Possibly a personal record: My photos of the trip, edited and posted, the same week we got back!
Salem and environs
OK, so this technically isn't a Hawai'i tale, but we did start our trip by taking Amtrak to Salem and spending Christmas with Becky's parents. Then, on Boxing day, we flew from PDX to HNL.
The weather story
I'm going to get this out of the way so I don't spend too much time whining about it. The short version of the story is that a "kona low" weather system was hanging southwest of the main Hawaiian chain for about a week around New Year's Eve, causing all kinds of havoc on some of the islands, and causing Kaua'i to be grey and wet instead of the tropical paradise one is looking for when one is on vacation there. We did eventually get a couple of gorgeous days... and we'll probably make sure we go back outside of the core winter storm season.
Family and friends
Some would accuse me of going home solely for the food and the weather, but that's simply not true. It's kind of nice to see my family and friends, too.
Walks and other random travels
The Hanalei valley is worth a special mention. There are few areas I've ever been that are as beautiful as this area; the fact that 60% of the taro eaten in Hawai'i is grown here, and that the taro fields are also a bird preserve, is just icing on the cake.
And more random photos
Nola, on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 4:29 PM:
Hi, David - It's Nola, Michelle's mom. The red fruit is a Surinam cherry - we grew up calling them pumpkin cherries. Very high in vitamin C, easy to grow from seed(a nice bush). and makes great jam.
Your photos are great - many frameable, postcardable or calendarable or something...
Aloha to you and your family - I periodically drool over your mom's work at Ward Warehouse!