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Saturday, July 19, 2008

ALOHA!


we're leavin on a jet plane. north shore of oahu here we come! before we take off though we thought we'd drop the mother of all blog posts on you to keep you busy while we're away.
those with weak constitutions should bail out right now. this is a big one.
(insert your "that's what she said" here.)
seriously, here's a crud-load of photos, most of which were taken by kim, from our previous hawaii trips. part of kim's pre-hawaii-trip preparation includes having one of our cameras surgically attached to her hand. it's in her hand 24-7 as soon as our feet hit island soil. i get my fair share of shots there too, but she's a straight up island paparazzo.
if you're still reading that means you're down for a heaping helping of hawaii.
fyi: this post is best viewed while at work. take a little virtual vacation right from the confines of your cube farm. if your boss catches you, just tell 'em you're doing a little retirement planning and invite 'em to join in your research.






this is one of kim's personal favorites of rain and i.



what's in that hole?



humuhumunukunukuapuaa!
(pronounced HOO-moo-HOO-moo-NOO-koo-NOO-koo-AH-poo-AH-ah)
we saw little humu trapped in this tide pool on the first day of our last trip. kim thought that he was going to be trapped forever in there and that the tide would never come back up high enough to set him free, so we made a vow that every day for the rest of our trip we would drive to the local market and buy a little squid and go back to the hole to feed little humu. we faithfully went back everyday and made sure humu was taken care of. fyi: humu LOVED squid. about the 5th day some pretty big waves rolled in and when we were able to see the humu hole again he was gone. be free little buddy!



april was 13 years old when she set up and took this shot of rain. 13!



while april does take photos with us, this is her true passion. she painted it as a mother's day gift for kim.



some of our friends might remember this next set. it was just before the tv show LOST started. we pulled the ultimate prank and told everyone our plane crashed on hawaii and these were the pictures of it. of course it helped that the show hadn't started yet and nobody knew we were not flying on american airlines (or oceanic). how our cameras and computer survived the long swim to shore is still a mystery.
of course we came clean and let everyone know they were actually pictures from the super secret set of a new series called LOST. little did we know the awesomeness this set waas about to bring to us all.
all pranks aside, i pray this never really happens to us, or anyone for that matter.







this was supposed to be rain's scared face.



remember that movie "open water?" the water right here was actually only about 2 feet deep. we were on a sandbar in the middle of kaneohe bay. interesting side story here. i had to drive us all in a small boat for about 45 minutes to get to this sandbar. it must have slipped my mind, but somehow i failed to mention to kim and the girls that kaneohe bay is a breeding ground for hammerhead sharks. needless to say, they were less than happy when they discovered that fact after we got home while watching shark week on the discovery channel.



rain and noah were pretty stoked when they got to meet andy irons during the sunset beach leg of the triple crown.





sunset was goin off that day.






andy shreds.







mick fanning and ocky helped parko to the winner's stand. parko won at sunset, but jordy ended up taking the crown.



i so had a better spot in the lineup than the official photographer for the event. here's his shot.
they should have hired me.



hatin'!







groms



here's another kim gem. she really does get some cool people shots while i'm out surfing.



THE bridge



and now for the best concert of all time! U2 with pearl jam and that billy kid from green day at, wait for it, aloha stadium. it just doesn't get any better than that. oh wait, yes it does. we were up front on the floor next to the stage in the vip section. pardon the name dropping, but this is one time i have to do it. as we're watching U2 on stage i take a quick look around. to my right i see kid rock (hammered drunk). standing right next to me is jack johnson. to my left i see laird hamilton and his beautiful wife gabriella reese. standing next to them is cindy crawford. then jeremy piven comes walking by, and if all that wasn't enough to make us feel like we had snuck into some place we weren't supposed to be, we met Jorge Garcia (hurley) and Terry O'Quinn (locke) from LOST. (both of them were cool enough to stop for a quick photo).
we've been to a lot of U2 concerts, but this has to be my favorite.
there's more pictures of the celebs in the slideshow.




