Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oahu Hawaii 2010

My friend Angie and myself decided to take a trip to Hawaii after school was out for the summer, since I was not teaching summer school I decided to treat myself to the trip. We flew to Oahu and started our adventure with a bright blue convertible.

The first day we went to Pearl Harbor, what an amazing place to sit and just take in all that took place there.
I was overcome with a pride for my country and all the people that serve this great nation. I can't begin to imagine what it would have been like to be there, but I know that I felt such a powerful experience that I will never forget.

The second day we went on a hike to a wonderful waterfall, it was an easy hike and lots of plant life to see.
Once you get to the falls you can swim in the cool waters of the falls.It was such a fun experience to walk through this jungle area and see all the different plant life and all the different animals that crossed our path.

We also went to the Polynesian Cultural Center and spent a whole day wondering the grounds and learning about all the wonderful countries that make up the little cities. My favorite was Tahiti and Tonga, I learned so much and had a lot of fun while I was learning.
We ate the dinner there and it was amazing with dancers and singers to entertain us while we dinned. The show"The Breath of Life" was amazing I was so impressed by all the dancers and enjoyed every minute. The best part was the fire dancers I could not take my eyes off of them. It was a great experience.

One day we decided to drive out to the North Shore area and go to Sunset Beach and eat a Ted's Bakery,(now this was are second time eating there it was that good)
We set out late so we could watch the sunset and then go eat after it was dark.
It was a great beach and great food and it was nice to have more of a relaxing day to sit and have fun.

We did have a little bit of adventure we took some ATVs up into the mountain area of Oahu on Kualoa Ranch. They film a lot of movies on this ranch such as Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, and the show Lost. It was a blast to drive around the mountain and see the ocean on one side and the mountain range on the other. After the ATVs we took a jeep up into the deeper parts of the mountain and get some great views. I really enjoyed this day.

I also visited with a friend that lives on the Island, her husband and 4 kids live on the Military base. Emilee and I have been friends since 4th grade and I was so excited to see her and catch up. She has such a beautiful family and really makes me appreciate the good times we had and all the great things that her husband is doing for our country.

Our last full day on the Island we decided to have a nice dinner out to celebrate our time there. My friend told me about a great restaurant that looks over this beautiful garden. The food was amazing and the view was wonderful.
Because we got to the place early we had time to kill, so we went to a macadamia nut farm. They had all these different kinds of flavors to try. It was a great place to pick up my last minute gifts before dinner. There where many more things that we did while there but this is just a sample of some of the great adventures that we had on my vacation to Paradise. This was such an amazing trip, hopefully I will get to visit again soon.