Our hotel faced the Ala Wai canal. Ross went out at sunrise and took a few pictures.
We were upgraded to a corner room on the 8th floor - ours is on the right. Not bad for $100 a night!
Mmmm, malasadas! I'd never had one before we went to Hawaii. Fresh, hot, delicious.
This was our first stop on our mini-LOST filming sites tour. Sacred Hearts Academy was used in several episodes of LOST, including the finale.
For a small donation, one of the guys who works at the school unlocked the church so we could go in. That was an unexpected bonus.
Look familiar from the finale?
I got the directions wrong, so we ended up stopping at the wrong cemetery, but this one was pretty interesting - the Royal Mausoleum.
It's super windy at the Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside. Supposedly, if the wind is strong enough, it will support your weight.
I loved the twisted roots on this tree at Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside.
We took the one-hour tour (the one-hour tour...) at Kualoa Ranch. Many movies and TV shows have been shot there.
The old sugar mill at Kualoa Ranch.
Kualoa Ranch turned this old World War II bunker into a museum. Here's the submarine from LOST; the bunker itself was also a filming site.
There's a whole room devoted to LOST - wait, is that the Smoke Monster?
I brought one of the "smoke monster" mittens I knitted for Ross to "enhance" our pictures.
Most of Jurassic Park was filmed on Kauai, but the scene where everyone's running from dinosaurs in a meadow was filmed here.
Unfortunately, the bus didn't stop long enough for me to get out and walk on the course. You have to take a more expensive tour to do that.
Some Godzilla remake was shot here.
Papa'iloa Beach, aka the main beach used on LOST. The first beach was too close to the highway; to get to this one, you have to park by some houses and walk a few minutes.
Why is there a polar bear on a tropical island?
It's the Smoke Monster! Run!
In retrospect, I should have shaken the plants around to get more of a blurred effect. Just use your imagination, OK?
The beach camp.
More beach camp.
LOST used YMCA Camp Erdman as the headquarters of the Dharma Initiative, aka Dharmaville, aka the Others' compound. I started giggling when we got here.
I had to have this shot. It was my destiny.
Rainbow Drive-In is a Honolulu institution. We had a really good plate breakfast here. It was also a LOST filming site.
We rented a condo at the Grand Champions Villas in Wailea for our time on Maui.
The condo has a pretty good selection of beach equipment, and Kyle had to try out the ukulele.
Breakfast on the lanai was nice.
My brother-in-law, Eric, and his lovely bride Joni.
The Roberts/Gardner/Knode clan.
Eric had his tuxedo pants altered.
Eric, Joni, and her mom Teri.
Storm clouds were moving in over West Maui just before the wedding.
Joni's dad, Ray, and Eric's dad, Hugh, performed the ceremony.
Sarah won the contest and got to blow the conch shell before the ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts :-)
It was a lovely wedding at a gorgeous location. The clouds gave us a rather dramatic sunset.
People kiteboarding at Kanaha Beach Park just outside Kahului.
Since the wedding was family only, Eric and Joni had a reception the next evening to include their friends in the celebration. They reread their vows for everyone.
Eric and Joni's first dance as a married couple. They met in a local ballroom dancing group. They're very good, as are all their friends. It was kind of intimidating for those of us whose dancing skills haven't evolved from our high school prom days!
Ross got a little better picture of Eric and Joni's wedding dance. At least you can see Joni has legs!
After the reception, we rented a separate car so we could drive the road to Hana. We had quite the hike to find this little waterfall. We also discovered Maui mud is pretty hard to clean off!
The Wailua State Wayside is really worth a stop. We spotted five waterfalls across the valley.
Waipio State Wayside on the road to Hana. It looks like we were going for an impressionist effect with the camcorder - that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :-D