There was a rainbow to welcome us.
Let’s get a closer look.
There sure is a reason Hawaii is referred to as the “rainbow state” because man alive we sure saw a lot of those beauties.
The first day we hung around a little bit to get our bearings straight.
We also went to check out the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet which was kinda fun.
Ever since we first went to Hawaii years ago, Dave has been in love with Waikiki Beach.
It strikes me as kind of funny because he abhors touristy things. But it’s all about the surfing for him. He loves it and the waves there are pretty great (we took surfing lessons back then and it was pretty dreamy). So he naturally wanted to take the kids and show him that beach and all it’s touristy, great-wave glory.
It didn’t take long to get them hooked.
It was sprinkling on and off which felt great…until some very large black clouds rolled in and it started pouring:
(excuse the blurry pictures…they are from a video)
Dave also slashed his foot open (pretty deep) on the rocks out there somehow. We hailed a lifeguard who gave us some medical necessities to take care of it at least a little bit in the rain.
Maybe that might have changed Dave’s view of Waikiki, but somehow I think not 🙂
We hustled ourselves over to Cheeseburger in Paradise in what felt like a torrential downpour.
I love how in Hawaii you can go to a restaurant soaking wet in swimsuits and all is well in the world.
Especially when they have little paper umbrellas that go in cups. Is there anything better?
Of course it was all cleared up with rainbows by the time we left.
On Sunday we found the nearest church and loved the meeting there.
We also ran into a couple families we had several connections with there. It’s such a small world!
We loved taking the kids to Pearl Harbor and learning so much history there.
That is a fascinating, sad, and such a well-done memorial.
Lucy went from being mesmerized to being bored out of her mind, but I loved watching her read several of the little information vignettes.
I think the memorial built over the USS Arizona is so beautifully done.
I’m sad we couldn’t get tickets to ride over to it, but we sure learned a lot from the museums and videos we got to see.
Another rainbow waved goodbye to us as we were leaving.
We headed over to the East side of the island through gorgeous tunnels like this:
…to a gorgeous hike in Lanikai up some grassy ridges to two old pillboxes (army guard posts). It’s called Pillbox Hike and it was extra glorious with kids in tow.
We loved it.
It was a little tough on Lucy but I adored watching everyone take turns helping her and loving her up the hill so much. And also the look of sheer accomplishment that stretched across her face when she was done.
…and the equally cute one in the back?
I love them and also this view.
Max stood at the top of one of the peaks and contemplated for a minute.
…not sure if it was about his upcoming mission or how cute girls are at BYU or how much he loves his mother ;).
I think it is so beautiful how the grass blows so sideways, like a giant green carpet softening the curves of the mountain.
At the top:
My fav. pic. of the day: