Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Blue Hawaii Blue Monday Part 1

We arrived back from Honolulu late Monday night after a very active trip. Thanks for all your suggestions about places to go and things to do! We tried to get them all in! It's nice to be back on our little island, but seriously, Oahu has special beauty! 

Highlights of the first few days included rainforest hiking at Manoa Falls, some fun on the beach, and a seaplane ride around Oahu. 

The plane ride was one of the coolest things ever--you take off and land in the water and then fly all over the island seeing major landmark areas such as Pearl Harbor, The North Shore, Hanuama Bay, and Diamond Head among others. We even flew over Giovanni's Shrimp Truck! We highly recommend this experience (and dramamine!)

Slipping and sliding around the rainforest

Huge leaves!

afternoon on the beach...

If you ever get the chance to get a bird's eye view of the island, check out Island Seaplanes. It's a family business and the owners are the most interesting couple. The husband's grandfather received pilot license #8 signed by Orville Wright, and flying has been a family love ever since.

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