Monday, August 3, 2009

My Kauai Vacation

Sorry for the long absence from my blog. I've been on vacation with my family visiting from the Mainland for over a week! This was their first time to Kauai, and I was so excited to be able to show them around my beautiful island of Kauai! Above is a photo of a native, Hawaiian hibiscus.

My niece is "digging to China" at Hanalei Bay.

Here's my sister looking at a banana tree for the first time.

We were so lucky to see a Hawaiian monk seal sunbathing at Salt Pond Beach Park. Later on he went for a swim with the keikis in the kiddie pond!

Here I am with my niece at my art studio, Painting Paradise.

My sister is painting a Kauai Rooster. I think it's a law that if you are an artist and live on Kauai, you have to paint at least one rooster or chicken!!! (NOT!) LOL

The two serious artists at work. My niece loves arts and crafts and often spends two to three hours a day creating! It's in the blood!

My niece asked me if she could, "paint the manikin." I thought she was going to pose him, and paint her rendition of him on watercolor paper. Instead she literally PAINTED THE MANIKIN!!! How cute!

Here's the whole gang at the Plantation Gardens restaurant at the Kiahuna Plantation Resort. From left to right, my brother-in-law, my niece, me, my sister, and my hubby!

She's a "coconut girl in a high fashion world!"

Having fun with the boogie board at Salt Pond.

Kickin' back and relaxin' under a coconut tree!

Shoveling sand at the Kiahuna Plantation Beach.

Looks like Kauai Coffee has a new coffee picker! I'll have to sign my niece up for the next harvest season in Septemer!! LOL

It certainly was a lot of fun spending time with my ohana! They thoroughly enjoyed Kauai. Mahalo for visiting!!!!


Louise said...

Great pics Julie! Your sister looks just like you! They certainly had great tour guides for their first visit to Kauai. The "coconut girl" and the "shoveling sand" pics look like they could be made into paintings!!

Justine said...

I miss Kauai already! You were a great tour guide and thanks for giving us a personal art class! I'm going to frame up our pictures and hang them at home...a souvenier from our wonderful trip to paradise.

Schar Freeman said...

Mahalo for sharing your Kauai vacation with us Marionette. Your niece has your lovely smile! I was so happy to finally meet your sister and her hubby, and niece ..wish I had been feeling above da weather, rather than under it ;)

LemurKat said...

Oh I so want to go back!


Jean Levert Hood said...

I think my favorite is "Paint the Mannequin!!"

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Glad you and your family had such a lovely time together. The Hawaiian Hibiscus is beautiful. I smiled at 'paint the mannikin' too!

Marionette said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! Jean, I knew you would relate to the mannikin!!


TreasuresFromHawaii said...

I'm with Jean on the "Paint the Mannequin" - too cute!(makes me miss my niece, Taylor...sniff)...So glad you had a wonderful time with your family - your niece is adorable! Luv and hugs...Dava
p.s.: hope you are feeling "above the weather" again soon Schar :)

LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...

What a wonderful vacation you had! Thanks for sharing all the pics. I think your niece will want to be back again real soon. Yes, you and your sis look very much alike. Glad you had fun, I was wondering where you were!!!


Sew it my way! said...

I really love "Stay Cations" when family come to visit. I makes me take a fresh look at my surroundings, I really do find that areas I take for granted can be new again! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with your sister and family however short that may have seemed.