Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone and your families! Christ is born.

I just had a wonderful lamb Christmas eve dinner with my parents. My Mom cooked an amazing dinner! Here is a picture of Pop and me just after dinner and presents.

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Pop and Paul Christmas 2018 Oregon

Hanalei & Poipu [POY-poo]

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Coconut Tree

Since the Royal Coconut Coast (the East side of Kauai) is midway between the lush North Shore area and the drier South Shore, it is easy to take day trips in either direction.

The Hanalei Bay area boasts a beach with a famous pier and the community of Princeville; the mountain backdrop with long white waterfalls is magnificent. The North receives more rain than either the East or South sides and is extremely lush!

Poipu Beach, voted America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel, is situated on the drier South Shore. If you want to splurge, stay at the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa in Poipu, where the lobby looks straight out onto the ocean. A great place for a honeymoon! Room prices range from around $500 to $1000 a night with the Presidential Suites ranging from $2500 to $5000 a night.

On route to the South Shore, we drove on a section of highway with large trees on either side that curved over the top to form an arch and a tunnel. Kauai’s natural surroundings can be awe inspiring! Poipu Beach is next to Old Koala, which is “a charming town rooted in its plantation past.”

Below are some photos from the Hanalei Bay area and Poipu Beach. Mahalo nui loa!

 

 

 

Family Trip to Waikiki

A week ago, I took my parents on a Hawaiian vacation. We stayed in a Honolulu apartment, a block from Waikiki beach. My father is rehabilitating from successful neck surgery.

A few of the highlights from our trip were the visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the awesome show “Ha, the Breath of Life,” drinking a delicious non-alcoholic Hakka at Yauatcha, almond-pineapple-coconut croissants at the b. patisserie Waikiki International Market Place, and crepes with fresh local fruit at Arrancio di Mare.

I also enjoyed getting up early and taking my boogie board in the warm ocean water. On Saturday night, I went to the oceanfront Rumfire nightclub at the Sheraton-Waikiki, where the atmosphere was friendly and full of energy.

Here are some photos from our trip: