Planning to Retire Soon!
If you are planning to retire in the Philippines soon, I suggest you visit several excellent websites on pro's and cons of retiring in the Philippines. However if you want to retire in the provinces, where life is simple, standard of living cheaper, less traffic congestion and pollution, availability of fresh seafood and vegetables compared to the big cities, my island province is the place for you! If this is your first time in my site, welcome. Please do not forget to read the latest national and international news in the right side bar of this blog. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights. The photo above is the front yard of Chateau Du Mer-Our Retirement Home in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Memories of Our Trips to the Hawaiian Islands
Macrine and I at the Maui Ocean Center and Aquaruim
Macrine and I had visited four out of the seven inhabited islands in the Hawaiian Chain of Islands. This was made possible through our International Interval(II) Vacation Exchange Program. We stayed for one week each in the Big Island, Maui, and Kaua'i and one day in O'ahu. We have stopped at the Honolulu Airport a number of times as a connecting airport during our annual trip to the Philippines from the US. We loved Hawaii, since it reminds us of Marinduque, Philippines. Our first trip was in the summer 1979 where we stayed at Kona Village Resort, Kaupulehu, Kona, the Big Island for one week. This resort was nestled on the fabulous secluded Kona Coast away from the big crowds. This was my treat to Macrine for passing her Nursing Board Exam to practice nursing in the State of California. The second one was our one week stay in Maui through our exchange Program via II in the mid 1998. Our third visit was one week stay in Kauai in September 2003 also via II. We stayed at Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville. Our two bedroom suite has the view of the Bali Hai Mountain made famous by the broadway musical, South Pacific. In this vacation, we were joined by Ditas and Nick and their baby, Carenna, only about five months old. The latest Hawaiian visit we had was in Honolulu, O'ahu just last year just for one day on our way to the Philippines.
The eight main Hawaiian islands (also known as the Hawaiian Windward Islands) are listed here from east to west. All except Kahoʻolawe are inhabited
1.Hawaiʻi often times called as The Big Island
2. Maui also known as The Valley Isle
3. Kahoʻolawe also known as The Target Isle( not inhabited)
4. Lānaʻi also known as The Pineapple Isle because of the pineapple plantations
5. Molokaʻi also called The Friendly Isle
6. Oʻahu also called The Gathering Place where Honolulu is located
7. Kauaʻi is also called The Garden Isle
8. Niʻihau known also as The Forbidden Isle
Photo of Fish from the Maui Aquaruim and Marine Center
Hawaii is tropical but it experiences many different climates, depending on altitude and weather. The islands receive most rainfall from the trade winds on their north and east flanks (the windward side) as a result of orthographic precipitation. Coastal areas in general and especially the south and west flanks or leeward sides, tend to be drier.
In general, the Hawaiian Islands receive most of their precipitation during the winter months (October to April). Drier conditions generally prevail from May to September, but the warmer temperatures increase the risk of hurricanes.
Rainbow as viewed from our 6th floor Condo in Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii
Temperatures at sea level generally range from highs of 85-90 °F (29-32 °C) during the summer months to 79-83 °F (26-28 °C) during the winter months. Rarely does the temperature rise above 90 °F (32 °C) or drop below 60 °F (16 °C) at lower elevations. Temperatures are lower at higher altitudes; in fact, the three highest mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala often receive snowfall during the winter.
Here's a video of the sights and sounds of this Tropical Paradise
Here are some photos of our first trip at Kona Village Resort, Kona, Hawaii in 1979
In front of Our Cottage
Ready for the Tour of the Big Island
Getting Ready for the Farewell Luau
Views from Kona Village Resort
Back Home in Pinole after Our Vacation-Looking at My Bills
At the Hawaiian Volcanic Park