My flight to LA was pretty ok. It started out anxious, because there were so many people at the Kahului airport. I was worried I might not make it to the gate on time.
But I did make it to the gate… and then we sat on the plane for a while. They said they were filling the potable water and filling out forms. I was imagining that they were tightening loose screws, or taping something together or something. I took a picture at that moment. I think it shows me being very calm. Ha!
The flight was pretty smooth. I watched “Tenet” and “The War with Grandpa”. I also ate a lot of junk food. And before I knew it, I was in LA.
We started the day with early morning snorkeling. We went to a beach Brent found on the internet when he was here. It has some good coral and lots of cool fish. While we were there, Samith and his family showed up. It was a snorkel party!
After snorkeling, we got cleaned up, and Caleb and Alicia dropped me off at school so I could tie up some loose ends, while they went to Iao Valley. I’ve been working on a garden project at school involving native Hawaiian plants. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the plants in time to put them in, but I did put flowers in some of the pots. Maybe the empty pots will pique the interest of passers-by.
But they’ll have to wait until July to see the plants arrive. I’m leaving for the mainland today. I’ll stay in LA for a few days before heading on to Nebraska.
Hawaiian #HA34 Depart Kahului 12:30pm Arrive LA 8:55pm
My niece Alicia and her husband Caleb are here! Yay! I was excited that I had correctly guessed which of the two staircases they exited the terminal from.
After dropping their stuff at my place, we got carryout food and ate it at a beach park. It was windy and even a little chilly, but it was nice. The sun had gone down while we ate, but the sky was still light. Then it got lighter. And lighter. It was an AMAZING sunset last night. A wonderful welcome for my kin.
Yesterday after church, we went for lunch. After a few false starts, we ended up at a restaurant I’ve never been to. It was a delicious diner breakfast. I will for sure be returning to that restaurant. Yum!
After dinner, everyone else headed up to the top of Haleakala. I stayed at school and made some lists, then headed to Target for a few household supplies. By the time I got home, it was late afternoon. I was excited to see my starfish flower had opened. Yay!
It was another full day with Stephannie and Samith yesterday. In the morning, we went to the Swap Meet. The Swap Meet! It’s been closed since the pandemic. Yesterday was its first time to be open again. Yay! I didn’t buy anything, but I did see my neighbors, who make and sell soap and candles. I didn’t write down their names dang it.
After that, we headed to Thirteen Crossings. I hadn’t been there for a while. It was delightful to hike again.
I’m always so excited to see houseplants just growing in the wild. There were so many maidenhair ferns on the trail. Amazing!
They all moved into their rental condo in the afternoon. I fell asleep on the couch. I joined them again for a lovely dinner at their condo. It’s a beautiful place.