Celebrating Family in Oahu & Maui

There were a number of reasons why almost the entire family decided to go to Hawaii, ie; my wife's parents (Ron & Elaine) were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, one of my wife's brothers (Chris) was going to get married, my oldest son & his fiance came to join the festivities, and the rest of us came along in order to help everyone celebrate.

On O‘ahu, the summers are hot, oppressive, and dry; the winters are comfortable and humid; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 67°F to 88°F and is rarely below 62°F or above 91°F.

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Waimanolo Beach, Oahu
Will's House Rental near Waimanolo Beach

William & Jeremy Posing at the rental house Will had acquired in the south-east area of Oahu, near Waimanolo Beach.. This is a beautiful area with it's own beach, and this rental was only a block away from the ocean. You can see in image # 2 that the house had a spacious back yard and was very comfortable inside as well.

Assembling for the Wedding

Talk about a beautiful setting for a wedding! The Pacific Ocean was just behind the activities, a beautiful hotel was behind us and the weather that day was excellent. In image # 1 we are gathered at the wedding site, waiting for the wedding party to join us.

They had selected a Maui "wedding officiant" and he was dressed in Polynesian attire, which gave the wedding an extra "feeling" in that setting.

Haleakala National Park Visit
Sunrise on the summit of Haleakala

We drove up to the top of Haleakala via the Haleakala Highway (AKA "Crater Road"), to see the sunrise. Considering that road gains 10,000 feet in only 38 miles, it’s believed to be the world’s steepest route from sea level to 10,000 feet. The air is cooler up here at the summit — as much as 30°F lower than sea level.

The tallest peak of Haleakalā ("house of the sun"), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). It can be chilly at that height, in fact, the average annual temperature is approximately 50 degrees farenheit.

We are huddled together because it is cold at the top of Haleakala waiting for the sunrise. The plan was to get there prior to sunrise, so we could see the sun come up through the clouds. As you can see in image # 3 we achieved that goal, and the sight of the sun coming up through the clouds was spectacular and made the drive up at that hour of the morning well worth the trip!
FACT: On any given day, the temperatures in the Haleakala National Park can range from a high of 80°F (27°C) in Kīpahulu (coastline near Hana) to a low of 30°F (-1°C) at the summit. In either area clouds and rain can quickly replace warm sunshine.
WARNING: The drive to the summit of Haleakala is 37 miles long comprised of a large number of switchbacks, give yourself sufficient time to drive or you could miss the sunrise due to traffic! We left Kihei with more than enough time to get to the summit, then got stuck behind a series of cars that were going very slowly and were lucky to get to the top before sunrise arrived.

  

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Maui Coastline from Haleakala Summit

Looking down from Haleakala, when the clouds parted, we were able to see the Maui coastline way below us.
FACT: The summit tops out at 10,023 feet above sea level, but if measured from its base on the ocean floor the summit of Haleakala volcano is approximately 30,000 feet tall!

Scenes around Maui
Body Surfing at Waimanolo Beach

William coming in from surfing. The waves might not look that large in this image, but they were really good for body boarding. The amazing thing was that we were the only people on the beach or in the water.

Sea Life Park

Part of the family visited Sea Life Park Hawaii, others went to various other Oahu destinations.

  

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Beach Posing

Will posing at Waimanolo beach, which was perhaps 100 yards from his rental house. The beach there was always nearly empty of people, the surf was excellent, and we all had a great time.

Lahaina, Maui

This is one of the largest banyan trees in the United States. Imported from India and planted in front of the Lahaina Courthouse and Lahaina Harbor on April 24, 1873, this sprawling tree along Front Street is the size of an entire city block and stands more than 60 feet high.

 Quick Facts 

The Lahaina Banyan Court Park is located in historical Lahaina Town located next to the harbor. Lahaina was once the capital of Hawaii before Honolulu became the capital city of Hawaii.

