Looking for the aloha in life

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Day 22 – Heading East to Kapoho

Day 21 Family Photo – On our way to Merriman’s

It was our last morning on the Kohala Coast in our gorgeous, decadent home by the beach.  Of course, there was lots to do to get ready for our one last move before we head home next weekend.  We have only one more week which I am finding hard to believe. But, before we left our favorite little spot of paradise, Mike and I trekked down Continue reading


Day 20 – Kealakakua Bay and the Mantas!

I couldn’t not choose both of these pictures that Mike took last night of a family with a goofy girl all showered, ready to watch Despicable Me 1 and then enjoy an early bedtime.

That early bedtime was for all of us, actually. Mike rose at 5 and then slowly started to stir his dead tired family.  He was ready to get on the road this morning.  We drove about Continue reading

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Day 19 – Paniolo Adventure


Yes I realize this is a screen shot, but James posted this photo on Instagram and it was the only way to capture it (damn, Instagram, can you be more difficult!) It will now serve as our Day 18 ‘Family’ Photo

Waking up this morning felt a bit like a dream.  We have been talking about doing a vow renewal for YEARS, so it was crazy to think that it was over. Continue reading


Day 18 – Vow Renewal

Day 17 Family Photo did not happen!  Argh!  But we did catch this photo of us after a short hike.  This was the same hammock that we sat in 6 years ago, when we first started talking about taking a trip like the one we are on right now.

The day started out a little overcast which was actually nice because it cooled our part of the island down a few degrees. (While we enjoy very little rain on this dry, westward facing coast, our small, beautiful, palm tree-lined resort is also surrounded by lots of dark, heat absorbing, vegetation-free lava. I’m not complaining – I mean, I live in Dallas, for gosh sakes where at this very moment, it is 96 degrees.)

Michael and I got up early as usual and snuck out Continue reading


Saying I Do, Again

So, we have been talking about renewing our vows for 10 years.  We actually had the pleasure of renewing  them at our 10 year anniversary; our old church offered couples a chance to renew their vows over the Valentine’s weekend.  To us, it was just a spur-of-the-moment activity that we thought would be fun to do before heading out on a rare quiet dinner date. I basically signed us up and told Mike we were going. I seem to recall him grumbling just a bit and asking lots of questions about how and why were doing this. (He doesn’t recall that, but I definitely do!:) The funny thing is, neither of us had any idea how meaningful those 15 minutes would be. Recommitting your lives to each other after spending 10 years together with some really high peaks and (fortunately just a few) really low valleys it turns out, can leave one’s heart a bit torn open, in a wonderful way. We decided to do it again, and this decade, we would take the time to appreciate the meaning of this special ceremony.  Of course, I had a few ideas Continue reading