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Hawai'i 2006 The Trip of a Lifetime

Hawai'i, here we come!

LUAU Pua'a (roasted pig), Poi, Pineapple & Polynesian dancers.

Wai hi falls At Waimea Valley Audubon Center.

GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR Dole Plantation, Waimea, Banzai Pipeline, Kualoa Ranch, Pali Lookout, Byodo-in Temple (where Conor & Grammie rang the bon-sho or sacred bell), then the Halona Blowhole (next to the "From Here to Eternity" beach) and Hanauma Bay.

WE TRY SURFING Rob, Tess & Sean take lessons - catching a wave was the easy part.

LUNCH AT KONA MARINA PUB After a morning on Koko Head Bay, jet skiing, parasailing, bumper tubing, and sailing in a traditional voyaging canoe.

VIEW FROM THE ATLANTIS SUBMARINE Two sea turtles (honu), a plane forming part of the artificial reef off Waikiki. We even saw a few humuhumu nuku nuku apua'a (painted triggerfish, state fish of Hawai'i).

ARIZONA MEMORIAL Pearl Harbor was a moving experience for all of us.

BUMPER TUBING Tess & Conor on Koko Marina.

JET SKIING How Rob & Sean chose to "hang loose" on Koko Bay.

POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER Beautiful dancers from the 7 islands comprising Polynesia (the Tahitians were a favorite of the boys).

The Trip of a Lifetime We had talked about it for years, but in June 2006 our trip to Hawai'i became a reality. It was an incredibly special time for all three generations, and these few pictures can only begin to capture all the memories we will keep with us always. We have no pictures of the excursion to Hilo Hattie’s, to shop for souvenirs and pick out matching Luau attire. Nor do we have photos of the pained expressions on the guys’ faces as we showed them what they were going to wear! While we shopped, the 3 boys went on an adventure, sliding and trampolining from a boat off Waikiki – and nobody thought to take a camera. Without pictures we’ll remember the little girls from the hula school practicing as we ate our breakfast, the sight of our fighting men & women all around us at the Hale Koa, and attending a church service under a shady tree with a view of Diamond Head. Our other senses have memories as well: our first taste of poi, smelling the fragrance of the plumeria that was everywhere, the music of Don Ho and the luau, and the fun and exhilaration of Mark Mauricio’s magic show. Hopefully the photographs in this book will serve to jog our memories and take us back to that special island and the wonderful 2 weeks we all spent together. Merry Christmas with love,

Rob, Tess, Sean and Conor

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Hawai'i 2006 The Trip of a Lifetime Hawai' i , here we come! LUAU Pua'a (roasted pig), Poi, Pineapple & Polynesian dancers. Wai hi falls...