Aloha from beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Yuppers, that's what I said, Hawaii!! We are here for 13 days - 10 on Ohau and 3 on Hilo. While this may be paradise, beautiful white, black, pink sandy beaches, turquoise blue and emerald green waters with cotton candy whispy clouds, it is extremely expensive here. For example a simple drink like pina colatta is $15 or try a bowl of oatmeal for $10! So we go looking for the least expensive places to eat and most of the things we like to do are free.
While we are here we will be touring the Arizona Memorial, going on a dinner cruise at sunset on a catamaran and going on a whale watch lunch cruise. I will be taking lots and lots of pictures as ideas for thread painting and quilt art are bountiful here.
Looking out off our balcony at the J.W. Marriott there is a beautiful "Disney Hotel" resort across from us whose outer structure looks like the old Hawaii dugout canoes and there are engravings on the sides of the building that tell, in picture story form, the history of the forming of the Islands. It is similar to the story of some Native American tribes that talk about the Native peoples living on the back of turtle.
Gotta run, adventure is calling, but just needed to check in and share the experience.
Aloha and Mahalo!