Sunday, August 26, 2012

And something to celebrate...

After almost 19 years, Debbie and Kathy decided to make it official and get married - finally!
Congratulations, Debbie and Kathy!
We were so happy that they decided to have the ceremony here in Hawaii, so that we could be there.
The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was at Kailua beach park and performed by Minister Margie.

It was very special - just like Kathy and Debbie.
Time to Celebrate

After the beautiful ceremony, we wandered over to Buzz's Steakhouse.

And the celebration continued with great food, drink, and lots of laughter.

Plus some ping pong back at the Commune - why not?
Written in the sand in Kailua

So many wonderful memories we have shared over the last 20+ years.

We just have to keep making more!
Dock Buddies throw a party!

Back at the marina, our amazing Dock Buddies organized a wonderful wedding reception.

Lots of great food, a wedding cheese cake, and of course - - - - champagne!
Karen and her beautiful music

Plus, Karen brought out her beautiful harp, Fiona.

A very special occasion and Karen playing Fiona - magic.
And the Wedding Cake

What a wonderful group of friends gathered to celebrate the big occasion!

Congratulations, Debbie and Kathy.

May you always find love and happiness together - and come see us often!

PS:  Doug trying to give a toast and is speechless - that has to be a first - priceless.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Crazy times with Kathy and Deb - Part II

More fun and more exploring - 
A couple of cute Pineapples

The island of Oahu isn't very big, but there is a lot to do here.

And, I think we did it all!
The North Shore - rugged and beautiful
We decided to check out the North Shore.

Plus, spend a couple of nights in Kailua - one of our favorite places on Oahu.
The Commune

Doug found a very "interesting" place to stay - The Commune - well that's what I called it.

We had a wonderful time hanging with the other guests and playing ping pong (Doug and I were big winners!).
Where The Obama's vacation.

What a beautiful (secluded) beach and in walking distance.

No wonder the Presidential family stays here every Christmas.

Bowling with coconuts!
Loved the beach games, the water, and all that wonderful sand.

The best part - hanging with our Besties!
Canoeing up the canal

The Commune was on the Kailua canal and we got to play with the water toys too.

Lots of turtles floating along with us - how cool is that?
Loving the beach time

We highly recommend visiting Kailua - very few tourists and the Best Beaches!

Hope you get a chance to check it out for yourselves.

Kukaniloko Birth Stones
On the way back to the boat, we made a couple of stops.

The Kukaniloko Birth Stones are a sacred Hawaiian place.

For 7 centuries, these rounded stones became the hallowed grounds for the birth of the ali'i (chief) of O'ahu.  Hard to imagine...
Lost in the maze

And of course, the Dole Plantation - we had to check out the Maze - all 2 1/2 miles of it.  Around and around we went!

 It was fun, but we didn't set any records. Should have brought our GPS.
Enjoying Sunday Funday!
Who knew there were so many varieties of pineapples.

We learned some stuff and cooled off with some wonderful pineapple ice cream - yum!
Karen and her harp - Fiona

We got back to the boat just in time for Dock Party - who knew?

Plus, got to hear Karen play her beautiful harp - what a wonderful treat!
Ready for the show at Germaine's
And, if you are in Hawaii, you have to go to a Luau!

We chose Germaine's, which is a short drive away.
How do I get one of these?

The show was a little like being in Las Vegas, but we had a great time and really enjoyed the dancing and costumes.

Reminded us of being back in French Polynesia...

Plus, the Kalua pig right out of the imu (underground oven) was tasty!
Hula Hula

As you can tell, we had a wonderful time with Kathy and Deb - 2 weeks went way too fast.

We made lots of new memories, plus loved catching up - we have missed you!
Okole Maluna (Bottoms Up)

Please come back and see us again - maybe Fiji?   We would love that.

Enjoy the rest of the pictures!
Leaving our mark...
Battle to the death!

At the beach again

Catching the free trolley

What a view!

Oh yeah, having some fun

Paddle boat - low maintenance

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crazy times with Kathy and Deb - Part I

It is hard to imagine how much fun you can pack in to a two-week vacation, but we did it and had a wonderful time playing tourists with Kathy and Deb!
Kathy and Deb getting the Aloha spirit

So many great times and so many pictures - Wow.

Too many for 1 post that's for sure!

Hitting the beach at Waikiki
Here are some of the highlights - in no particular order.

Enjoy - we sure did!

What an experience visiting the Arizona Memorial.

It is very hard to imagine these beautiful islands and people at war...

The Arizona Memorial
The Missouri is a huge ship and we checked out every room and locker.

At the wheel of Might Mo
The Japanese signed the surrender documents on this ship in 1945 that formally ended WWII.
Pacific Aviation Museum

We had a great tour guide - loved hearing the history of the ship and details of the surrender.

Take the tour for sure!
Gunner Doug

Also, checked out the Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Bowfin sub (yikes - too tight of quarters for me!).

All in one day. We were pooped.

It was definitely time for Happy Hour and Pupus -

Sam Choy's here we come!
Hiking to Makapu'u Lighthouse

Next, hiking up to Makapu'u light house on the SE point.

What a view - Maui, Moloka'i, and Lana'i - very impressive.

Even better during whale watching season (December-May).
Doug trying to Boogie Board
Then, had to cool off, so headed to Bellows Beach for some fun in the sun.

 One of our favorite beaches and easy to get to.
Relaxing at Bellows Beach

Wonderful soft sand and great boogie board waves.

PS: It is harder than it looks!
We are right Here!

Another busy day - siteseeing is tough work.

More cooling off required so off to the Kona Brewing Company.

Best Kalua pork nachos ever!
You should see the sunset...

And the grande finale - sunset at Lagoon #4.

We had the best seats!
Stepping up

When you visit Oahu, you have to climb to the top of the famous Diamond Head crater.
What a view from the top of Diamond Head

Switchbacks, stairs, and tunnels, but the gang said it is worth the trip.

Sorry that I missed it - stupid work.
Anyone for a game of 10,000?

Most of our evenings were spent hanging with the dock buddies, playing games, sunsets on the water, and Mai Tai walks to Chuck's.

Our days (and nights) were full!
Love this photo!
And lots and lots of wonderful memories.

Enjoy the pictures - I will start working on Part II.

Lots more pictures to share!
Hubba Hubba

At the end of the road

All dressed up

Fine Anytime is right

Hanging with the tourists at Hanauma Bay

Pooped - just got back from???
Sharing the beach with Erma the Monk seal

Lots and lots of turtles

42nd Ukulele Festival