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The Last Day (Womp, Womp)

It’s Friday night, 7:08 Hawaii time and all 10 of us are settled in our seats on Flight 239 from KOA to DFW.  We just took off and have already crossed the island, heading east over the beautiful but dark Pacific, the sun having set over an hour ago. We are all seated close together, Mike and Casey across the aisle, Shelby and Luke next to me, with more Strawns in the rows behind and in front of us, a fact I find both fitting and comforting.  I am going to miss all the action and spice that the Strawn 6 bring to our days Continue reading


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Wild Surf; Day 8

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Mike caught this of the Milky Way last night out on the lava.  Seriously, the stars are insane out here!

Our last full day on the island.  I am not going to lie.  I don’t want to come home.  I am not ready.  The kids, however, (all but Dan) are ready to come home.  Especially Bodie.  That poor boy has had a tummy ache, been hit in the foot, and today he was stung by a bee on the way back from watching the surfing lesson.  Less than 24 hours from now Continue reading


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Pancakes and More Lava Lava; Day 7

Once again, I got to enjoy the glory of the morning time here in Hawaii.  I woke about 6:30 and snuck outside to catch glimpses of the light coming up from the east on Mauna Kea and Hualalai.  Again, not a cloud in the sky except for the usual ones to the north of us over parts of Kohala.  Paige texted a few minutes later and was already hankering for the pancakes I had told her about at Hawaiian Style Cafe up in Waimea.  We woke the kids and got everybody over to the Strawns to head up the mountain once again, Continue reading


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Perfect Vacation Day; Day 6

Seriously, it was!  When I think of vacation, I think of beach, sun, warmth, rest, lunch by the ocean, relaxation, massage, fruity drinks and beautiful sunsets. We had all of that and more yesterday.

While I was up way too early yesterday morning wrapping up earlier blog posts, the crew all slept in and took their time rising for the day.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish, probably the best day we have had since our arrival on the island.  No clouds above us or even on Mauna Kea; Continue reading


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Peaks and Valleys; Day 4

It’s 4 :15 on Monday afternoon, Hawaii time. The first moment I have had since yesterday morning to take a breath.  Not too many though, because the Spicy Strawn 6 will pick us up in 25 minutes to take us to our big Luau in Big Lou.  But first, I must get down some thoughts about yesterday.  It was unreal.  I saw the southeast side of the island from the air and the northwest side of the island on the ground.  Having thought about it the last day or so, I have decided Continue reading


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Waimea; Day 3

My body is definitely starting to adjust to Hawaii time!  I slept 9 glorious hours last night, waking up at 7; but it felt like the day was half over by the time we picked up the Strawns at 8:30 to head up the mountain toward Waimea.

Saturdays are Farmer’s Market Days in a lot of these small Hawaiian towns and Waimea is no exception.  They have at least two every weekend and Mike and I make a point of visiting this amazing little town every chance we get.  (If we were to ever live here full time, Continue reading


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The Tuna and the Rooster; Day 2

Day 2 — another epic day — started out with once again, the O’Briens overtaking the Strawn condo early, hoping that Luke would come through on his overnight promise of a big aloha breakfast and, luckily, he did in spades!  Avocado and fried egg on hearty bread, crispy bacon and for the littles, big biscuits with butter.  Oh, and lots of pineapple!  Meanwhile, the kids were all over the place Continue reading


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StrO’Brien Tsunami Takes the Big Island; Day 1

That’s the only way I can describe the last 24 hours.  Ok, maybe I have a few other words…  whirlwind, party, chaotic blur. Also, wonderful, fulfilling, soul quenching, and happy.

IMG_4843Even though I always want to keep it real here on the blog, I’m not really in the mood to talk about all the things that went wrong yesterday, like the security lines at DFW, the man that threw the contents of his water bottle at us and walked away or,  Continue reading


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Alohohoho!!!

Mele Kalikimaka from the O’Brien ‘Ohana!

Oh, by the way, we’re BAAACCCCKKKK!!!!!!!  And this time, we brought reinforcements!  Hopefully, we are in the skies over the great Pacific by the time this post is published.  Yes, somehow, some way, we have finagled our butts back to the state that we love most (sorry, Texas, you’re holding strong in third place after Colorado).  But, for this particular adventure, some of our dearest friends just happen to be tagging along with us!

I am guessing that most of you reading this already know the Strawns; they seem to know EVERYBODY.  If you don’t know them, then you should.  I first met Paige Continue reading