Friday, May 29, 2009

Honolulu & Pink Lladros

Time for a Saturday double post: Sightseeing and Pink Saturday. Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly of http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/. Please visit Chandy at http://whatnowtablescapes.blogspot.com/. She has some sights that she wants to share with us too. She is usually ready with her post at midnight, central time.
Now, let's go to Hawaii for a little sightseeing, let's go to Honolulu in the island of Oahu. This was the first time we ever took my granddaughter AJ, on a vacation so a lot of the photos are focused on her. She was 5. I had to really convince her parents to let her go because the trip was almost 2 weeks long and they knew they would miss her a lot. But I was pretty persuasive and I finally succeeded, insisted it was educational for her.
We went to theRoyal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach to attend a reception party. We passed by it everyday because we stayed at Sheraton which was right next to it. Hey this pic qualifies for Pink Sat.! Do you think we could pass for Hawaiians? Click and enlarge the pic and tell me what you think. There's AJ right outside our hotel. She swam every single day and never got tired of it.
The hotel had a program for kids and we registered her and everyday they would have different fun activities, like hula dancing lessons, building a volcano on the beach and she even learned to speak some Japanese words after playing with lots of Japanese kids. I was so amazed when one day we were walking to the pool and when a Japanese woman walked towards us, AJ said "Kunichua!" to her and the Japanese said "Kunichua" back. I asked her "What was that?" and she said she was saying "Hello" to her. I thought that was so cute coming from a little 5 year old.
Site along Waikiki Beach
the beautiful beach
The flea market was a walking distance from the hotel and it was AJ's and my favorite hangout while John was in meetings. They had daily hula shows there which we enjoyed a lot.
and best of all, the shows were free.
We rented a convertible and drove to the Dole Pineapple Plant.
Our little Pineapple Princess!
We passed by this on our way to Hanauma Bay to go snorkeling. It was one of the most beautiful sites that I have ever seen and we just had to stop. I am not really sure what it is called but you know I have seen it on one of the TV show "Lost" locations. Please click to enlarge the picture and you'll know what I mean.
And here's Hanauma Bay. It has the most beautiful fish and reefs.
There is a funny story to this photo. One evening, about midnight, AJ suddenly came up with an idea of making money, to buy stuff and sell them for a profit. She asked John to take her to the store, so late at night, they both went (I refused to go because I was already in my pj's). They came back with a bunch of Hawaiian souvenir key chains. The next day, while waiting for the tour bus to take us for a whale watching cruise, the 2 of them were peddling these keychains. LOL! And she sold quite a few and I could not believe it. After all, these tourists could just go to nearby stores and buy them at 1/2 the price cause they were everywhere. Then I found out why she was selling them. John was secretly giving the money to the tourists to buy a keychain from her. LOL! But you know, some of them would not accept the money and just bought anyway, just to please the little girl. Aren't they nice?
Have you ever seen a shirt big enough to fit 3 people?
That's the boat that took us whale watching and it was truly amazing to see the whales in action.
During a catamaran sailing, AJ insisted on staying at the end of a netted floor. I was getting nervous so I asked John to stay there to hold her leg.
Here's one of the views we saw during our sail. It was so breathtaking.
AJ enjoyed her little surf board.
I hope you enjoyed the sights of Honolulu as we did. Thank you for joining me today for another Saturday sightseeing.
And now for Pink Saturday! First I would like to wish Beverly a Happy Anniversary and a big congratulations for having a very successful year! And don't forget to visit her blog and all the other participants. It will be a treat. Thank you so much, Beverly, for hosting this wonderful meme.
For today, I would like to show you 2 of my pink Lladro figurines. The first one is the one on the right below. She is "The Dreamer" and she was originally issued in 1978.
This one "Waltz Time" was issued in 1974 and is # 4856 in the Lladro book.
Thank you so much for visiting again. I enjoy having you. Thanks Beverly for hosting this and congrats on the pink anniversary again.

25 comments:

marty39 said...

Christine, as usual your Lladro is just gorgeous, but most of all I really enjoyed the pics of Hawaii. AJ was so little and so cute. She is such a sweetie and I know you had such a great time with her. All of your pics are just fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Chandy said...

I'll be joining you again Christine.

Those are some sweet Hawaiian photos but I think your granbaby is the best subject. ;-)

Your Lladro is so precious, thank you for sharing them!

Keetha said...

I've never seen a Lladro before, I LOVE them.

Sares said...

Hawaii looks beautiful. She always photographs well. She's a very photogenic state she is!

Your little pink figures are pretty too. Can you believe Pink Saturday is a year old? Happy Pink Saturday to you and have a great day!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Christine! I love that gorgeous pink hotel and AJ's cute pink dress! What a wonderful trip that must have been!

