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birthday dinner

It started as a simple trip to join Catherine & Brian in Hawaii to help Catherine celebrate her birthday. Sonia and I eventually extended our vacation on both ends to span a total of three weeks, with visits to 4 islands. It was great to be back in Hawaii!

We spent a lot of time snorkeling and felt that we saw a lot of beautiful fish. Be sure to see our companion photo/movie album with most of the underwater shots.

  1. Maui
  2. Hawaii [Big Island]
  3. Kauai
  4. Oahu


On this visit to Maui, we stayed at a condo in Kihei. The Kihei area of Maui seems a little more laid back than the trendy Kaanapali area. We found plenty of good snorkeling spots and enjoyed getting out early each morning. Plenty of good food and day trips to Lahaina and the summit of Haleakala for a sunset.

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Hawaii [Big Island]

We stayed in a condo south of Kona. Once again, we did a lot of snorkeling at several of our favorite spots. One highlight was a night snorkel with giant manta rays. An amazing experience. We took one long day trip to Volcanoes National Park. We visited Place of Refuge twice, snorkeling at Two Step both times. Drove the short distance back to Kona several days for shopping and other events in town. We left for Kauai on Easter Sunday.

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On Kauai, we knew that Princeville could be a bit on the wet side, but we got more drizzle and overcast weather than we would have liked. Not too big a problem, we just got in the car and drove down to the Poipu area, which generally had sunnier weather. We did a lot of our own cooking and got used to the local fish market, farmers' market and even the local Safeway.

We met up with Catherine and Brian for a birthday dinner at the Beach House in Lawa'i, then hosted them at the condo until we moved on to Oahu and they headed back home.

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I've avoided Oahu, particularly Honolulu, because I'm not big and crowds and prefer a more rural setting. However, in order to get better return flight connections we decided to spend two nights in Honolulu. Sonia found a great condo/hotel that was just one block off Waikiki, but still at a reasonable price. We opted to used public transportation. It was an easy bus ride [and cheap for senior citizens!] to both Diamond Head and Hanuama Bay, both of which we thoroughly enjoyed. After this visit, I'm more willing to make a return visit.

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