One Week in Oahu
Two Generations of Sisters
Here are some of our excursions on our trip to Oahu
I thought pineapples grew on trees! This is a pineapple plant. There are dozens of varieties. The fruit grows up through the center of the plant. Each plants produces one pineapple every 15 months, three times in total. New plants are created by hand planting the crown (top) of a mature fruit.
The fruits had already been harvested, but it's impressive to see the rows of plants.
Samoan Island show - fire throwing and coconut tree climbing!
Wall carving from Aotearoa-Maori (Islands of New Zealand)
Music sticks from Fiji. Fiji has over 300 islands with over 30 dialects!
This man demonstrates making coconut oil. He's holding a coconut with the husk still on.
Tahiti Wedding Ceremony
Every day at 2:30, several different Polynesian cultures are represented with music and dancing
Two pairs of sisters in front of the PCC falls.
We took a walk through campus and the bookstore - it's changed a lot since Gail's days at Church College of Hawaii. They have several interesting area of study relating to the culture and history of the islands.
PCC part 2
We went on a canoe ride
The view from the canoe
Church in Wailua
We attended the local LDS church in Waialua on Sunday (saved our leis from PCC)
|Inside center of memorial|
Pearl Harbor grounds, USS Arizona memorial in background
Gail and mom at the museum
I told Jonathan that Hawaii wasn't just beautiful to see. It sounded wonderful (waves on the beach, birds in the trees), smelled wonderful and tasted wonderful. Here's sample of what we ate (I didn't photograph it like Gail). We stopped at a Costco, Walmart and local market throughout the week for groceries to eat at the condo. We BBQed pork one night on the patio and baked fish another. Most days we also packed a cooler for lunch and snacks. Special treats were the locally-made granola with yummy coconut, nuts, and dried fruit. Mom bought a bag of chocolate covered macadamia/coconut candy that we enjoyed while it lasted. (We finished another on the plane ride home!!!) We also ate local pineapple, papaya and apple-bananas--very sweet! We stopped twice for authentic shaved ice--with ice cream in the bottom and sweet cream on top (snow cap). The lines were long at Dole plantation, so we had Dole whip at PCC--it's like pineapple sorbet. One day for lunch we stopped at a cluster of food trucks and tried shrimp--only a few miles from the shrimp fields. Right before our flight home we stopped at an L&L (Jason's recommendation) to have fast food Hawaiian style.
It was hard coming back to real life. After a short night at a hotel with Gail and mom, I took an early morning (AKA all day) flight back to NH. After a week of post-Hawaii depression and being overwhelmed with getting caught up, I'm happy to be home and reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Farewell to paradise...