jellyfish!

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One more! Isn’t this amazing!?

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Well, hello grumpy!

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I love to watch the seahorses too. The way they use their tail to hang onto the plants is so cool!

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Love these guys!

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They are all so pretty!

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Well, I’m not so sure about these two!

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This guy just stayed in one spot, upright, in the water. He would spin in slow circles around and around.

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Naptime!

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After the aquarium we met up with Haley and a couple of her friends for lunch at the famous Duke’s restaurant. This was named for the Duke Kahanamoku, who is famous for making the sport of surfing so popular. We had some really good food and it was fun to meet up with the kids and find out about what they had been doing too.

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We even managed to get a family photo.

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Do you have any vacation plans for this summer? I would love to hear where you are going!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunshine and Blessings

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The Great State of Hawaii-Part One

Did everyone have a wonderful spring break, if you had one in your area? Mine was good, but I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. But I did have time to relax and spend time with my girls (see zoo post here).

I know a lot of folks went to the beach or somewhere else nice for vacation. We stayed home, but we did go to Hawaii last month! This was our first time going. A lot of people couldn’t believe we had never gone before since we live in Ca. But now we can say we have! I realized I hadn’t shared any pictures with you, so I thought this would be a good time. I will have to do several posts, since I took llloootttss of pictures! We stacked a lot of activities into 6 days! I thought I would just share pictures of the beach where we spent our time and some of the wonderful things we saw there.

I have had traveling to Hawaii on my ‘bucket list’ for a very long time. What finally prompted us to go was Haley. She is part of the theater group at her junior college. She found out in the fall that they would be traveling to a theater festival that takes place each year. This year would be Hawaii. How could I not go?! I told here there was no way she would get to go to Hawaii and I hadn’t gone yet! So as soon as we found out where the festival would be held, we made our reservations.We made them through Travelosity and it included our flight and hotel. Such an easy way to travel. We also purchased a GoOahu Card through SmartDestinations.com. Best purchase ever! They have this card for many different cities, so be sure to check it out if you are traveling. By the way, I am not affiliated with these agencies, I just thought they were really good deals.

Okay. So on to the pictures! This is the beach were we spent most of our time. It was across the street from our hotel. The little piece of water you see to the left if a man-made lagoon. It belonged to one of the hotels and was a great place for kids. Straight ahead is a cove, so the water was great to go swimming in.

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We had to get our feet in as soon as possible! Our beaches in Ca. are not this clear or warm.

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We could see Diamond Head from were the beach was. We did hike up this later in the week.

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Look who came for a visit! We were thrilled to see this turtle so close! He was enjoying riding the waves close to shore.

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Yes, even the dogs go surfing in Hawaii!

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The infamous Hawaii rainbow…

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And the beautiful sunsets. Breathtaking.

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Do you need to take a break? Go get something to drink or a snack? Or maybe make your own reservations? I will wait for you.

Okay, here is a few more pictures from around Waikiki. Tiki torches all around the city are lit each night.

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These lanterns looks so cool!

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Surfboards anyone! They actually have lockers for surfboards so you don’t have to carry them all over.

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We ate dinner from this taco truck one night. One of the best meals we had!!

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We ordered the garlic shrimp and the taco plate. Mmmm!

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A little bit of flora and fauna.

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The famous Hawaiian surfer, Duke Kahanamoku.

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I hope you enjoyed this little bit of Oahu. Watch for Part 2 in the next weeks!

Sunshine and Blessings