It’s time for Photo Friday again! How has your week? I have just now started to dive into editing photos from my Hawaii trip, and let me tell you – it’s been a bit overwhelming. Did I mention that I took over 1200 photos in the month of June? So many photos! That means that I’ll have plenty to share with you for at least the next month, and that’s a very good thing since I haven’t picked up my camera since I’ve been home. I’m going to call that photo hang-over if that’s alright with you.
One of the things that we noticed as we were flying in to Hawaii was the intensity and variety of the shades of blue and green. That was brought into sharper relief as we started the drive from the airport to Kailua. I cannot describe to you the sheer beauty of all those shades. My camera doesn’t even do it justice, although I have sure tried.
My friend lives just a few minutes from Kailua beach, and it’s where she grew up. After we got in Thursday evening, she took us to the beach for a minute to just see the sheer beauty. I just can’t get over the water. Now here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I live just minutes from the beach too, and while we have gorgeous sand, our water is brown and dull. I cannot imagine essentially having this in my backyard.
The first two shots are from Kailua beach, but the above is from Lanikai which is right around the corner from Kailua. When we were out Thursday evening, all of the rowing teams were practicing. It was beautiful and inspiring to see little kids in the water, learning canoeing.
The boats themselves are beautiful and there’s just something about seeing them lined up along the beach, ready to be taken out. As a side note, while there are beach front homes in Hawaii, all of the beaches are public. There are access lanes every so often and homeowners are not allowed to obstruct access to the beach and water. So those houses just beyond that dune have their backyard and the view, but they can’t keep others from enjoying it too.
This is another shot from Lanikai. I think it really was my favorite beach. (I have a bunch of sunrise photos from Lanikai to share with you) My friend kept saying that she wished we had better weather while we were in Hawaii. Temperatures were cool and the skies were over-cast. She said that usually in Hawaii, the sun is shining and the water looks like glass. I say that just means that we need to return. Soon!
Because we were wiped out after we got to Hawaii, our trip to the beach was short the first day. On Friday, our friend took us on an insider’s tour from Kailua to Honolulu. We stopped lots of places, ate some fantastic food, and took a ton of pictures. There might have also been a stop at a fabric store for my Sner. She can’t resist a fabric store, and the one we popped into had some great material at fabulous prices.
One of our stops en route to Honolulu was the Halona Blow Hole. We also stopped there on our tour with the Polynessian Cultural Center. The blow hole is a lava tube and can be very dangerous. Our tourguide from the PCC told us that swimmers have been caught in the tube, unable to get out. I suppose those folks don’t understand that the warnings are for them. The blowhole can shoot water up to 30′ in the air.
Just beyond Halona Bay is Rabbit Island. Some say that it is so named because the shape looks like a rabbit’s head, but in fact, there used to be a rabbit farm on the island. It is now a bird sanctuary with no rabbits.
The other attraction with the Halona Blow Hole is Eternity Beach, which is where the movie From Here to Eternity filmed a love scene. Our friend’s mom said that back in the day, her mom called Eternity Beach “Maternity Bay” because apparently kids would go out there and do what kids do…with the resulting consequences of such behavior.
You can see a few tiny people down there, and they were swimming while we were at Eternity Beach. There are lots of warnings about swimming at Eternity Beach. The surf is rough and the current is strong. As you can see, there’s lots of rocks – most of them sharp. We weren’t brave enough for a hike down for a dip. Perhaps next time.
Finally, a photo of the Sner and me. While I’m not a mom, I appreciate the sentiment behind the Get In the Picture movement. While I’m comfortable with myself and my body (who bought a bikini this year?) I don’t usually take many pictures of myself. Part of that is because I’m taking the photos. The rest of it is because I don’t tend to like the way I look in photos. It’s funny that it doesn’t bother me in my everyday life, but when I see a picture of me, I cringe.
Our trip to Hawaii was amazing, and I cannot wait to go back (our friend has two cute twin boys that are adorable!) to spend more time and do more things. Trying to decide what we were going to do for the short time were were there was overwhelming. There is so much to do and see and we barely tapped the surface. Do you have that problem when you’re going on vacation? How do you decide what to do and what to leave for the (hopeful) future? Let’s talk in the comments!
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Y’all were super busy last week and visited each other to a staggering degree! Thank you! That’s what makes this such a great community – that you support each other. Thank you for that!
Our final link last week came from Shiju at Cranium Bolts who shared photos of his littles playing with their toys. If you missed their fun, go check it out! There are kinds of great posts posted later in the week, so be sure you check back and visit them.
Thank y’all for your continued support of each other! I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!