Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hawaii Vacation Pt. 4 - Punchbowl Cemetary & USS Arizona Memorial

I think it is important, when you go to Hawaii, to remember the significance of those who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 and the following days after the attack. My parents took us to the Punchbowl Cemetary, which is probably the most beautiful and well respected veterans cemetary I've ever gone to. Additionally, we went to the USS Arizona Memorial. I also saw the USS Utah and USS Oklahoma Memorials but didn't have my camera at the time so my parents have those photos.

Something of interest to mention: My Grandpa's cousin (so a distant cousin of mine) was a Seaman on the USS Oklahoma during the attacks and was killed. I believe his body was never found. It was special to find his name on the walls.
This block centers the numerous walls that line the walkway up to the memorial with the names of those who have not been found.

Seaman First Class Daniel Guisinger

The center grounds of the Punchbowl.

These words were written by Abraham Lincoln to a mother who lost her sons during the Civil War.

The alter of the chapel. It was a pretty, peaceful place. That wreath was placed by the Consul General of Japan.

At the top of the cemetary and memorial.

View of Diamond Head and Waikiki.

Coming up to the USS Arizona Memorial.

The names of those still entombed in the USS Arizona.

The Mighty Missouri. We didn't go there since I'd been to it before and Ryan wasn't that interested.

Leaving the USS Arizona.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Will's Costume

This year I decided to make Will's Halloween costume. When I searched for patterns the only one that I found that I liked was a pirate costume. Yeah, I know, lots of kids are going to be pirates... but I think it is extra special if his mommy made it and nobody else had the same one.

It took a little bit for my sewing skills to come back, but I am very happy with the outcome. Before Halloween I'd like to take him to Sears or somewhere to get a few photos taken.
Will's final fitting. Just some fine tuning to have it completed. I'm still deciding on shoes...

He doesn't like wearing the hat. I might put a longer piece of elastic in it so it could be more comfortable.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hawaii Vacation Pt. 3 - Hanauma Bay

We took a couple hours and went to Hanauma Bay for some snorkeling. Ryan had never been snorkeling before so I was excited to show him... but he wasn't that into it. In fact being so close to the fish and coral kind of freaked him out. He mostly stayed on the shore with William. Mom and Dad and I enjoyed the water and wildlife though. I was happy I had my new camera because it could go underwater and I was able to photograph some of the things I saw.
Hanauma Bay

Closer to Hanauma Bay

Some of the fish

Even more fish. They were all over the place.

Dad floating around

I liked how the fist would just suddenly appear and then swim away.

That's me with that annoying mask which kept making me choke on water.

Diamond Head

Mom and Dad snorkeling. I love this pic.

Sea Urchin

another fish

This was kinda freaky when I swam over it. Dad pointed it out so I wouldn't miss it.

Sea Cucumber. I think before this I'd only ever seen dead ones on the shore.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hawaii Vacation Pt. 2 - Polynesian Cultural Center

We wanted to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center so my parents took care of Will for the day while me, Ryan, Ryan's mom and brother all enjoyed the entertainment. A trip to Hawaii is not complete until you see the traditions of the islands.
When we arrived the Parade of Islands had already started, but I got to see my favorite, Tahiti. I think it is awesome how fast those bums seem to move but I learned it's all in the legs, not the hips.

These were the little fish in the water of the parade.
The parade of islands -- Aotearoa is in New Zeland.


At the end of the parade the Royalty Canoe goes by.

Some of the entertainment. He said he'd jump from that coconut tree to another but he was just kidding. :)

Ahhh... the fire dancers!

Our entertainment at dinner (which was good!)

Ryan and me after dinner. We did have the "tourist" photos taken and did purchase them, but I haven't gotten them scanned in yet. Oh well.

The evening show has recently been changed to tell more of a story. This was the beginning.

Always fun... LOL!

My favorite dance -- Tahiti!

I just can't get enough of the fun, danger, amazing-ness of the fire dancers!

At the end the story comes full circle. Kind of like Lion King.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hawaii Vacation Pt. 1 - Bellows AFS

I am having the most horrible time trying to upload photos in my e-mail to send to family. So, I've decided to put our Hawaii vacation ones on here. At least there's now a chance for them to be seen. LOL

This is the beach side at Bellows AFS, outside our little cabin. It was beautiful. Even though it's quite a distance from Waikiki, anyplace in Hawaii is not that far to get to.

Trying to get a family photo. Ryan did save Will from going under those rough waves, but he got pretty smacked.
There we go, a nice family photo in the ocean.

Ryan with his brother Kevin. We're glad he got to visit! He enjoyed himself too!
Will playing in the surf with Nana.
Will loved playing with his sand cars.
He took them all over the beach.
Will wanted to play with them in the water a lot but often they would begin to float away as the waves rolled back.

My mom and I played in the waves -- got knocked around a bit too.

Mom and Dad on the beach