Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


We went to Hawaii for Christmas - we were so lucky to see Santa on the beach Christmas morning!


It is the first time we have had a relaxing, beach vacation (usually there are places to go, things to do), and our first vacation away from the cold. The day we left it was -28°C here, and when we landed in Maui it was +28°C.


This was the view from the condo that we rented, in Kaanapali, on one of the golf courses. Most afternoons were spent lounging on the lanai, watching whales playing in the ocean. It was a 5 minute walk to the ocean. The island of Lanai is visible in the distance (we also saw Molokai on the right).


 There was a Hawaiian quilt on the bed.


There were beautiful flowers everywhere. This double hibiscus outside the front door, always had a lizard around.


We went snorkelling everyday. I never imagined anything like it - such clear, warm water, and so many amazing fish. My sons took these photos with an underwater camera, the pictures don't do the actual reef justice.

humuhumunukunukuapua'a (reef triggerfish) - the state fish 

unicorn surgeonfish


We visited lots of beaches,


and drove to the edge of the Haleakalā volcanic crater.

It was an incredible vacation! Now back to my normal routine.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

19 comments:

Pat from Florida said...

Oh how fun! Love Hawaii!

JoAnne said...

What a great vacation! I just moved away from Hawaii (Oahu) this summer. We were lucky to live there for 3 years. We snorkeled whenever we could and visited Maui twice, the Big Island 4-5 times, Kauai 2 times, and Molokai once. We stayed in Ka'anapali as well. It was so much fun to see the whales! I miss it so much but your blog entry brought it back for a few minutes.

Kathy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time and went at the right time of the year too! Hope to get there one day.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Awesome! Looks beautiful! Love that.quilt too...I bet you felt right at home!! Welcome back!

Joan said...

Beautiful photos of your holiday...looks like you had a really wonderful time.

Kindred Quilts said...

What a wonderful place to spend the holidays! And it sounds like it was a relaxing time for you and your family!

Needled Mom said...

It looks gorgeous. Glad you had such a good trip.

Terry said...

Oh lucky you. I visited there once about 28 years ago, Stayed on Maui. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Linda said...

Happy New Year! What a wonderful vacation!!! Hawaii is my all time favorite vacation spot!!!

Mrs A said...

looks fab! We had our xmas in the snow for the first time in the US!

Sharon said...

Oh, what a beautiful place! It looks like you had a fabulous time. The photos are beautiful. My two favorites are the palms at sunset and the water flowing up onto the beach.

Raewyn said...

So glad you had a brilliant time... your photos are fabulous! Happy New Year!!

Sheila said...

Lucky you , it looks like an incredible vacation ,so glad you had such a terrific Christmas !!

Barb said...

Looks like a fabulous trip! Love the Hawaiian quilt. Happy new Year!

Rhonda M said...

Beautiful! A visit to Hawaii is on my bucket list!

Ruth said...

Looks like a wonderful change of scene for you and a very different Christmas!

gwendiequilts said...

Fun! The last time I was in Hawaii was my 14th birthday. I'd love to go back. Your pictures are beautiful.

Karen said...

You lucky duck - such a unique and memorable way to spend a Christmas holiday. Enjoyed looking at your pictures very much. Happy New Year, Joanne!

Sue SA said...

We honeymooned in Hawaii and I want to go back, its such a lovely place. Lots of inspiration in the bed quilt and the beautiful scenery shots you took, thanks for sharing.