One of the blessings of being part of God’s family is finding brothers and sisters wherever you go. Hawaii was no exception. Our Sunday on the island began with an outdoor church service – sun baking down on the folding chairs, waves lapping behind the pastor as he opened God’s Word, and hugs from people we’d never met but will be sure to meet again in eternity.
And then we flew over to Brazil. No seriously. After church, we hiked up to Manoa Falls and the scenery was completely beautiful and exotic, just like the Amazon rainforest.
Everything was so BIG and GREEN that it was hard to capture with my camera.
This is how I feel about being in front of the camera instead of behind it.
For this adventure, it was just Thomas, David, Abby and I – what a treasure to have such dear friends.
Doesn’t it look like we are just standing in front of some cheesy jungle backdrop at a photo booth? Nope folks, this is for real.
And then it started to rain. Pretty hard. Unfortunately, this inhibited my photographic enthusiasm, but it was warm enough that I didn’t mind getting wet in general.
And just in case you actually wanted to see a picture of the WATERFALL, I thought I’d throw this in there. Of course, this picture only shows a small piece of it. Maybe someday when I have more than just a 50mm prime lens I will be able to take a picture of the whole thing at once.
You were wondering when the next segment of the food saga would appear, weren’t you? Well, what I am wondering is why they call this “shave ice” as opposed to “shaved ice”. Some things are not meant to be known. My favorite part of this picture are the muddy tennis shoe lines on my ankles. Hiking in the rainy jungle in sneakers will do that to you.
Pina colada and green apple ices over vanilla ice cream and topped with sweetened condensed milk. ‘Nuff said. I will just let your own imagination come up with a caption for this photo.
Since we seemed to be on a roll with trying traditional Hawaiian foods, plate lunches were next! They are basically your choice of meat served with rice and macaroni salad (or mac sal…). You would probably develop several blocked arteries if you enjoyed these too often, but they were yummy!
The type of chicken (top left) I chose was called “Oho Chicken”, which apparently means “good chicken”. It was.
We finished up the day by walking up and down Waikiki Beach just after sunset. The view was great and there were lots of fun shops to walk around in. The all time favorite was definitely the cookie shop that had open containers of unlimited samples. Food is good; free food is better.
This was the biggest banyan tree we saw during our trip – I think God was just having fun when He created these things.
What is your favorite way to fill Sundays when you’re on vacation?