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Mar 17, 2020 - Last Day at Sea

Another very busy day! We had our last class with Tai and Keith, our Hawaiian leaders. They had arranged the chairs in a big circle and Tai passed around the microphone so everyone who wanted to could make comments about the trip. Without exception, they were all extremely pleased. I don’t recall hearing one negative comment. For my part, I felt like a large part of what I got out of it was a much greater appreciation of the Hawaiian people and their culture. And, in addition, hearing about all of the difficulties they had in maintaining...

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19 Days Aboard Ship

Mar 16, 2020 - Another Day at Sea

Busy day! We had a really interesting class with Tai this morning and then we went to a presentation on Mainstage of the Whales of Hawaii. Lunch at Lido Market where we talked with a couple of other passengers. Next we hustled down to Lincoln Center Stage for a “Meet the Artists” with the five musicians who told us a little about themselves and how they happened to be here. After that, they played music from movie classics. And all of it was really interesting. We tried to go to Mainstage for a Crew Show featuring members of the crew from...

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Mar 15, 2020 - More Hawaiian History

This morning, Tai continued his talk about Hawaiian history and culture, but the highlight was when he read some excerpts from Mark Twain’s "Letters From Hawaii". I will have to get a copy of that one when we get home! We managed to catch the last half of a demonstration of Hawaiian cooking by the Eurodam’s Executive Chef: chicken with a pineapple sauce and a cured salmon appetiser. I doubt that I will try to duplicate either, but it was fun to watch. We spent a very lazy afternoon reading, knitting, and napping, and then had the Eurodam’s...

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19 Days Aboard Ship

Mar 14, 2020 - On the Way Home

Tai continued his classes on Hawaiian history and culture, interspersed with stories that relate to whatever topic he’s addressing. He taught in Hawaiian schools for 37 years; I think that amounts to a LOT of lucky students--he’s very good with making things come alive for an audience. The only photo today that came out is from the "Lido Market" area. It is an immense buffet that is open longer hours than the main dining room. Somehow we did not manage to get a picture of the buffet line, but the one shown is of the seating that surrounds...

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19 Days Aboard Ship

Mar 13, 2020 - At Sea, Headed Home

Our lecture this morning was mainly about the Hawaiian Dynasty, but in the process we learned a good deal about customs and marriage arrangements which were quite different from those of the Europeans. Marriages were arranged among the elite with an objective of producing children of the highest lineage to be the next leaders of the society/government. As with the European royalty, there was a great deal of intermarriage among the ruling families. Among the rest of the people, men and women were pretty much free to choose the mate they...

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19 Days Aboard Ship

Mar 12, 2020 - Another Leisurely Day

Completely free day, and we made the most of it, sitting in the sun, reading, knitting, attending a couple of programs on Mainstage. One was titled “The Secret Language of Ships” where we learned (or at least were exposed to) what all the signs and symbols on the side of the ship mean as well as signal flags and whistles, both of which are still very much in use in spite of all the modern electronic communication, which they also use. The other was about sea turtles and how they come ashore to lay eggs and what tourists should do: mostly...

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Mar 11, 2020 - Volcanoes and Orchids

This morning we went ashore at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. We rode on two smaller buses up the slopes of Manauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We could see down into the caldera and into a smaller crater where in 1959 there was an eruption which sent lava well over 1,000 feet into the air. Our guide explained that the lava cooled in the atmosphere and fell as “cinders” or bits of lava rock. The prevailing winds blew the cinders mostly in one direction where they built a hill stretching for a good half...

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19 Days Aboard Ship

Sep 30, 2019 - Kahului, Hawaii to Hilo, Big Island

30 September 2019 A quiet day on the ship today. Did a little bit of housekeeping after breakfast and then headed to the pool deck for a while. The days have been very pleasant and not too hot. Decided to head off for a coffee and when we got back, the Fair's were at the pool. They had already had a swim & said the water was a bit cool! Anne & Pam headed to the spa, which was very pleasant. Spent the rest of the morning at the pool and then headed back for lunch. We all rested after lunch until afternoon snacks at 3pm. Yummy snacks to be...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 17, 2019 - Day 6

Today we moved onto the next island. We woke to see the ship dock at Hilo on the island of Hawaii. We had another early call for our excursion today. We were to meet our bus at 8:20. We had breakfast at the buffet again. I had a number of things as did Cheryl. Breakfast done, we headed to meet our tour group. There was one difference today. Our ship had only recently docked, so they were a little later securing the gangplank. When we got to the ship exit, it seemed like most of the rest of the ship was there also. We had left some extra...

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Hawaii Cruise 2019

Jan 22, 2019 - Hilo

We docked at Hilo on the Big Island this morning and were greeted by a double rainbow. Our excursion today took us to the black sands of Richardson Ocean Park, Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls. We also stopped at Pana'ewa Zoo before an absolutely required stop at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Center.

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May 23, 2018 - Hawaii Trip 2018

April 8 – We caught the 10:20 ferry and Kelly dropped us at the airport. Kelly had no problem making the 2:10 back. We got a wheelchair and went to the Air Canada lounge and had some lunch. We had a long wait til our flight at 5:45 but it’s a nice place to wait. We were able to use a wheelchair to the gate. The flight was on time and smooth. We had booked a taxi from Charley’s Taxi and were able to get it ok. We checked in at our hotel Aqua Pacific Monarch. We had rented Room 1604 for 12 nights from VRBO and it worked out very well. The...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Matthew's MLG trip

Konami gaming inc Las Vegas is where I would go for my first trip i will go to Hotel Cat in las vegas for $21 a day and get a plane ticket for $353. 𯐶 Another trip is to Hilo, Hawaii and buy $8,738,275 yacht and take people on a deluxe cruise for $545 a trip from Hilo to Narlon, California and get a plane ticket for $1,160. Then stay there and take people for crucis for about 29 days. 𯐕𯐕𯐕𯐕𯐕𯐕 Then stay at Hilo, Reeds Bay Hotel for about 20 days for $76 a day. Going to see my friends there too, and then just be super lazy for 11 days...

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