Hawaii 2015

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Jaime and Carmelo wanted their own little personal, romantic, and fun vacation. Since Oahu was a good time in 2014, they wanted to repeat it, but just with each other!

July 14th, 2015
Carmelo got a quick run in before the day and vacation started. He pre-registered to run a 5K out in Hawaii.

Just a quick 2 mile jog to get the blood pumping!
Just a quick 2 mile jog to get the blood pumping!

We got to the airport early enough to not feel rushed. We took our sweet time!
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It was very nice to just not feel rushed. We sat, ate, and bought some waters to take with us on the plane.
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We boarded and settled in for a long-ass flight

Flying out in style!
Flying out in style!
This may look goofy, but it’s hella comfy for what it is.

Our car rental was a much quicker and nicer experience than last year where we waited for an hour for a car. Alamo all the way, never going to use that shitty Thrifty out in Oahu ever again.

Peep the awesome rainbow that greeted us in Hawaii! We got our car just in time to catch rush hour traffic.

Our hotel check in at the Aqua Pacific Monarch, the same place we stayed at last year, was pretty smooth, we got all set up and got a room way up high enough to have a great view of the city and ocean. Well, not that great of a view of the ocean. We were ready to head out and eat… but first, a selfie!

Beautiful-ish view of the city, looks like last year’s view… lol

Loco Mocos for dinner! Good golly, I love these! So bad and so good! I got double the eggs on mine since Jaime doesn’t like eggs. MMMMmmmmm!!!!

Loco Moco!
Loco Moco (Spanish translation is crazy booger, lol!)!

After dinner, we walked on the beach and took these photos by the sidewalk.

Afterwards, we went to go get some groceries at the Food Pantry to stock our fridge for the week. Hawaii did away with plastic bags (nice!) so we carried paper bags full of groceries home.

July 15th, 2015
Carmelo ran close to 4 miles, just to see if he could. It was cloudy so there was GPS problems. The starting point should have been the same as the end point.

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and he took a few pictures

This humidity is killer, I'm soaked!
This humidity is killer, I’m soaked!
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Please excuse the trashcan that photobombed my picture of the Ala Wai Canal

Jaime just happened to be downstairs when Carmelo got back from his run, so they had a Musubi Breakfast.

Musubi and Coffee
Musubi and Coffee

After a little bit, we dressed and went to the Aloha Stadium swap meet and market place for a bunch of shopping

This pastry was as big as my head!

Looking for deals, my backpack is already full!
Looking for deals, my backpack is already full!
It's noon and we are beat!
It’s noon and we are beat!

Afterwards, still looking for souvenirs, the GPS led us to a Costco in the hood! I swear I think most people around here pretend to not look where they are going so they don’t have to get out of your way.

We drove through some ghetto-ass neighborhoods to get here.
We drove through some ghetto-ass neighborhoods to get here.

After a short stop at the hotel, we walked down to Waikiki beach for swimming and… wait for it… Turtle watching! Two turtles were in the area and one totally swam up to us! The water had some shitty visibility so I wonder if the turtles were lost!

Welcome to Hawaii!
Welcome to Waikiki beach, Hawaii!
Jaime looking off in the distance
Jaime looking off in the distance
Woah, tall wave!
Woah, large swell!
A turtle that swam right up to us!
A turtle that swam right up to us!
Holy shit, look! Another turtle!
Holy shit, look! Another turtle!

He came up for air!

After all that excitement, we went back to the hotel, changed, and went out for some Marukame Udon dinner.

Udon means noodles
Udon means noodles in Japanese
Yum Yum! Ontama noodles and tempura!
Yum Yum! Ontama noodles with Musubi and tempura!
Kake Udon with Tempura
Kake Udon with Tempura

July 16th, 2015
Woke up late… We were so tired from yesterday’s activities! For breakfast, we just ate leftovers from the night before. We started to get ready to go about 12:30/1:00 PM on an hour long drive to Ko Olina/Ewa. The area looks like a cross between San Francisco’s nice areas and Scottsdale Arizona. Not even kidding! The purpose of our trip today was two-fold. To spend time at the lagoons and snorkel there and to pick up Carmelo’s Nite-Run registration packet. On the way we got fun coffee/tea and macaroons!

