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Jan 31, 2009 - Getting rental car

After much difficulty, I am finally able to score a rental car in Hawaii. Dave, a friend of Maria's was gracious enough to take me to pick it up. Here there are some decent photos and landscape shots of what is the dry side of the island where Maria lives.

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Jan 31, 2009 - Chop Stix the cat

I know this site is supposed to be about my travels, but I had to devote one page to Maria's cat Chop Stix. That cat is funny. Every time I head to the bathroom, that cat follows me and then hops in the shower. I didn't understand why at first, but just thought it was odd. Therefore, whenever I was ready to go to the bathroom, I would move slowly at first, and then run there and shut the door behind me. The first video shows how Chop Stix reacted when she was locked out of the bathroom. The next videos show me taking the proper action after...

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Jan 30, 2009 - Wandering around Waikoloa

This was my first full day in Hawaii. Maria's at work, there's really no public transportation in her village, and I still can't score a rental car, so I'm just wandering around her neighborhood this day. I think the temp was in the teens at home that day. I have no complaints.

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Jan 29, 2009 - Aloha Oi!

The Hawaii leg of the trip will be spent at the home of Maria, a very good friend of our family's for more than thirty years - our families grew up together. She lives in Kona, on the big island of Hawaii, so to get there, I have a connecting flight in Honolulu on Oahu island to get there. On the flight from LA into Honolulu, I had a seat in the center aisle of the plane, so I got no decent shots coming in. I did get some mediocre video connecting to the big island. Hopefully, I get some better on the way out to Manila next week. This is...

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Oct 10, 2008 - U.S.A - Hawaii - Kailua-Kona, The Big Island

Friday 10th October Today we flew to the Big Island, to a place called Kailua - Kona. Foolishly, we didn’t realise that they were holding the biggest event of the year here; a triathlon, and we haven’t been able to book accommodation where we would like and there isn’t a hire car on the whole island available until early next week!! You’d think we would have learnt a thing or two along the way in our travels, but it seems even with our knowledge, we are susceptible to making huge mistakes!!! Despite it all, we’ve managed to find a really...

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The Arnash Adventure

Sep 5, 2008 - 1st day on the Big Island

It's a short flight from Oahu to Kona, and we were in our rental car before noon. Kona airport is the most laid back airport I've ever seen. It is an open air facility, no windows or doors anywhere, not even around the baggage claim. It's easier to get around there than the Evansville airport. After getting another room upgrade at the Waikola Marriott, we went to the pool for a while, where we both fell asleep in the sun. Still no sunburn for either one of us though. This Marriott is an older hotel, but still very nice. This island is so...

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Jul 20, 2008 - Hawaii - The Big Island

We're back in the USA! By far the "toughest" customs and immigration event was re-entering our own country. Three Homeland Security officers came down to the boat, fully armed, to conduct interviews. After an hour of questions, paperwork and surrendering half the contents of the freezer and icebox, we were given the official clearance. Our first observation is that everything is in English. While you may be thinking, duh, it is odd to be someplace that we don't stick out. In French Polynesia, everyone we met knew we were cruisers and had a...

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Jul 3, 2008 - 2nd Crossing - Tahiti to Kona, Hawaii

We have said goodbye to the Southern Hemisphere and arrived safely in Hawaii! Day after day of fabulous tradewinds sailing... 12-15 knot breezes and scooting along at ~7-8 knts. I love the long passages, especially with our new autopilot, which worked flawlessly! During the 16 day passage, we did lots of family activities and the conversations were fantastic! Despite the discontinuous sleep and the overarching worry about the weather, life aboard was very tranquil. Even more than the first crossing, weather was the most critical component...

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Apr 11, 2007 - Hawaii - Big Island - Kealakekua

Our final day of the Big Island tour we headed straight for the Volcano National Park which consists of 2 active volcanoes and terrain ranging from tropical beaches to the subarctic Mauna Loa summit, the centrepiece being the steaming Kilauea Caldera at the summit of the youngest and most active volcano on earth. The landscape is amazing with dozens of craters and cinder cones, hills piled high with pumice stone and hardened areas of lava flows. The lava from Kilauea has added more than 600 acres of land in the past 15 years. We started off...

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Apr 9, 2007 - Hawaii - Big Island - Kona

We boarded our Aloha Airlines inter-island flight to Hawaii, The Big Island. The flight lasted no more than 40 minutes as we flew over the other Hawaiian Islands of Moloka'i, Lana'i, Maui and Kaho'olawe, with Maui being the most notable with the Pu'ula'ula peak at 10,023ft sticking out above the clouds. On arrival at Kona's lovely airport we got our hire car and headed out to Kailua-Kona. Formerly a royal retreat but now a small and thriving seaside town it doesn't have a beach of its own but still very impressive and it seems to be the...

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Mar 23, 2007 - The good, the bad and the ugly!

Sometimes in life when you make choices they turn out to be good choices. Sometimes they end up to be bad choices and sometimes you just wish you had stayed in bed. Today, we made choices that encompassed all of these scenarios! now I have had some indication that I may sound down in these entries! I assure all of you - although there were challenges - and moments we all wish we could forget - the trip was wonderful and the experience that I wanted to give the girls. THis day was filled with things that made it that experience - learning to...

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4 Girls Going Places

Mar 21, 2007 - Spencer Beach - and 5 stars

Well, that lasted ..... 2 nights. this morning everyone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. First, I woke up at 5:50 am to catch the sunrise and take some pictures. I have to say that the sunrise was nothing to write home about. When I went back to the camper the kids were still asleep. Hayley had come down to the double bed with Alee and I so I crawled back in there to sleep rather tightly. When Alee wke up she was not a hapy camper literally, as she had been squished all night and apparently, I SNORE! shhhhhh don't tell! Geetting the...

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4 Girls Going Places

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