We loved Hawaii. The weather, the culture, the scenery - but mostly the people. Everywhere, every time we encountered a person of Hawaiian heritage, we saw a fun-loving, kind, gentle, hard working, happy, helpful person. Quite different from the 'native' issues other countries experience.
The first 5 days of our vacation, we spent in Honolulu. That is on the island of Oahu and some of its iconic places are Waikiki Beach
The remainder of our trip we spent in Kaluai Kona, home of the Ironman Triathalon,
While in Kona, we did a lot of day-trips. We went up the mountain to Volcano National Park to see a live volcano. Fortunately - in my opinion at least - we saw only the geo-thermal steam geysers not flowing lava.
One day we travelled to the south end of the island - the southern most part of the U. S. A.
A small coffee farm was one afternoon's attraction. A couple and their two children from California opted out of the 9 -5 routine and bought a run-down coffee farm in Kona. They have spent several years converting it to a viable business. They gave us a tour followed by some home-made chocolate chip cookies and a cup of the best coffee I have tasted - EVER!
Fred would be upset if I didn't mention that he and my BIL went on a deep-sea fishing charter and Fred caught a 457 pound Blue Marlin. He has a picture that looks just like all the ones you might see on television.
Home now and adjusting to the 6 hour time change. I have picked up my needles and wonder of wonders, have not forgotten how to knit.