Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Scavenger Hunt: Honolulu, Hawaii



This month we celebrated my husband's retirement
with a wonderful vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii.
My pictures for this month's hunt
were all taken in this vibrant, tropical city.
























March's List

1.  
Circle
The Ever-Patient Enjoys His Floatie Ring




2.  Card





I found a reproduction of this vintage postcard
in the Kai Coffee Shop in the Hyatt Regency on Waikiki.
How I would have loved to see Waikiki like this!





3.  Window
Window in a Shop on Waikili







Kimono in
a Shop Window






4.  Art

Art of all kinds is everywhere in Honolulu!


A Humpback Mural Graces a Honolulu Building





A Small Section of the Quilt
Queen Liliʻuokalani Made
During Her Imprisonment in 1895




 Birds on a Vase
Iolani Palace




One of a Trio of Hula Dancers
Hilton Hawaiian Village





5.  Skyline
Early Morning Skyline on Waikiki




Skyline Birds Hoping for a Morning Snack





Waikiki Skyline





6.  A Favorite Word




7.  Movement


A Crab Skitters
Along the Side of a Breakwater





Music and Dance on Monday Nights
at the Royal Grove




Dragon and Lion Dancers
Honolulu Festival Parade




The LMU Team Goes for the Volleyball
USA Beach Vollyball, Waikiki
LMU is probably Loyola Marymount University.






8.  Bathroom
 
 A Royal Bathroom
in the Iolani Palace
1882

The palace had electricity and telephones
before the White House did!






9.  Car
Shrimp Truck in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Parking Lot




The Perfect Car for a Hawaii Five-O Fan



10:  Plate
Beautiful Plates in the Iolani Palace





Less Formal Plates at Marukame Udon





11.  Something You Made
I made it to the top of Diamond Head!



One of the challenging staircases!





12.  Whatever You Want
Japanese Performers at the Honolulu Festival





Palm Tree Reflections




Fireworks on Waikiki




April's List:
Upside down,  Clouds,  Chair,  Something sweet,  Growth,  Glass, Bedroom,  Rain,  Egg,  Fresh,  Feet,  Whatever you want.


Thanks to Jill (Greenthumb) 
and her Made with Love blog 
for setting up the scavenger hunt.





Aloha!





47 comments:

  1. Oh, to be home and reflect on your wonderful time at Waikiki .great sets of photos. Maybe next time travel a little further and come visit us here.

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    1. There is simply no place like home, Jean! I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos! I would dearly love to visit New Zealand! Have a happy Wednesday!

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  2. So wish such warmth was here and not stupid snow lol sure looks like a grand time. Then again, hard not to have a grand time at such a spot, huh?

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    1. Hawaii makes it easy to have a grand time, Pat! Lots of mai tais help too! I sure hope that snow stops pounding Nova Scotia. I keep looking at Ron's and Jim's posts and shake my head at the heaps of snow. Take care!

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  3. Such fab photos! I made it to the top of Diamond Head too -- by trolley, LOL! Happy Retirement wishes to your husband Terry, the lucky dog!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! The lucky dog is also a happy dog! And I am loving having him home! All three times that I have climbed Diamond Head, I've started at the city bus stop at the base of the crater and walked up into it through the tunnel to reach the trailhead. I have looked longingly at those trolleys as they passed me by! Oh the joys of having a budget-minded traveling companion! If it were up to me, I'd ride that trolley too! But if I have to choose between a trolley and a couple of mai tais at the end of the hiking day, I pick the mai tais! LOL! Have a good one!

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  4. when I was 7-10 we lived at Hickam AFB In Hawaii...the best time of my life..ever...I want to go back so I can see our old apt. it's still there..the tree I used to climb and hide is bigger and fuller than ever..they'd never be able to find me..I tell ever one I lived in Hawaii when it really was paradise..didn't wear shoes, occasionally I wore flip flops which the Hawaiians called 'go aheads'...swam at pool every day.. went to ocean and swam on the weekends..we always drove around the island..only had one highway then..these pictures really brought back wonderful memories...thanks...

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    1. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories, Jackiesue! How lucky you were to experience Hawaii then!
      What a magical place to be 7-10! I hope that you do get back one day soon. I'm very good at blocking out the crowds and finding pockets of space when I can imagine what it must have been like. Have a great Wednesday!

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  5. Amazing artwork and the food looks great. What a way to celebrate retirement!

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    1. We definitely had a blast, Alex! I highly recommend it as perfect way to celebrate retirement. I'm all set to go tomorrow ~ post scheduled and my list of blogs to visit printed. I'm looking forward to a fun day as an IWSG co-host. I'm sending you positive energy as you start this exciting, but work-filled month! Take care!

