For Christmas 2007, our family went to Big Island, Hawaii to visit my brother in law and his now husband, who were living there at that time. Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. At that time, it was the least commercial of the main islands. We enjoyed exploring it, relaxing, swimming and snorkelling. We visited Mauno Loa, one of the active volcanoes, which was amazing to see. Hawaii is beautiful; the history of it’s people is fascinating; the flora and fauna are amazing.
My favourite memory was of my first experience of kayaking when we all paired up and headed over Kealakekua Bay in kayaks. We were amazingly lucky as a pod of dolphins joined us and playfully swam and frolicked around us as we kayaked across. Totally magical.
A dolphin in Kealakekua Bay
During the holiday we listened a lot to the music of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole , which is evocative and haunting The song that brings back happy memories to me is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” sung by Israel. Whenever I hear it, I am transported back to those fabulous times.