Friday, January 4, 2013

Mele Kalikimaka- Hawaii Christmas 2012

Before we even knew we were moving to China we had made plans with my family to spend Christmas 2012 in Hawaii. As time grew closer, unfortunately,  some family members were not able to come. Although we missed them, we had a wonderful time. The Kauai Marriott Beach Club, in Lihue, has become a special place in my family, with lots of memories with my parents, siblings and cousins.

Merry Christmas from the Bottoms

There were sixteen of us for Christmas dinner

D spent most of his days boogie boarding and became quite the pro.

Kalapaki Beach, Kauai

Kauai Marriott Beach Club

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Father Christmas visited the pool 

My parents, my two favorite people in the world.

Dinner out with the parents and siblings.

My favorite dessert of the trip was from Cafe Portofino.
 On Christmas Eve Grandma and Grandpa hosted a party in their room. We had barbecued steak and chicken with salads and dessert. 

Cousins on Christmas Eve

More cousins

Uncle and niece
 After our Christmas Eve feast we decided to get a little crazy and did ramdom improv skits. We then headed out to the beach with candles to sing Christmas carols. 
 Christmas morning began early with a visit from the REAL Santa! We all headed to the kids room and opened presents.

After naps and some pool time it was time to get ready for the Christmas dinner buffet.


 The Christmas dinner buffet was a disappointment to everyone, but we couldn't complain because we were so blessed to be in paradise.

Brother and Sister

Great Grandma and Great Grand daughter

We headed to Poipu one day to check out the beach.
Poipu Beach

One of my favorite places in Kauai is Brennecke's.
This time I went with my parents, daughter and niece. 

A group of us went zip lining. Those pics will come in a later post.
Cute kids!
Spouting Horn in Poipu

These two were best buddies!
 After a week at the Marriott we headed across the street to The Garden Island Inn. We loved it!
Can't beat the location!

This room had a bed for all of us.
 On the 28th my parents celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by having the prime rib and crab buffet (which was much better and cheaper than the Christmas day buffet) and then listened to some music on the terrace. 
A song dedicated to them.

Kiss over a chocolate lau lau.

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Hanalei bay

The traditional picture of Grandpa and kids by the totem pole.

Uncle and nephew

We made memories on this trip that will last a lifetime! 
By New Years eve it was just us, my brother and parents left. Our flight left early New Year's morning so after dinner at Duke's we went to bed early and listened to fireworks all night long.

Mahalo Hawaii for another great trip!

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