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  6. I've been to Diamond Head too. That beach looked very familiar.

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    1. Hi Susie! That beach is generally referred to as Waikiki and is usually jam-packed with sun and water seekers. It's actually a string of beaches with different names. But what a beautiful spot and what fun frolicking in the waves! Have a great day tomorrow!

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  7. Oh I love these Louise! So nice to see Hawaii! I'd love to go. I like your art work and the Japanese musicians are great! I wonder what type of Japanese music they are playing (I studied music traditions of the Far east as an elective at uni!)
    Seriously, that giraffe!?!?!?! You made it up there!??!x

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    1. Thanks, Kezzie! I know nothing about Japanese music. :( They were on a stage singing, dancing, and playing their instruments. Then they sat down and answered questions and posed for photos for the audience. Several hours later they marched in the Honolulu Festival Parade. I was amazed at their stamina, enthusiasm, and skill. The young guy front and center was full of energy and rhythm. He had a talent for connecting with the audience and the parade watchers. And a great smile!

      Yes, a giraffe! So many times you see the iconic shot of Diamond Head from the waterfront. It was fun to shoot it from a different perspective at the Honolulu Zoo.

      I've been to the top of Diamond Head three times. It's not nearly as bad as it looks. If you are in reasonable shape, the only challenging parts are the three sets of steep stairs. The last set is a tight spiral staircase straight up in a tunnel in the crater wall, and you come out through an old war bunker. It's so fun! The heat can be challenging! It's best to be on the trail by 7 am, if you don't like heat.
      Have a happy Wednesday! Hugs!

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    2. I forgot to say- you were very clever with the Waikiki signs! x

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  8. What a wonderful way to celebrate the start of your husband's retirement! Hawaii looks like a vibrant place with plenty of interesting things to photograph.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! There is no end of things to discover. Fortunately my husband is a good sport about my photographic passion! Have a great hump day!

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  9. I really like that salt shirt

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    1. That shirt was in a shop called The Stupid Factory, and it always has fun shirts like the salt one. My favorite is the T-rex taking a selfie as the comet streaks in behind him. Have a good one, Adam!

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  10. Everything looks so....so....tropical and warm!! Louise, what beautiful photos you have here!
    That kimono shot stands out! but they all do! Good job. I am loving what you saw on this celebratory retirement trip for Terry!!

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I went everywhere with my camera. There were so many fascinating things to see. Thank goodness I am married to the Ever-Patient who is also a great sport and very understanding.

      I felt a little guilty soaking up the tropical sunshine and playing in the wonderful waves whenever I thought of the brutal winter so many people are experiencing! A mai tai or two ~ zero guilt! LOL!

      I was frustrated when I was shooting the kimono because there was glare everywhere from the outside sunlight spilling into the dim mall. I can see me in the odd reflections and light on the kimono. But it was breathtakingly beautiful to see!

      Have a great Wednesday!

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  11. Happy Retirement to Terry!

    I spy tempura.... (tummy grumbles)

    I thought the very first photo might be part of the hunt, and was wondering if the keyword were "bus" or "butt". :D

    That kimono, that quilt, and that mural. Wow!

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    1. Thanks, Sue! That tempura was delicious. I hope to do a post on on Marukame Udon. The restaurant makes its own noodles from scratch, and you can watch the cooks at work as you wend your way through the line that is always there. I always slip an extra photo or two in before I get to the actual list. I noticed the butt after I posted. Oops! I was hoping no one would notice. LOL! The kimono was breathtakingly beautiful, and the quilt so poignant. Queen Liliʻuokalani was the last Hawaiian monarch, and she made the quilt while she was imprisoned in a small room in the palace. The quilt is actually much larger than this small piece. I was quite taken by it because of its story, but also because it is a crazy quilt style, and I remember my grandmother MacBeath teaching me how to make the feather stitches on a crazy quilt when I was a young child.

      I'll be over to catch up on your blog very soon. Tomorrow I am a co-host for the Insecure Writer's Support Group which will be a lot of fun, but time-consuming. Have a great day!

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  12. Hawaii looks fabulous. Loved your Skyline and movement pics and the Japanese youngsters look like fun kids.

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    1. Thanks, Fiona! I dearly love Hawaii, and there is always so much to photograph there. Have a good one!

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  13. How very wonderful to see your photos, we stayed at the Ilikai and I can see it in your skyline photo and so manny more that made me smile and remember our holiday. Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt I always enjoy seeing your photos. Greenthumb

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I went back and revisited your Hawaiian photos just to enjoy them again. And yes ~ the custard filled malasadas are my favorite! Happy Easter!

