Sitting back on my balcony this morning. It is 4am. Can't sleep exactly, so I got up and did some wash and took a shower. Hoping to see the sun rise, but it is perfectly dark right now. Can't see the ocean, but I can hear it 50 feet from the balcony where I am sitting. A soft breeze is blowing. The constant of the waves provides comfort and sustenance. I am with Linda and Emily. What could be better than this? Today, in a few hours hours going to the Polynesian Cultural Center. The PCC experience will take the whole day. I am anticipating a great time with Emily and Linda. They both love this experience and appreciate the opportunity. I am glad that i can be with them during this special time. Our condo is adequate and comfortable. Perfect? No. But we are settling in. Linda has been reading the guest comments book that she found in the apartment about the owners and guest experiences. The owners live in a different neighborhood here on Oahu. They welcomed us to the apartment and offered to make anything right that is needed. Visitors spoke of the surf, the kind people on the beach, and the turtles swimming in the nearby ocean. Yeah maybe everything isn't perfect (like our last place), but there is much good and superior benefits that we did not have or enjoy in Honolulu as well.
And so it is in our lives, when we see and appreciate our blessings, the tender mercies come more prolifically than ever. Why do I make everything religious? Because everything is religious, and religion is the answer to the challenges of life. In my mind, they are indivisible.
We heard from Melanie and Eric. They accepted the job in San Antonio and are traveling there to find a home.
The Polynesian Cultural Center was wonderful. There are many reasons. Their emphasis on the importance of family is refreshing. The way they hand down their stories through dance and song, inspiring. Linda had purchased the Ambassador package, which meant we got preferential treatment and seating at the events, which was nice. We even had a special ticket office that meant that we did not have to wait in line. We were given lkukui leis upon our welcome and introduced to our guide for a day at the PCC. Our guide"s name was Aloni. She had lived in Hawaii her whole life. She was kind and knowledgeable. https://www.polynesia.com/packages/#.Ws0DwGt5mSM
We started with a canoe tour and saw all of the villages from the water. Then we returned to land to continue our introduction to the villages and people of polynesia. Their were ten others in our group. We had great seating at all the shows which were many. The buffet was delightful with salad, fish, pork, chicken, rice, fruit, and a myriad of desserts .. All we could eat. Linda was the first person served at the buffet. There was a luau show at the end of the meal, then we went to the great theater for the Nui
The forever tree at the PCC
Mahanakolhi .. hang loose
Mahalo nui loa .. Thank you very much
Ohana .. We are part of the Hawaiian family