Hawaii, as promised!

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Aloha!! Last spring we spent two wonderful weeks in Hawaii enjoying friends, sunshine and the best nature Hawaii has to offer. Here are a few of the chameleons my boys found at our friend George’s house. They did so much searching that George said they showed him more of them than he has seen in the 20 years he has lived there.

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Another huge highlight for me was the flowers! Things were still gray and dreary when we left Alaska, so they were a welcome sight.

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Here I am sitting on Mark Twain’s bench at Pu’uohonua O Honaunau, or Place of Refuge.

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This is the biggest fiddlehead I have ever seen in my life! It was bigger than mine and my husband’s heads combined.

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What did I say? Here are more flowers! This is the Ohi’a tree which bears the Lehua blossom. Hawaiian legend is that Pele and Ohi’a were both in love with Lehua. Lehua loved Ohi’a though which made Pele very jealous. She was pretty temperamental being the goddess of fire. So she decided to let them have their way and turned them into a tree, Ohi’a, and a flower, Lehua. So now they can be together but only when the tree is in bloom. it is a sacred tree to the Hawaiian people.

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This is at Akaka falls state park. The tall waterfall is Akaka falls itself.

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What is Hawaii without a little beach time?

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Halemaumau crater in Volcanoes National park as seen from the Jagger museum.

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A beautiful sunset for a beautiful trip.  We didn’t go out to eat so I have no reviews to make. We simply did what we do at home and wandered to our hearts content. we sustained ourselves with fruit, meats, cheeses and mac nuts. We cooked simple meals at the home of our friends or the condo that we rented. that also serves the side purpose of making the trip cheaper and healthier!  Wander away friends!

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