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Old 11-26-2012, 08:29 AM   #391
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More fabulous updates. Those turtles are so neat to see. Scary how big they are.

I am a little worried that you are going to go diving in a place called Shark Cove though!
Thanks! No worries- it's called that, but we saw no sharks. Just some pretty fishies!
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #392
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Cool! You got to see turtles!

And the beach from LOST! I loved that show too. We watched it religiously when it was on.

Looks like an awesome time on the North Shore. I had no idea there was an alternative to Matsumoto's Shave Ice. You're really helping me with research!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #393
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN!!!:d rinking1

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Love your Honu (turtle) pics!
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Belated Happy Birthday wishes Ellen !!!
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:40 PM   #396
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:34 PM   #397
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I want to visit Hawaii ASAP... you are definitely selling it! Everything looks amazing!! In your opinion what is the minimum # of days to truly take advantage of everything and also adjust to the time change?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:00 AM   #398
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Cool! You got to see turtles!

YES!! They were HUGE and sooo cool!

And the beach from LOST! I loved that show too. We watched it religiously when it was on.

Me too- BIG Lostie- they left alot to the imagination in the ending, though- and that didn't seem fair to me, ya know? I wanted some answers after all that! They actually have LOST tours on Oahu. Shot alot at Kualoa Ranch, too-

Looks like an awesome time on the North Shore. I had no idea there was an alternative to Matsumoto's Shave Ice. You're really helping me with research!
If you look it up on Yelp, you'll see some people even like it better. Probably, they are very similar- just one has a HUGE line, and one doesn't!

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Thanks Tammie! I had a lot of fun turning 50- it was exhausting!!!

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Love your Honu (turtle) pics!
I'm going to post a quick vid in a minute-

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Thanks Rosie!

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I want to visit Hawaii ASAP... you are definitely selling it! Everything looks amazing!! In your opinion what is the minimum # of days to truly take advantage of everything and also adjust to the time change?
I think Hawaii sells itself, but I am happy to help! Well, I guess it depends where you're coming from- people from the west coast can go for a long weekend (REALLY am SOOO jelly of that!) but from the East Coast- at a 10 1/2 hour flight and a 5 or 6 hour time difference (Hawaii doesn't do DST)- I guess you could do a week, but I think I would do 10 days at a minimum. I felt that way about it 26 years ago, too.

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If someone offered to go for a long weekend to Kauai- I would suck it up and go. I loved Kauai THAT MUCH.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:27 AM   #399
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Sorry for another loooong delay! Turning 50 is a BIG deal, it turns out, and I have had a VERY full dance card lately- lucky me! But I think bithdaypalooza is over, SO- time for scuba! But first- a quick vid of a turtle-

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Ricardo was a VERY nice guy, and really great at helping everyone to feel more comfortable in the water. We were all wearing wetsuits, which I have never had the pleasure of before. Can I just say, the water felt GREAT after climbing down to the cove with all the gear on AND a rubber suit! Of all of us, doing the scuba thing, I was most worried about Timmy. As you can recall, he did not have a great time snorkeling- and once before when he had scuba'd at a bday party, he was not successful, due to his ears. He just could not pop them, and that is really essential when you dive, even if you are only going down 15 or 20 feet. But, Timmy had tubes and ear infections galore when he was a baby, and just recently got over the after effects- including being able to tolerate the loud BOOMS during fireworks. So I was hopeful. And.....he was fine! Everyone did great, we had about a 45 minute dive and saw plenty of fish down there in the cove. Well, everyone did great except for me, that is. Kind of. I was wearing a brand new wetsuit that made me VERY buoyant- Ricardo kept throwing weights on my belt, but really I had to be pulled down under water. AND...my mask was foggy. Which is the pits. But....it was still enjoyable, and for what it's worth, when all was said and done, I had the most air left (meaning I wasn't freaking out and over breathing- I was very calm) so woohoo for me. Ricardo took some photos of us, which he posts on his website and you can download afterwards free of charge-



I LOVE this one! We're standing on the floor of the ocean- pretty cool!



Well, everyone but me- they are literally pulling me down to their level for the photo. My feet are not touching.
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Moi-









There were no sharks in shark's cove, which was a big relief- aside from scuba witha whale shark (which I would LOVE to do!!) swimmin with the sharks is most definitely NOT on my to do list.

Once we were done (which was determined by our air levels, which was very carefully monitored by Ricardo) it was time for the hard part- getting back up to the street! LOL- I never even made it out of the water- I slipped on a rock, and I was DOWN! Let me tell ya- once you are down, ESPECIALLY with extra weights due to being too buoyant- there ain't NO gettin up! I felt like a crab flipped over on my back- I'm sure it was pretty comical, and thank GOD there are no photos of it! I ended up getting out of my vest and Ricardo carried my equipment back up.