here's rain on my shoulders. that guy to the left of us is super cool jack johnson.



this is one of my favorites of rain. we had this pristine beach all to ourselves. so awesome!



look at the cute little baby pineapple. awwww.
i almost got beat up taking this shot. a truck load of local farmers drove by and thought i was swiping pineapple from the field. luckily, a quick wave of my canon was all it took to save my bacon.



moving on.







all it took to get this shot was a little ice cream bribe.




i still laugh every time i see this shot of mine. this was toward the end of the day and noah was getting a little tired of modeling. he dropped to his knees in hopes that God would tell him when the session would end.
i instantly thought of the end scene of platoon.
photo gold.




the girls with their uncle mark and noah hiding from the galloping galamimus behind the log from jurassic park.



rain's first time paddling out.





we had fun trying to teach rain how to balance on the board.



rain's first wave. (the beginning of stoke)







no trip to north shore is complete without a stop for some shave ice. yummo!



april was not down with my display of bubble gum wizardry.



here's rain sizing up her first cliff dive attempt.



yep. she went.









meet spike. he's april's travel buddy. from the looks of him, april's been to a lot of rough places.





apparently the awesome weather in hawaii is to much for santas reindeer (and april).





shave ice take 2.







yikes!






ariel?




the sea was angry that day my friends. cluster bomb!






snack time!



footy prints










stick wars!






wolverines!!





hitting a trail through the rain forest.



lots of green and lots of wet.







last time we went in december was a bit of an educational vacation.



we took the kids to the pearl harbor memorial on December 7th.





we got to talk with some of the survivors and hear their first-hand accounts of that terrible day in 1941. we got rain a re-printed replica copy of the newspaper from 1941 that broke the story of the attack and she had some of the survivors sign their autographs on it after hearing their memories.



another awesome beach that we had all to ourselves. not another footprint in sight.



lava! this place smelled like a road flare factory from all the sulfur, but it was such a rad spot to shoot.










kim shot this out the window as i was driving up near waimea bay.






the raddest tide pool ever!





this was just before the sun went down over pali. rain said it was God's nightlight.











aloha oi, until we meet again.



71 comments:

david & kimi baxter said...

hey look kids no links!!!! bahahaha!!! david is under my powa!!! or he's flippin tired!! thanks for looking everyone!!

much aloha !

see ya lata!

~kimi

Studio222 Photography said...

woo! made it through!

and I've decided that I'm coming to visit!

Josh said...

Okay, I don't even know where to begin. It took me about 15 min to soak up all the awesomeness and made me re-consider waiting a few years to take the kids to the most beautiful place on earth. You have some AMAZING memories here!

ksenija said...

goodness! you weren't joking about this post being the mother of all blog posts -- LOVED, loved all of it!!! so fun to experience these memories through your awesomrrific photography! loved all the stories & your children are beyond gorgeous -- wait, X that --- YOUR entire family is beyond gorgeous! there are no perfect words... just amazing you guys. have a wonderFULL, happy, safe trip. can't wait to see the photos you bring back from this adventure!

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

So many AMAZING shots! That is one of my very favorite places on EARTH!!! Super jealous over here!! :) Ok, so by that little bridge there is a tiny massage studio behind the rainbow shop (I think) and the 2 ladies that work there are incredible!! If you want their info let me know!! And very reasonable too! We always splurge on a massage when we are there! Have an amazing time!! Can't wait to see more photos! :)

Wayne Toshikazu said...

Incredible photo essay! Have a safe and awesome trip, guys!!!

Melissa Koehler said...

I want to go to Hawaii! I have not been yet and these images make me feel like I have been there. Have a wonderful time you guys!

Hanssie said...

I love the shot of April on the beach at 13...incredible how fast they grow up huh? I loved all the photos and I am sooo jealous that you can't pack me in your suitcase. Are you sure I won't fit? The only time we made it to Hawaii (in Oahu) was pre-kid and before I really understood my love for the camera.

melissa McClure said...

