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ALOHA  IMPRESSIONS

First one was offered up right here.





      The second impression was the vision of people waiting for the airlines to announce their departing flight. The nice thing about flying is how fast it can eat up the miles, but only after you've waited for long hours.
     They always want you there early to devour your time and hopefully, I suppose, buy some of the over-priced snacks at many of the "coffee shops" that are offered up for the unsuspecting public.
 

    If you get the idea that I'm not in love with the way passengers are herded around like sheep, or cattle, perhaps you're right. But once they get you there, the excitement starts.
    This picture shows the passageway towards our long awaited destination. Brigitte wanted to rush down to the end of the corridor, but I simply had to capture this on film.  So she reluctantly posed--well, waited politely.   I secretly think she enjoyed herself--a moment of relaxation.
     Actually, we were rather exciting, especially having survived the more than five hour flight in cramped seats.
    Brigitte, as you'll quickly discover, became our feature guide.
    There were two options open to me:
    Let her be the Star.
    Let her take the pictures!
    She had left her good camera in Thousand Oaks, so I was in charge of all visual FXs--by default! [Plus she's too good at picture taking!  Later, though, she bought a throw away camera.]
    So Brigitte took over as tour guide.
    Still, that didn't stop her from taking some of these pictures, as the following set reveal.
 
 

     Images Brigitte took in the Hololulu Airport.

    Almost in the "WOW, amazing!" department were these gardens--offered as lovely diversions for passengers, arriving & leaving Hawaii.


 
 

THEN OFF TO MAUI!

Ah the STAR in waiting.

And waiting. And waiting...

     Even Stars don't always get immediate attention from Airline management.  So we did the only thing possible, walked around and entertained ourselves until God-Airline finally offered up our luggage.

Somethings we saw in Airportland.







      Actually, it was ALOHA Airlines which whisked us from the our first landing in Hawaii to Maui, about half an hour flying time.
    We arrived soon enough to take an earlier shuttle flight to Maui--thus the longer wait for the luggage in Maui. You see, we got there first. So we made the most of this chance to get ahead of ourselves.  Like deal with the car rental papers.
    Here Brigitte is looking into the coffee shop. Or reading the menu.  It is difficult to tell if she's buying or simply observing the price list.
    That was one of the shocks we had to face.  And we'd been warned.  The prices were, for the most part, a bit higher than those on the mainland.  Of course, the rationalization is: "We gotta ship everything in."
    Sure.
    My fantasy is they charge what they can get--regardless of cost.  Business is business. And the cost of eating out is, to say the least, "pricey"--a very popular term in Hawaii.
 

    Ah, the wonders of photography--and the wonders of memories lost in the reaches of time. So many things happened in the flash of a day, hour, minute.  Now, several weeks later it is difficult to remember everything that happened on our trip--or to explain the many pictures on the following pages.
 
 

And here we are.
At last.
But where?

      If memory serves me right, we're somewhere in Hawaii. Hopefully in Maui Airport. Still, one can not be certain. In some cases, one picture looks much like another. Well, could I say I'm being modest. Or just showing off?
     Nonetheless, a lovely sight of palms and green stuff. One of the major selling points of Hawaii was showing of the palm trees and the beaches (which we haven't seen--yet!) and the grand, magnificent, modern, expensive hotels (which we haven't seen as of yet, either!)
 
 

      Now, here, Brigitte is really showing off her flower lei--more than the flowers in the airport garden.
    She got the lei from a man who was awaiting a group of tourists to offer up official "Hawaiian Greetings."  When she asked where it was possible to buy a lei they said these weren't for sale.
    But this nice young, good lookin' fella gave her one, anyway;  which was really rather generous.
    I'd been wanting to give her a lei ever since we'd landed.
    Gotta keep up with Hawaiian tradition!   And they are supposed to be so romantic!

    The World One travel agency in Thousand Oaks, which happened to be right next door to where I get my haircut, had arranged for our hotel, car rental and flights in and out of Hawaii.
    Beyond that we were on our own--of course.
 
 
 

OKAY!   I Confess!
    I love this picture!

     [In fact, there's a variation of it on one of the other pages of this website.]

     What I especially like here is the way Brigitte stands there, so proud and saucy like.
     Most of all, though, the expression on her face.
     Please note the bright glint in her eyes and the cute twist on her lips.
     WHAT?
     You can't see that? Are you blind or something?
     What a shame!
     The statue, of course, is what caught our attention.
     It is impressive, to say the least.
     Only the Hawaii Gods know what the heck it is or what it is holding in its hands.
     Or, maybe a little research would reveal the obvious.
     But, sad to say, we're too lazy to find out what it really is supposed to be.  Who has time to read books and do research at such a moment?  Regardless--it's impressive enough.

     Though it is the woman, of course, that holds my attention!
 
 

Which brings us back to:
Waiting For Our Luggage.

       Of course, that gave us the chance to sort things out--sorta. Actually the Travel Agency had done a great job for us. We had a car in waiting, not far from the terminal--so off we went to fill out the necessary forms and get the Neon four-door rental. By the time we were back with car in tow, the luggage had finally arrived.
     Then off we skipped to see the Maui Kai Condo, on the other side of the island, where we'd be staying for the next seven nights!
 
 

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