Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting my parents here in Hilo. We so enjoyed having them!
We greeted them at the airport with ti and orchid leis and started our time together touring around the greater Hilo area. We shared many things with them…things we have done or want to do, things we wish we had time to do with them that we will save for their next visit, and ultimately we just wanted them to get a taste for where we live and what our life is like.
As we toured around we shared our favorite coastal swimming spots, including Onekahakaha and Waiuli. We drove around Banyan Drive and looked at those magnificent banyan trees. We looked around Liliuokalani Gardens. And as we passed the infamous Ken’s House of Pancakes, the children begged their grandparents to stop for lunch (although we all ate breakfast :).
We brought them back to the house and Grandma and Grandpa showered the children with gifts and love and quality time. The kids were thrilled to have them here! We have missed them very much.
After a little time at the house, we headed out for a touring adventure. We drove to see various waterfalls, streams and lots of beautiful foliage that was new to my parents. As we headed out on the Hamakua Coast Highway, we were in awe of the beauty all around us. With the deep blue of the waters as far as our eyes could see on one side, and the vast green farms and pastures on the other side against the blue sky – the sights were spectacular!
In the evening we returned home where I prepared a dinner full of local favorites for my family to try. The menu included: Kalua Cabbage, Spam Musubi, Fresh Papaya, Purple Sweet potato Mochi, Manapua, and fresh, steamed rice. Our neighbors make and sell purple sweet potato chips and my mom bought a couple of bags to take back with her. Everyone enjoyed a great meal and my parents had fun sampling things that were different from what they tend to eat.
As the evening grew dark, rain poured for a few minutes. Just enough to make the coquis sing their loudest. Soon after the clouds cleared and showed the majesty of God in the night sky. My Mom and I enjoyed star-gazing together and discussing the greatness of God, the countless stars He created, the masterpiece in the sky and our hope that anyone who would look into the night sky, seeing all that there is, would wonder and seek God.
Wednesday morning we enjoyed another miracle. The sunrise over the ocean. It began as an orange glow illuminating the puffy white clouds over the ocean on the horizon and before we knew it there was the intense, fiery beauty of the sun in the quiet of the morning. The whole sky was set ablaze as the sun emerged from the horizon!
Soon after it was time for us to part again. You see, my parents were only able to be here for one night. They had been on Maui taking part of a family vacation with two other couples that had been planned prior to our move here. My mom knew she could not be on the island of Maui, so close to the Big Island, and not fly over to see us. The hugs were full of tears as we said our goodbyes again. Six months had been a long time. It may be that long again. We do hope to have them here, all to ourselves, very soon…and for an extended period of time.
Aloha! A hui hou Grandma and Grandpa! We love you!