Ummm...one word for you, JEALOUS! Have a fabulous time you guys, bring me back some chocolate covered macadamia nuts! That's what she said. (j/k you don't have to)

Love all the pics, the one that stands out to me is the shot of April and Rain standing in front of the surfoard :)

Sofie said...

These are all awesome! You guys rock for putting these together - just loved seeing them!

Paul & I were sat here gushing over those surfing shots but come on... No Kelly Slater?!! Sshhhh, don't tell Paul... I <3 Kelly! Love the shot of Rain catching her first wave & the one of April & Rain in front of the surfboard. Can't believe how many famous people you saw at the U2 gig... Laird ROCKS!

Hope you guys have a wonderful time on the North Shore... we're sooooooo jealous!! We wanna come with you! Can't wait to see the shots from this trip :)

Mark W. said...

These are all great, but my favorites are Rain at the waterfall & Rain doing the hang loose sign with Dave on the surfboard. Looking forward to seeing the pics from this trip. Have a safe trip friends!

kymberli q. said...

These were beautiful images! Some of my favorites are Rain learning to surf. So cool!

Kelli said...

I am SOOO jealous that you got to see the Lost set!! How cool. All the pictures look awesome!

Cathy and David Photography said...

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! SO FREAKING JEALOUS!!!!!! ARGH! >.<

Lauri said...

The whole time I'm looking through just muttering, duuude! Whaaat?! These are INCREDIBLE! And the Lost set?!?! Totally awesome!

Kelly Park Photography said...

Absoutley beautiful :)

Photography by Blair said...

I would not even know where to start on my favorites here. They are BREATH TAKING though! Such beautiful photos, family and place. I am beyond jelous .....cant wait till we can go again one day!

Lisette Price Photography said...

First off....I'm super jealous! I want to go back to Hawaii!!!! :) Ahhh man....Secondly, is it possible for you guys to ever take a bad picture? Seriously! I especially love the one of Rain all dressed up next to the waterfall!

Amy C. said...

You guys have such a cool family! I love love LOVE the pic of April and Rain sitting on the beach together (right after the ice cream shots). Have a WONDERFUL and safe trip!!

marta said...

Oh my gosh KID ROCK and LAIRD!!!! Awesome pictures of them! How cool! Awesome shots too! I love April's painting and hello 13 years old? Not talented or anything :) Can't wait for you next set!

Chelo Keys said...

My husband just looked at these and said "that's where we need to be!". You guys are so awesome- have a good time!!!!!!

Eric Foley said...

You guys are unbelievable!!!!! Simply AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL!!! I can't stop looking at these images!!

stephanie said...

KID ROCK!?!?!?!

I am not even kidding when I say you're family rocks! Seriously how cool to be friends with you guys! I want to do all that fun stuff! Especially seeing that picture of KID ROCK!! OWOWOW baby! I can't even pick a favorite picture they are all rad!

linda said...

That song on the slideshow made me smile from ear to ear! I want to go to Hawaii too!
Such awesome pics of Laird, Eddie Vedder, U2, Billy Joe, ect! How cool was that? Love your blog! Always a treat! Have a safe trip you guys! Can't wait for all the island goodness to come ;]

Cathy Crawley said...

Phew, I need a little sleep after that post! I don't feel so bad about the post I just did with 17 photos. Kidding.

Ok, seriously, laughed at your Lost story - you clown! Enjoyed your family fun photos, then after finding out how much you guys like U2 started to think of how awesome it would have been to know you guys a year ago, I might have known Bono's real name and won the $85,000 that I did NOT win on "1 v's 100".

I'm now going to apply for my passport and fly (not Ocianic airlines) to Hawaii. Have a "sex on the beach " ready for me. ;)

xx

Elena said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G time and images - every single one with a story, wonderful time and memories!
And the painting, it is gorgeous!

