The Story of Us: 2013 Final Day in Hawaii

When we first reached the Helona Blowhole area we stopped at an overlook area thinking that this was where the blowhole was located. We soon realized it was not. It was a place to look at the coast line. Further down Hanauma Bay we found Helona Blowhole. The blowhole is created by water being forced […]

The Story of Us: 2013 A Magical Place

The Kelly’s picked us up at the cruise port and we were off to Aulani, a beachfront paradise, for two days of relaxation. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, sets on the white sandy shores of O’ahu in Ko Olina. Upon our arrival we were presented with leis. By this time we were getting a […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 7

This was a day to celebrate Lupe’s birthday, but it did not start off well. We first had to make a visit to Urgent Care. While Lupe visited with the doctor we visited Island Snow Shaved Ice, just next door to urgent care. This is where I found out I love Hawaiian shaved ice. What […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 6

We arrived at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service. It was free to the public with a museum with exhibits about the attack. On the center’s grounds, along the shoreline, are exhibits and a Remembrance Circle. The Circle pays tribute to the men, women and children, both military and civilian, who […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 5

Our day started at the Honolulu Museum of Art, the orientation center for Shangri La tours. Shangri La is an estate own by Doris Duke, who at 12 inherited about $100 million dollars. In the 1930s, during her around the world honeymoon, she purchased the five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head now […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 4

We stopped in at Tropical Farms, located on Kamehameha Highway with the Pacific Ocean on the backside of the building. This is a touristy shop but it was worth the time to stop. We sampled great coffee and macadamia nut tastings to help us decide which product to buy. There were also free macadamia nuts […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 3

We were told to be sure to check out “Gus” the huge Banyan tree on the beach side of the hotel. We had seen Banyan trees as we traveled the island but none as large as “Gus.” The courtyard between the two main buildings were beautiful. Our first visit to Waikiki Beach we had drinks […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 2

In October we were off with the Rotchfords to Hawaii to visit with their daughter and her family, Carmen, Jamie, Ian and Connor. Steve and I flew to Dallas, where we met up the Fred and Lupe. Fred had arranged for us to fly first class. In Dallas we waited in the American Airlines Admirals […]

The Story of Us: 2013 Part 1

Fred and Lupe came to celebrate our 43rd anniversary and my 63rd birthday. We went to STIX, out at Legends, to have a Hibachi dinner. Habachi is always fun with the chef’s quick-handed, knife wielding of the flaming teppanyaki grill. The meat, vegetable and seafood dishes are cooked on a high heat, melt cooking plate. […]


Helona Blowhole is a fun spectacle on Oahu, Hawaii off of Hanauma Bay, is created by water being forced through a lava tube and into the air. On windy days when the tide is high, the ocean breeze sends the waves rolling on to the shore where the rock formation then shoots sea spray high […]