A Trip to 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.
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William & Jeremy Posing at the rental Will had acquired at the southern tip of Oahu, near Ewa.
We drove up to the top of Haleakala, to see the sunrise. There is no more spectacular way to see a sunrise than this - the sun rising up through the clouds below where we are, was amazing!
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.
This was the backyard of the rental unit that Will was staying at. Looks pretty relaxing doesn't it?
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.
The Helicopter tour flying past the western slopes of Haleakala National Park headed towards Hana and the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe'o.
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.
National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific, looking back towards Diamond Head & Honolulu.
Celeste and I arriving at Chris's wedding dinner. Obviously Hawaiian "dressed up" is a bit different than elsewhere in the world.
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!
The observation area and parking lot, are just above the Halona Blowhole, giving visitors a good view.
This is the view from the top of Haleakala as the sun has just risen above the clouds, which are below us. Spectacular way to view a sunrise!
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