Sunday, May 17, 2009

Our Amazing Hawaiian Vacation

Kevin went deep sea fishing. He had a good time, but didn't catch too many fish. He caught a yellow fin tuna and what I consider a "cute" Mahi Mahi.

I decided to not go fishing and get a facial instead.
That night we attended the awards dinner.
Fliet mignon, lobster and Polynesian dancers...
The next morning we ordered room service. Can you believe it was my first time ordering room service? It was so fancy!
Kevin and I went on a helicopter ride that morning. We were pretty excited. Oahu is beautiful, but from a helicopter... it is breathtaking.
Hanama Bay
Sacred Falls-can only be seen from a helicopter
North Shore
Pear Harbor Memorial
The "Utah"-a battleship that was destroyed during the attack on Pearl Harbor
Unfortunately, I got sick and needed a "comfort bag." That was not pleasant. I was so embarrassed, but no one knew I threw up because we all had headphones on.

Kevin and I went to Waikiki for dinner. We ate at the coolest hotel. The Moana is one of the oldest hotels.
We were stealing decorating ideas for our new house. It's just beautiful.
The next day was the most anticipated day for me. It was the day of our shark excursion! I've wanted to go shark cage diving for a LONG time. It was only a 15 minute boat ride and the water was glass. I was a bit nervous because I didn't want to repeat what happened the day before. On our way out to the dive site we saw two humpback whales, a mommy and a baby. I just finished saying that I had never seen a whale jump out of the water (except for Shamu) when the mommy whale breached, followed by her baby. The baby was so cute, it just kept mimicking it's mommy.
When the boat stopped, the sharks immediately started to circle. There were some pretty big ones!
Kevin jumped in the shark cage first. It looks a little pathetic to have so many people in a little cage. Kind of like we were the animals in a cage the sharks were looking at.
It was amazing to see the sharks swimming around us. They are such beautiful animals. I felt completely safe in the cage. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Maybe next time I'll dive with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa.
We were so close to Matsumoto's, the best shaved ice in Hawaii the bus driver was nice enough to stop so we could get one... just as good as I remember!
I can't wait until Kevin wins another trip. This was the most amazing vacation I've ever been on. I think we only spent $100 the whole time we were there, and that was on souvenirs. Everything was covered, we even got gifts every night! My favorite were the Maui Jim sunglasses. To sum up this trip in one word... AMAZING!
Thank you Kevin for working hard!


The Rex Family said...

Looks like you guys had a great vaycay! I am excited for ours next month! I was debating on the heli ride, but I think we have to do it after seeing your pictures! Do you still need those boxes or did you guys already move? Glenns trunk is full of boxes

The Peterson's said...

Sounds like you guys had a great trip! I have never been to Hawaii, but from your pictures I want that to be my next trip!

Robin said...

Court I must say that I would never get into a box as shark bait after seeing what happened on Shark Week where the guy got his calf ripped off, but I am glad you took pictures so I can live vicariously through you! Looks like fun. Now when are we going together?

KiMnRoB said...

What a fun trip! I love Hawaii! And how cool was your Shark Diving excursion?? I would LOVE to do that! And the Helicopter ride. And the Matsumotos Shave ice... so yes, just call me JEALOUS! Mmmmm I went off sugar and now I'm craving one dangit!

Can we see pics of the house?

Anie said...

Heavenly, Heavenly!!!!!! How are you ever going to want to go home? Good thing your kids are so stinkin cute- I bet you missed them a lot! What a perfect vacation! My brother-in-law is also a pharmaceutical rep and I always get to hear about their AMAZING vacations- and GREAT gifts!! LUCKIES!! It's definitely a great profession to be in- especially when you're good! Way to go Kevin!

Garrett and Leslie Attwood said...

What a fun vacation!!!! I would have been soooooo afraid of those sharks! They look so close!!! Is the Moana hotel the same as the Ala Moana? I stayed at the Ala Moana once and it was so luxurious!!! Glad you guys had so much fun!!! (sorry about the helicopter incident...not fun!!!)

ash and jay said...

Sounds like a dream! Glad you guys had a great time.

we miss you!

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The Good Life said...

SO FUN!!! We wanna go later this summer. You gotta tell me what is fun & where to stay and how to get good deals! I've never been before. So cool that you swam with sharks!

heather said...

thanks for letting me live vicariously through your hawaii blog. isn't room service the BEST!? and i totally want to go swimming with the sharks!

Beth said...

Wow! What a trip!!! I loved your pictures especially the ones form the helicopter...and the sharks look pretty awesome too!