The family and I are now back from our week work/play trip to Hawaii. We had a good time but it’s actually good to be back home. All is good except two things: 1) learned one of our older congregants broke her hip at church last Sunday and 2) Lance Armstong and
Kate Ashley Olson are supposedly dating. I go away for a week and this is what happens!
Here are some highlights, lowlights, and random information from our excursion to Hawaii to aid you for your future trip to the 50th state:
- Andy and Diana had a great wedding at one of the most beautiful backgrounds of Turtle Bay at North Shore. I’m not sure if people were looking at me or the view behind me.
- During their wedding, I had my first experience of a small bug flying into my mouth during the sermon. I took one for the team and just swallowed the bug and continued on. No joke.
- Peter and Lotus had an incredible wedding celebration as well. All stories are unique and amazing but theirs is truly incredible. Their celebration was very authentic Hawaiian! Haoles, packies, chang, choke, ono and whatever other slang they used.
- George and David were wedding crashers. They showed up at both weddings and just because they helped play/sing the wedding songs, they must have thought it was ok to eat all the food. Chris ate too but she has good excuse since she’s eating for two. The all-you-can-eat sushi bar one of the weddings was nice.
- We arrived on Monday and it poured like crazy. For about an hour, it poured like we’ve never seen. Thought for a sec that we brought the rain from Seattle. For our kids, it was no problem. They were swimming in the pool during the rainstorm – the only kids in the pool.
- Weather turned beautiful after that. Every day – just perfect weather. Mid 80s, low humidity, nice trade winds – every day. Did I say – Every Day?
- We’re not really fanatical tourists that go to every attraction. We just did five things: eat, sleep, beach, swim, and marry people. But one thing about Waikiki I hated: all these fancy name brand shops. And also, everybody speaking to me in Japanese. Arigato.
- The beaches were great. We enjoyed playing in the ocean but Christine nearly destroyed my vacation when she left a comment that she heard that the Hawaiian sand is imported from Australia. What the Beelzebub? Heck, might as we go directly to Australia then.
- Why were there so many Questers in Hawaii? Yes, several were there for the weddings but we ran into 6 more Questers randomly in Hawaii including my wife running into two of them in the women’s bathroom in Hanauma Bay. We could have had our own Sunday church service…
- Speaking of Hanauma Bay, what a letdown. Snorkeling there is just not the same as the experience 10 years ago. Where did all the fish go? What happened to Nemo?
- Speaking of snorkeling, Leo was gracious enough to drive us around for a day and took us to Hanauma Bay. Leo grew up in Oahu. While I had my snorkel gear, Leo snorkeled with nothing – not even goggles. He was going up and down the water. I was tempted to just grab his bald head and let him take me everywhere under water. He’s Flipper.
- One place that I’ll highlight that Leo took us was Leonards where they sell the most incredible and delicious pastry called malasadas. This is a must eat…along with Spam, Eggs, and Rice for breakfast at your local McDonalds.
- You think traffic in Seattle is bad? Honolulu and Waikiki area is crazy.
- $264 for a round trip ticket? What a bargain. Need to do this more often.