Lahaina Banyan Court Park is home of the oldest living Banyan Tree on Maui. The tree is over 150 years old.

You will also find the old Lahaina Courthouse which now houses the Lahaina Arts Council and the Lahaina Historic Society. Many activities take place at this historical site throughout the year.

Click here to view the Wikipedia Page for this tree, the above information came from that page

There were four generations of the family present at the wedding, which provided us with a unique opportunity to get most of them posing for pics prior to the wedding.

Dinner took too Long!

Long day, lots of fun, tired Jeremy out and he decided to take a short nap. We had all gotten up very early that day to get ready for the festivities, and Jeremy just ran out of energy! I know that Celeste and I were both tired after such a long day, and we were looking forward to getting back to our rental.

Wedding Dinner

Celeste and I arriving at Chris's wedding dinner. Obviously Hawaiian "dressed up" is a bit different than elsewhere in the world.

Waiting for Everyone

Jeremy and Grandpa Malcolm waiting for all of the other wedding guests to show up for dinner. With a group this large, getting everyone to the right place at the right time is not simple!

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour

Getting ready to depart on a helicopter tour of Maui, on a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour.

The Helicopter tour flying past the western slopes of Haleakala National Park headed towards Hana and the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe'o.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters taking a tour group over Maui. This is one of the larger helicopter tour companies on Maui, and their service, equipment and personnel are top notch.

  

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Oahu Explorations
Visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial

Today was the day to visit Pearl Harbor, but of course you have to wait your turn. Our assigned time to get on the tour boat was a only an hour or so to wait.

If you aren't fond of crowds and waiting, this visit is probably not going to be fun for you, however, everyone should see this Memorial at least once in their lifetime.

National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific

These images were taken while at the highest point in the Cemetary, looking back towards Diamond Head & Honolulu.

Click here to go to their website.

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (informally known as Punchbowl Cemetery) is a national cemetery located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii. It serves as a memorial to honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and those who have given their lives in doing so. It is administered by the National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Millions of visitors visit the cemetery each year, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hawaii.

Click here to go to the Wikipedia Page for this Memorial, the above information came from that page.
Halona Blowhole

The observation area and parking lot, are just above the Halona Blowhole, giving visitors a good view. The blowhole was created thousands of years ago when molten lava tubes were formed from volcanic eruptions, so what you see now is Ocean water forced into the lava tube by wave action.
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Kihei Beach
Lets go surfing now....

Jeremy body boarding on Kihei Beach, Maui. The surf wasn't as high as it had been all week - but Jeremy was determined to learn everything he could about body boarding and kept practicing all week!

The Discussion

This is Jeremy and I at Kihei Beach, and I am trying to explain to him the importance of taking a break and staying hydrated. I think you can tell from Jeremy's expression that I am not getting my point across!

Our Kihei Beach Condo Rental

Our condo selection could not have been better - beautiful beach in one direction and just across the street were some good restaurants. The condo building in the background of image # 1 was where we were staying. Image # 2 gives you a glimpse of an uncrowded beach adjacent to our condo.

Polynesian Cultural Center
 Full House!

Everyone is obviously having a good time! The dinner was very good and yes "poi" is an acquired taste!

 Smile Everyone!

Difficult to get everyone to look at the camera and smile, Grandpa Malcolm & Chris were the only ones to respond to the "smile everyone" statement!

 Are we having Fun?

Grandpa & Grandma Malcolm posed for a really nice picture. They had a lot of fun at this luau.

 Polynesian Cultural Center Grounds

The Polynesian Cultural Center was busy that day! Touristy? Yes of course, but still a very good way to learn a lot about the Pacific Polynesian Culture quickly.
Click here to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center website.

 Dinner at the Polynesian Cultural Center

The whole clan got together for a luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Dinner was very good and included various Polynesian items like poi, etc.

 Anniversary Dance

Ron & Elaine Malcolm celebrating their anniversary. They almost won the "who travelled the furthest to be here" award.


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