Brian went home on Monday, but is actually just arriving in Utah Tuesday evening. (Thanks Delta, for sucking once again! We’ve actually never flown Delta without SOMETHING going wrong. And we’ve flown Delta… a lot.) On Monday we just hung out, Brian had some swimmers ear going on the day before and didnt want to have it on the plane, so we splashed a bit in the pool without diving, the kids got lots of snuggles in, and we hung out, bummed all day he had to go back home for work. His flight left past 9, so we drove to our favorite conveyor belt sushi and had some eats before he headed out. What felt like only a few days was actually 8, and poof he was gone 😦 The kids and I have lots of adventures ahead of us though…. like day nine!
Today is Kamehameha Day. June 11 is a public holiday in Hawaii. A little history lesson for you about the Iao Valley:
Kamehameha’s full Hawaiian name is Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea. Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of Kepaniwai that King Kamehameha clashed with Maui’s army in his quest to unite the islands. Even with Iao Needle serving as a lookout point, Kamehameha defeated Maui’s forces in a ferocious battle that ultimately changed the course of Hawaiian history. The name “Kepaniwai” means “blocked/dammed stream” The battle so bloody and deadly, the stream choked with bodies and turned red.
Now, Iao Valley is a State Park, and absolutely beautiful – so green, so lush, and so pleasant I could have stayed all day. We visited both the State park, and below in the valley a bit is the Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Gardens where we made a little nature and history challenge for the kids and learned about some of the early settlers of Hawaii. Here are the beautiful photos of the state park and the gardens, I was pretty snap-happy, it was so gorgeous, and at least 10 degrees cooler up there (high 70’s) so I was happy to wander and explore.
We came back home after a stop to see Papa at work, grabbed some grub at the mall (most of the restaurants in the food court are, instead of chains, local joints- and they are SO good!) and swam and read. Tonight is my parents library night so we will head down for some books and shaved ice after dinner, yum! Brian finally reached home and our parrot Gunter is more than happy to see him! I’m sure our dogs and cats are as well, they have been hanging out with Brians brother, in good hands, but nothing beats mom and dad!