Though there was 9 people working at Vintage coffee here in Ko Olina, it still took like 10 minutes... You can tell from their conversations with each other, that these kids don't need to work, but their parents made them get a job.
Though there was 9 people working at Vintage coffee here in Ko Olina, it still took like 10 minutes… You can tell from their conversations with each other, that they don’t need to work, but their parents made them get a job.
The macaroons here are better than the ones we had in Paris. I shit you not!
The macaroons here are better than the ones we had in Paris. I shit you not!
My Haleiwa Iced Tea that took way too long
My Haleiwa Iced Tea that took way too long (and it wasn’t that great!)

Swam at the lagoons, tried to snorkel, couldn’t see much though. The water was too silty and not much was visible. Jaime saw another turtle but we couldn’t see it under water.

There are four man-made lagoons. Jaime read a book that recommended lagoon number three for snorkeling. It was so beautiful!
There are four man-made lagoons. Jaime read a book that recommended lagoon number two for snorkeling. It was so beautiful!

I tried for a romantic selfie… Hey, at least I tried!

Carmelo did Yoga at the beach, lol, no kidding!

I don’t know what I’m doing…
I’ve seen this pose before… it looks cool. You can see my abs in this pose!
oh look! a penny!

This is not how to Yoga… Nice try Carmelo….

The lagoons are very pretty, here are some more pictures of it!

Once we decided to leave, we drove on the freeway just a little bit and just missed seeing a cow getting shot and killed on the freeway http://khon2.com/2015/07/16/police-shoot-kill-cow-on-farrington-highway-near-ko-olina/!! Traffic was really backed up as we went and picked up the Nite Run Packet… and cool t-shirt!

Got my run t-shirt. Also, gray hair in my Mohawk.

While waiting for traffic to die down, we ate at Outback.

By the way, our car is so small. Carmelo can reach the trunk while driving.

July 17th, 2015
Surprise, surprise, Carmelo went for another run. Mid run selfie!

Fun building! This building is on McCully near the Ala Wai Canal
Fun building! This building is on McCully near the Ala Wai Canal

Afterwards, Jaime made some kick-ass breakfast of Portuguese sausage and eggs with a croissant.

Our goal today was pretty much to go to the Royal Hawaiian and take pictures of this HUGE Monkey Pod tree (‘Ohai Lau Nui) with lanterns hanging off of it. Here are a few of the pictures.

Lights in the trees
Beautiful lights in the trees
Jaime for scale!
Jaime for scale, the trees are HUGE!

Just around the corner, there was a few more photo opportunities.

More lanterns in trees
More lanterns in trees
Water lilies
Water lilies
Cool huge lantern
Cool huge lantern

We went on over to the U.S. Army Museum after that, just to look around and get some history.

U.S. Army Museum
U.S. Army Museum
IYAOYAS!
IYAOYAS! (If You Ain’t Ordnance, You Ain’t Shit. A Marine saying)

Get to the choppah!

Get to the choppah!

That's a big gun!
That’s a big gun, back in the day, there were two of these and they would rise up over the wall and shoot at attacking boats!
Try to zoom right into the barrel!
Try to zoom right into the barrel!

July 18th, 2015
We tried to relax most of the day and not do too much. Carmelo was conserving his energy for tonight. We laid out on the beach and floated for a good couple of hours. Around 3:30 PM we went to Ewa (pronounced evah) for the nite run.

It was really pretty there and after posting this picture to Facebook…

Jaime at Kapilina/Ewa Beach
Jaime at Kapilina/Ewa Beach

we were prompted by good friends, Emily & Raquel, to contact Andrew who lives there. We didn’t know he moved out to this beautiful area. Last year he lived by Ft. Shafter.
He was out in the Honolulu and drove out fairly quickly to come see us.

Jaime and Andrew
Jaime and Andrew

It was good to see him!

After chatting a little bit, he left and I got my gear for the run. I also put my costume on. It was a “wear a costume” night run.

Got my official race bib
Got my official race bib. My very first one!
Superman must be super if he can put tights on quickly!
Superman must be super if he can put tights on quickly!
I asked this little girl if I could take a picture with her :)
I asked this little girl if I could take a picture with her :)
Batman vs Superman?
Batman vs Superman?
Some asked Carmelo to be in pictures
Some asked Carmelo to be in pictures
Pre-niterun selfie!
Pre-niterun selfie!

