Who misses snow?
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
We were awakened by a beautiful serenade.
Much better than having them run in screaming.
As well as a fancy new grill (we're spoiling him).
"Will Ben know it's a specific sword?" I asked.
Kerry looked at me as if I was crazy. "Of course! It's Sting!!!"
Christmas morning, Ben unwrapped the sword. "It's Sting!! How cool!"
Okay, I was worried Katie was about to knock my coffee over.
And then the women of the house cooked, cleaned and read instruction manuals while the males read their gift books and ate beef jerky for breakfast.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
She really likes the glo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-rias.
When else can you just sing on and on without someone telling you to hush?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
GG had been to Dole when she was here before, but since this was Sherry's first visit, we couldn't let her leave the island without visiting pineapple heaven.
Katie, Sherry, and Emily.
The gourd is called an "epu". It is a traditional implement in hula. The girls tap out a beat on it.
Ben calls them "Emily's Angry Sticks" because when Emily is practicing with them and concentrating, she looks angry.
The hula was beautiful! All the girls had matching skirts and leis and they did a wonderful job!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Welcome to Hawaii!!
We wore our most festive chapeaus to the airport to pick them up.....
The kids have always called my mother "GG" (for Glorious Grandmother) and my sister "She-She". Her name is Sherry, and when they were little the kids couldn't pronounce her name so they called her She-She.
We could never have foreseen that one day we would be living in Hawaii where the word "she-she" is a euphemism for using the bathroom - as in, "I have to go she-she", or "Did you just she-she in your pants?"
Monday, December 21, 2009
"Oh, look at that! Isn't that beautiful?" I exclaimed.
"Oh, it's gorgeous!" Emily agreed.
"Wow! It's seventy-two dollars!" I said.
"Look at that, it just got ugly," Emily replied.
Friday, December 11, 2009
See this giant wall of netting and signs? Our soldiers were on the other side of it. We were in an airplane hangar, and they hung this curtain up so we could not see them. We knew they were over there, mere feet from us, but couldn't get to them.
Talk about nerve wracking.
We discussed possible scenarios in which we ran toward the curtain, scaled the hangar walls, or shimmied across the overhead pipes to get past the (armed) guards and get to the other side.
But we ended up just sitting in our folding chairs.
Someone very kindly set up a video camera on the side where the soldiers were and a screen on the side where the families were. The camera panned across the room and occasionally we would see Kerry amongst the other soldiers as they in-processed and turned in their weapons.
They were given a quick briefing. "Don't beat your wife" was the main theme.
(And yes, I let the kids get to him first this time.)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Winter in Hawaii means big waves on the North Shore. However, a storm out in the Pacific has created even bigger waves than normal. The local news is reporting that waves this large have not been seen here in ten years!
*Thanks to my friend Lia for these fabulous shots. She has a camera that looks like the Hubble Telescope and gets great close-ups!
However, this cleared the way for another famous surfing competition- "The Eddie" - in which the waves must be at least 20 feet high. This competition is in memory of local legend Eddie Aikau - a well-know surfer and life-guard with hundreds of saves to his credit.
In 1978, Eddie Aikau was on a 30-day sailing voyage when the double hulled canoe he was on developed a leak and capsized. After ten hours in the water, Aikau convinced the captain to let him paddle off on his surfboard to try to get help. Another ten hours later, the boat was spotted and the 15-member crew was rescued. Eddie Aikau was never seen again. You often see bumper stickers and signs here which read, "Eddie Would Go" - a reference that when no one else would brave going into dangerous water to help others, Eddie would go.
The traffic up around Waimea Bay was horrendous.
There were people everywhere and cars parked in every available space.Look at all those people and cars crammed along the guard rail looking down into the bay.
We went to a beach a little farther along where we were able to get out and watch the waves.
Then we headed up the closest mountain and headed down a trail where we could see the surfers from up high. It was really a fabulous experience to know that this was a rare event and we were getting to see it!
Now I'm home, watching close up shots on the web cam.
One lifeguard told us, "The only people out there now are the really good surfers and the stupid people."
I think that about sums it up.