Eugene Cho

hawaii trip 1


Why can’t we have beaches like this in Seattle? 

Rain has ceased and the sun’s out.  A little cloudy but no complaints since it shields us from the sun.  Maybe because it’s not yet the holidays or school break or there’s something we don’t know about, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the small crowds in Waikiki.  The beaches and pools seem very empty which is great for us.

Filed under: family, travel

5 Responses

  1. Leo says:

    hmm… the huge sewage spill was over 9 months ago… so must be something else going on…

  2. I was disillusioned with Hawaii when I discovered they imported sand from Australia to put on the Waikiki beach.

  3. e cho says:

    christine: you’ve joined destroyed my hawaiian worldview!

  4. BK says:

    Glad to hear you are enjoying yourselves. Your family deserves this nice vacation!

  5. beattieblog says:

    wow – good for you guys. Having been born in Hawaii but then moved to Walla Walla, WA at age 4, these kinds of pictures still make me ask “Why?”.

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