The above picture was taken from the 41st Penthouse Suite of Megan and Robby’s building overlooking Honolulu. The kids live on the 14th floor so while they have a view, it’s not like this!
While in Hawaii, we took a nature walk almost every day and one morning we got a rare sighting when a big ol’ cockroach come running toward us. Of course I screamed because Megan’s conditioned me to believe they are very bad creatures. I screamed, it stopped, then Megan pointed to the right of me so I turned, then screamed again when a big ol’ gecko (maybe it was a lizard) came running out from behind me then stopped only feet from the cockroach. A few seconds later it ran over to the cockroach, took its face in his mouth, ran off to the flower bed curbing and proceeded to eat his breakfast. It was pretty cool I must say. As we continued on our walk we saw a white bird seemingly chasing a couple walking. On further observance we realized that the people were scaring the geckos in the flower beds and the bird would rush in and eat them! Kind of sad because Megan has also conditioned me to believe that geckos are good creatures since the Hawaiian people believe they bring good luck. Geckos eat cockroaches, birds eat geckos, and people eat birds … the circle of life Meg says.
As Megan has blogged, the North Shore is a beautiful place and it was my mom’s first trip to Waimea Bay so she got to experience the fun of the waves. That’s her in the photos below with her legs straight up in the air and Robby behind her laughing! Such a sport, my mom.
We went to the Valley of the Temples. The Byodo-In Temple was built in the 1960’s to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant workers in Hawaii who came to work in the sugar plantation fields. It is a replica of the 950-year-old Byodo-In Temple located in Uji, Japan on the southern outskirts of Kyoto. The Temple was a filming site for the first season of LOST. It was a very pretty place, even with the mosquitos.
In past years we have visited more traditional sites whereas this trip we enjoyed a more relaxed pace with Sydney. I took random photos along the way wishing many times I would pull myself out of bed early in the morning to catch some of the beautiful early morning light. In the end, there was lots of wishing but not much doing — that blow up mattress was more comfortable than you’d think!