Dawn Malone said...

okay, i got your comment from my blog via my phone (still no internet in the malone res.) so i raced over to my office (panera bread) for a little breakfast and some ohana luv. I new it had to to have at least one surfer in it... but lots of surfers, jack johnson, bono, and a kagillion amount of killer pictures, in the same blog post!...what more can a girl ask for...i can't wait to see what you come back with. @kim, please feel free to bring me back a souvenir... you can pick him out ;)... you guys deserve a break...enjoy!

cassandra m said...

I think this is my most favorite post ever...because it shows so much of your family and their personalities. You all look so HAPPY, so free spirited! Plus Hawaii...WOW WOW WOW! Thks for the mini vacation I just took daydreamin...ha.ha. Hope you have a safe trip.

aboutimage said...

So many great photos -- what a blast! I love the photo of you and rain where you are throwing her - awesome!

Love the slide show, great song for the pics!

Tiffany Izatt said...

Oh my fabuloso! your family is so gorgeous! I so went on that vacation with you. Thanks for all of the pics! I cant wait to see what you will have when you come back. Enjoy and have a wonderful rime!

AHS Photography said...

You guys really are the coolest! I want to go back to Hawaii, Ohana style.
~Amy

Andreanna said...

You just reminded me how badly I want to go back. Have an awesome trip! (how could you not?!?!)

Shaylee said...

YAY YAY YAY... These photos are So Amazing... And I thought I lived in the most beautiful place on earth :)
Mick Fanning and Occy - True blue Aussies - I hope that you said g'day to them :)
Hope you guys have and awesome trip!

Lisa Carpenter said...

So I am pretty much bowing down to you right now! Holy SMOKES what an amazing group of photos! I don't think I have words to describe the beauty in these. The surfing shots are simply to die for!!! hmmmm, I just am finding myself wanting to go through them all over again.

Kacie Jean said...

WOW! These images are just priceless! Absolutely beautiful and they really make me miss Hawaii too!

Leah said...

awesome captures. LOve the stick wars, looks like kids left in the wild to survive :)

Crazy a** waves out there. I'm jealous, where do I start...I really want a snow cone bad now and I wish I knew how to surf
Leah

Enoch Photography said...

sweetness! I'll have to come back daily this week to work in all these images... man of man... so many great ones. Keep it rockin' - have a great time in Hawaii. //enoch

Bobbi said...

First let me say that Rain... you're my hero! Jumping off that cliff.. you're FEARLESS!!!!!! :D Oh and that photo of you with your daddy that is Kimi's all time favorite... WOWWWWW!!!!

April, you ROCK! How did you get to be such a HOT TAMALE?!

Kimi... I LOVE seeing your gorgeousness on this blog!!!!! You look OH SO happy!

And David... Duh.. you rock. :)

Thanks for sharing the best vacation in the history of the world for us all to see...

Gina Leigh said...

Love the footprints...which lead to...? Great post!

/ todd scott ballje said...

Holy Pineapple!!
that really was the mother of all blog posts.

I feel like I just watched Planet Earth: Hawaii on the Family Channel.

Have a blast man!

Nely said...

holy mother of all blog posts batman! these are awesome!

hope you guys are having fun in hawaii! i should have snuck in your suitcase!

Jen Stewart Photography said...

oh man guys that's NOT FAIR!!!! I'm so jealous, ONE DAY, Chris and I will make it to Hawaii :)

Have a great time, those photos are amazing!

Lindsey Marie said...

These are so much fun!

Erin said...

Have a GREAT, GREAT, GREAT time. Can't wait to see what great photos you bring back. Aloha!!!

Candy said...

Thanks so much for sharing these images with us!! I've never been to Hawaii, you helped me to see what it is I've been missing! I love them all. I wanna be in YOUR family!!

Val McCormick Photography said...

HOLY CRAPAZOLI!!! Too many to comment on. Those were AWESOME! That night sky with the clouds, WOW! Such a beautiful family too. Hope you all have a great time!

Lorelei Photography said...

wowzers. you guys weren't kidding about the wopload of photos but I'm glad you did because that took me right back to beautiful hawai'i just lookin at them... we had a blast going to maui last year, and can't wait to go back!

