Hawaii 2012

I’ve just gotten back from my visit home to see my parents on the family farm in Hawaii.  I had the most amazing trip – got to see so many fabulous things, meet so many fantastic people, just spend time with my parents and the farm, and most of all, do something amazing that I’ve been waiting my whole life to do.

I’m going to tell you all about the trip (or at least the bits I think you might be interested in) in future posts, but for now, here are some highlights of the trip:

The Honolulu Museum of Art:

Courtyard, the Honolulu Museum of Art

A portrait exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art

18th century shoe, Honolulu Museum of Art

Iolani Palace (and they started allowing photography a week before I visited!):

The veranda, Iolani Palace

The state capitol:

Hawai’i State Capitol building

Bananas (obviously):

Apple bananas, Hawaiian cooking bananas, Ice Cream bananas, Cuban red bananas (clockwise from left)

Hanging out with my sister:


Hanging out at the beach:

Beach, Moloka’i, Hawai’i

Hanging out in the mountains:

Halawa Falls, Moloka’i, Hawai’i

Hanging out in the gardens:

Planting beets (with a cat)

Doing some cooking:

Mango pudding makings

And some sewing:

Beach pyjama makings

And finally, I took a really amazing walk:


More amazing

Even more amazing



  1. It looks so peaceful and beautiful there! Now I want to visit.

    I hope you had a great time–it must be so wonderful to head back home every year, especially considering the distance between your two “homes.” I can just drive for about forty minutes and be back in my beloved Illinois countryside.

    • Do visit Hawaii! Just get off the usual tourist trails!

      Living so far from home is hard, but I love both places, and at least it’s only one big plane trip (with short commuter flights on either end).

  2. What a fun trip! I will confess that I have never desired to go to Hawaii, and I think that after seeing some of your trip, that my feelings were based somewhat on ignorance. You see, people from here only talk about the usual tourist things. I never realized that Hawaii has so many types of bananas! I have only heard about the pineapple, which I guess isn’t even there anymore? It is lovely to see the museums and other things that do not reflect the typical “Hawaii package vacation”. I am looking forward to seeing more.

    • I completely understand, and there is SO much more to Hawaii than the usual tourist stuff. They do still grow pineapples in Hawaii, but not very many.

      I’m going to do a post about 5 things to do in Hawaii that aren’t on the usual tourist brochure. I’d love it if people started taking art & history vacations in Hawaii!

      • I second the Dreamstress. I lived on the most touristy island: Oahu (I miss it), and there were a TON of things to do that were regular-people stuff.

        Well, it IS fun to play tourist from time to time!

        Ohh…I miss good bananas….

  3. The Mad Purple Chicken says

    It looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Everything in the pictures looks gorgeous, even the vegetable garden looks perfect! The weather looks nice and sunny too.

    I’m surprised at how much the Hawaiian scenery looks like the scenery here In New Brunswick, that waterfall in particular. It’s nothing like the Hawaii portrayed in the movies, they make it look like palm trees, sand and more palm trees. These pictures look much more real.

    The mango pudding looks yummy, what’s in it?

  4. Wow… some seriously gorgeous pictures! Even more exciting because I’m planning to visit Hawaii this time next year 🙂

  5. I’d love to visit Hawaii. There’s so much beautiful country and architecture there, and I bet the people are wonderful.

  6. Cornelia Moore says

    I miss Hawaii, and dream of moving there some day-and not just lightly, but with our economy, it’s a real struggle.

  7. Claire Payne says

    Welcome home. It is so lovely to see some sunny photos (especially after the very cold front front we had this afternoon in Christchurch). I am sure Felicity is very happy to have you home safe. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

  8. These pictures make me want to visit Hawaii more than any postcards or travel brochures ever have! Hearing about it from someone who’s lived and loved there is so much better. And of course, cats must help plant beets 🙂

    • Going to places when you know someone there and can see the ‘real’ things, not just the stuff in the tourist brochures, is so much better! And if you do make it to Hawaii you must go see all the historical stuff!

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