We spent about a week in Hawaii with our awesome friends the Jacksons before heading to the states. It was a great way to transition from remote island life to modern mainland life. We were very "fresh off the boat" for a little while, so I'm glad the Jackson's were patient with our strangeness.
- I refused to drive the rental car because of the highways and high speed. Even Ephraim had trouble keeping up at first.
- We marveled again and again at the internet speed; you click on something and it loads. No waiting. Amazing!
- We stared at the tall buildings in Honolulu and even snapped a few pictures. Like we're really gonna look at those pictures again.
- We had to borrow some car seats and booster seats, cause apparently you can't just put your kid in the back of the truck.
- We noticed that people were mostly pretty skinny, small, and healthy compared with what were were used to.
- We felt very comfortable in Hauula since it seems similar to Samoa in some ways.
- When I drove from Hauula to Laie, I don't know if I even reached the speed limit, but I felt zero pressure to speed up. And the line of cars behind me just had to be patient.
- There were a lot of radio stations.
- We could eat anything we wanted. Think of something to eat, you can just go and get it!
- We watched mail being delivered to the mailbox. Granted the 'mail truck' was some lady's car being very skillfully driven from the passengers side, but there was a mailbox at the house that gave and received mail daily.
- I got teary-eyed in Longs looking at all the selection. Some people are so blessed! Do we need that many choices, really?
- We couldn't get enough of the fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Our kids had no problem reading Hawaiian names. For example, Isaac read, "The Like-Like highway?! That's funny." Then Ephraim said, "Read it like Samoan." So Isaac read, "Li-ke-li-ke."
You might notice that these pictures show us basically doing two things--going to the beach and eating -- which frankly are the two best things do to in the whole world. Plus we were with awesome people. So we had an amazing time.