After lunch, we headed back over to the Waikiki side of the island. One thing I was constantly amazed at was the different weather microclimates all over the island, separated by not very much distance. It was so interesting! The mountains in the middle of the island have a huge effect, and they were almost always shrouded in clouds while we were there. On Saturday, one side of the island was rainy, but on the other side of the mountains, everything was bright and sunny!
We decided to check out the beach at Hickam, since the off-base beaches were all crazy crowded. We had to wander around a bit, but eventually we found it. It was not very exciting for the older boys, but it was perfect for the younger kids! The bonus was that the runway (shared by Hickam and Honolulu International Airport) was off to the left, jutting out into the water, so Micah got to watch lots of planes taking off and landing, which made him very happy.
We drove back home in time for a birthday celebration with the C's! Celia had baked yummy brownies, and there was ice cream and homemade fudge sauce to go on top! Delicious!! MUCH better than cake!
They also gave Faith a book about an adorable little sea turtle named Honu, and the cutest little stuffed Honu, which you can see her holding. This was a really great present because Faith lost her beloved Bear Blanket the night we spent at Dover, so she has started sleeping with Honu as her special lovey! I got the best present--a box of macadamia nut chocolates! I did share--a little . . . Such fun birthday memories!