Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PEACE AND RECONNECTION



Here are some more photos from our trip. I miss the beauty, peace, and serenity.

  











Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL


Jessica's first day of High School

 
Brooke's first day of Junior High with her friend. 
 



Brooke walking up the RED CARPET greeted by her teachers.
 

 
 
Sarah's first day of Fourth Grade

and Eden now has Mom all to herself while her sisters are at school.


 
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

LOVE THE BEACHES

Here are a few photos of some more beaches that we went to.
 
Ewa Beach  
Hau'ula Beach 




 
KoOlina Lagoons
 Hanauma Bay
 

Waimanalo Beach
 Hidden Beach
 Hukilau Beach/Goat Island
 KoOlina
 Kailua Beach
 KoOlina
 Waikiki Beach
 Halona Beach (From Here to Eternity)
 Laie Point
 Waimea Beach

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SHARKS COVE AND TURTLE BEACH

We drove up to the North Shore and went snorkeling at Shark's Cove. Great place to snorkel and see beautiful underwater caves and sea life, as well as tide pools to explore. 

 
 



 ...

One of our favorites things to do on the island was to go to Turtle Beach. It is appropriately named
 since there were always lots of turtles there. We swam with them and they are very friendly.



Eden liked to bring her little turtle toy and play with it.


 
 



Friday, August 16, 2013

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: 19 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

To My Wonderful wife: Happy Anniversary Today!
We have been married for 19 years, known each other for 31! Grateful for every year!


Below are photos taken from a hike that we did together in Hawaii called the "Stairway to Heaven" also know as the Haiku Stairs. This picture was taken at the first landing on the hike at around 4:30 AM. You know you have married well when your wife will wake up at 2:30 AM in the morning, hike in the jungle and up 4000 stairs and take a photo and look beautiful! WOW!

 
Here is the lower part of the hike.

   
 Here we are at the top of the mountain at the abandoned satellite building.
 
 
 
Descending down the mountain in the rain.



Coming out of the clouds back down into the valley.


Thanks to google images, this is what it would look like from the top on a clear day.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

WATERFALLS AND JUNGLE HIKES

This is Sacred Falls. I hiked this alone early one morning. Reached the falls by 7:00 AM. There is quite a bit I could write about this hike, suffice it to say, it is named appropriately.

 
"Tarzan and the Janes"
We each took turns swinging from the vines that hang from the trees on our way to Maunawili Falls.
  
 
After a fairly long hike, crossing the river multiple times and hiking thru mud, we finally reached Maunawili Falls. We swam and jumped off the rock cliffs.

 
 It felt higher than it looks to jump in.



Hiking with the Lohmeiers up to Manoa Falls. Beautiful Garden of Eden trees and forest.


 
 The family loved having Matthew and Sara Lohmeier with us on our trip.




The Manoa Falls.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 Hiking back down from the falls.

One more photo of Sacred Falls. The huge rock boulders at the base of the waterfall is significant. Many years ago, these rocks came tumbling down from the steep cliffs above taking the lives of many who happened to hike that fateful morning to the Falls.  A very sacred and somber feeling is felt at the Falls.