Right before the start of the run, Sunshine and her boyfriend Brandon, came to see us!

Jaime, Sunshine, and Brandon
Jaime, Sunshine, and Brandon
Pre-run selfie!
Pre-run selfie!
Up, Up, and Away!!!
Up, Up, and Away!!!

The run was fun, but the humidity was killer!

That's not water...
That’s not water…

July 19th, 2015
We lazed away the morning inside and not doing a whole heck of a lot. About noonish, Sunshine and Brandon picked us up and we went to go buy some Siopao except over here they call them Manapua. Same-same!

Manapua/Siopao
Manapua or Siopao
Got an 8 pack of siopao!
Got an 8 pack of siopao!

We then went to the Raging Crab for a big old feast! A large bag of main entree (ours was Dungeness crab, then other bits of crab, muscles, oysters, corn, sausage, and shrimp. With a side of rice!

ready to get messy!
Ready to get messy!
Ask Jaime these... lol!
Ask Jaime about these… lol!
Dungeness crab in our feast.
Dungeness crab in our feast.
group photo
group photo
shave ice... with ice cream at the bottom!
shave ice… with ice cream at the bottom!

After we ate, we said our good-byes and then Jaime and Carmelo decided to check out the Honolulu Pulse to see if any photos from the Nite Run were posted and they were!

Carmelo and Jaime
Carmelo and Jaime! How cool!
Superman!
Superman!

There was a Ukulele festival at the park nearby so we decided to check it out.

Uke Fest at Kapiolani park
Uke Fest at Kapiolani park
A lot of visitors and locals alike enjoyed the Ukulele Festival
A lot of visitors and locals alike enjoyed the Ukulele Festival

Jake Shimabukuro was there. He’s native to Honolulu and has been on Ted Talks.

Leonard's Malasadas!
Leonard’s Malasadas, in food truck form!
Jaime enjoying her hot malasada
Jaime enjoying her hot malasada

At the end of the night, we went grocery shopping again.

Flowers for Jaime ;)
Flowers for Jaime ;)

July 20th, 2015
Carmelo woke up early, went for a run, was all energized and after a bit of a cool down, both Carmelo and Jaime went to Hanauma Bay for some awesome snorkeling!

Kissing at Hanauma Bay
Kissing at Hanauma Bay
Jaime
Jaime
Underwater Selfie!
Underwater Selfie!
Jaime
Jaime
humuhumunukunukuapua'a
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
Carmelo
Carmelo
Jaime
Jaime

We even fed some birds!

Fed two birds, whatever kind they are
Fed two birds, whatever kind they are

Tried the panorama feature, had to do something silly!

Posed for a panorama!
Posed for a panorama! Like a Creed album cover

After a long day of checking out fish, snorkeling, and having a nice and healthy lunch we took off and went sightseeing.

Cool shot through a hole in the wall
Cool shot through a hole in the wall
A lava tube in Hanola that Carmelo went through
A lava tube in Hanola that Carmelo went through
AAAAaaahhhhhhh!!!!!
AAAAaaahhhhhhh!!!!!
My hot wife!
My hot wife!
Doing something silly again!
Doing something silly again!
This is the famous "From Here to Eternity" beach where the sexy kiss happened
This is the famous “From Here to Eternity” beach where the sexy kiss happened

Selfie by the long trail up the mountain
Selfie by the long trail up the mountain
A really cool banyan tree
A really cool banyan tree

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The island below is often seen on postcards, it is really pretty from far, but when you get up close to it, it’s like yuck, and wtf is going on with that?

A cool little island that's like 20 feet across
A cool little island that’s like 20 feet across
Tiny palm trees are cute!
Tiny palm trees are cute!
We have matching flip flop stamps!
We have matching flip flop stamps!

July 21st, 2015
Carmelo started the day with a run to the Honolulu Zoo
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Then after breakfast, went exploring the Kaniakapupu (hee hee! I’m so childish) waterfall and ruins…

This way, down Pali Lookout Drive
This way, down Pali Lookout Drive
Under this tree!
Under this tree!
Over this tree! Follow me!
Over this tree! Follow me!
Over these branches!
Over these branches!
Found the falls! Karate Kid moment!
Found the falls! Karate Kid moment!
I'm coming!
Follow me to the ruins!
Go left to the ruins, going right goes to the trees blocking the water falls
Note! Go left to the ruins, going right goes to the trees blocking the water falls

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

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Catching some air in a sarong
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Selfie from PaliLookout
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It was windy, not as windy as last year, but still pretty windy
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Where does the ‘road closed’ path lead to?
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Some beautiful views!