Jeanette Sanchez said...

Whoa...I'm dizzy from all those photos on this post! Seriously, lots of breathtaking and amazing pictures. April's painting is killer. One day I hope to visit Hawaii, I hear they make great Kona coffee beans there. Have a safe and blessed trip!

Ricki Ford said...

D looking at these makes me homesick well I am not really from Hawaii but I like to call it home lol. My sister lived there for 6 years and we went every year. I have'nt been in 2 years and man do I miss it. I loved looking at these. I hope you all have a great time. Take care.

Jessica Tyndall (Heartwork Photography) said...

Boy did I pick the right time to check out your blog for the first time! AWESOME! Your family is beautiful and these photographs are stunning. My husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and fell in love, we've been back twice and can't wait to go again! These photographs do a great job of truly capturing the essence of those magical islands. Awesome awesome work!

P.S. I adore the photo that your one daughter took of the other! Talk about raw talent!!!

lindsey said...

First of all Kid Rock, Hurley and Locke! I love LOST! How cool to have met them and taken photos with them! Awesome! So jealous of all the pics! Have a safe and fun trip!

Kara May said...

Wow - awesome images and great trip documentation. Great post!!

Adrienne said...

Aaahh what a post! I don't even know where to start! So many great shots and looks like you guys always have an such an awesome time! Makes me want to pack up and head right back over there!!

Jessanda Marie Photography said...

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!!

MA5EN said...

This post needs more pictures.
(just kidding)

And vests.
(not kidding)

Aloha ya'll! Be safe out there!

jennifer said...

wow... that was a long post of photos and so cool! so many favorites. your family is pretty adventurous and fearless!

Christopher said...

I was looking at all of the shots and all of a sudden I see the plane stuff and I think what the...............

Then I went back and read.........and laughed.

Very cool

MattDJ said...

BEST-BLOG-POST-EVER.

Rachel Brooke said...

Ohh man... I wanna come!! These shots made me feel like I was there though, so thank you!

Emily said...

I love all of these. I have looked through them about 10 times now. I want to go to Hawaii again!!!!! Hope you all are having a blast!

Eight20 Photography said...

Oh my gosh, what great family photos! Have a wonderful trip, I wanna be in Hawaii...so jealous :)

Kerri McConnell said...

now THAT is a post!! hope you guys are having a blast...

BTW - LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic of Rain in her little pink suit holding the stick over her head. she looks fierce!!

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

I hope you guys got my email with the info on the massage place in Haleiwa?!!
Just incase here is her phone# 808-637-4277
North Shore Therapeutic Massage! Are you in Hawaii now?!! Enjoy!

Kelley said...

Holy cow! That was the mother of all blog posts!! How freakin fun, though! So jealous...I want to go back to Hawaii!! Have fun!

gabriel ryan said...

you just dropped it like its hot!!

-carlie

Mel said...

Holy Mother of Calamity!! So many amazing shots!!! Ahh... I love it and can't wait to get my pastey white butt out to Hawaii one day to see it live and in person. I sort of felt like I was on a mini vacation just looking at these. I hope you guys had an awesome trip and got even more rocking shots while you were out there! :)

Ginger Murray said...

Ok, ew... NOT necessary to have the photo of the bug!!

Love the shot of the city at night, and the one Kim took after that-- Awesome!!

Denise Neufeld said...

Wow Wow Wow.....they are all great images!!!!

Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said...

What more can I say here? Amazing trip. Incredible photos. Stoked you guys had a great time. And what the crap with your VIP U2 tix? You are so cool! : D
-E

E said...

Wow.. so jealous.. I live on the east coast and hawaii is a dream you know for us. You have a beautiful family.. I should be editing wedding photos but instead I am hooked into your blog and reading it and going through your photos.. ahhemmm....

Adam George said...

This post just made me want to live in Hawaii more than I already did. Oh man... AMAZING. Was that Matsumoto shave ice?