combination vacation/child care, which meant a chance to spend time with our grandson Christopher. We've been vacationing in Hawaii together since the 1980s. On this trip, Chris's dad was in Germany on business most of the time, so we were able to stay in his condo in Honolulu.
Katie was born and grew up in Honolulu, so when we go, we spend a lot of time visiting various family members. As we've gotten older the family has dwindled down to a precious few.
|View from condo patio looking downtown.|
|View from patio looking toward Pearl Harbor|
There were plenty of activities we liked doing right in the city, like walking over to Chinatown in the morning for breakfast noodle soup .
|Having a Latte at a coffee shop at Hawaii Kai Marina|
One day we crossed to the other side of the Island on the Pali and visited Kailua.
We swam at one of the many beautiful beaches.
Katie had a chance to get together with old friends from junior high and high school. They met at a Chinese restaurant with spouses and we had a many course meal while the five friends reminisced. Since we were the only couple from the mainland, we were the guests of honor and donned with leis.
On the second to the last day we hiked up the old tram tracks on Koko Head.
It was a grueling hike, but the view from the top was worth it.
Christopher's dad, Peter, finally returned from Germany and we had a great meal at his favorite Vietnamese restaurant.
Our time in Hawaii was wonderful, but the trip home was on a par with one of Dante's levels of hell. We took the red-eye flight home from Honolulu to Phoenix and then drove two more hours to Green Valley.