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Jan 22, 2017 - Scenic Drive Around Oahu

It was too windy today for much outdoor activity, so Tim took us on a scenic drive around the island. We stopped near Diamond Head where there is a good view of the Diamond Head Lighthouse. The property is not open to the public, because a Coast Guard commandant lives there. Our next stop was at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. We didn’t go down to the beach but looked down on it from above. The beach is famous for snorkeling on the coral reef just off shore. We were going to go on a short hike above the bay. We walked up to the top of the...

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Jan 21, 2017 - Another Whale Watch Cruise from Honolulu, Hawaii

Tim and Anne worked this week, so we didn’t do much. We did a little shopping and made a trip to the post office. Today, we used our raincheck to go on another whale watch cruise. The weather wasn’t great. It was cloudy with occasional showers and high winds. The winds started to pick up yesterday afternoon. It is forecast to be a very windy weekend and there are high surf warnings. The highest surf is on the other side of the island. It was a little choppy on this side, but not bad. While we were waiting to head out, we watched a tugboat...

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Jan 16, 2017 - Manoa Falls near Honolulu, Hawaii

Tom, Tim and I hiked to Manoa Falls this morning. Tim and Anne’s friends Gladys and Richard met us there and hiked with us. It is only 1.6 miles roundtrip, but it’s uphill all the way to the base of the lower falls. We stopped there but another trail continues on up to the top of the Manoa Falls, where there is another waterfall. It is a pretty waterfall, running down the rocky cliff for over 100 feet. It was very crowded today. The trail goes through a lush tropical forest. The scenery along the trail is pretty. Anne had to work today...

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Jan 15, 2017 - Waimea Valley, Hawaii

Friday morning, I went with Gabe to the 6th grade orientation at Lanakila Baptist High School, the school he will be attending in the fall. Anne drove us and stayed until she needed to be at work. There was a pizza lunch at noon and then Tim came to pick me up and Gabe got a ride to school with his teacher. The school is in a historic building that used to be part of a plantation. It is small; only one classroom per grade. It is an interesting old building. Yesterday, we went out for brunch to a KOA Pancake House. It is a local chain. Tim...

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Jan 12, 2017 - ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i in Hilo, Hawaii

The breakfast choices this morning were bagels, toast, fruit and eggs. We both chose bagels and bananas. After breakfast, we checked out of Aaron’s Cottage and spent the rest of the morning at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii campus in Hilo. It is an interesting museum about the relationship between Hawaiian culture and the universe. The first room has a large movie screen showing a video of the island skyline, including mountain tops, the Mauna Kea observatories, and the Kilauea volcano. Next, there is a room that...

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Jan 4, 2017 - Hanging Out in Pearl City, Hawaii

Tim is back at work this week, so we have been hanging around the house. Yesterday morning, Gabe had a dentist appointment and a maintenance worker came to clean and repair the air conditioner. We went for a walk around the neighborhood with Gabe in the afternoon. He rode his scooter and was a block or two ahead of us most of the time. He stopped occasionally and allowed us to catch up. It was good to get outside and I saw some birds and enjoyed the flowers. We played Uno today and got packed for a trip to the Big Island tomorrow. Weather:...

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Jan 2, 2017 - Whale-watching Cruise

Today, we went on a 2½-hour whale-watching cruise out of Honolulu. We sailed on the Star of Honolulu, a 1,500-passenger boat with four decks. The cruise left at noon time and included a buffet lunch. The food was good, but wasn’t hot by the time we got it. As we were leaving the harbor, a humpback whale was sighted. We saw it surface once and then dive. There were freight barges behind us leaving the harbor, so we couldn’t stay around to wait for it to resurface. We cruised along the coast around Diamond Head without seeing anymore whales...

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Jan 1, 2017 - Happy New Year from Hawaii!

We spent a quiet day at home. I spent several hours paying bills and doing my monthly bookkeeping while Tom, Tim and Gabriel played Monopoly. Tim watched football and Anne worked on her weekly report for her job. I am working on my 2016 photo albums. 2016 was a good year. We spent the winter along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, flew from Arizona back to New England for appointments at the end of March, then traveled north and west through Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon, stopping to visit friends in Utah and my sister Robin in...

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Dec 31, 2016 - Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii

We scheduled a tour of Honolulu’s Chinatown through the military ticket and tour desk. We got up early this morning to make it to the pickup point at Hickam Airforce Base by 8:15 AM. We got there fifteen minutes early and waited around until 8:30 but no one came to check us in. Someone in the office finally came out to see what we were waiting for and told us there was no tour scheduled. She refunded our money and we drove down to Chinatown and spent the morning wandering around on our own. Tim and Anne were good tour guides. We walked...

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Dec 30, 2016 - Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau and Waikiki, Hawaii

Tom, Tim, Gabriel and I went on a hike this morning with a group of parents hiking with children. The other children were young girls and toddler boys. Gabe was probably the oldest child. We met at Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau on the North Shore and walked the trail around the ruins. The trail is an easy trail but it was slick with mud. Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau was a major temple 250 years ago. Only the stone walls and floor remain today. Under the direction of the chief and priests, workers carried the rock up from the valley below. The walls of the...

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Dec 29, 2016 - Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii

We went to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu today. It is the Hawaii state museum of natural and cultural history and home to the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the world. Tom and I spent most of our time in Hawaiian Hall, looking at Hawaiian artifacts and exhibits on Hawaiian history. Gabe got bored there pretty quickly and Tim took him to the Science and Adventure Center where there are hands-on activities. There are several other buildings that make up the museum. The Castle Memorial Building houses special exhibits. The...

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Dec 28, 2016 - Sunset and Haleiwa Beach Parks, Oahu

We took another ride along the north coast of Oahu yesterday to see the waves. There was a high surf advisory posted. Traffic was heavy. We drove to Sunset Beach and sat on the beach for a while watching the waves and the surfers. The waves were big, but not enormous as they sometimes are there. The water is a pretty color. We saw a family of red junglefowl near the parking lot, a rooster, hen and some chicks. It is the first time we have seen any chicks. On our way back, we stopped at Haleiwa Beach. Sea turtles swim there, feeding among...

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