Hawaii – Flora, Fauna & Fabric

Aloha Y’all!  We have just returned from a sun filled week in Hawaii.  I want to post some of the 1677 pictures we took.  We did all the very typical touristy Hawaii thingsHawaii-Flower-1.  We took in two islands – Oahu and Maui.

Oahu is the home of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Waikiki. This is a bustling, urban, big city area!  We stayed in Waikiki for just a few days with a little bit of beach time, a tour of the city with a visit to Pearl Harbor, some fireworks on the beach and a wonderful Valentines dinner at the Fresco Italian restaurant.

We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and our room on the 24th floor had a nice view!

Oahu-viewMy toes were happy!

happy-toesPearl Harbor is not to be missed!  Very moving!

Pearl-HarborThe hotel had a brief but fabulous fireworks display on the beach:

FireworksOn Sunday we took a quick flight to Maui.  Such a beautiful island!  Much more laid back and relaxed than the Waikiki/Honolulu area!  We rented a jeep so we could tool around the island and, of course, take the infamous Road to Hana!

Road-to-HannaFull of hair pin turns and very narrow single-lane bridges, the Road to Hana is a challenge but worth some of the most stunning views in the world.  Here are a few of the road-side waterfalls:

road-to-hana-waterfallroad-to-hana-waterfall-2We were definitely ready for an adult beverage when we returned to our hotel.  This was our view from the balcony in Maui:

Maui-viewWe stayed at the Royal Lahaina Resort.  It was wonderful!

I did find some quilt shops on Maui!  The first was The Maui Quilt Shop in Kihei. This little shop is jam packed with Hawaiian prints and patterns.  The lady who helped me said they were “a large shop in a small space.”  I found this Hawaiian Sunbonnet Sue pattern (called Aloha Sue and Aloha Sam) and some pretty fabrics which I will use for their clothes.

Aloha-Sue-and-Aloha-SamAlso found a cute pineapple pattern.  I have a lot of batiks already, so this will be a fun use of some stash!

Pineapple-PatternThe second Quilt shop was called Sew Special.  This shop is in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.  It is a huge shop with lots and lots of fabric.  It was a little overwhelming!  But I found a pattern using the Sashiko technique of needlework.  This should be fun to try out!

SashikoOne other quilt shop called Quilts n’ Fabric Land is in the Wharf Cinema Shopping Center in Lahaina.  This is a very busy, touristy area and we had a heck of a time finding a parking place.  I did get a bit of the Hawaiian fabric shown in the Aloha Sue picture above.  Not far down the road is Cheeseburger in Paradise – I would highly recommend this for a break from all the quilt shops!  After all, you don’t want to get peckish shopping for fabric!

There used to be a quilt shop in the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina, but it has sadly been replaced with some sort of teeny weeny bikini shop.  After Cheeseburger in Paradise, that is out of the question. 😉

One of my favorite activities during our vacation was the Whale Watching Sunset Dinner Cruise we took on the Pride of Maui.  This was an awesome adventure!  We saw lots and lots of whales splashing around.  It is hard to catch them with a camera but here are a few pics:

Whale-tailwhalewhale-tail-2We had a great dinner with ribs, chicken, lots of shrimp and strawberry shortcake.  And the sunset was beautiful!

Oahu-sunsetOn the last day we had to check out by 11am but our plane didn’t leave until 6pm, so we drove up to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.  While most of the lavender was not in bloom, there were many beautiful blooming flowers in the garden.

Hawaii-Flower-2I’m sure this is even more amazing during the summer!

lavendar-farmsOnward to a incredibly delicious late lunch at Mama’s Fish House – a Maui must!

So, I hope these warm tropical pictures will help you stay toasty during all this nasty winter weather.

Aloha!

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3 thoughts on “Hawaii – Flora, Fauna & Fabric

  1. Looks as if you had a wonderful time in Hawaii – we’ve been at the same two islands and some of the same places — including the same quilt shops! Guess we have to go back — your pictures are so inspiring!! Glad you rode to the top in a jeep – easy to navigate! (my hubs rented somekind of Lincoln Towne Car to do that!)
    I’m into binding my GI – I love it!!!!!! Thanks for that inspiration too!!!!
    Welcome back to the mainland! :)-

  2. Barbara, those WERE very inspiring pics–gorgeous!–the scenery AND the fabrics, and I love your new patterns!! Glad you got to go, miss you!

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