Thursday, July 12, 2007

Oahu & The Polynesian Cultural Center

The Turtle Bay Resort, located up on the north shore of Oahu was so nice. It was the perfect place to stay.
At the PCC, Tom was so jealous that the employees didn't have to wear shirts and got to have tattoos. Here I am getting a little 'culture'--ever the wild child.
Here we are at the big nightly Luau. Here are the men ( because men do the majority of the cooking in Hawaii...) pulling out the pig that had been cooking in the ground all day for us. Yummy!

The Hikes of Hikes on Hawaii

Here is the trail head of the Kalalua trail that takes you up and along the Na Pali coast (west side of Kauai, which can only be reached on foot or by boat). It was amazing. We hiked down to a beach and then inland about 2 miles to a gorgeous waterfall (our favorite).
Here is a picture of Tom. Behind him you can see Ke'e beach is where the trail starts. After the hike we found water (because we ran out about half way) and then went snorkeling there.
This is the beach we hiked down to...
Here's a picture of the Na Pali coast.
And here is me with my favorite thing in Hawaii: MASUMOTO'S. Pure joy in the form of a snow cone with super fine ice, ice-cream at the bottom, and sweetened condensed milk on top. It was indescribably amazing. We were on Oahu for 2 days and we went twice (I made Tom stop on the way to the airport). We'd have to wait at least 1/2 each time because the line was out the door. I bought the t-shirt.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


We had a lot of fun kyaking up the Wialua River and then hiking to the Hidden Falls. The water was pretty cold but it felt good after the hike.
Bliss in Paradise.
This is Tunnels Beach, which ended up being our favorite place to snorkel in Kauai. We saw turtels, seals, and tons of fish. It also had that eerie point where the reef just drops off and the ocean fads to black.
This was my favorite part about vacation. The day after our crazy 8 mile hike, I just sat on the beach and read. Lazy. This was at Poipu Beach.
One night we went for a walk on a long bike path that ran along the beach.