Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hawaii Day 9 - Diamond Head and then home (2-15-11)

Last day.  :(

Entrance to the crater.

Inside the crater, we had just enough time for a peek.

Back outside the crater, a view toward Koko crater.  The haze is 'vog'.

Hawaii Day 8 - Foster Botanical Garden, Jen & Ken's wedding (2-14-11)

Boring houseplants on the mainland are vibrant here.
Baobab tree
Cannonball tree
Its flower and cannonballs are on spindly branches off the trunk.
And it has what seems like a normal canopy above.
Sausage tree
One of the ancient species that look like tall pineapples.
Many sorts of palms...

...this one had menacing thorns.
I'm next to the Kapok tree, second from left.  People between the trees in the right background give scale (the large one at right is a Pod tree).
Jennifer and I in the palm forest.

The large tree is a Quipo palm.
On the way to the wedding in my new shirt from Bailey's.
Wedding setup at Moli'i Pond at Kualoa Ranch.
Ominous cloud bank, reception under cover.
Cutting the cake.

Hawaii Day 7 - Punchbowl crater, Chinatown, Bailey's Aloha shirts (2-13-11)

Punchbowl crater

Interesting root system

Bullfrog, anyone?


Typical store

Colorful fish

It's easy to get overwhelmed at Bailey's!

Lunch in our room..

...from our favorite - South Shore Grill.

A different kind of convertible.

Many nurseries in the Waimanalo area.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hawaii Day 6 - Byodo-In Temple, wedding rehearsal, and more beaches! (2-12-11)

H3 on the south side of the ridge, never know what the weather on the other side will be...
The clouds forming on the north side of the ridge.

A reincarnated traveler.
Byodo-In Temple
Ringing the bell.
Jen and Ken's wedding rehearsal.
Malasadas are the local specialty, sort of a donut without a hole.
Waimanalo Beach Park
More semi-permanent campers.
These guys look legit... actually we had a coconut from them, it was good!
Behind the hedge on the left is the 'Robin Masters' estate.
Makapu'U Beach
'From Here to Eternity' beach alongside Koko crater.
Back to Waikiki at the Halekulani's bar called House Without a Key for drinks...
...and great classic Hawaiian music.  Recommended!   (Note the ubiquitous 3 businessmen in front of us talking about the best way to spend their per diem while in Hawaii!)