Sunday, April 27, 2014

Another gap-tooth smile

Weston lost his first tooth this morning.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Here is the happy crew warming up in the hot tub after snorkeling in the ocean pools in the background. There is an amazing world of coral and tropical fish out there!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Brennan has found at least four coconuts on this trip. Today he convinced Daddy & Kelton to husk it and crack it. They didn't find any juice, but the meat was yummy.

Friday, April 18, 2014

More lava

The pahoehoe lava has fascinating ropy patterns. They offer a handhold when climbing the lava hills. Weston chugged his guava juice after a hot afternoon out on the lava field.

End of the road

We climbed around the 2008 lava flow, which covered a 2 mile section of road that David and I drove on last time we visited this area. Weston and Brennan are at the old 'Road Closed' sign. Kelton is showing where the lava only partially covered the road.

Lava tube

We hiked through a tropical rainforest filled with birdsong to arrive at the Thurston Lava Tube. Unlike the lava tube we saw in the Mojave Desert, this lava tube was damp and drippy inside. We all were given many. 'Cave kisses'.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Weston wearing the fern head dress he made. He found the fern at the house in the rainforest in Volcano, HI.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


We enjoyed our first family luau. Brennan wore his half coconut like a hat. Weston had his arm stamped, we tried traditional Hawaiian games and, most exciting, watched the fire dance.

Close up

The boys are fascinated with the tropical flora. Beautiful flowers, bizarre seed pods, and new smells are part of our discoveries so far.

Making a lei

Weston busy stringing his plumeria flowers to make the best smelling lei in the world.

Up a tree

Kelton can't resist a climbing tree. He found one at the hotel in Kona.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Kona Coast fun

Lazy sunset from our balcony, dad and boy night out in the tiki garden, flower collecting with Nina, a found coconut treasure, and the boys after boogie boarding in the deep blue. 

Monday, April 14, 2014


Weston wearing a lei he made from flowers he collected this morning.