Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good Friends Visit

We love having friends and family come to visit us here on the island.  Right now we are privileged to have our friends Danny & Joellen and their son Landon here.  Danny has been such a great friend to Mike and Joellen and I have discovered that we have MUCH in common.
 Here are Danny, Joellen & Mike on the beach.

We took a wonderful tour in a zodiac raft up the Napali coast.  That place is seriously, astoundingly beautiful.  I did not get pictures of the beauty of the coast because I didn't want to ruin another camera by getting it wet, but here are a few of the pictures that Danny took.  This one is inside the sea cave where a scene from Robin Williams' version of Popeye was filmed.
 The end of a waterfall that starts 4000 feet above and ends in a sea cave.

Here are the very wet but happy group:  Mike, me, Joellen, Danny, Joey and Landon.

More sea cave pictures.

Joey on the raft.

A tiny glimpse of the beauty of Kauai.

This boy was our skipper, brave and sure.  Here he is opening an unripe coconut.  The inside he called "spoon meat" and it was like coconut slime, but it tasted good.

We are having fun with our friends even though it now is POURING rain!!!!  We are praying for better weather tomorrow.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Some of the things that grow here.

 I've said it before, but I love all the things that grow here.  Most grow wild and grow everywhere.  My favorite are these trees with the red flowers.  They are so beautiful, I'm going to do a post only on them at some time in the future.  I think they are called African tulip trees, from my google research.

The yellow hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower and they also grow everywhere, as evidenced by this one growing in a parking lot.

Most of the beautiful flowers and plants here I cannot identify.  This looks like a Hawaiian orchid to me, but I'm not sure.

These are plumeria, which have the most intoxicating fragrance.

I cannot identify this, but I love it.

This little ground cover grows all over the place and some people don't plant grass; they just mow the natural ground cover to create their lawn.

 A big plumeria tree.

These are papayas growing.  I love how they grow from the stem.

Don't know what this is, but I like it.

Don't know what this is, but I like it.

I LOVE the palm trees!!!!!!!

Mike and I "putting out the vibe."

This is Hawaiian ginger.  There are several different colors of this that grow here.

Kids grow well here too.  See how big Joey has gotten?

LOVE the Bird of Paradise!

Mike of the jungle.