Posts Tagged ‘Honolulu’

I had a great day yesterday and I wasn’t even doing research on my family history! Today’s blog is all about free time and how I spent it with my Ohana. When I say family, I mean my mother and my husband. For those of you that know me personally, you know that my children live in the mainland with their father. I really miss them! Thank goodness for technology, social networks, cell phones and Skype! Even though our little family has had the best of times and the worst of times, together we live and make each other happy in the best way we know how. I really don’t know what I would do without either of them. We don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a good time together, and since I am unemployed at present, it’s not like we will be eating at fine dining restaurants and taking helicopter tours all over the island! My love for cooking puts me in the kitchen quite a bit. So whether I’m baking cookies, creating my own dishes to eat at home, I save money anyway. Keyword here is frugal!

It’s expensive to live here, to eat here, and the rent is the highest in the nation I’m sure! You have to pay for paradise, because it doesn’t come cheap 🙂 All in all, I love where I live. Now if I could just find a career doing something I love, such as writing, I would be in absolute heaven! I am so close to Waikiki, it’s only like a hop, skip and a jump away from the true beauty of the ocean. It’s  one of my most favorite places to be. The ocean calms me and relieves me of all the stress I have pent up inside. Just to sit on the beach wall, watching the sunsets and sailboats pass by, makes me a happier person. I see the beach and I can feel the smile begin to form on my face. Truthfully, I don’t think you could smack the grin off of my face when I’m in my happy place.

I just want to share some photos I took last night of the sunset at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed capturing them. By the way, I am not a professional photographer and didn’t have an expensive camera. I had my trusty iPhone 4! That’s what the photos below were taken with. Nothing extravagant, but beautiful all the same.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Yesterday, my husband and I went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also known as Punchbowl Cemetery to pay respects to his father, Arthur M. Reinhardt who served in the U.S. Army. He was an SP4 and was considered a Specialist rank, which is equivalent to an E4 in today’s standards. This cemetery is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and serves as a memorial to the United States Armed Forces.

This cemetery lies in the middle of the Puowaina Crater, which is an extinct volcano. The cemetery grounds are very beautiful and the cemetery is well taken care of and is one of the top tourist attractions here in Honolulu. I looked like a tourist snapping pictures of everything from the Chinese Banyan trees, to the beautiful, vibrant Hibiscus flowers and of course, the cemetery grave markers of our fallen soldiers. The U.S. and Japanese flags were snapping in the wind, the sun’s strength yesterday beat down on my face and shoulders, but it was just part of the experience as a whole. It was a beautiful day and a moving experience for me. There is so much history here, and it is overwhelming when you see all those grave stones set in the rich dirt, lined up one right after the other. So many lives lost and they fought for the freedom that we take for granted every day. I could describe the perfectly manicured lawns or the beautiful, yet majestic Chinese Banyan trees with their grayish colored bark and large canopy of shade in which they offer or where initials have been carved into the trees’ bark, the reddish pink flowering bushes, the different trees full of pink and white blossoms, the marble monuments which display our fallen or the chapel with the stained glass windows and on and on. But I would rather show you. I hope you enjoy some of these images.











Kalama Beach- Just a Walk Away and My Backyard (so to speak)

I love Hawaii, the people, the culture, and the places I can go. My Ohana is always saying I should have majored in photography in college or writing because I always have something to say. Well they were definitely right! I love taking pictures of everything from local style food, nightlife, places I have visited and even family outings to the beach. 

Living life on an island is not what some may seem to think it is. Yes, I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but at the same time I laugh when some people think we all live in grass shacks on the beach and have “Coconut Wireless” for communication! Personally I do not know what I would do without my Iphone or Internet. 

After visiting the many beaches on the Windward side of the island, I find myself wanting to go somewhere I have never been. New experiences = New photo opportunities! On Thursday, my husband, Michael and I will be going to Turtle Bay Resort, which is on 880 ocean front acres of the legendary North Shore. I am excited to go as it is a place I haven’t been to yet. Only 45 minutes from Waikiki and Honolulu, and some of the most beautiful cerulean waters that Oahu is known for! I am ready to immerse myself in the tranquility and laid back lifestyle that the North Shore community displays to its’ visitors on a daily basis.