Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Polynesian Cultural Center

We spent all day on the north shore. We went to lunch at Teddy's in Haleiwa, and the kids were asked to help clean out a fish pond that tourists had thrown money into.  They each made out with a few dollars in change. They were SO happy.

We got to the Polynesian Cultural Center just after they opened and went on a tour of all the different areas and cultures that they have represented there.  It was AWESOME. We had such a great time.  The people who work here are from the different countries that they teach us about. Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tahiti were some. These are all countries on our list of places we will live and or visit at some point, so it was particularly interesting for us. Plus living here in Hawaii, we know tons of Polynesian people and love their cultures.

We watched dances, listened to music, learned stories and histories, got (removable) traditional tattoos, watched them make artwork, took a canoe ride, watched a wedding... It was so great.

We stayed all day, and into the night. We had dinner and the kids loved the fancy pineapple drinks Grandma bought them. We watched fire dancers while we ate, and then we went to another arena where we watched the "Ha: Breath of Life" show. It was the BEST. We cried through parts and loved how they were able to tie all the cultures together, explaining their thoughts on life, the journey, death, and rebirth. It was lovely. We had such a great time!

Here are some video clips of our day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

pool time!

What do you do when it's ONLY 81 degrees out? Well, my family shivers there way into the hot tub from the pool... So silly. That's the best place to practice holding your breath to increase your water time! 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

fun

Since the big boys were off of school for spring break, they got EQUAL Grandma time, which was so great for them.  We had a few picnic lunches at our playground, which included games of hide-and-seek, of course.

Grandma brought these cute little bunnies filled with prizes for the kids one of the days. They pulled either end and the treats came out! It's always nice getting a treat from Grandma!

Paradise Cove

One of her first adventures here was to the turtle beach. We love this beach! Lullaby was excited to show Grandma how to snorkel. We didn't have a mask that fit her face very well though so it was short lived.

We saw a few turtles too, but it was spring break so there were lifeguards there who didn't let us do anything. It was weird, but I guess with the increase of tourists there that week, necessary?

There was also sand castle building, and naps on the beach, and tree climbing. We love this beach and were happy to share it with Grandma.

Grandma Visits!

Grandma Kim came out for a visit.  As usual, she brought gifties for the kids. They were super excited for Grandma and the gifts.