And your figurines are lovely.

Hope you are having a Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Michelle said...

Cute story about the keychains..LOL!

Happy Pink Saturday!

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

The Sightseeing post is even enough for PS with that pink hotel and Aj's Pink dress and swim wear! This is certainly a nice experience for her. oh and had to laugh with that story of selling souvenirs. And for those who wouldn't accept the money, well who could resist when approached by an adorable girl? :-)

Have to add: I like "The Dreamer" lady figurine :-)and the sound of whale-watching really is amazing.

Happy PS!

Li

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just read the sweet note that you left for me on my new pink china...so glad that you came by and thank you for the compliments! I am enjoying these new dishes! So sorry to hear that you lost the auction for the Homer Laughlin china!!!

Well my friend...Oahu is simply breathtaking!!! I have never been to the island and would soooo love to go!!! I just don't think there is "bluer" water anywhere in the world!!! What a beautiful place!!! I loved all of your photos...the first photo of you and AJ is so good...you both look so pretty and so festive!!! What a cute story about AJ and her keyrings...kids are so cute, aren't they? John is such a good Grandpa for doing that...that was just the sweetest thing for him to do!!! I was just thinking how marvelous that you have been able to take AJ with you in so many of your travels...what fabulous memories ya'll are making!!! I think that's absolutely wonderful!!! Not to mention...that she is one blessed little girl to have had so many travel experiences already in her short little lifetime!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your Oahu vacation with all of us...and Happy Pink Saturday, Sweetie!!!
Love ya,
Chari

bj said...

O What a sweet post today.
I KNOW how much fun you had with granddaughter..we took 2 of our g-sons on a trip once and it was so so much fun with them along. I am about ready to do it again...
She is absolutely precious and the photos of everything are wonderful.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Got your note. Our house is a one story too and I think it is fine that way. We only use the space for storage, but it could be a nice room, the ceiling is high enough. Let me know what you decide to do.

Smilingsal said...

(sigh) How beautiful Hawaii is. I love Lladro pieces. Happy Pink Saturday.

Smilingsal said...

(sigh) How beautiful Hawaii is. I love Lladro pieces. Happy Pink Saturday.

Dixie said...

Christine... beautiful photos of Hawaii... and of course... you know I love the Lladro..

happy pink Saturday! Dixie

imjacobsmom said...

Christine, I had to chuckle at the pic of John holding AJ's foot - that is so something we would do....overall I'd say Hawaii looks like a lot of fun! Thanks again for taking me along! Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Robyn

♥Mimi♥ said...

There's just something about Pink Saturday that brings our the sweetness in people. Beverly sure knew what she was doing when she brought her concept to the world of blog.

Your offering for this FIRST PINK SATURDAY ANNIVERSARY is wonderful! This is the one day of the week where I can totally indulge my passion without spending a dime!

Wishing your and those you love a special weekend filled with sunshine and family fun!

Joyce said...

I love the key chain story and the photo of the big shirt is amazing. When we were living on the west coast we went a few times and I miss it. Thanks for sharing the photos.
Joyce

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I want to go to Hawaii soooooo bad! Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

Lisa said...

Beautiful! What fun!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Lisa

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what a great trip to Hawai.. never been there.. one fine day we will.. after seeing all the breathtaking pictures of yours.. and Llardo figurines are my fave.. and yours are pretty too.. happy pink saturday.. and have a good weekend

Cindy said...

Christina,
Just love this girl! Hubby and I were there 5 years ago and I will never forget! We snorkeled in Hanuma Bay and it was fabulous! We pretty much did what you did, funny how life is, love the pics of you and your granddaughter. She could easily pass for your daughter. Hugs, Cindy

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Christine, your photos are fabulous! AJ is a lucky little girl to go on trips with you and John. Great post!

Love the Lladros! Happy PINK Saturday! ☺♥☺ Diane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, that story about John and A.J. just put the biggest smile on my face. What a precious story! Finally! Some place I've been (well, sort of). I met my husband there when he had his RR from Viet Nam. Sadly, he wanted to stay in the hotel room almost the entire time! It is such a beautiful place, and you captured it's beauty in your photos. Every time I see your Lladro pieces, I just fall in love with them. They are so pretty. laurie

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Loved seeing the photos of Hawaii and of your Lladro figurines.

sunnymama said...

I love all the beach pictures! It looks a beautiful place :)

someplace in thyme said...

Now that girlfriend, looks like a great time for all. What sweet faces and smiles, happy pink saturday, sorry to be so late, lots and lots of posts this week, Char

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