Tuesday, August 25, 2009

P.S. Hawaiian & Florida Beaches

ALOHA! (has so many meanings...this "aloha" greets you, my friend!)

I'd like to share some of our family's past pictures of some beautiful beaches and sandy shores... and also share some beach-inspired artwork.

(after finding so many old beach photos...I realized that it might be beach overload!...so I thought I better cut this Beach Party into at least 2 separate posts! If you like what you see...please save my site, so that you can come back and continue partying...I really don't want to wear you out in one visit!)

*Honest, this is not a some scheme to get you to come back! But, like I mentioned to a great blogger in an email...I get long winded and just don't want anyone to pass out or check out!

(Personalized Sketches copy of original)
*Click on images of drawings to see the name used: RAMON
& click on photo collages to see a closer view*

...have some fun in the sun! And please let me know what you think of the scenes and finds at this beach-side bash :o)

...you're welcome to stay as long as you'd like (don't be shy...take a peek in my other sunny spots... aka previous posts ;o) ...and when you are ready for more, be sure to check out the other beach parties listed Gina@the Shabby Chic Cottage! ...I can't wait to visit the other parties :o)

I did write in the photo collages, but will add a few tidbits of info.

*click on collage to see a better view*

1982...City of Refuge is on the Kona side of the Big Island where Mr. B was born (while we are in Hawaii, I'll be calling him the "Big Kahuna" :o) (...well, he wasn't born IN the City of Refuge!..but he was born on that side in a town called Kealakekua-Kona.)

Big Kahuna's parents...sadly though, this black sand beach is now covered over with the lava...I can't find the beautiful pics that Big Kahuna and I took on our honeymoon... but it was gorgeous!

1984...Keiki Wahine (aka theluckiestmrs) and I in a handcarved vessel in the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (City of Refuge)...I love the long Hawaiian words; can't pronounce some of 'em, but it's fun to try.

Keiki Wahine #1 (pronounced like "Kay-kee Wah-he-nee", means little girl, keiki is "child") and I across the water from CPT Cook's monument. Cpt James Cook was the first westerner to set foot on the islands on Jan 18, 1778 and died near that spot on the island of Kawaii, on Feb 14, 1779.

Hapuna Beach is where Big Kahuna got a little too much sun! Afterwards, I was able to peel a huge section of peeling skin off his back! Kinda gross...but peeling it was kinda fun! ( & I have that "saved" somewhere!)

Onekahaha Beach is a beach that is great for little ones, since it has little protected "pools" that are separated.

(Personalized Sketches copy of original)
*Click on image to see the name used: CINDY*

When Mr. B was in flight school and whenever we were stationed in Alabama, we were blessed to have family that lived a few minutes from the Destin Beaches, so we were able to enjoy the beautiful, "barking" sandy beaches when we would visit family.

*click on collage to see a bigger view*

After flight school, Big Kahuna's first duty station was at Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii! Both our girls became frequent Beach Bunnies and our Keiki Kane (pronounced like: "Kay-kee Kah-nee" means little boy) was born there... our 5th generation baby boy born in Hawaii on Mr. B's side.

Hickam AFB Beach and the beaches of the North Shore are both on Oahu. The North Shore waves are amazing! "Da Kine" Hawaiian-style, is a laid-back kinda pace. North Shore, with its cute little store fronts and casual, surfer atmosphere is a fun experience. We went to some church services there where slippahs (slippers), shorts & tank tops were not a problem :o)

(Personalized Sketches copy of original)
*Click on image to see the words used: KAPPA DELTA*
(I prefer to do each in an individual's name, but did use KAPPA DELTA for a sorority fund raiser)

On Oahu, we went to about every beach that was accessible ;o)... The Oahu Military Rec Center Beach was one of the easiest and our keikis enjoyed watching military aircraft taking off and landing.

Back on the Big Island, camping in tents on Kawaihae Beach is one of Big Kahuna's family traditions. We were able to do this last camping trip before being reassigned to the Mainland...you guessed it...back to Ft Rucker, Alabama...Home of Army Aviation.

*click on collage to see a bigger view*

Come back any time and this adirondack chair will be here for you... I'm so glad you stopped by.

(Personalized Sketches photo of original)
*Click on image to see the name used: SANDY*

My beach party ends with a beautiful sunset between the palms. This was taken by our daughter "LittleMiss", when she was on Roatan for a dental missions trip during her 2009 Spring Break. She said she took this while they were just walking to dinner on the "west end" of the island. I think that it is breath-taking!