So maybe I fell on purpose... J/K!

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We really enjoyed our day with Ricardo, and i would recommend a day with him in a heartbeat. Of us all, Tyler was the one who came away wanting more- Ricardo said he was a natural. I can definitely see him getting certified one day, and i'm thinking we will do that in a few years when we go to Beaches in Turks & Caicos (our friends got certified there and it was an excellent experience- not to mention, the scuba is included in the stay!). Yea, that's right- I already know where we will vacation in the summer of 2015- I really have some issues, don't I??? ACH- be honest, you have the same ones! A few pics of beautiful Shark's Cove-









If you look it up a little bit, you will see that locals prefer to go here to snorkel over Hanauma Bay. It is a whole lot less crowded, and it's FREE. Something to keep in mind if you're looking to save a little cash.

There was a table selling $10 Tshirts over by the rest rooms, so after we picked up a few, we were on our way back to Aulani from the North Shore.







The scenery on the way back is stunning, even if it's raining.



Hate to say it, but we did hit a little traffic on the way back- but just a little, due to road construction. I knew we were passing a Leonard's truck on the way back, so we pulled off to get some. Leonard's is known for having the most delicious malasadas, and they have a malasadamobile in the Waikele Shopping Center, 94-894 Lumiaina Street, Waipahu, HI 96797 which is not too far from Aulani.





I asked for some of each kind. The PROBLEM is that I did not say FILLED. Make SURE you say FILLED. Because ours were not. They were plain. Just different sugars or something on the outside. And we are positive of that fact because we ate the whole freakin box looking for the FILLED ones. Here is a link to their website so YOU can find them FILLED when you go- http://www.leonardshawaii.com/locations.html

We had had a glorious day on the North Shore- you MUST MUST MUST go when you visit Aulani!

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What an awesome update !!You are all sooooo brave snorkeling or scuba diving !!! Not in amillion years would I do that!!!Not even with Ricardo Those donuts or whatever they are called looked yummy even un filled !!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #401
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What an awesome update !!You are all sooooo brave snorkeling or scuba diving !!! Not in amillion years would I do that!!!Not even with Ricardo Those donuts or whatever they are called looked yummy even un filled !!!
Thanks, rosie- it was fun, other than sharks, I'm not afraid down there- it is so beautiful. Not sure I would do it at night, though- or in a cave- those things freak me out. Although, you can scuba with eel rays and giant mantas at night, so maybe I'd get over my fear for that!

And the malasadas were hot and yummy- but they would have been SPECTACULAR filled with coconut creme....I'll know better next time we are there!
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Birthdaypolluza? Very funny, but I don't think I spelled it right! Glad you had a great ongoing 50th celebration. 50 is pretty liberating! I can, of course, speak from personal experience!

More great pictures. I got a new computer (something you need..ahem...) and everything looks so fantastic. Better than ever!

I am more and more convinced I need a trip to Hawaii! Thanks for the update!
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wow snorkeling looks grand, especially today when it is 3 degree F outside. lol does it seem claustrophobic or is it fairly freeing? I loved that you were the most buoyant--it means you must weigh less than all the rest

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:57 AM   #404
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Birthdaypolluza? Very funny, but I don't think I spelled it right! Glad you had a great ongoing 50th celebration. 50 is pretty liberating! I can, of course, speak from personal experience!

More great pictures. I got a new computer (something you need..ahem...) and everything looks so fantastic. Better than ever!

I am more and more convinced I need a trip to Hawaii! Thanks for the update!
50 is very TIRING!!! I am exhausted!

We did finally get a macbook pro- Tyler and Tim are enjoying it. Someday it will be my turn-

Hawaii is sooooo worth the trip! Go!


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Thanks! Many people don't scuba because they are claustrophobic- and I can see where if you focused on all the things that could go wrong, it could be very intimidating. I am usually too fascinated by what's around me to freak, though. And we only have gone 35 feet down, so nothing crazy deep or dark- you just have to remember not to rise faster than your bubbles do. Even with my buoyancy issues, that is pretty easy to do- just don't panic.

And yea- that's it! I weigh the least! Timmy will be so pleased!

Thanks for the bday wishes!
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Happy birthday!

The scuba diving looked really cool. Pretty funny that you couldn't stay down! I guess the upside is that you can tell everyone you don't need to lose any weight. You're already too light!

I will definitely check out the North Shore. Looks beautiful. And I'm glad you got to the malasadas! I had read about them and wondered if you'd make the stop. They look delicious (even without filling).
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