Linking up with Bonnie again this week for another round of retro memories...
In my digging, I came across a whole stack of pictures from a Hawaii vacation in 1981. My parents LOVED to travel and we made some major trek every summer to national parks, beaches, campgrounds...always in the car, always with the Kenny Rogers cassette tapes, and always with stops along the way to various rock shops and roadside stands. This particular summer, though, my parents decided that they needed to take their close friends on a trip to Hawaii. These friends were from New York and had never been to Hawaii before, so what better tour guide than my mother who had grown up there and still had people there? She conspired with her best friend, Irene, to put together the multi-island tour of a lifetime...and it was! (If you've been reading here for awhile, you'll recognize Irene's name. In 1981, I thought she was just my mom's best friend, just "Auntie Irene." Later I found out that she was my BIRTH grandmother. Read here and here for further clarification on that confusion.)
Irene and my mom took us around all the touristy sites on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. As many times as I had been to Hawaii with Granny for summer vacations, I had never been to the outlying islands and certainly had never done any of the touristy things, so this was a whole new experience for me.
|this is the whole group of us outside a hotel waiting for my dad to pick us up|
Despite suffering through the close proximity of a 13 year old boy for two weeks, I thoroughly enjoyed that vacation. It was so fun to hear my parents talk about their island home with so much pride and delight. Their friends LOVED the trip and were overwhelmed at the beauty of the islands and the warmth of the people they met.
|Macadamia Nut Factory, Hawaii|
|Fern Grotto, Kauai|
|Diamond Head, Oahu (it's that volcano in the background)|
|this is a postcard, but this is what our sinks actually looked like in the hotel...I was totally impressed|
|Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii|