Brenda and I decided to take our mom on a trip to Hawaii. It's more like she took us because she paid for the condo. Brenda has been to Hawaii several times with her family. My mom and I have always wanted to go but our spouses didn't. We decided to invite my mom's sister Gail. She attended BYU-Hawaii 50 years ago and was thrilled visit it again after all this time. She was a delightful addition.
Brenda found a condo to rent on the North Shore of Oahu in the small town of Waialua. She also planned the outings and drove the rental car while I tried to navigate.
View from condo lanai (deck). We were on the fourth floor and loved hearing and seeing the ocean.
Our condo was right on this beach. We had a gorgeous view of the big waves. Brenda and I went on several morning and evening walks. The last morning there we found a safe place to snorkel and watched the fish swim among the coral.
Morning walk on our first full day in Oahu.
The first footprints of the day
Gail and Janeil
Waimea Valley and Falls
Waimea Falls at the far end of the botanical garden
Ancient religious site at Waimea
Janeil and Gail
Sunrise from our lanai (deck)
Hukilau Beach (like the song) in Laie. We stopped here between outings in Laie. The warm, blue water...
We hiked out to Ka'ena Point--the farthest you can go to the West on the North Shore. The mountains on the South of us, the rocky coastline on the North.
We saw a fisherman on a outcropping and crabs in tide pools.
Sunset Beach. We found a safe place to swim and boogie board. Most places on North Shore the waves are too big this time of year. It was also fun to watch the surfers. Mom and Gail were too far away to get good pictures.
Another botanical garden on our way "home" the last full day
|Beautiful trails, views, flowers, and bird song!|
The highway takes you through some long tunnels to get through the mountains. The geology changes is such a such distance. It is truly breathtaking. Even the drives through and between towns are beautiful.
Nu'uanu Pali lookout