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.

If you have never been to Hawaii and you are planning a trip there, or you just want to know more about it, here are some good sources of information;

William & Jeremy Posing at the rental Will had acquired at the southern tip of Oahu, near Ewa.

We are all waiting for the Wedding, waiting for a family wedding to start.

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.

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!

William coming in from surfing. The waves might not look that large in this image, but they were really good for body boarding.

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.

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

This was the backyard of the rental unit that Will was staying at. Looks pretty relaxing doesn't it?

Will posing at the beach, and I am not sure if that is Ewa or Sandy Beach?

 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.

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.

More of us posing, waiting for the wedding to start.

Long day, lots of fun, tired Jeremy out and he decided to take a short nap.

Getting ready to depart on a helicopter tour of Maui.

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

Dana, Ron & Jeremy strolling along the Waikiki sidewalk.

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.

A great view of Diamond Head as seen from the National Cemetary of the Pacific with Honolulu in the foreground.

Waiting for the USS Arizona tour boat to arrive.

National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific, looking back towards Diamond Head & Honolulu.

Jeremy body boarding on Kihei Beach, Maui.

Will using Pearl Harbor as a back-drop.

Beach scene is Kihei on Maui. The condo building in the background was where we were staying.

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

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

Jeremy and Grandpa Malcolm waiting for all of the other wedding guests to show up for dinner.

Everyone is obviously having a good time! The dinner was very good.

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!

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

The observation area and parking lot, are just above the Halona Blowhole, giving visitors a good view.

We are huddled together because it is cold at the top of Haleakala (10,023 feet) waiting for the sunrise.

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!

Looking down from Haleakala, when the clouds parted, we were able to see the Maui coastline way below us.

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