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Waiale‘e

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  • Day0

    Aloha

    October 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Dave and I are off on our biggest trip ever. Since the flight to Australia is so long, we have opted to stop in Hawaii for a few days. We got to the north shore of Oahu on Sunday. It is a part of Hawaii I wasn't in when I came a few years ago with my sisters. But it is very familiar none-the-less. It is what you see in every surfing movie or video. The day was hot and sunny and there were lots of people on the beaches and in surfing. You don't swim at the surfing beaches because of the rip waves that would pull you under. We thought the waves were impressive yesterday. At this time of year they start to get bigger. But the waves today were HUGE as a storm came in. We talked to one surfer where the waves were really rolling and he said "only experts here".
    Dave is pictured at our vrbo apartment a block from the ocean, having a cold one in the tiki hut behind the house. We walked over to the beach for sunset. I think a good title for that picture would be "I guess we have to go home. It's getting dark".
    We did some roaming around and went to shops in Haleiwa Town today before the rain got heavy and sent us back home. Who says Josh Donaldson is the bringer of rain? We can bring more rain than him any day. After all we turned Palm Springs from a desert to a river last January.
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  • Day25

    A Wedding Extravaganza

    February 1 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    The plan for today was to meet Nancy at the wedding venue on the North Shore and she was going to take us to the Turtle Bay condo that the bridal party was staying at. Dani had offered us the bedroom that she had occupied and wouldn’t need on her wedding night as they had a bridal suite at the resort. We were to be there around 1 pm. Without any discussion JS decided that he wanted to take the East coast route as it was a nice drive. Well we got lost getting out of the city, ran into construction with delays, got lost again, and encountered heavy rainfall. We didn’t arrive at the venue until 3:30! The wedding started at 4 so it was too late to go to the condo. I had to change into my dress in the port-a-potty!!! I was unable to fix my wind-blown hairstyle or apply any makeup. I was not impressed. End of rant.

    It had rained heavily on the way to the North Shore and I was feeling so concerned for Dani and Chris after all the effort they had put into planning this day. When we arrived the rain had slowed to a drizzle and just as the guests were arriving the black clouds broke and the sun came through. It was a blessing for sure.

    The wedding was even more than I had imagined. Dani was beautiful and Chris glowed. Dani’s dress was custom made by a Honolulu seamstress and she wore diamond jewelry that had been given to her by her Grandmother. The ceremony was a blend of traditional with vows of “till death do us part” and Hawaiian cultural practices. The venue was beyond beautiful. The delicious meal was served family style with bowls and platters of food placed on each table. No expense was spared.....a conch blower, a singer, hula dancers with lessons, a fresh flower table to make your own arrangement, a photo booth, and fire dancers. I felt I was at a personal luau! There was a wedding planner with 3 assistants, 2 videographers, 2 photographers, and 1 drone camera operator. Chris had about 25-30 family members present while Dani had 4, so I was very happy that we made the effort to attend. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have had.
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