In a matter of a few days, okay make that a few hours (flight time), I went from a place of clear sunny blue skies to one where the snow flies. From blue ocean and super warm temperatures to cold and freezing conditions. I went from the land of Lilo and Stitch (aaand Moana) to the land of Elsa and Frozen - befittingly.
Here’s what I mean ...
|from paradise ...|
On the weekend of Presidents’ Day (February 19th), we (Dearie, I, daughter and two granddaughters) hopped out to Oahu, Hawaii for the long weekend. A snowstorm was in the forecast at home for Sunday and Monday so it was not a bad plan after all. Actually any plan involving a day or two spent in Hawaii is never a bad plan. Unless, of course, there’s a real missile heading there at the time ...lol. And yes, the false missile alarm was still the topic of conversation among the locals.
Having lived in Hawaii for some years in the past, this time I’m back as a tourist. And from such perspective, the islands feel a lot more exciting, more beautiful and even much more inviting still. It rained heavily on one day, but the sun was back in hot vengeance during the rest of our brief getaway.
We stayed in Waikīkī, then also at the North Shore side (Marriott’s). It’s modern vs. traditional island settings respectively. Stark opposites! Then we spent a whole day at the PCC, my old stomping grounds. Though much has changed in the physical layout and available commercial offerings, the feel and beauty of the place and the people (students mostly) still remain. There were so many recollections and memories of this amazing and inspiring place which has changed my life in several profound ways.
Anyway, some pics to tell the rest of the story...of Paradise
|Waikīkī Sunrise ...view from hotel|
|...her favorite, the niu|
|...seki a le giu mamaka ae sali i le 'aisali mo'i .. lol!|
the vendor gave me a plastic spoon but I took his machete and
cut for myself an 'aisali...
Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) ...
|... a feel of Samoa|
chief's house in Samoan village (PCC)
|... Samoan village, from across the "lagoon" (PCC)|
|the umukuka... |
where I used to do the coconut husking demonstration years ago (PCC)
|..daughter and granddaughters|
|Maori Marae (PCC)|
|PCC Night Show - Finale|
|... touring Waikīkī|