Just got back from an amazing trip to Kaui. Still getting used to this freakishly bitter cold we’re having in Vancouver. Flew into Seattle on a red-eye Monday, only to be greeted by an uncharacteristically frigid minus 8 and blowing snow! Needless to say, the 35 degree difference between that and the balmy t-shift-slash-no-shirt weather of the Garden Isle was a shock to the system. I’m re-living the magic (and easing back into life on the mainland) through these photos though… plus, editing vacation pictures is a nice way to slip back into the groove after 10 days of minimal computer use. Got to retrain the fingers, ya know!
This trip was our second adventure to Hawaii together, although Robyn and I had been a few times respectively as kids. I’ve always held a special place in my heart for the ‘islands’ ever since I can remember seeing my first Honu (aka Green Sea Turtle) as a youngster, snorkeling with my mum and dad. I’m sure I’m not alone there. Hawaii really is a jewel and it was so good to be back there and in warm water!
There are lots of reasons why this trip was great. It just seemed to be one of those experiences where all the pieces just fell into place. First off, our crew was awesome. A nice mix of new and old friends (thanks guys)! Five of us in total, plus we rendezvoused with a couple other friends who just happened to be in Hanalei at the same time. Talk about small world! Oh, and our accommodation was killer. Stayed in Princeville, just up the road from Hanalei Bay. Totally my new favourite spot. Check out the listing here.
On a sad note, our trip just happened to coincide with the memorial paddle-out for Hanalei hometown hero, Andy Irons. The 32 year old three-time world champion surfer passed away tragically November 2 after withdrawing from a competition in Puerto Rico, complaining of illness reportedly linked to a bout with dengue fever. The husband and soon to be father was en-route back home to Kaui when he passed in a Dallas Texas hotel room.
It was a humbling, yet uplifting experiencing being amidst the thousands who turned out for the spreading of his ashes in his home waters of Hanalei Bay. The pro surfer was laid to rest by his mother, wife and well over a thousand friends and fellow-surfers during a tradition paddle-out in the bay. I snapped a few photos of the event. They can be seen on my Flickr stream or, on the SBC Surf blog.
I could go on for paragraphs, but its late! Time to let the photos do the talking. More TK, plus some fun GoPro surf video from our sessions surfing in Hanalei.
PS – the photos are in no particular order, as usual. Will add captions shortly!