celebration of our 40th anniversary and Pat’s retirement from
teaching, we took a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. We visited 4 islands,
including 2 nights at Waikiki Beach and visits to Hilo and Kona on the big island
Marriott Beach Hotel on Waikiki Beach
The view from our balcony. The church on the right is St. Augustine's where we attended Mass on Sunday morning.
2 days on Kauai
On the first day, we took a 7 hour jungle trek and zip-line excursion.
The second day we took a 4WD tour through some back country.
were driven in a tractor pulled wagon to the start of the hike. Here
one of our guides, Pono, sings some Hawaiian songs accompanied by his
ukeleli. The other guide, Chas, has a better voice.
A deep pool in a stream, with a rope swing. I went on the rope swing, but Pat was chicken.
There are numerous feral hogs on the islands, this one and others come running to be fed when the guides call them.
Pat taking a dip at one of the popular falls we visited.
Pat and me
Pat jumping off the 40ft high
platform for her zip-line ride.
She looks a lot happier, now that it's over!
The shore-line of Kauai from the ship as we head for Hilo.
At Hilo, on the big island
of Hawaii, we first took a helicopter ride for views of the active
Kilauea Volcano, then a trip to walk on the lava fields and explore a
Circle of fire helicopter passengers
Hot lava, boiling and spitting in the crater.
Molten lava flow coming to the surface on the side of the crater.
Steam caused by the hot lava flowing into the ocean.
You can see the red-hot lava flowing into the water.
Pat and I on the lava field which covers many square miles of the island.
Pat and I in a lava tube, which is said to be at least 40 miles long.
If it's Thursday, we must be in Kona
Our friends, John and Chris Barnett, moved into a beautiful home in Kealakekua, HI (near Kona)
last January. They invited us to spend the day with them and they
picked us up in Kona when we arrived. They took us to their house, from
which they could see our ship in port. We visited a nearby National
Park, then had a nice lunch before it was time to re-board the ship at
5:30. Not enough time, but a nice visit.
John and Chris's house on a hillside, overlooking the ocean.
Papaya thief, caught in the act!
John, Chris, Pat and me at the Kaloko-Honokohau NP.
The endangered green sea turtle. We saw many of these turtles during our visit to the islands.
spent 2 days on the beautiful island of Maui. On the first day we hiked
to a couple of water falls through some jungle and the second day, we
went to the beach and a luau in the evening.