Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hauula Loop Trail Hike and Luau

Happy New Year! It is 12:17 am here, which means it is 4:17 am there and people are still popping fireworks! There is so much smoke in the air it looks like it is raining! The different fireworks all around us make this feel like a warzone. Some of them are REALLY loud! The kids are upset and sleepy, but oh well, I am getting caught up. Today we hiked a trail here in Hauula. It took a couple of hours and was pretty steep and tricky because of the recent rain. The views from the top were worth it though, one of those is now the Love that view picture. This evening we went to the Polynesian Culture Center for a luau and show. The PCC is very neat, it has miniature villages of different polynesian people groups, Samoan, Tahitian, Fiji ?, Hawaiian, New Zealanders. Each group teaches about their culture and there are actual students from these areas working at the Center. The luau was fun, but my sister Molly's Kahlua Pig and Rice is MUCH better than what they served here. They had a show after the meal that was awesome! It had all different dances, including hula done by two "grandmothers", samoan fire dancers, it was great! This is our last night in Oahu, we leave in the morning for the big island Hawaii. We have definitely enjoyed Oahu and would definitely come back here in the future. We do really enjoy staying in a home instead of a hotel, and the North Shore is a great place to visit.


Mark said...

Hey Guys! I've had to catch 3 days at once as Grace and I've been gone to Enchanted Rock SNA. Love all the pics, you guys look like you are having the proverbial trip of a lifetime. The sand art rocks Madi & Carey...Mason looks like he's having a blast and Marci you look right at home. Have a great trip! Love ya'll! PS. Mason, Grace did the 1000ft. cave with me.