Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thanksgiving in Hawaii

We tried something different for Thanksgiving this year.  We rented a house on the Big Island of Hawaii for Jules & me plus our two sons, grandson and daughter-in-law.  There was something for everyone.
We ate, maybe too much.
Watched the ocean
Snorkeled
The three younger adults tried their hand at "Snuba"
Even Michael got into the water (more on this later)



















Mark, Mimi and I experienced the ziplines up in Kohala.












The birdwatching was good in the yard of the house we rented.

















Jules and I stayed with Michael while the other three drove around the island.  Mark shared his pictures of that trip with me.

They stopped at Akaka Fall.










And experienced the volcano's glow after sunset

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's yacht "Octopus" was moored in the bay while we were there.  It is the second largest privately owned yacht, though not quite as big as the Celebrity Century next too it.  It even has a heliport. 
Travel with a severely disabled person such as Michael is difficult but renting a house proved to be a good solution.  The plane trip from California was a challenge but one his parents were willing to accept.  We all got to be together and each had an opportunity to enjoy the island by trading off on the care giving.

You can find more views of our wonderful world at Our World, Tuesday; hosted for us by Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy.

18 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful trip for all of you!! I'm so happy for you! It does look as though a fun, great time was had by all! I'm so glad Michael was able to go and it does look as though he enjoyed it, too!! Terrific captures, Martha, thanks for sharing!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great trip. We like to rent condos on our trips. It is lots more comfortable than hotels.

That yacht is something else. I'm going to check into that.

Gaelyn said...

This is such a great idea for your family with so much to be thankful for. I would think Michael would like the free motion available in water.

biebkriebels said...

What a nice trip you made all together with the family. I see everybody had a good time. Those expensive huge yachts I saw this summer in Monaco. Don't know what to think about. I think you had more fun.

Diane AZ said...

Certainly a Thanksgiving to remember! Marvelous images, some of my favorites: Mimi photographing Michael by the ocean, the bird on a pretty exotic looking plant and Mark's waterfall with ferns in the foreground.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

How wonderful! Fantastic photos ~ Great way to spend the holiday with family ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

ps. loved Hawaii Hawaii ^_^

Mama Zen said...

Fantastic pictures! That looks like so much fun!

Gary said...

Great idea!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Island Rambles Blog said...

very interesting to see something warm this time of year, good idea!! and beautiful photos, lovely shots. cheers

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, good for you! What a wonderful family vacation, with plenty of support and care giving for Michael.

Snap said...

This sounds like a wonderful trip for everyone. A wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a great trip. I loved Hawaii. Looks like a great time and lots of fun activities for the family. I enjoyed your photos, especially the waterfall. Thanks for sharing your trip. Have a great day!

Leovi said...

Delicious photos, beautiful places. Greetings.

Robert Geiss said...

How life can, how life should be.

Please have you all a good Tuesday.


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Fun60 said...

What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving. To all be together sharing the good times and being there to support each other sounds like the perfect holiday.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Sometimes ideas are just brilliant. I think renting in Hawaii was one of those. What spectacular sightings and things to do that everyone could enjoy!

TheChieftess said...

Looks like a fun filled family Thanksgiving!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Smiling through this whole trip. What a great idea you had for a different and lovely way to celebrate TG, which is after all about family blessings.