Saturday, June 27, 2009

Our Vacation and Anniversay

Hawaii is a tropical paradise. What we love most about it though is the people and the culture. The people are unpretentious and gentle. When you step off the plane you immediately sense the peacefulness that is within the islands and the gentleness of its people. Hawaii is steeped in many legends. One legend is that rain and rainbows are considered blessings from the gods. And let me tell you there can be rainbows for a good part of the day. If it rains during a wedding they consider this to be a blessing. There is something magical about a rainbow in Hawaii.

The language is interesting. It is comprised of only 5 vowels and 8 consonants. It is a tricky language but a lot of fun and sometimes exhausting (in a good way though) trying to pronounce some of the words. Although I have to say I think I have it down pretty good. We all know the word “Aloha” means hello and good-bye but did you know that it also means sympathy, kindness, compassion, affection and fondness. The Hawaiians consider this to be the basis of their core values.

We love Hawaii and its people. It is unforgettable.

Yes indeed, these are some relaxed, happy feet. I will be the first to admit I would much rather be comfortable then try and make a fashion statement with my shoes.

Paradise Pink!

This was certainly the cutest and pinkest cafe on the Island.

This was in the old whaling town of Lahaina.

This was at the Maui Tropical Garden Plantation So beautiful.
The island is this beautiful.
The hibiscus grows in hedges on the island.
This is called a Jade Flower.
They only bloom for a short time. I felt very fortunate that I was able to capture a photo.
I could not get over the color. Such a beautiful blue-green color.

We took a boat ride out towards the little island of Lanai specifically to see the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. This was our greeting and in no time we were surrounded by pods of these beautiful creatures. There was something very magical about them. Click on the picture to enlarge.

And then there are the Maui sunsets. I probably have 50 pictures of the Maui sunsets. I cannot get enough of them.
Words cannot describe.

Our Luau sunset.
Happy 20th anniversay to us!
xxoo, Susan


  1. Happy HAPPY 20th & another 30 or more.

    We lived in Hawaii for 3 yrs & they are a lovely relaxed unpretentious people. Our best time there was living amongst the natives rather than in the military housings.

    Glad you had such a loving leisurely time. TTFN ~Marydon

  2. That jade flower is magical! Come on over to my party - if you haven't quietly crept in already....

  3. Oh you lucky souls. I've only been there once, but I'll never forget it! : )

  4. We ALMOST went to Hawaii for our 30th anniversary. Now I'm wishing we had gone....It is sooo much more beautiful when I see pictures taken by those who have visited. Our daughter and her new hubby went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and they already long to return.

    Lovely, Susan. Just lovely!


  5. Thanks so much for coming to see me...those little ones on the beach are some of my grands...we took a cruise..a family cruise, last Oct. and it was our first..the kids had all been on one and it was decided that all of us would go together. 14 of us..and may I just say...O HONEY !! We had such a good time. The best vacation we have ever taken. My favorite of all the places we went were the Grand Caymens. Oh, so great. I highly recommend a cruise...for sure ! :)

    Your photos look just beautiful. I know you had a blast. I love love love that jade unusual. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Please come by anytime...
    xo bj

  6. It's hard to take a bad picture in Hawaii. :) Happy Anniversary and many many more!

  7. Hi Susan thanks for following and commenting!!!I love your blog and will be visiting!! And Hawaii WOW I wish I could go there!! Have a great day!!

    Love, Madison

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  9. Hi Susan, I just wanted to come by and thank you for the lovely comment you left for me about my dog Harley. I really appreciate you taking the time. On a lighter note... Happy anniversary!!! My husband and I went to Hawaii for the first time last year. We went to Kauai and it was lovely. I loved the snorkeling!

    My Desert cottage

  10. lovely to have found your blog. My husband was born and raised in Hawaii (Oahu) and moved to the NW about 17 years ago. All of his family still lives there, including one daughter who lives on Maui....It is fabulous, isn't it? And, I agree.....their language can be confusing....but so much fun. I love it that many of their words they repeat twice.... ex: muu when I first went there, many years ago, I made up this sentence... The lolo tutu rode the wiki wiki on the like like to buy some puu puu's and lau laus in her muu muu......just for fun! :-) It means the crazy grandmother rode the quick bus on the like like (a highway on Oahu) to buy some appetizers and a rolled up gizmo in her daydress....

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful time.

    Happy Anniversary!


  11. Dear Susan ~~ Welcome to my blog and I am so glad you enjoyed a good laugh at the jokes.
    I like the look af your blog also, Happy belated Anniversary and I so enjoyed your wonderful photos. Hawaii must be beautiful,
    and I loved the sunsets and the unusual Jade
    flower and all of them. I am so glad you have a happy life Susan ~~ congrats on that.
    Take care, my new friend, Love, Merle.

  12. Happy Anniversary Sue! Makes me feel like a trip to Hawaii!!!
    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I look forward to chatting with you more.