I love Hawaii. That’s where I went on vacation. The island of Oahu.
It’s been a long time since my last visit. I’ve missed the warm breezes, sunshine, gorgeous views, sound of waves lapping at the beach, music in the air, the smell of exotic foods, and the Hawaiian way of talking. (whew)
My first night there, I got off the plane and went out to find the bus to my hotel. The young man who was working for the bus company, tells me that it’s going to be here in a few minutes. He says, "Good timin, Sista"
I could have kissed him. It was so good to hear his accent, and to be called "Sista."
The Hawaiian people are so wonderful. I love that when they find out I’m visiting, most of the time I get asked what island I’m from. I should have been born Hawaiian.
I met, Mamasbooties (Leah) and her little guy, over there. We stayed with friends of Leah’s, a wonderful family.
We went to beautiful beaches, ate fantastic food,(Giovanni’s Shrimp Scampi is KILLER!), but take strong breath mints or make sure your honey has it too, because you won’t be able to talk to anyone if you don’t! We visited the huge swap meet at the Aloha Stadium, met friendly people, went to Pearl Harbor, downtown Honolulu (shopped till we dropped) and the Waikiki Aquarium.
I was feeding the little birds at Pearl Harbor, Leah was afraid I was going to get us kicked out. lol I was careful. lol
My last full night there, we went to Nimitz beach. Everyone else was tired and went home. I got to stay and watch the sunset. It wasn’t as colorful as some I’ve seen, but it was still beautiful.
OH, while I was on the beach, I met two young men who took a liking to me. Gus and Charlie. They were lots of fun, full of youthful energy and if I may say so, quite smitten with me. So much so that Gus was actually drooling! lol (See photo album above)
I had such a great time, and whenever I’m in Hawaii, I feel at peace. It soothes my soul. (I usually try to avoid
Honolulu, since it’s like most other big cities)
I had access to a rental car, so I got to do some really fun exploring. I went to parts of the island that I hadn’t seen in years, and that most tourists don’t get to. I loved it, and the people.
On the way over my flight was overbooked, so, they were asking people to either go the next day or pay a small amount to upgrade to first class…. guess what I did? lol Yep, I flew first class.
On my way back I had a big layover in Seattle, so, I used a pass to the Alaska Airlines, Boardroom. They really have a fancy lounge. Mahogany wood on the walls, a bar (free), computer access (free), meeting rooms, copy machine, and the morning I was there, free breakfast stuff. Muffins, all kinds of juice, English muffins, bagels, with schmear, yogurt, fruit… I was in heaven, because my flight from Honolulu was an over nighter and I was hungry! I grabbed a spot on a very comfy couch, watched TV and stuffed myself…. ahhhh life is good!
BIG HUGS, Steph
(Little Man is doing great! He’s up to 2 lbs, maybe a little more, and they took out the tube that goes to his lungs so he’s breathing on his own. Which is really fantastic! He’s still being fed through a stomach tube, but loving breast milk, eating more and more. I know he’s got a long way to go, but, I’m so happy with how he’s doing.) Please keep him in your prayers. THANKS! BIG HUGS, Steph