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mckryan
09-19-2012, 09:43 PM
The "open air" hotels, airports, etc. was so weird when I first went to Hawaii. I loved it, but it was so foreign to me, living in GA, because we live and die by our air conditioning!

franandaj
09-19-2012, 10:48 PM
You take such awesome pictures, the resort looks fantastic! Sorry that it is your last night there and no more diving, but can't wait to see your digs on Oahu!

I remember seeing a show on the History Channel about the building of the bridge and how some of the workers died from the bends. How do you "bleed" the nitrogen? Is it just something that only time can cure, and you just wait it out or are there certain things you can do or take to speed up the process?

CarolynK
09-19-2012, 10:52 PM
Your last sunset at Kona picture is gorgeous! I'm looking forward to reading about your time in Aulani....

dgbg100106
09-20-2012, 10:27 AM
You take such awesome pictures, the resort looks fantastic! Sorry that it is your last night there and no more diving, but can't wait to see your digs on Oahu!

I remember seeing a show on the History Channel about the building of the bridge and how some of the workers died from the bends. How do you "bleed" the nitrogen? Is it just something that only time can cure, and you just wait it out or are there certain things you can do or take to speed up the process?

I think you can use a Hyperbaric chamber as treatment for the Bends...

cj9200
09-20-2012, 06:50 PM
Though I want to read more and more if your updates, I'm glad you're not hammering them out fast and furious. I'm able to keep up this way! I'm reading far too many TRs to keep up when people post long and text heavy updates and do them in three to four posts at a time!

That is a good excuse why not to update. "I want to give the Disers a break." I also have a lot of catching up to do on the trip reports out there.

All this time - I KNOW who she looks like now. She looks like Nina Dobrev. Talking to myself. :lmao:

Had to Google that name and I will take it as a compliment. Won't tell the kid or her head will get even larger.

As for the bold. Sighing. Heavenly.

Really enjoyed listening to the waves at night. Very relaxing. Told a staff member at the front desk and she said that some people don't like ocean views. Scared of typhoons or something.

WOW :goodvibes

Yep, it was WOW.

Nope. They haven't. :goodvibes

Considering all the money I fork out for that room, it should be nicer. Not that I care, she has to live there, not me. Toughen her up a bit.

How exciting. What a wonderful time for her. :woohoo: And your wonderful financial planning. :rotfl2: Good for you CJ. :lmao:

Thank you. She is enjoying her experience at school. Last weekend a few of her new girlfriends went to NYC just to look around and go to tea. Sure the tea idea was hers. A couple of pics from that trip.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Andriana/NYC%207-15/IMG_4625.jpg

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He's funny.

Not you. Him. :rotfl2:

No he isn't and don't encourage him. So I forgot when my vacation started once. OK, twice.

Nice. Yep. Nice.

One of the neat things about diving there were these huge swim throughs. Enjoyable exploring the nooks and crannies. We saw the sharks on one of the largest. Like a giant cave.

Priceless on the bold. :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl2:

When she was younger, I had to cut the tags off her shirts. One of her biggest complaints was that it "itches." Had to give away clothes after I took out the tags and she still couldn't wear them. Diving with a full suit bugged her. Made me laugh though.

And priceless on those videos. Thank you CJ. Wow. Absolutely. Breathtaking. I think I'm adventurous and courageous but I'm sorry I'll be vulnerable enough to say I would feel ummm trapped. :goodvibes But good on both of you to pursue such a loved passion.

Actually diving gives you a freeing feeling. If you are balanced properly you are weightless and free of the pull of gravity. It is so peaceful down there. Especially at night. Some feel claustrophobic with the mask and regulator. Fun hobby for me.

The "open air" hotels, airports, etc. was so weird when I first went to Hawaii. I loved it, but it was so foreign to me, living in GA, because we live and die by our air conditioning!

It was weird. The Kona airport was all open air and the same with the hotel. Geek Fact: Each state has two monuments in the Hall of Congress. One of the statues representing Florida is the guy who invented air conditioning. Tells you how important it is down here.

You take such awesome pictures, the resort looks fantastic! Sorry that it is your last night there and no more diving, but can't wait to see your digs on Oahu!

I remember seeing a show on the History Channel about the building of the bridge and how some of the workers died from the bends. How do you "bleed" the nitrogen? Is it just something that only time can cure, and you just wait it out or are there certain things you can do or take to speed up the process?

