Monday, March 19, 2012

Mahalo Hawaii.................

"Mahalo" (thank you) Hawaii for sharing 
your beauty and history.  
Here's to the memories........

......of all the fun times we spent with your friendly people on 
four of your picturesque islands. 

No, Bob didn't actually surf, but the exciting 
ziplining experience will remain in our memories as a really fun time..........

.........AND when I armed "I take no prisoners photos" Bob with my small digital Canon during our Maui whale watch and he caught this great humpback fluke shot, he was as proud as Punch!

The lovely places we stayed........and surprises such as waking early to unexpected visitors who arrived under cover of night and anchored just beyond the garden!

Shopping at a very fancy mall on Maui.........loved this window display.

The stunningly beautiful grounds of The Four Seasons Resort on Lanai........

.........and the crashing surf over the volcanic rocks on Maui.

A lovely new, but practical, sun hat by Wallaroo - a treat from Hawaii - looks like fine straw but is polyester, can be hand washed and packed flat.......and will be going on the Queen Elizabeth with me for those hot, sunny days in India and the beach at Phuket!

This is Mrs. Teaupa, the friendly Polynesian lady who handcrafted my beautiful wreath of Tapa flowers in Kona. 
Tapa is an important part of the culture and traditions of the Pacific islands and is presented as a gift of high value on birthdays, marriages, funerals, and religious occasions. It is made by many hours of beating (with a wooden mallet) the long narrow strips from the inner bark of the Paper Mulberry tree. Before the availability of textiles it also served as clothing material.

The freshest foods for roadside snacking....including pineapples and coconuts.........

.....the thrilling evening at the Luau on Maui, more great food, dancing, and the story of Hawaii presented so beautifully.

Hawaii's topnotch restaurants.......the fabulous salad......

 ...............and my best ever fish dish featuring Opah, a new fish to me,(and probably my best ever complete meal in any restaurant anywhere, the others concurred) the first one on the above menu at Mama's Fish House on Maui!  Love how they shared the fishing boat details. If you're interested, 'upcountry style' was a bed of the most delicious flavorful black mochi rice, a wonderful addition to the rich fish and caramelized Maui onions, cooked to perfection.

Yes, Hawaii was a spectacular treat in so many ways.............Aloha!


  1. This is such a great post, Mary! A wonderful summary of your time spent in Hawaii! Another wonderful adventure!


  2. looks so lovely. The fresh pineapple sounds so wonderful. I can see why this trip will remain in your memories.

  3. What a fabulous trip. Love the picture of Bob hanging 10. And his whale tale picture is excellent.

  4. The food looks amazing! Another wonderful trip. Wow! have you traveled and off again. Love, love, love the whale picture. The volcanic rock beach is spectacular. Nice hat too. Happy travels!

  5. I feel as if I've just watched a wonderful documentary about life in the Hawaiian Isles!
    Stunning shots as always, I did have a chuckle at the photo of Bob Hawaii's latest Surfer Dude!

  6. More joyous Hawaii photos! That whole group of islands takes my breath away! I know you will treasure that trip always!


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