Here are the pictures from Hawaii.
I know, you've been waiting so patiently.
One thing I was reminded of while looking at the photos again was how many rainbows we saw. It was rainy, actually, so that helped. J commented that that's not something you see much of in Southern California; not so much rain, you know? I hadn't really thought about it, but it sure made experience even more special - getting to see a good rainbow pretty much every day that we were there.
We got to see the sunset off Waikiki beach. Palm trees silhouetted by the colors of sunset and the ocean. Guess that shot isn't quite all that original, but it sure felt great to be there in person. Don't you love that fluorescent pink inflatable raft in the photos? It adds that extra something, don't you think?
We really enjoyed the Kapiolani end of Waikiki; less people, less crazy. We walked past the Zoo Art Fence - - local artists will hang their paintings (this is organized, not random) on the fence that surrounds the grounds of the zoo on the weekends. Made for a nice and lazy walk, getting to see original paintings, prints and photos. We'd cut across Kapiolani Park and to the very edge of Waikiki, find a spot to sit for a while and take pictures, just enjoy the tradewinds. All the families with their snorkle gear, their fluorescent pink inflatable rafts, bamboo beach mats and deepening sunburns... We walked out along this, um, wall (I'm sure there's a more correct term) that stuck out further into the surf. The water was calm and we could see all the little fish, including the humuhumunukunukuapua'a! The state fish! Well! How cool is that? Next time, maybe we ought to snorkle and get up close and personal to the fishies.
I think the colors turned out better in J's photos. I think his compact camera is better than mine (oh, gadget envy ...). You can also identify mine because perhaps in some photos you'll think that the horizon isn't quite, well, horizontal. I'm too focused on the snapping-and-clicking part. Or, perhaps you've had a bit too much to drink and your head is leaning over to one side. That's it ... (or, maybe it's just me).
But, hey, it's Hawaii, and it's all so amazingly beautiful.