Thanks for the complement but I was hoping for better pictures. Nitrogen naturally leaves your system over time. Nothing you can do but just let time take its course. Another Geek Fact: Washington Roebling who took over from his father to build the Brooklyn Bridge suffered from the bends like many others that worked on it. When they dedicated the bridge he was confined to bed and had to look at the ceremonies from his window.

Your last sunset at Kona picture is gorgeous! I'm looking forward to reading about your time in Aulani....

Thank you. Next update will be soon.

I think you can use a Hyperbaric chamber as treatment for the Bends...

Yep. There are actually a couple of chambers here in S. Florida. If you get the bends, they put you in a chamber bring you back to pressure and slowly let "come up" to surface atmosphere. Luckily it is easily avoidable and cases are now rare. Third Geek Fact: Diving Tables that divers use to understand time and pressure underwater to prevent the bends were developed by the US Navy. Basically they told them to go at depth and see how long they could stay down before feeling the symptoms when they came up.

dgbg100106
09-21-2012, 02:20 PM
Yep. There are actually a couple of chambers here in S. Florida. If you get the bends, they put you in a chamber bring you back to pressure and slowly let "come up" to surface atmosphere. Luckily it is easily avoidable and cases are now rare. Third Geek Fact: Diving Tables that divers use to understand time and pressure underwater to prevent the bends were developed by the US Navy. Basically they told them to go at depth and see how long they could stay down before feeling the symptoms when they came up.

Pretty scary... But I know we have performed a lot of experiments, that sound crazy now...

kid-at-heart
09-21-2012, 05:08 PM
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I say, that child of yours just becomes more beautiful by the day. What is she majoring in? Did you tell her no male is good enough for her???

I agree with A, tags itch and should be removed from clothing.

kate

Tinks "SS"
09-22-2012, 06:58 PM
What an awesome update!! OMG. That pic of the nurse shark is really cool. Love all of the diving pics and the resort is really beautiful. My oldest has decided that he wants to go to Hawaii for his senior trip also. At least i have a little to plan and save for it. (He's in sixth grade right now).

Captain_Oblivious
09-24-2012, 04:23 PM
We were talking to one member of our group about the dive last night and she made a very true statement. Something along the lines of, if aliens came to the site they would think we were worshiping our gods, sitting in a circle of light just to observe these creatures. Made sense to me.

Just call them Neptune.

Took more pics but I think there are enough underwater pics for one TR. Really enjoyed diving here and it was more than worth the detour. Beautiful water.

I don't think anyone's getting tired of the diving pics yet!

Warning: Dive Geek Talk. Once you dive, you build up nitrogen in your body. If you dive deep enough and come up too quickly, you get what they call the bends. It was first discovered while digging the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The nitrogen in your system forms bubbles that expand on rapid ascent and creates pains in your joints and other areas of your body. In other words, it can mess you up. The same on the surface with going to high altitudes or flying in a plane. So, once we were done diving, we were relegated to staying on the surface and not going up into the mountains. We needed to “bleed” the nitrogen off before we could get on the plane.

Interesting. I wouldn't have thought about that in regard to the plane.

The Royal Kona is a very nice resort. Great staff, nice accommodations and overall a good experience.

Looks like a great place. Unfortunately, as I do my research I'm finding that most of these places won't allow a family of 5 in one room. :furious:

Up next: Flight back to Oahu and Welcome Home. AKA: I didn’t know I owned a place in HAWAII!

Can't wait to see it! :thumbsup2

kathymc
10-08-2012, 03:33 PM
Loving your report. We recently got back from a week in the Big Island and a week in Kauai.

Our snorkle/dive with the Mantas was a highlight of not only the trip but of my life!

Looking forward to more as we are coming to Oahu in December - my hubby won a 4 night trip to Waikiki and then we added on 6 nights at Aulani on our points!

cj9200
10-11-2012, 07:53 AM
Sorry I have neglected the report. Was a bit under the weather for the last week + and wasn't up to continuing the TR. Nothing serious but spent a lot of time laid out. Celebrating getting back to normal by going to the Keys with a friend this weekend. Not sure if I am going to dive or not. Once I get back I will post more often.

Pinkocto
10-12-2012, 08:56 AM
Hope you feel better soon.

