SWAM - Finally

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
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Trip End Nov 28, 2011


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SWAM!

Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday 7 June

Flight Hawaiian Airlines
Hotel Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa


Well on the plane again back to Honolulu where our helicopter tour operator will pick us up and take us for a 45min flight over Honolulu.  As the weather had been so bad and there were so many things we had not been able to get to we decided this would be the way to go.  Arrived to find that the rain had not stopped, Honolulu had been flooded they had the most amount of rainfall in a 24 hour period since 1946, 13000 lightening strikes.  Just have to laugh really.  Anyway got taken to the helicopter hanger and waited for the weather report.  Met a lovely couple, she happened to work for Expedia in Waikiki and she was reviewing this company.  Got chatting to them and was interesting to learn that no one can buy land in the islands apart from local Hawaiians, if you buy a house you only own the dwelling and lease the land and pay a fee to the original people forever.  All those funds go into programs for mostly education for the local children only.  Apparently there is a huge surplus of billions - yes billions as there are only about 3000 people who can tap into these funds.  Interesting, maybe they could build some housing for the homeless . After about 45 minutes waiting it was decided that the weather was too bad for the flight to proceed - fancy that.  Operator dropped us off to our hotel and along the way mentioned that the homeless people sleeping in the parks where going to be moved on as the local council had recently passed a bylaw that camping in these areas was illegal.  So they all moved onto the pavement and there is nothing the council can do about it.  Spent the afternoon trying to get our refund on the helicopter trip and can you imagine - the weather fined up.  Well then, time for the beach finally.  Spent a few hours sunning ourselves on the beach at Waikiki.  Water warm, cats cruising around and run right up to the beach to disembark passengers.  Mobs of people on the beach not much spare to spread out although the locals say it is quiet. One thing that really stood out for me in the Hawaiian islands is that the roads are all really really good, the drivers are really laid back no road rage and 99% of the cars on the road are very new.  I must say however there are bloody nuisances everywhere! and I mean everywhere they even let them down on the beach! - Helen will get this private joke - I really miss those jokes and our Friday night Bella’s.  I have come to the conclusion that this is really a mans world though.  I very unselfishly and very consciously left my beloved aerosol impulse incense behind thinking it was too bulky to pack and I could buy another on the road.  Well the first night I opened our toilet bag (yes one between the two of us) I find Tom has managed to pack his body shop shaving cream and his beckham aftershave!  No worries I will just head down to a store and buy my fav brand.  No can do they do not sell aerosols here only roll ons - which I hate - except there is quite a variety of mens aerosols. I asked a shop assistant what the go is - she really had no idea and could not see my problem.  So Mum when we meet in Germany could you please pack a suitcase of Impulse Incense - pleaseeeee. Unless someone can send a care package now - only kidding.
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Liana on

I'll send it to you! Tim Tams and Vegemite too?!

michelle Bancroft on

Loved your comments Sherie lol , Looks like your having fun , showed mum your blogs and she liked it all, oh and she said to say Hi

HELEN on

Thanks for the disabled joke! Barrel started it! LOL (that means yes, I did laught out loud when I read your blog. Sounds like you are doing it tough....!! Peace and friendship. Helen

tomandscherie
tomandscherie on

Hi Shell

Got your comments thanks yes we are having fun. Congrats on becoming a grandma. Love to allxxx

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