On to the "Gift," my husband's company sent him to Hawaii to teach a class... which happened to overlap the kids' spring break. So we got to join him! Oh, how thankful we are!! Though he had to work the weekdays, we explored a lot! A few things I wanted to share:
|Riding a Bus|
-Traffic on the island can be a MESS! (So take the bus if you can.)
-There is much more beautiful nature than you can ever see in a week.
-You can camp your way around the island if you are that brave.
-Rental houses are a much better deal than hotels.
-If you stay in Waikiki, you're missing out on the culture.
-You can get wonderful fruits and veggies at fresh fruit stands and Farmer's Markets.
|From a North Shore fruit stand|
Another important topic, which this blog relates so much, is treatment towards nature, particularly the animals. It seems when people go to Hawaii, they all want to TOUCH turtles, dolphins, fish, or other creatures. Yes, when it's been a dream to see these beautiful creatures in nature, it is tempting to reach out an feel them. BUT, as we quickly discovered, with all the tourists searching for them, there aren't many safe places for these animals to go. When we finally saw a turtle, it was surrounded by tourists touching it, while it seemed distraught, trying to escape. It did, and we did not even go close enough to take a picture of that one (to spare it extra misery).
And then, we found this one. Notice everyone obeys the "look but don't touch" rule...
Here's a couple more photos of the nature we enjoyed...
|Olomana Ridge hike. (The real peak is too steep for young kids)|
|Our son with the state fish "Humahuma-nukanuka-a-pua'a"|