Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Aloha!


[Quietly the sun sets on her Hawaiian adventure. She steps from ocean surf to dew-laden grasses, from tropical trade winds blowing her locks, to blustery gusts from an October garden in The Sierra of California . . . reveling in the joy of coming home with a heart laden with many wonderful memories.]


Lily and I agreed that there’s no place like home . . .
but we did enjoy the away experience every chance we got.



Who could help but be excited about staying beachside in a village devoted to serving us with a full portion of Aloha. The Hilton Hawaiian Village met our every need with an Aloha and a smile. Whether replacing a lost room card, flagging a taxi, or wrapping another delightful purchase, the staff deserves a big MAHALO from us.





The stunning views from our 31st floor room,



The lush walkways



Complete with colorful orchids around every turn



Parrots



Flamingos



Koi-filled ponds



And abundant waterfalls




Served as a wonder-filled home away from home.



In the midst of all of the duties and loving gestures extended in the burial of Lily’s beloved sister, Susan, we still managed to take in some of the sights on Oahu.


One day we even arrived at the palace



Donned “dancing” shoes



And met up with a King.





Each day ended early for us
(we never quite adjusted to the time difference)
but dawned early as well, and we set out once again.




We ate and shopped and walked the beach daily for our
Island pedicure.



I returned home to my cozy cottage filled with loved ones, excited to share about all they had done while I tarried on the Island, and a routine crying out to be embraced and enjoyed. I have been a wee bit busy since returning from Hawaii, but missed you all so much that I just had to pop on for a sharing of pics and some friendly babble.

When next I post I will show you my “Unusual” shopping expedition, and food to match. Touring Hawaii with one who has lived there revealed a Hawaii not found on a tour bus.

Lots more fun to share . . .
but I’ve got a mountain of laundry to scale today.

I’ll be back later . . .

16 comments:

Karen Deborah said...

what a great trip and the photos are beautiful! Can't wait to hear about what you learned. I missed you too!! big hugs!!

sukipoet said...

I realize this trip was occasioned by a sad event, however, so much joy in seeing all this beauty and in thinking of you getting your oceaside pedicures.!!

Laura said...

Oh laundry
if you must....

With bated breath
& dreamy sighs

we'll await
the coming
aloha.

{{* *}}

Tricia said...

Welcome home. :)

Kelley said...

Oh I am so glad that you are back, I missed you!
Looking forward to hearing more about Hawaii!
Wishing you an evening full of sweet and simple joys! ♥

Kat said...

Oh how wonderful! It sounds divine! If hubby and I ever make it to Hawaii as we've been dreaming of I think we'll have to stay there. Is it all inclusive? It look beautiful!
Glad you had such a wonderful time. Can't wait to see more! :)

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

I missed you and am so glad you had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to hearing all about your experiences while so far away from home, and all that went on in your absence at home...life never stops for us while we are busy doing other things, does it? Welcome home!

jojo said...

Glad you are home safe and sound. Can't wait to hear more of your visit...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful!

FancyHorse said...

I so enjoyed seeing these pictures - it's a beautiful place! I hope to go there some day. Thank you.

Prairie Chick said...

MISSED you. What a WONDERFUL holiday!!! So happy for you!

farmlady said...

Do you have to do the laundry FIRST?
More pictures please. More stories too.

Lana said...

I'm so glad you are back. I missed your wonderful writing.

Kathy said...

Welcome home. Hawaii is beautiful and I enjoyed your pictures. Now hurry with that laundry and show us more. please......

imbeingheldhostage said...

Gorgeous gorgeous. I imagine Susan was smiling down on you as you enjoyed this beautiful paradise!

scrappy quilter said...

Welcome back, you've been missed. Absolutely stunning pictures. Although a sad time, it looks like you made some wonderful memories. Hugs..