Hawaii in the middle of winter is a blessing; the balmy air, the liquid light, the perfumed flowers.
I've chronicled my love for Hawaii in other posts like here and here, so I won't go over territory I've already covered.
This time, I did a lot of watery things that didn't allow me to take photos with my non-water-friendly camera. I hung out in an "infinity pool," paddled a sea kayak, took a catamaran out whale-watching, and snorkeled around Molokini to see the abundant, beautiful colored fishes and the giant sea turtles.
But when I was on dry land, there was lots of fun to be had. There was lunching with The Gals:
Bopping around Lahaina, looking at the quaint and colorful shops:
Scaring our husbands by sending them pictures on our phones of us wearing expensive jewelry:
...and sitting under this gigantic banyan tree eating Hawaiian shave ice:
I loved the elegant little birds around the island:
I like this idea, below. At a construction site, instead of the normal chain-link fence with tarp stretched over it, somebody added an outer layer of palm fronds over the ugly fencing. Way more attractive:
Of course, we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset each evening:
(No, that's not The Hubby and me. Sheesh!)
These twisty, stately trees cast shade on the front lawn of our hotel:
Right below the trees, Koi glided around in a stone-ringed pool:
Elsewhere on the grounds, I noticed the "palm trees" were actually banana plants. See the mini bananas!
The favorite thing I ate was this appetizer. Miso-sesame seed crispy cones, filled with seared Ahi tuna, bean sprouts, tiny shreds of cabbage, and a tasty sauce. I could've ordered four more and made an entire meal of them.
Tomorrow I'll share some cool stuff I discovered about our hotel. See ya then.