Friday, March 19, 2010

Grandma and Grandpa with AZ Kuoppala grandchildren

Aloha!  We had just returned from our week stay in Oahu.  Got our 50th state capitol
picture.  Center is open to the sky and around the opening it is meant to look like a
volcano.  The pillars in front and back represent all the Hawai'ian islands.  Next day to
the Arizona Memorial, a consecrated site.  Those who were on shore leave on the day
"that will live in infamy", if they so desire, when they pass away they can be cremated and entombed on the Arizona.  There is still a drop of oil coming to the surface every once in awhile,  referred to as tears of those there entombed.

Went to the North Shore but the waves weren't as high as they are "in Winter" though there were many body surfing.  Stopped at the Polynesian Culture Center.  First thing we came to was a picture opportunity in a grass skirt!  We did not stay for the evening
preformance and we never did see a luau!

Walked the beach of Waikiki but on the sidewalk!  Lots of people sunbathing.  The
beautiful park like grounds next to the beach is home to many, many homeless.  We went on a 2 1/2 hr. whale watch lunch cruise.  Did get whale pictures but not with their tail up, just rolling over.  We had been warned to dress warmly when I made the reservations but it was not too cold on deck for us Minnesotans.

It seemed as though we were in a foreign country.  Yes, English spoken but other
languages we didn't understand.  Rode the buses but the street names were also like a
foreign country:  Kaiulani, Uluniu, Kealohilani, and our hotel the Royal Garden was located on Olohana, just a block off one of the main bus routes. 

Your father tans so quickly and I just get red.  Many sites we didn't get to, one being
the Dole Plantation.       Aloha.


Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Can't wait to see all of your pictures! Welcome home! How are Laurie and Elsie doing? Were you able to stay healthy on the trip?

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Lauri and Elsie were doing fine,
getting older as we are. They will
come to MN if someone else drives.
Saw their 2 daughters and their families. Alexia was on spring brake.

I am still carrying the pills the
Dr. prescribed if I feel like I may
be getting pneumonia when we drove
to Alaska. My lungs were o.k. but
the knee gave some problems. Sitting on the plane, then getting up was difficult after sitting a long time. Or walking alot, the knee didn't like that either.

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Love the picture!

Can't wait to see the entire trip all pulled together in whatever fashion you decide to do it. Will be at treat!


Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Was fun to see some of the pictures, but will be excited to see all of them next time :)

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

We look forward to seeing the pictures and hearing detailed stories soon.

Cute picture of you with the AZ grandkids. They are a beautiful bunch!

We just got back this evening from Seattle and Longview. Had a great time. It was special to see the kids/grandkids in their own environment and special to be at Kayla's wedding. From reports we have heard so far, things went well here while we were gone so maybe we can do it again some time :).