Thursday, April 30, 2009


Here they are, finally! We had a really good time enjoying eachother and the weather. Clark was in between semesters so it was perfect timing for us to be there. Laurel was also in between semesters so she motored over there a few days after we arrived. These college kids really need a break big time and we were happy to help them out. I also need to add that Brad was not able to join us because of finals at BYU. We missed him! Hi Brad:)

Matasumotos Shave Ice.... you gotta try it!

Clark took Michelle to some happen'in place on the North Shore where they had these Kava Kava drinks which I guess are delicious. On the way home they stopped at Foodland to pick something up and guess who they saw? Jack Johnson. He lives there, but still. (read the first comment from Clark to clear up a couple of blunders I made)

Neal's loves this hat he got at the Aloha Stadium swap meet along with this sweet remote control car. He still has the car, but the hat is at the San Fransico airport sitting on the floor where Neal was hanging out in between flights. He is hoping Clark will go back to the swap meet and buy him another one. Maybe Neal, just maybe.

Family picture at Electric Beach near Waianae on the west side near Ko Olina. I never ever,ever would have ventured near this beach while living here in high school. No way! It was more of a "local" place that haoles didn't venture. It had some great snorkeling WAY out there. Neal can tell you about it sometime.

My old stomping grounds near Sandy Beach.

We spent Easter with Becca (Mark'sneice), Mike and their baby Bentley. On the beach behind us is where we had an Easter sunrise service with Clark and some of his friends. Every year they get together and read from the scriptures while the sun is rising.

Three Tables near Pupukea Beach. Last time we were in Hawaii Michelle found a $100 dollar bill underneath some coral while snorkeling. It was pretty deep so Max grabbed it for her and they split the money. (see photo below of Max and Michelle)

The Hannemanns had an Easter egg hunt for all the little kiddies.

This tide pool is right below and behnd Clark's house.

Seth's little boy was turning 1 so they had a birthday celebration. Seth and Clark grew up together and are good friends. Seth was the perfect daddy heading up the party with games. Momi did a great job with the food and decorations.

Not sure I need to comment on all of these photos because a lot of them speak for themselves. This was taken at Blowhole. Look at that water!!!

This is at Waimea Bay on the North Shore. The waves were crashing on the shore and Neal and Clark thought that was great fun.

Neal loves to dig holes in the sand and look what was hiding. This was not your usual cute little sandcrab you find in California. Somebody showed us how to properly grab and hold it so a lot of the kids on the beach took turns.

We met a very nice family from Northern California who we saw most everyday at Turtle Bay. Michelle and Neal are making a mermaid out of George!

See, this is what Neal does at the beach. He could be happy 24/7 in Hawaii. I could too for that matter.

This was taken from Clark's lanai ( patio, porch, deck) at his place. He lives right on the point in Laie, walking distance to the Laie shopping center where the Leonard's Malasada truck stops every once in awhile. The truck comes from Honolulu and stays in Laie for 1 whole week and we were lucky enough to be visiting at he same time. The chocolate cream filled ones are the best, even better than the coconut and I love coconut.

Seth is a cubscout leader and I bet he is the funnest cubscout leader ever. Momi, Sol, Seth and Clark.

Look who was in Hawaii the same time as us? well, there were quite a few of us from Cardston there, but these guys are in our ward. Let me tell you the connection we have with them because when you live in southern alberta there is always a connection. Larry was the plumber for our house, Carolyn is our RS president with whom I serve as secretary, Clark dated their daughter a couple of years ago, Mark is their home teacher and Mark is also partners with their son Blake for another family. Oh yah, one more. Carolyn and I were at BYU the same time, living in the same apartments at BYU but never met. The only thing we don't have in common is geneaology. You heard it right, we are not related. Ok, maybe we are a touch, way way back, but then most everyone is around here. Larry's last name is Leavitt and Mark's grandmother's maiden name was Leavitt, but that is way back and we don't really claim them claim them as true relatives, but we do claim them as good friends.

