Sunday, May 23, 2010

Snorkeling at Shark's Cove

This weekend, our adventures took us to Shark's Cove, a popular snorkeling/scuba diving area on the North Shore. Here we are entering the Cove. Me sporting the snorkel gear, feeling like my eyeballs were being suctioned out of my head. Me snorkeling. I could try to tell you how amazing it was to literally swim next to fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors, but it would seem utterly unfair to the fish to do so. Hopefully next time we will have purchased an underwater camera.
Kenz found a safe haven from all the scuba guys who look kind of scary to a two-year-old with all of their crazy gear on.

Throwing rocks (my favorite bootie shot!). Also, I can't handle this swimsuit...pink and fluffy, just like she likes it...thanks Aunt Sara!

Overall a fun and free adventure. Can't wait to do it again!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

We went down to the point to fly Kenzi's kite. We also looked for the spot where people cliff jump into the ocean. This is the only spot without rocks below, so it must be it. I want to try it with Brett and Brad when they come out in a couple weeks. Need to confirm this is the right spot first. Thought about throwing Kenzi in to see if she came up all right but Mom probably wouldn't approve.


Here we are flying the kite. There's always a good breeze blowing here. Kenzi loved it. She wanted me to tie her to the kite so she could "fly like Peter Pan".







Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Boe and Kenz made this lei for me from the plumeria tree in our front yard. This is version #2 because Kenz (surprise, surprise) destroyed the first version. What makes this impressive is that Boe had to thread each flower individually onto a thin string without breaking the delicate flowers.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Day Celebration

Waiting for the big May Day production by La'ie Elementary, held at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
I don't know why kids do this. I asked Kenz to smile "pretty" while we were waiting for the show to begin, but all I got was this cheesy grin.The show began with an introduction of the May Day Court, complete with conch shell blowers, spearmen, a princess and kahili bearer (feathered banners) representing each of the seven Hawaiian islands, chanters, a kapu carrier, royal kahili bearers, crown bearers, the King and Queen, Royal ladies in waiting, and Ho'okupu (a gift for the royalty in the hopes of receiving acknowledgement).
Each grade chose a country to represent with dance as entertainment for the May Day Court (see the Court sitting behind the performers). This grade represented New Zealand. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, the pre-K represented Mexico. After a very energetic Mexican Hat Dance, they continued to the limbo, seen below.
Next came England and an ode to the Beatles. Some of the kids got a little crazy with the head-banging.

Arabia.
Greece

Phillipenes

America
All in all, the production may have been the coolest thing I've ever seen come from an elementary school. Most importantly, the students loved every minute of it.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Swings and beautiful waters

Kenz would spend every waking moment on a swing, singing "You Can Fly" from Peter Pan if she could.
Swinging at Malaekahana Beach.A pic taken during our Sunday stroll. Of course on Sundays the waters tend to look like this.

Disney Princess Collection

Sorry for yet another music video, but it rains A LOT here. So instead of singing in the rain, we sing very comfortably (and very dryly) out of the rain inside our house.
Kenz presents the Disney Princess Collection:Add Image
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The mystery fruit and the mystery drawing

These mysterious fruits just started showing up on a plant outside our house. They looked like they could be delicious, but I wasn't willing to bet my famous last words on it. Turns out they are a type of passion fruit ("lilikoi"), consistency like a loogie, but phenomenal tropical taste (somewhere between a pineapple, pomegranate, mango, with a hint of coconut).
Picasso would have been proud. The head kind of creeps me out. Kenz has named this abstract piece, "Lady with a Beautiful Dress".