Hawaii

Blondie at Tilles Center

What better way to kick off vacation then with a concert. Blondie played at Tilles Center at C.W. Post college on Friday the 13th. Nick Lowe opened for them with an acoustic set, just Nick and his guitar. The highlight of his set was “Cruel to be Kind.” The entire audience sang the entire song Read More

Golden Gate bridge

New York to San Francisco

The first leg of the Hawaii adventure kicked off with an early morning flight to San Francisco. Spent the afternoon at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Read More

Mount Diablo

Concord California

Spent the day tooling around Concord. Northern California is dry and brown. Mount Diablo is completely parched. You can see remnants of smoke from the Napa fires over the mountains. Found a great little sushi restaurant for dinner. We ordered so much food that the chef gave us a free tuna roll. Read More

Oakland to Honolulu Oahu

Had an early morning flight out of Oakland California to Honolulu Oahu. Read More

Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu Day 1

After settling into the hotel, we went to the Rainbow Drive-in, a local favorite in Honolulu.   The hotel has a wonderful view of Diamond Head State Monument volcanic cone. Read More

Pearl Harbor, Oahu Day 2

U.S.S. Arizona memorial The memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when their ship was bombed by Japanese naval forces. It was so windy that the Navy wouldn’t allow the ferries to dock at the memorial, so Read More

Manoa Falls, Oahu Day 3

Went hiking in the Manoa Falls rainforest valley. Breathtaking views with lush vegetation. Parts of the path are canopied with guava, eucalyptus, banyan trees, and lots of tall bamboo. There are wildflowers along with large patches of beautiful ginger. Manoa Valley receives the most rainfall in Oahu. The trail was muddy and steep at times Read More

Oahu to Kona, Hawaii

Another early morning flight. Landed on the big island around 9:30 am, picked up the rental car and did a little exploring before checking into the condo. Read More

ATV-ing in the Big Island’s oldest rainforest, Kapa’au, Hawaii Day 1

Had an amazing 3 hour ATV tour down the Kohala Ditch Trail in the oldest rainforest on the Big Island. 22 miles with breathtaking panoramic views from 2,500 feet above the ocean, including a secluded waterfall. Rode with the lead guide, Keli’i, “Junior.” It was like having my own private tour. Afterwards we went to Read More

Helicopter ride into volcano, Hilo, Hawaii Day 2

We took off out of Hilo Airport and flew over the Pu’u O’o vent. After raining for a few days, the weather cleared and by the time we took off the weather was absolutely spectacular. Pu’u O’o began erupting in 1986 and by 1992 had destroyed 200 homes and added 300 acres to the island. Read More

Black sand beaches, Hawaii Day 3

Explored 2 black sand beaches today. The first, Ho’okena Beach Park, has a little white sand with mostly black sand.  Had to take a one lane winding road from the major highway down to the beach. It was a small beach but a good place to snorkel. The second was the famous Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. Read More

Big Island to Kaanapali, Maui

Took a small 9 seat commuter plane to Maui mid morning. Read More

Maui, Day 1

Settled into the huge condo complex in Kaanapali. Around 8 pm the thunderstorms started. Heavy rain caused flash floods throughout the night and by the time we woke up the power was out on the entire island. Power was restored around 11 am, but it’s been gray and drizzly all day. Tried to drive up Read More