As I tend to forget this kind of thing, I’m writing it here. This post’s events begin on Sunday, November 13, 2011. There. Whew. Sunday we did three things.


We went to the Swap meet, where we both utterly failed to take any photos. It was fun, but quite hot. We spent about half of the circuit looking for some shave ice. (Why isn’t it called “shaved ice” in Hawaii?) And we met up with Mike’s colleagues and had dinner. Later I will show you the thing I made from the thing I got at the Swap Meet, but today is not that day.
The next day Mike got up and got ready for work. I lounged in bed for an extra half an hour and then got up intending to walk on the beach. Just as I was watching my first episode of The Colbert Report in ages I got a call from Mike saying that Ben, the producer, had said that it was the best day for me to hang out with them, and that I should meet them in the lobby in 5 minutes. Super excited at the thought of spending  the day with Mike, and with our friend Tom, and maybe getting to show the client that I can be awesome, I took the shortest shower of my life.

It turns out it was a great day to be with the guys. We had one interview, but everything else was B-roll, which meant driving all around Oahu getting pretty pictures. I love that kind of thing. I was mostly with Mike and Tom, who are fabulous company. Here we are getting footage of various stuff.

Mike and Tom make videos

Mike and Shannon enjoy filmmaking and the color orange


Tom "tapes" the Iolani Palace

Tom and Ben set up for our interview

Mike and Tom get footage of the Chinaman's Hat

Hawaii has very dramatic clouds

We did one interview with the the founder of the Puakea Foundation, Uncle Bobby. Uncle Bobby teaches traditional Hawaiian Koa canoes building to children and teenagers. During the interview, which happened in the He’eia State Park. Someone there sets out cat food for the local feral cats, so there were dozens of them around. I decided to start my eventual cat army with this one.

Kitty the First. And my cute Tom's Shoes.

Here are a few other photos I took during the day.

The tent where the canoes are built.

Beach! Again!

Honolulu's City Hall

One side note. I had jokingly told myself that since I was going to the place where Hawaii 5-0 is filmed, I would make it a goal to see Daniel Dae Kim while we were in Honolulu. First thing in the morning we drove to the area where the Iolani Palace, the Hawaiian Supreme Court building, and the Kamehameha Statue are. As we were pulling around the building what should wee see but Hawaii 5-0 filming. And as we were across the street filming, who should I see? Yep. Not too shabby for a joke goal.




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Our second day in Hawaii we took the chance to wander around Waikiki and then hit the beach. We walked to Duke’s, and on the way enjoyed walking past the designer boutiques. I got my photo taken in front of the most interesting of them (to me.)

We had brunch at Duke’s, which had the dual advantages of having a view of the ocean and a brunch buffet, brunch buffet’s being one of our very favorite things.

Buffet! POG!

We walked through the International Marketplace and looked at kitsch. We searched for a bathing suit for Mike and ended up obtaining two bathing suits, 4 sarongs, and 2 towels. And we made a new friend…

After the bird poked at my glasses lenses it decided to go for the lips.


After the first of 5 trips to the ABC Store during out trip we got sunscreen and we grabbed the bus for the beach. We decided to go to Hanauma Bay. It was the only beach we had heard of with an entrance fee, but we had seen it on our tour the day before and it was the archetypal beach in my mind. White sand, palm trees growing on the beach, clear water, waves in the distance and a protected area with gentle bobbing over a reef with fish.

Hanauma Bay

Mike had never been snorkeling, and I liked teh idea of a beach with lockers right on the beach and a beach that was maintained and didn’t allow smoking. Snorkeling is startlingly aerobic. To enter this beach you pay a cover charge preservation fee and then watch a brief movie on preservation, and not touching (ruining) the reef, and not feeding the fish, and FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE NOT LETTING THE FISH TOUCH YOU. Because of this we spent the entire time we we snorkeling sucking in our stomachs as hard as we could as we went over the reef or saw a fish headed in anything that could be construed as being our direction. It was an effective film emotionally. At one point I couldn’t clear my mask and had to put a foot down, so as to not drown. My foot brushed the coral twice and I felt the rest of the day feeling kind of guilty. I had to keep telling myself that if I had drowned my whole body would have sunk onto the reef and that would have caused even more damage.

I’ll spare you the photos of us in bathing suits, but here I am in a nice, modest towel.

My new towel!

Post snorkeling sarong wearing and hugging

We took the bus back and walked back to the beach. We walked up and down while the sun set and then went to a sushi restaurant called Doraku, which we quite liked.


Sarong wearing during sushi

After the sushi we went to a mall food court and found a shave ice place. I can remember little of where it was or what it was called, but it was lovely. Mike had something called lilikoi that was sweet and salty. I like the sweet-salty thing usually, but my brain had a hard time with it. We walked around Waikiki enjoying our shave ice and checking out the paramilitary scene that was Waikiki during APEC.







Hawaii!!! (Part one)

November 24, 2011

You know, blogging an 18 day vacation is daunting. So I haven’t yet. But a six day vacation… that’s manageable. I think. In May one of our clients had booked Mike on a shoot in Hawaii. He had wanted me to come along, but after we weighed the combined costs of the island hopping they […]

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The GreatWestCoastTour: Day 1

June 27, 2011

Yes my friends, that’s right, the time has come for me to blog our vacation! Hurrah! Happily I get to ease into it because the first day of our trip is probably the least interesting. On Saturday, June 4, we left Salt Lake bound for the Northwest. We filled the van with snacks, 2 flats […]

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Early July adventure, part 7. Probably the last.

July 13, 2010

We returned to our room and had a nice night’s sleep. Our innkeeper was in the “Fourth” of July parade (actual date: third of July) in Mt. Pleasant, so we had very nice breakfast buffet. We didn’t have anywhere to be until 8:30 that night, so we decided to take our time and mosey on […]

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Early July adventure, part 6

July 12, 2010

Wow, this is part 6, and it’s not even the last. I could have made it one long post, but then, if you’re anything like me, you’d have not made it far. So I hope it was a good decision. Our location that night was a pottery shop called Horseshoe Mountain Pottery. It’s a fascinating […]

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Early July adventure, part 5

July 11, 2010

We drove north through Mount Pleasant and found ourselves in Fairview. When we had talked to our innkeeper, Carly, she told us that Fairview had “a surprisingly good art museum.” I always like things that are surprisingly good, so we decided to check it out. I know that a lot of small towns in that area have a […]

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Early July adventure, part 4

July 10, 2010

We decided to first go south, as we were already pointed that way when we pulled out. We drove through Ephraim, and on the way back through there we took a slight diversion to look at the campus of Snow College. We only looked at one side of it, but it was neat. I like […]

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Early July adventure, part 3

July 9, 2010

Truth be told, I have always wanted to stay in a Bed and Breakfast. It always seemed so quaint and New England-y. And it was. Our room was the Evelyn Room, a peach (color, not fruit) themed room with a jetted tub and a queen bed. The Inn itself is Victorian home that the inn keepers restored, […]

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Early July adventure, part 2

July 8, 2010

(Part one) After our day in Mona we headed to Spring City, the site of our work the nest day. Spring City was a mystery to us, not having heard of it before. It’s a tiny town in the middle of a county full of tiny towns. Some of their names seem familiar, but that […]

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