Aloha Hawaii (2021)

As I mentioned in the post about Alaska, we allowed both of our kids to select the destination of their chosing as a high school graduation gift. Marco selected Alaska (2019) and two years later Gabriella picked Maui, Hawaii (2021). It may only be two years in calendar time, but in “real world time” it felt like a decade. As we all remember, 2020 was the year of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We should have known 2020 was going to be a bad year, when on January 26th Kobe Bryant, his daugther and seven others died in a helicopter crash. If we could have pressed a button to fast forward to 2021, we all would have pressed it!

In a few short weeks, we went from “normal life” to the “new normal” with masks, lock downs, Zoom calls with friends and family, working going fully remote, school going fully remote. I happened to be visiting Marco at Notre Dame the weekend when the Unviersity told all the kids to head home for remote classes. I remember telling Marco, we are packing up and don’t plan on coming back this year. I am not sure why I felt that way at the time, but I sure was right! It was such a difficult time in many ways, but I do have some fond memories of the family playing pong in our backyard, listening to “Big Booty Mix” and having some fun.

I think it was really hard for Gabriella being her junior year and not being able to go to school. We did set up a dance floor in the garage so he could taker her dance classes remotely. School was tough as there was very little interaction with other kids or the teachers. I’d say we all figured out a way to get through the situation the best we could. I am hopeful that is the first and LAST time we ever have to deal with something like that in our lifetimed.

So, while it was only two short years between Marco’s graduation trip to Alaska and Gabriella’s trip to Hawaii, it was decades apart in terms of what we had experienced in our lives in between those trips.

Haleakala National Park. Volcano's all over the place. Currently 10K ft, believed to once have been 15K ft however erosion has caused it to sink. It looks like what you would think Mars would be!
Gabs and her "former" boyfriend. I suppose she lost interest after she beat him in the rock climb! (totally understandable).
Nakalele Blowhole was pretty neat. The rock formations are in such a way that when the waves crash in, they shoot up this blowhole 20-30 feet in the air. The signs specifically said to stay away, but some folks just can't read I suppose. I thought for sure we were going to see someone get swept away.
Marco and Elysse enjoying the view at the Nakalele Blowhole.
Marco had a funny name for Brandon during the trip. I am not sure it is appropriate so I will not write about it!
Nakalele Blowhole was pretty neat. The rock formations are in such a way that when the waves crash in, they shoot up this blowhole 20-30 feet in the air. The signs specifically said to stay away, but some folks just can't read I suppose. I thought for sure we were going to see someone get swept away.

5 thoughts on “Aloha Hawaii (2021)”

  1. After all your family went thru “ Covid “ time. I’m glad to read Gabriella, made the right choice to vacation in Hawaii, and all of you enjoyed the trip and had a wonderful time. Happy memories! 😍

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