We have been meeting sea-anemones, condors, crabs, sea lions and seals. It brings back fond memories of some of our other coastal excursions and adventures, all over the U.S. and elsewhere.
May 23, 2008: Manoa Falls Park and Waikiki Beach Our last full day in this surreal parallel universe. Zephyr, in particular, has been hankering to take a stroll through a tropical rain forest, such as might appear in Jurassic Park and the like. He has grand schemes of scouting out such locales to use in … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 7 & 8
May 22, 2008: Hanauma Bay Today I celebrated my birthday — meaning I tried my best to forget about it while everyone else in the universe reminded me. But if I must have a birthday, and if I must do something special to commemorate it, and if I could choose what I’d do, it would … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 6
May 21, 2008: Kailua Kimberly’s homecoming day, or rather homegoing day. We decided to spend the entire day, or as much of it as we could, in Kailua, just a few miles north of Honolulu, where the poor girl once was forced to spend three years of her childhood. Kailua, she assured us, has the … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 5
May 20, 2008: Polynesian Cultural Center As a rule, we shy away from guided tours. We prefer exploring at our own pace and, whenever possible, in our own space, rather than in the company of an elbow-bumping horde being shuffled around by a guide with a rote spiel. But when it came to the Polynesian … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 4
May 19, 2008: Pearl Harbor and King Kamehameha How can you take a trip to Oahu and not see Pearl Harbor? It occurred to us that it might have been especially worthwhile to go there next Monday, which happens to be Memorial Day. Odds are some special activities will take place that day. But we … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 3
May 18, 2008: Dole Plantation and Turtle Bay Resort Surprisingly, we all got up early enough to attend the “island orientation continental breakfast” at the resort. Not surprisingly, the “continental breakfast” turned out to be, like many other continental breakfasts, of the Homer Simpson order: gooey donuts and bad coffee. The real objective was the … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 2
May 17: Portland to Honolulu Having spent the night in Vancouver, WA, we woke up at about 6:00 a.m., a couple of hours before our alarm went off, and drove just across the river to the Clarion Inn Portland Airport. We’d already booked the night of the 24th at this hotel, the night we land … Continue reading D, K and Z in Hawaii, Day 1