Friday, November 6, 2009

Aloha sweet Hawaii

We're experiencing a change in our weather. Gone are the bright blue skies and glorious sunshine of the last several weeks. Today dawned very windy and rainy. As I've said before, when it's November in Oregon...all bets are off. Fall has arrived, and so we must adapt.


I say we go into denial and revisit some wonderful memories and lazy days of summer.
Shall we??

Here we are arriving at our hotel in Ko'Olina on the island of Oahu. My hubby's brother Steve and sis-in-law Chris on the left and bride-to-be (niece) Anna in the center. I'm the chubby one looking deliriously pleased with things and my hubby on the right.

The entire time we were there the weather was deliciously perfect. Hot, sunny days and warm, tropical nights. Who could ask for anything more? I was meant to live in a tropical environment...I thrive there. And besides; who doesn't look better in a tan?

Below is the view of the ocean from our room's lanai. I LOVED our room!!! I seriously could have lived there forever. The bathroom was bigger than my kitchen. Aaahh sweet memories.

The pool at the hotel and the cabana on the right. They served lunch-type food and appetizers along with just about any kind of drink you could desire. The ocean and beach can be seen in the background. There were 4 private lagoons at this hotel, each one rocked off from the ocean itself creating the perfect place for swimming. In the evenings poolside, there were dancers in beautiful Hawaiian costumes.

One of several water features on the hotel grounds. There were walking paths throughout the grounds with several pools featuring different kinds of tropical fish, sharks and eels. There were tables throughout where you could enjoy your morning coffee, a meal or just lounge and read.

At night these areas were lit with tiki torches creating a very romantic setting.

This picture doesn't really belong here. This is a very early morning shot from a completely different side of the island. Whoops!!

Okay, back on track...this is an evening picture taken from our lanai. We spent a lot of time enjoying the view from the lanai. Heavenly!

My hubby in his beach attire. These doors were so cool! When you opened them for more than a minute or two, the air conditioning automatically shut off; close the doors and the air came back on. I've never really enjoyed living in air conditioning before...but at night here, it was greatly appreciated. We snuggled each night under the down comforter and slept like the dead.
I would loved to have brought the bed home comfy and huge!!! No matter how hard I tried, it just wouldn't fit in my luggage. *sigh*

Such beauty, and so very romantic...

I am so ready to go back!!
I have a lot more pictures to share, so until next time...

moonlight over the Pacific

Blessings and Aloha from cingspots


hayseed said...

Looks heavenly, thanks for the 'virtual trip'!

fernvalley01 said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday , I feel warmer just looking at the photos!

Gail said...

Photos, take me away!

manker said...

heaven is where the heart (and horse) is.. today it was snowing spits and starts and i rode picken singing "Havanagilah" ... and the blue skies emerged the winds stopped howling... and it was divine.

thanx for sharing your photogs tho.. i do see why you're ready to hop on a plane

blessings and hugs

manker said...

ps you look maaaahvelous sweetie


Lea and her Mustangs said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, (big sigh) I wanna be there. Thanks for sharing.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Thanks for sharing. It's always fun to see vacation pics....looks like a wonderful place! I agree...I'm not ready for winter here.....ugh! Can't wait to see the rest of the trip! Have a great day! Luanne

Carolynn said...

Magnificent. I'm with you. I was born to live somewhere hot & dry. There's just something about the tropics that brings out the most beautiful colours. I really love that last shot of the moon over the water with the pink candy floss cloud. Quite magical.

panthercreekcottage said...

Now we're talkin! beautiful! I'm so glad you two had such a wonderful vacation. What the heck is a lanai??

Michelle said...

Beautiful photos! I love that the AC shut off when the doors are open - great energy efficiency! I've never heard of that before. Sounds like you had a great time.

gtyyup said...

The photos are absolutely beautiful! I'm sure they didn't do the actual view justice though. Thanks for sharing and look forward to the next installment!