Blessings & Aloha!
*"aloha" here means love & 'til we meet again!*

*Please be sure to leave a comment...I love to read what you have to say*
*and if you're not tuckered out & sunburnt...& you want to see more...for"the rest of the story"...um...I mean, more beach fun...please go HERE.


ceb said...

Mom! i dont think i've seen some of those first ones of you guys... you look like a supermodel in those pics!!! seriously! :)

Marie said...

Hello! Wow, love your sweet photos! And the sketches are amazing. I especially love the one of the beach chair. Thank you for sharing!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What wonderful artwork!! Enjoyed your pictures too. Thanks for sharing with us.


Bacardi Mama said...

Such beautiful pictures and your artwork is amazing.

Tim said...

Ok, when I get some time I will for sure do a Hawaii post and put some pics in it. Just for YOU!!

Love and Prayers,


Jenni said...

What beautiful artwork you create! Thank you so much for sharing!

xinex said...

Beautiful beaches and wonderful sketches. You and your daughters are so cute in your matching swimsuits. You are right, the pic your daughter took of Roatan is breathtaking. I wonder if it is the same beach where we've been!...Christine

stefanie said...

your sketches are beatiful!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Before I fall asleep...
...lovely Girly-Whirly2...I didnt realize I had some of these old photos! thank you for thinking that your mama looked good way back in the good ole days! :o)

Tim...can't wait til I see your Hawaii post :o)

Marie, Sandi, Bacardi mama, Jenni, Christine, thanks for your sweet comments about our photos and the art that I do.

& Christine...as well-traveled as you are, I wouldnt be surprised at all if you had been to that beach on Roatan! Take me with you next time :o) and I was able to buy mine and our oldest matching swimsuits...but none in our little ones size...so I sewed some scrap pink fabric and some white fabric to make hers! haha I loved dressing us to match.

Debra@CommonGround said...

I love the sketches. Such talent!

Marianne said...

Hawaii, sigh.
One of these days, I have got to visit those islands. Thank you for sharing your beautiful beach photos with us.

Witchcrafted Life said...

Absolutely wonderful sketches, the beach chair one in particular caught my eye and reminded me of lovely summer childhood memories.

Thank you sweetly for your beautiful comment, kind soul. I hope you're having a stellar week!

Big hugs,
♥ Jessica

ch said...

What wonderful sketches and photos. And a beautiful blog. I'll be back for more!:)

Unknown said...

What beautiful artwork! That big shell is amazing, and I love that verse.

Thanks for joining me today.

Unknown said...

Great photos, that last one I could handle really well right now,looking out at the water, maybe reading a good book. My first visit to your blog. Very enjoyable. Thanks for visiting Copper~n~Things and an answer to your question they are two different dogs, They are recue animal and are brother and sister.
I adopted Lola first and then Copper because I had to get something to help her burn off all that energy, I'm to old for all that she was dishing out.

Barbara Jean said...

This is great!
Do they all have your name? Will come back later to see more.

Thanks for dropping by to see my beach party and all.

Barbara Jean

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos - thanks for sharing. You are very talented.

Unknown said...

I love those sketches!!

Debbie Petras said...

What a fun beach party and great idea as the summer is heading to a close. I loved all of the collage photos; so beautiful! I also loved your Adirondack chair drawing. I could picture myself sitting in it.

I was in Hawaii only one time; on Mauii. But I loved it. I remember a vivid rainbow after a rain and how gorgeous it was. I read James Michener's book "Hawaii" before I left for the trip and it made it even more memorable.


HeatherOz said...

What a great Beach Party! How lucky to live by so many beaches. I love Hawaii! My husband went there a few years ago for our first alone trip since having kids (7 years). We had such a great time! I tried to relive our trip through your beach pictures!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The photos & sketches are great. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii. I will someday. I have been to the beach in Florida. The water was sooo warm & the sand so soft.

Jane said...

Your photos are lovely...and your artwork is exquisite! I love your work...especially the nautilus shell and the adirondack chair. We need to talk.....

Jane (Artfully Graced)

Roberta said...

Your sketches are so lovely! The adirondack chair w/ the verse and the palm tree are my favorite! Thanks for stopping by. xo Roberta

Embellished Bayou said...

What a talented artist you are! I have never seen such original work. Thanks for sharing!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

That palm tree and chair are some of my favorites.

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