Monday, July 2, 2007

Where in the World???

Where have I been?? Enjoying a lovely getaway with my dear husband, that's where. The whole mainland was flyover country as we headed for O'ahu and Kaua'i.

Our son chauffered us to the Polynesian Cultural Center on our first full day - this mountain shot was taken from the back of his Jeep where I rode comfortably, albeit somewhat windblown. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire place even though we'd been there several times before, and the Luau and evening show as well.

The next day we hiked through the WAIMEA VALLEY AUDUBON CENTER and I was absolutely amazed at the beauty and diversity of Hawaii's flora.

This lovely waterfall is at the end of the trail, and people enjoy a cooling dip after the hot hike.

Our son's garden provided delight and edification.

On his fence, above, bleeding hearts and below, growing on his wall, fragrant stephanotis - in a lei, they are exquisite!

Tantalus Drive, above Honolulu, affords those willing to go to the very end of the road, an incomparable view of the city and harbors.

On to Kaua'i, for a week on the Garden Island in a cottage with a view! We watched spinner dolphins playing in the bay in the mornings from our lanai. Across the bay is Kilauea Lighthouse, at the northernmost point of the island. From there the views are amazing.

View (below) along a drive to see the Waimea Canyon.

If you look at the movie South Pacific again, you will see Bali Hai, just as in my pic above. This island is lovely and our drives were breathtaking. I hope one day, if you have not already done so, that you can see it, too. Meanwhile, I will put away our luggage and sort the remainder of my pictures (way too many!) .

Oh, yes! Nearly forgot to show you a little place - Hanalei Music's Strings and Things - on Kaua'i!

It's mostly a guitar and music shop, but has a bit of yarn, and many supplies (below), just in case you run out of things to do, and decide to knit on your vacation.

Happy almost 4th of July!


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