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  14. I loved the reflections so much, at first I thought you shot STRAIGHT UP in the air then I read it. WOW!

    SO happy you guys had such a great time on the Island. I trust your trip home was safe and sound.

    The postcard was really great to see too. Unbelieveable what "people/kind" has done to this planet isn't it! So many people and so much construction. I guess all you need to do is find you little patch of paradise and claim the spot. That's what I usually do!

    Cheers from the snowy east!
    Ron
    PS: I do believe the snow is getting to me ~~ help!!

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    1. Hi Ron! I wish I could telephoto you right out of snowy Nova Scotia to the sands of Waikiki! You have had a rough, tough winter! Our trip home was uneventful ~ other than we spent a night in San Diego with our good friend Jon and had such fun! Terry is meeting him in Vegas Tuesday night and have a fun Good Bud trip together in Vegas and Laughlin. I'm going to lock the door, pull down the shades, put on a huge pot of coffee and catch up on blogging and writing for the six days he is gone!!!

      There are bulldozers and earth movers tearing up every undeveloped scrap of land in my neighborhood ~ even my beloved prairie pocket. I am heartbroken. We have to smarten up, or our fragile and beautiful planet is going to be DOA!

      You and Jim have found your little patch of Paradise, and over the years you have turned you home and garden into something warm, inviting, and unique. It is truly an exceptional and beautiful spot!

      Have a lovely Easter, my dear friend! Hugs to all of you!

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    2. LOL! The computer must have predicted telephoto and put it in instead of teleport! That will teach me to proofread!

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  15. Oh, what wonderful photos, I've so enjoyed looking at them and seeing a place I've never been through your eyes:)

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    1. Thanks, Rosie! That's one of the great things about the scavenger hunt ~ I get to see so many neat places through the photographer's eyes! Have a good one!

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  16. Wow..what a great set of bright and cheerful photos, good time was had by all by the looks of it... Wonderful images for this months hunt..
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! Terry and I had the time of our lives! We can't wait to go back again! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! xx

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  17. These are such lovely photos. I think you really captured the beautiful essence of Hawaii. Looks like you had a fabulous time, too!

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    1. Thanks, Lilly's Mom. We had a blast, but how can you not in Hawaii? btw, I forgot to say when I looked at your hunt photos this morning that I loved your Easter post with the gorgeous vintage cards. Thank you for the translation of the messages on the cards. It was like traveling back in time to see them! Take care!

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  18. Great photos again - I love your travel/holiday-themed entries :) That beautiful kimono is one of my favourites. x

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    1. Thanks Julie! I'm so fortunate to have the ability to travel. It's one of my most favorite things to do. In April I'll be traveling my neighborhood looking for things to photograph! We were 26 days in Honolulu, and I am desperately behind in so many things! But I've spent a lovely half morning visiting all the scavenger hunt posts!x

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  19. This was too fun. You put mine to shame! I feel like I've just been to Hawaii and I enjoyed it.

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    1. You are too kind, Julie! It's easy to take great photos when you're on vacation in a fabulous place! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your hunt photos earlier this morning. I wish I had that lovely old rocking chair with the beautiful seat cover that you created in my living room right now. I would so love to rock in it! Have a good one!

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  20. I want to go to Hawaii!!! You have some terrific photos of your holiday! Love the palm tree reflection, the art, the dancers, the views and the t-shirts, and Hawaii-Five-0 was a favourite show of mine too! Loved these :)
    Wendy

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! I want to go back to Hawaii! It is a wonderful place! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the photos! I'm having a lot of fun with the newer Hawaii Five-O show. My husband and I have been to Hawaii several times, and we like to look for and spot places we've been in the shows as much as the mystery! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  21. You always find such a varied and interesting collection for your scavenger photos - and you get to scavenge in some great places too! Another brilliant collection! Glad you enjoyed my eclipse photos too :)

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    1. Thanks, Louise! No fabulous place this month ~ just home, but I love that too! Take care!

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  22. Você tem uma grande coleção de fotos.O Havaí é um lugar encantador e a linha do horizonte é fabulosa.
    Feliz Páscoa e uma boa semana.

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    1. Happy Easter, Roseli ~ a bit late, I know! I was so lucky to be able to go to Hawaii, and I can't wait to go back! Have a great day!

      Feliz Páscoa, Roseli ~ um pouco tarde, eu sei! Eu tive muita sorte de ser capaz de ir para o Havaí, e eu não posso esperar para voltar! Tenha um bom dia!

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  23. Your holiday was the perfect opportunity to take scavenger hunt photos. Nice to see another part of the world.
    Anne xx

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