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.
Celebrating Family in Oahu & Maui Map
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.
This is a great view of Honolulu and Diamond Head in the distance, taken from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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.
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.
Sunrise on the summit of Haleakala
We drove up to the top of Haleakala, to see the sunrise. There can be no more spectacular way to see a sunrise than this - the sun rising up through the clouds below where we are, was amazing!
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 (10,023 feet) waiting for
the sunrise. The plan was to get there prior to sunrise, so we could see the sun come up through
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.
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!
Sea Life Park
Part of the family visited Sea Life Park Hawaii, others went to various other Oahu
NOTE: Image # 2 is the property of The Hawaii Website and we encourage you to visit the Hawaii.com website to learn more about Sea Life Park.
Click here to go directly to the Sea Life Park website.
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.
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.
Celeste and I arriving at Chris's wedding dinner. Obviously Hawaiian "dressed up" is a bit different than elsewhere in the world.
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 lined up waiting to take visitors on various tours of the Islands. This is a great
way to see the islands in a manner that would otherwise be impossible.
NOTE: This image is the property of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
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.
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: Click here to go to the Wikipedia Page for this Memorial, the above information came from that page.
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.
Click here to go to their website.
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.
Everyone is obviously having a good time! The dinner was very good and yes "poi" is an acquired taste!
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!
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