Zippy’s for dinner

Zip Pac from Zippy's
Zip Pac from Zippy’s

Puu Ualakaa State Park and View from the top of Round Top Drive
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July 22nd, 2015
Ho`omaluhia Botanical Gardens were beautiful, and this is totally the largest botanical garden we’ve ever been to. It’s so huge you have to drive through it! It’s also a great way for them to preserve some beauty of Hawaii by just planting a few extra things, putting up signs, and now the whole thing is a preserve.

Ho’omaluhia
Selfie!
A walk down to the lake in the botanical garden
Jaime’s all sexy!
You must zoom in to see Carmelo meditating!
Just a beautiful picture of the road we were on

Byodo-In Temple

Selfie by the Byodo-in
Selfie by the Byodo-in Temple
Sign
Sign
Jaime ringing the bell
Jaime ringing the bell
Panoramic View
Panoramic View
Cool!
Cool!
Metal Sign
Metal Sign
Remove your shoes
Remove your shoes
Amida Buddha
Amida Buddha

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai
Lanikai
The path to the beach
The path to the beach
Lanikai Islands in Jaime's Glasses
Lanikai Islands in Jaime’s Glasses
Cool fish
Cool fish
I'm OK!
I’m OK!
Some coral
Some coral
Ah! The sun is in our eyes
Ah! The sun is in our eyes
Love this picture!
Love this picture!
The islands
The islands
Holding the islands
Holding the islands
My hot woman!
My hot woman!
Eating an island!
Eating an island!
Shadow selfie!
Shadow selfie!

When we got back to the hotel, Sunshine posted that there is a Comicon out here in Hawaii THIS WEEKEND!!

July 23rd, 2015
Carmelo went for his run this morning, super energized!

morning run halfway selfie at ala wai canal bridge
morning run halfway selfie at ala wai canal bridge

Our plan today was to hike up to the top of Manoa falls, but when we got there, found that the lot was full with too many cars and buses and thought that with the trail packed with people, it wouldn’t even be a fun hike.

Manoa Falls is tooooo busy and there isn't any parking
Manoa Falls is tooooo busy and there isn’t any parking

We decided to go to the Makapu’u lighthouse and check out the views from there.

Our climb up the road to the lighthouse
Our climb up the road to the lighthouse
The benefits of having a strong husband, he carries your pink backpack for you
The benefits of having a strong husband, he carries your pink backpack for you
Lighthouse selfie!
Lighthouse selfie!
The lighthouse isn't actually at the top, its down a little bit, and there is no access to it
The lighthouse isn’t actually at the top, its down a little bit, and there is no access to it

Warning travelers! There is no restroom at the top, so if you hydrate on your way up… Be prepared to hold it!

Taking a seat and soaking in the view
Taking a seat and soaking in the view
Hey is that a beach over there?
Hey is that a beach over there?
Selfie!
Selfie!
We made it to the top!
We made it to the top!
The road up is long and steep!
The road up is long and steep!

June 24th, 2015
We woke up late and went to Comic Con Honolulu! Wow… It was nothing compared to Phoenix’s Comic Con…

Panoramic view of Comiccon HNL
Panoramic view of Comiccon HNL
Selfie outside the HNL Convention Center
Selfie outside the HNL Convention Center
This Baymax was so cute!
This Baymax was so cute!
Selfie at Comic Con HNL
Selfie at Comic Con HNL
Superwoman!
Really cool motorcycle helmet/mask
Really cool motorcycle helmet/mask

After a quick walk about through the comic convention, we decided to leave. We went back to the hotel for a few hours of relaxation and recovery from walking a lot and then decided to go back out. There was a concert in the Kapiolani park that we listened to but did not visit as we walk over to take pictures from behind the aquarium of the sunset.

