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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

H is for Hawaii

The first Christmas after my husband died (1992) was very sad, to say the least. So I decided that I would take my two daughters to Hawaii (Oahu) after Christmas was over and celebrate New Year's there. It would be a sort of new beginning for us and give us time away from all the grief and spend some quality time together in the sun. It was our first trip there and subsequently, a few years later, I took D2 to Mauii for Spring Break. This picture is one of my all-time favourites - the girls were so excited to hold these parrots in the International whatever center near our hotel. Here is a bird's eye view of the pool at our hotel - right below our room. After spending some time at the beach, I decided that I didn't want some oiled-up sweaty stranger lying right beside me and my towel. Those of you who have been to Waikiki, will know what I mean. So after only one day there, we spent the rest of our non-touring and non-shopping days at this lovely pool.

Here are the girls sunbathing on Waikiki but it wasn't long after I took this photo that people were literally towel by towel and we left!


The day we went on a day trip to the Polynesian Cultural Centre was a bit cloudy and windy, but we had a great day anyway.





Can you find me and D1 on the boat? D2 was looking over the side of the boat at everything! (Click to enlarge)





Here are the dancers entering into the area where they entertained us all.







D2 gets a hula lesson. I don't remember where D1 was.








And here is D2 again posing at the Cultural Centre.









Aha! D1 was posing in the gynormous tree roots!




Not to be outdone, D2 got right into the roots and sat down in the cool shade!












As you can see, we had a wonderful time in Hawaii and it was hard to return to reality. As I mentioned, D2 and I went to Mauii a few years later while D1 was studying at university. And I wouldn't mind returning to see Pearl Harbour some day and then go to one of the other islands for rest and relaxation. Everyone should take in Hawaii, if they can, but be prepared for the humidity!
Please forgive the quality of the photos, but they're almost 20 years old! Wow, where did the years go?

ABC Wednesday is the brainchild of Denise Nesbitt and if you'd like, pop over to the ABCW site to check out participants' ideas for each week.

32 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Ah, I was offered a trip to Hawaii and couldn't TAKE it! Alas!

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Roger -- you really should go sometime if you can, shouldn't he, Leslie?
@Leslie - For rest and relaxation (no spectacular shopping to seduce you) try Kauai, or even more relaxed, Molokai.
We loved Kauai, but my raised-in-Mexico brother says Molokai is the most laid-back place he's ever seen.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

A very sad time indeed, and you needed to get away and be together with D1 and D2 and as you said lots of quality time ..thank you for sharing this with us .. and your photos too! xx

Leslie: said...

@Kay - Thanks for the heads-up re Kauai and Moloki as I like to avoid touristy spots now. :D

Sylvia K said...

I've traveled a lot in my lifetime, but still haven't made it to Hawaii! Always wanted to! Looks like lots of fun! Great post for the H Day! Enjoy your week!!

Sylvia
ABC Team

chubskulit said...

Great choice for letter H. Beautiful shots too. I am now your follower Leslie.

Have a peek on my letter H, see you.

Starnitesky said...

A sad time for you and your daughters but a good idea to visit somewhere beautiful and create some wonderful new memories. I hope you get to go back again, it looks like a lovely place to visit.

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty!

Hygiene, hearty treats, and a hat

PS. I am your newest follower.

photowannabe said...

Ahhhh, Hawaii...such grand memories. I'm glad you did that trip for the daughters as well as yourself.
Its been 6 years since we were there. I long to go again.

nonizamboni said...

What a delightful tour--great choice for 'H'--and full of memories and lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. Your attitude in spite of sadness is inspiring.
Wishing you all good things!

Hildred and Charles said...

Enticing photos Leslie, - it is good to hear of your travels and how wise you were to take this trip at a time of grief to raise your spirits.

Gigi Ann said...

Oh what a fun time you three must have had. We visited Hawaii in Nov. of 1973, talk about time flying, I agree where did the time go? I liked Maui for relaxation best.

EG Wow said...

What a great holiday in Hawaii!

Kim, USA said...

A wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!
ABC Wednesday-H

Wanda said...

Very sad, but so nice you could do this with your girls.

Your daughters are lovely and looks like they really liked Hawaii.

We've been able to go twice. Our church sent us the first time, when we had completed 20 years as Pastor of the church. Our kids sent us the second time for our 45th Anniversary.

Loved both times.

Tumblewords: said...

Hawaii is so lush - looks like you girls had a good time! I love the tree roots - they are so magical. It's amazing how fast 20 years pass - I was trying to remember the last time I was in Hawaii and...oops, yup, it goes in a hurry.

Jingle said...

hot H take, love the shots,
smiles.

bless you,

Grace and Bradley said...

We have been to Hawaii twice. The first time for my father's 80th birthday, since the location is in the middle of US and Taiwan. Afterwards, my daughter loves it so much and had her wedding at Hawaii.

Paula Scott said...

International Market Place. That's the name! I guess you didn't make it to Hana'amu Bay? Or do the hookie lau? But, I know you had to have enjoyed the Hawaiian hospitality there.

: )

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this tour! These memories must have been so precious for you and the girls.It was a great idea to go to Hawaii.

Cezar and Léia said...

Looks like a lovely trip there, you had a fabulous idea, mainly for the girls. I love the first picture, they looks so happy with the cute birds around!
Thanks for sharing!
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Liz said...

Looks great. Could do with a relaxing trip in the sunshine about now!

Glamis Castle looks lovely too. Comfortable rather than overly regal and formal. I can picture the QM there.

Carver said...

What a wonderful group of photographs from Hawaii. That was a great idea to take your children away at the saddest of times.

Mar said...

AloHa! how wonderful, I would love to visit some day. Glad your daughters and you had a wonderful visit after your loss...
Hugs!
H is silent...

Joy said...

That looks like a lovely trip to Hawaii but the parrots would have been the highlight for me.
BTW, you must head north when visiting England (I'm biased of course), I'm available for tips and trips:-)

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Hawaii is awesome hope to visit there someday

Say Hi to my Horse, my entry for H.

ChrisJ said...

We are planning our almost annual trip to Hawaii right now. Being on the west coast, Hawaii is more accessible for us than many places. We usually end up on Kauai around Thanksgiving time. It is not too touristy, but then if beaches are what you want Maui is probably better. We love the greenery on Kauai.

Nanka said...

Happy and fun place to be for a vacation!! Thank you for sharing!!
Cheers!!

Nanka said...

Happy and fun place to be for a vacation!! Thank you for sharing!!
Cheers!!

Shrinky said...

Ahhhhhhhhh, it looks wonderful - I should LOVE to visit there one day. Those tree roots are awesome! Your daughters were so painfully young to have lost their father - I can't imagine the strength it must have taken for you to arrange this trip (hugs).

My journey said...

Very beautiful pictures. Nice post. would love to visit Waikiki once. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Love the parrots. Sounds like you all had a great time, despite the sad circumstances. Itr was courageous of you to go and turned out exactly the right thing to do. x