Ah, the Hannemanns'. (some of them, very few of them actually) They live in a condo at Turtle Bay year round, 24/7. Lucky ducks. They helped us celebrate Clark's 26th birthday on April 16th. Art (on stake business that night) and Peggy always make us feel like family when we visit. It was so good to be with them again. They have 7 boys and 4 of them are the same ages as Clark, Brad, Laurel, and Michelle. They were in our ward when we livied in California and our kids grew up together. Good good family! Peggy brought her yummy banana bread to the party. I love Peggy's banana bread!

Birthday friends for Clark. Clark is the party organizer of all time. A lot of his friends had already either left for home or were working otherwise, believe me you, or is it believe you me? there would have been a ton more. Clark has friends in every city in two countries, no lie!

Neal as a mermaid!

Max and Michelle. Peggy and I were visiting teaching partners together while pregnant with these two. They are 1 month apart.


iamclark said...

Just to clear up a few things that may have been confusing. I took Michelle to a place called Kava Roots but we did not get Kava. That would be bad. We got Acai bowls which is basically a fruit smoothie with brazilian berries in it topped with granola, bananas, and honey. It's a big hit out here. Kava is a traditional root that Polynesians gind up and mix with water and drink that is actually against the word of wisdom unless used for ceremonial use. Also... Jack Johnson does not live in Foodland. He lives here on the North Shore but not in the supermarket. Just thought I would clarify a few things. Thanks Mom for the great post. It was great having ya'll out here. Come back soon. EEEEEEEEEE

Audrey said...

WOW!! BEAUTIFUL! You all look so tan, warm & happy. I love Jack Johnson's music, & if he lives in that beautiful place, no wonder he is so carefree & creative. Isn't the world a small place? I just love to read about your "alberta connections." They crack me up. Aside from the very very cute "people" shots (you look fantastic by the way) I absolutely LOVE the sunset shot with the palm in the foreground. Very cool. Glad you had a great time.

kelseyp said...

Looks like you had a blast. The ocean looks gorgeous.. I would give just about anything to be there right now!

Kari said...

Aaaahhhh! The North Shore! Matsumoto's Shave Ice! Local Beaches and sand crabs! I was there for one semester at BYU in the 80's--all you needed was a picture of a bus, and that was our transportation every single weekend to explore the island. I love Hawaii...JUST...LOVE...IT!

(Your family is beautiful and Michelle might be moonlighting as a model, by the way...) :)

Marilou said...

That was a great post to read and look at. I also loved that pic of the sunset and palm. Wow! Also the color of the water. WOW! Was it really that blue when we lived there? Jack Johnson at Foodland? Sweet!

Ashley Dawn said...

to sum up.....SO Jealous, SO beautiful, and SO jealous again.

Jan said...

Looks fabulous. We need a trip to Hawaii - -this is a big anniversary this year (in December - -good time to get out of the cold!) so it could be the right time for a Hawaii visit.


Looks like you guys had a blast!! We can't wait to go back there one day!! It is always fun to see what you guys are up to!

name: Laurel said...

please take several of those photos off. thank you, that is all.

by the way: 1 week, about 4 pound gooooone. and it's just the fisrt week. go me.

mama jo said...

looks like alot of fun...wish we were there..

USAUS said...

The only consolation to all those photos you have there is that we have the missing Brad here - who looks fabulous! Glad you had such a fun trip - but where is the white sand?

name: Laurel said...

PLEASE take them offffffff. please?

JP said...

Hello Cahoons! This is Jessica LANG Price, Clark's friend from back in the NP/OP days. It's so fun to see the Hannemanns and Cahoons together - I didn't know Seth had a baby! So darling. And when did Michelle grow up!? She's such a babe and I remember her as a little girl. I guess that's what happens. Anyway, glad I ran into your blog - what a great vacay in Hawaii!!