My Hawaii Vacation – The Photos martymankins | April 22, 2009 | Travel | 22 Comments How long has it been since I’ve been back from Hawaii? It’s been over a month. A MONTH!! HOLY SHIT people. I’ve made you wait way too long. This post is being broken up into two parts. This one covers the photos with captions. I also have a fun little video I’ve put together of me at the beach, which I will post soon. So without further delays, here’s a photo summary of my trip to Hawaii. – Coming into our final decent into the airport – and we have landed and are going to get our baggage – On the beach at Waikiki. Vast ocean behind me. – the view from our table at a hotel bar, looking at Waikiki beach – we found penguins in Hawaii… … and the reason why they are in Hawaii – onto Pearl Harbor – that’s my wife standing by the sign – The Arizona Memorial – landed at Kona Int’l airport. I don’t know who that is in front of me – the view outside our room at the Hilton Grand Vacations Beach Resort. No, I didn’t play golf in Hawaii… I know… Doh! – the bay at the Hilton’s main hotel area (walking distance from the Hilton Grand Vacations) – Kealakekua Bay – we kayaked here and went snorkeling – at Pu’uhonuaohonaunau Park – that’s me and my wife. The happy looking couple we are – I’ve always wanted to take a photo like this.. oh yeah, I did – even though it rained, we both had fun horseback riding – I belong at the beach, especially a nice beach like Hapuna State Beach – we’ve still got that romantic side to us – another great happy photo of my wife and I at Akaka Falls, near Hiro – incredible to see a live volcano (no lava this trip) – the entrance to the lava tube, part of the volcano area and one last shot of Hawaii… – the morning of our last day in Hawaii. A parting sunrise Loved It And that’s my vacation summary in photos. Next up is a video that documents all that photos can’t capture. 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Jim Miller Special Projects Manager Asia Pacific Region Hilton Grand Vacations Club Dave2 April 22, 2009 Reply And I was there just six months ago. These photos just make me want to go back! Hilly April 22, 2009 Reply Awesome pictures! You make me wanna hop on a plane and go there! delmer April 22, 2009 Reply Beautiful photos. You couldn’t pay me to sit on a horse. I’ve been a little skittish since my sister’s tried to scrape me off his back using a fence … way back when I was 25. martymankins April 22, 2009 Reply kevin – Thank you for the kind words, Kevin. Yeah, it’s very nice there and the photos are pretty accurate. jim – Thank you, Jim. Next trip for sure I’m golfing. dave2 – Seeing your photos from your last trip got me all excited to go. Now having been there, I want to go back again. hilly – Thanks. We want to go back and soon. delmer – Thanks. The horse really wasn’t that bad. I was a bit skittish, since it had been years, but once I got the hang of it, it was nice. Even talked to the horse some “hey there Bulletproof” kapgar April 23, 2009 Reply Hawaii? I seem to recall something about a Hawaiian vacation like three-ish years ago, right? JK. Great photos. whall April 23, 2009 Reply I wonder if your wife says the same as mine: “is this going on your blog? Can we JUST HAVE A VACATION ALREADY???!?!?! why can’t you make fun videos like Marty?!??!/!” Ren April 23, 2009 Reply Great to see evidence of the wonderful time you had. I need to get back to Hawaii sometime in the next few years, but with the kids this time. See you tomorrow, Marty! SoMi's Nilsa April 23, 2009 Reply I read it as “black African penguin” and was about to go bat shit when I realized I just can’t read. Looks like you have a lovely holiday – yay! Sybil Law April 23, 2009 Reply Awesome! Thanks for sharing!! martymankins April 24, 2009 Reply kapgar – Funny man, you are. Thanks. We’ll have to compare notes in more detail, as we talked about before. whall – Funny.. my wife says that same thing when she hears about others going on vacation. Although she knew this would go on my blog. ren – Thanks. It was fun. I want to take my daughter next time around. I think she would enjoy it. nilsa – No bat shit for you. Yes, it was very nice. sybil law – You are most welcome. kilax April 26, 2009 Reply I love the photos! Especially of you and your wife 🙂 You two are a bunch of sweethearts. I hope to go horseback riding this summer. I have never gone! Even though we HAD a horse for the first 8 years of my life. Ha ha. martymankins April 27, 2009 Reply kilax – Wow… you had a horse and have never gone? You should go. It actually was fun. And thank you for the kind comments. Catherine April 28, 2009 Reply Holy crap, I commented here DECADES ago but I guess it didn’t take or something. I’m blaming interwebs gremlins 😛 I had Oooed and Ahhhed about the lovely pics, and said how I loved that you captured your initials in the sand. I also said some other stuff, jeez, what was it. Well, my thoughts now are that I’m so glad you got to go, surprised and pleased that you actually did find penguins (who knew! I was totally kidding when I made that remark before you left! Although these guys in your pic don’t exactly match my imaginary ones, complete with shades, leis and palm tree festooned button down shirts), and I hope you get to go again sometime. And I hope I get to go sometime :). Cheers! Catherine April 28, 2009 Reply (Yeah, interwebs gremlins, or possibly me forgetting to click “Submit Comment”.) radioactivetori April 29, 2009 Reply Your wife is beautiful and I love that you are so adorable with the writing in the sand. I haven’t been to Hawaii in a really long time but when I see pictures it always reminds me of the beautiful smell of the air there. I can’t even describe it other than to say it smells like Hawaii. I would love to go back soon! kristi April 29, 2009 Reply everything looks beautiful- the volcano, the beach and you and reba!! i am so glad you had such a wonderful time! martymankins April 30, 2009 Reply catherine – It was such a great place to visit. I hope you can go there at some point. It’s an amazing place. tori – Thank you for the kind comments. The ocean smell, the breezes, the humid conditions that made my skin feel good. It was all fun. Hope you can make it back there again soon. kristi – A comment… you left a comment. So happy! 🙂 Thank you. We did have a great time there. John May 6, 2009 Reply AWESOME, Marty. : ) I’ve only been to Hawaii once (1975), I’d love to go back now (except for the 10-hour plane ride). Glad you guys had a great trip. : ) martymankins May 6, 2009 Reply john – Thanks, John. 10 hour plane ride? Ours was just under 6 hours (a direct flight from SLC to Honolulu) hipokrates September 7, 2010 Reply Your trip seems fun. look of your smile. I can understand because it’s very pleasant atmosphere in Hawaii. I really had never been there but I have plans to visit six months into the future. I’ll have fun just like you. Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Website: Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.