I have given up on the day count – I no longer know how many days we’ve been away and I rarely can remember what day of the week it is. So we are just going to go with locations and occasional dates when I am keeping track!
We arrived in Hawaii on August 19 (I think) only to find that base housing was totally booked indefinitely and the Hale Koa (the military’s hotel on Waikiki) was also booked at least through the end of August. We started searching through various means while still in California but didn’t find much. I recalled my friend Mel mentioning that she had a friend in Hawaii with a ton of space. I had met this person a time or two through the years and decided to take a chance and see if we might be able to crash with her for a few nights.
Not only did Stacey welcome us into her home without any hesitation, she also allowed us the use of her “island car” while we were there. And she has a pool, which was a total bonus for the boys. I cannot say enough about how welcome we felt. On Saturday we moved from Stacey’s home to the Hale Koa on Waikiki and we were all sad to say goodbye. Staying with Stacey in Kaneohe has definitely been a highlight of the trip thus far!
We been taking advantage of activities in Hawaii while waiting for a flight. We have snorkeled in Hanauma Bay, visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and paid a visit to King Kamehameha. It has been very warm here and high humidity. I had a bit of a hard time the first day and may have had a touch of heat exhaustion… training for the days ahead. We failed to reapply sunscreen when snorkeling and both boys ended up a little cooked. RJ was stung by a bee while swimming and then suffered from sand flea bites, but was able to catch lizards and see giant cock roaches up close, so that eased his pain.