Sunset selfie
Sunset selfie
Sunset kisses!
Sunset kisses!
Fireworks at the beach
Fireworks at the beach
More fireworks
More fireworks

Before we went back to the hotel for the night, we stopped by some fancy pants place for sushi.

Carmelo's salad
Carmelo’s salad
Shrimp Tempura
Shrimp Tempura
Combination Sashimi
Combination Sashimi
CUTE mushroom miso soup
CUTE mushroom miso soup
There was 18 of these when we started
There was 18 of these when we started

July 25th, 2015
Carmelo ran and visited Queen Kapi’Olani

A four-pack of turtles that Carmelo saw on his run
A four-pack of turtles that Carmelo saw on his run
Had to visit Queen Kapi'Olani
Had to visit Queen Kapi’Olani

We spent the day at North shore, first, visiting turtles on Turtle Beach

Green sea turtle
Green sea turtle
Selfie with the green sea turtles
Selfie with the green sea turtles
Green sea turtles
Green sea turtles

Then snorkeling at Shark’s Cove

Shaka!
Shaka!
Found a heart shaped rock
Found a heart shaped rock
Shark's Cove selfie!
Shark’s Cove selfie!
Swimming to position to wave ‘hi’
hi!
hi!
Cool shot
Cool shot
Jaime's selfie
Jaime’s selfie
Stalker fish
Stalker fish that stalked Jaime

Getting close enough to touchGetting close enough to touch

But always out of reach
But always out of reach

Stalker fish that kept following Jaime

It’s a humuhumunukunukuapua’a!

Then ending the day at Sunset Beach, watching the sunset and the waves on a near empty beach.

Aww! <3 U!
Aww!
Panoramic view of the empty beach!
Panoramic view of the empty beach!
A picture of Jaime taking a picture of the sunset with the sunset in the background!
A picture of Jaime taking a picture of the sunset with the sunset in the background!
Lens flair!
Lens flair!
Sunsets on the beach are cool
Sunsets on the beach are cool
Cool sunset
Cool sunset

July 26th, 2015
Not much happening today as we wind down on our vacation. We had lunch with Nestor at a restaurant called Thelma’s. The service sucked ass but the food was tasty and yummy!

Carmelo, Nestor, and Jaime having lunch... or waiting to have lunch. We did a lot of waiting.
Carmelo, Nestor, and Jaime having lunch… or waiting to have lunch. We did a lot of waiting.

After lunch, the waves were huge over in Waikiki, so we decided to hit the beach for several hours. At least until we were tired of getting salt water in our mouths, up our noses, and in our eyes.

Selfie in the big swells
Selfie in the big swells

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large swells
large swells

After our swim and a break of resting on the beach, we went to Jamba Juice

The Tropical Dragon. I highly recommend it.
The Tropical Dragon. I highly recommend it.

Then sat at the beach, watched the sunset and went back to the hotel.

Sunset kiss selfie
Sunset kiss selfie
sunset!
sunset!

We then saw fireworks from our room!
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July 27th, 2015
Carmelo went on a long ass run, recreating his first run in Oahu. It’s his last run for Oahu for this year!

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Most of the day was spent lazing around, content with our vacation, and packing to go back to Phoenix.

The only trip they made was to get more Jamba Juice.

July 28th, 2015
Sadly, we finished packing and headed to the airport.

This looks so sad!
This looks so sad!
A freaky sculpture in the airport. You can see his wiener!
A freaky sculpture in the airport. You can see his wiener!
Thanks Oahu for the great vacation! Aloha and Mahalo!
Thanks Oahu for the great vacation! Aloha and Mahalo!

Again, the best of all photos without having to read the whole story, can be seen here.

Phoenix Comicon 2015

At first, we were having a hard time trying to decide what to wear to Comic Con, so we decided on actually going casual this year. Then one of our friends noticed we were in the Program guide! So we HAD to wear the same costume as last year :)

Trevor and his girlfriend Lindsey visited during comic con and they came with us as well!

Pat and Beau are at 0:11 while Jaime and I are at 1:25! Pretty cool!

Damien Done with High School

Part I

Pictured above, Jaime and Damien (and I taking the picture of course) with a celebratory meal at Damien’s favorite restaurant, Red Robin!
Damien just finished his last day of High School.

Next week is his graduation ceremony. Pictures to come.

Part II

Below are pictures from Damien’s graduation ceremony!