Somehow missed the last update. Definitely not tired of the dive pictures. Everything looked beautiful.

Glad the Pirate Princess is having fun :)

dgbg100106
10-12-2012, 10:01 AM
Hope you feel better and enjoy your trip.

PKWallaby
10-12-2012, 09:54 PM
Hope you are feeling better and can continue your report soon.

I have to add that I have read (and enjoyed) your trip reports over the years and can't believe your daughter is already in college. My oldest is hitting the magical 15.5 over the weekend and can't wait to get his temps on Monday. I keep asking myself "where did the time go?" but no one is answering. The real problem is that I still feel like I did when we took him on his first trip to WDW (the day after I quit my job to become a stay-at-home-mom)...so who is that 6'2" young man looking down at me?

Thanks for sharing the great pics and stories of the wonderful trip the 2 of you were able to take. I was there in '95 (on company dime to obtain an insurance certification - plus a few days vacation/PTO) and I also remember the "blue blue" color of the ocean and the brown dryness of the landscape. Seems like yesterday (yikes - I am getting old!!)

Sorry, too much sharing...carry on when you can:wave2:

Disney Princess
10-18-2012, 04:25 PM
Your dive pictures are just beautiful. I love the night pictures with the Mantas. I'm sure it was breathtaking.

I decided to give birth in August, so I am finally getting caught up. Reading TR was not a priority when I had a free minute. :thumbsup2 I, for one, am thankful your report is tortoise paced - I can manage to catch up and stay up with the pace now!

I cannot wait to see your Aulani pictures.

lisaviolet
10-21-2012, 08:06 PM
We did see this guy hanging out to be weighed.
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Holy ________! :rotfl2::lmao:


Our last sunset at Kona
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Lovely, CJ.



Really enjoyed listening to the waves at night. Very relaxing. Told a staff member at the front desk and she said that some people don't like ocean views. Scared of typhoons or something.



I lived in Japan for awhile. Sendai. Students were forever saying to me "oh no Lisa it's not the earthquakes that we fear the most. A typhoon will hit one day."

I had no clue - at that time - in my youth - what that *really* meant.

Sighing. Loudly. Sad.

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Thank you. She is enjoying her experience at school. Last weekend a few of her new girlfriends went to NYC just to look around and go to tea. Sure the tea idea was hers. A couple of pics from that trip.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Andriana/NYC%207-15/IMG_4625.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Andriana/NYC%207-15/IMG_4651.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Andriana/NYC%207-15/IMG_4654.jpg

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Loved them. I just ADORE NYC. I used to be someone who could care less about money or lotteries. But I would want to win for one reason: to live in Manhattan.

I laughed at your THANK YOU. As I was being both sarcastic and teasing about your money and it's grand disappearance up the east coast. :rotfl2:



No he isn't and don't encourage him. So I forgot when my vacation started once. OK, twice.



:goodvibes



Actually diving gives you a freeing feeling. If you are balanced properly you are weightless and free of the pull of gravity. It is so peaceful down there. Especially at night. Some feel claustrophobic with the mask and regulator. Fun hobby for me.



Oh Lord - maybe I should stop my hands from typing here. I LOVE the water. And I spend a lot of my time under the water.

But there is something about that mask - and feeling trapped - that I could never do it. I don't know why.

And here's the ridiculous. Are you ready? I saw this movie once. I have no clue what is was called. 70s. Elaine from The Graduate. And her husband - Katherine Ross and Sam _______. Anyway in this campy made for TV movie. People were being killed off. This woman was - oh Elliott is his last name - so this woman was swimming and someone pushed this button and a clear glass slowly slid over the pool as she was under water. :scared1: THAT is worse than any blood and guts horror to me.

Yes I DID just say I can't scuba dive because of some obscure 70s movie. :rotfl2::lmao:

Anyway it's sad. Laughing.

This summer I was jumping waves at Fire Island and jumping off a ten foot pier on day trip to Collingwood (Georgian Bay - Lake Huron). So :confused3. I don't get it.



Next update will be soon.



I would be cordial and compassionate here .......:goodvibes

But I can't. ;)

Stop being so bloody irritating and finish up this sucker.

Please. :lmao:

kid-at-heart
01-29-2013, 07:59 PM
Anybody out there? Hint, hint. :rolleyes: