Monday, May 25, 2015

Laie Hawaii Temple

 Such a lovely temple.
Bill and I enjoyed a portion of our day doing work for some 
family members we had found through Family Search.

 As we were leaving the temple we had a serendipity moment.
We ran into some former neighbors of ours who were there for their son's wedding.
They insisted we stay to witness their marriage sealing.
It was a lovely moment.

 Another wonderful serendipity moment was seeing our friends Gene and Andrea Priday.
They are serving as directors of the visitor's center.
They oversee several missionaries with a large amount of them being sisters.
Gene was the Registrar for several years at BYU when my daughters worked
in Records and Registration. 
And his sister Janet is one of our dear, long-time friends.
The world is indeed small and especially in the church family.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Polynesian Cultural Center

 The Polynesian Cultural Center was born in 1963
as an extension and focal point of BYU-Hawaii.
I have been hearing about it for most of my life.
What a thrill to finally get to go there.
It is everything I had heard and more!

 My husband was in charge of this year's university conference for technology
which is held every four years on the BYU-Hawaii campus. 
He has been a few times over the years and it has never worked for me to tag along.
But this year, the stars aligned.

A new addition to the PCC.
This is Joseph Kekuku, the inventor of the steel guitar.
The statue was done by sculptor Leroy Transfield,
a BYU-Hawaii alum. It was unveiled on April 27th of this year.
Kekuku, born and raised in Laie, was a huge influence
on country, jazz and big band music.

 Check out the guy climbing the coconut tree!
The PCC is comprised of different villages representing all of Polynesia.
My favorite village of the day was Samoa...
(Photo credit: Trip Advisor)

Mostly because of this guy:
Kap Te'o-Tafiti of Samoa.
He was amazingly talented and so very funny.
He had the entire crowd in the palm of his hand.

 I loved seeing the carved tikis.
They remind of my dad.
He was a talented wood-carver
and carved many different tikis during his lifetime.

 I also enjoyed visiting the Maori village.
My dad served a three year LDS mission to New Zealand
and I grew up hearing the stories and feeling a connection to the people.
(Isn't this a beautiful ceiling?)

 After visiting all the villages we were treated to a delightful water parade.
 This was my favorite photo I took all day.
I'll admit I was super excited for the luau.
Okay, I like food!
It was fun to see the unveiling of the kalua pork
that we would soon be eating.
Sorry Wilbur. You were delicious!!

 Bill let his sweet-tooth take over and went back for seconds at the dessert table.

 There is a new shopping village that has been added to the PCC in the past couple of years.
Several retail shops as well as food carts and other vendors.
Many of the employees are BYU-Hawaii students.
We happened upon these sisters performing a lovely hula dance at the center gazebo.

(photo credit:

The highlight of the experience was the outstanding musical production
performed in the arena theatre called "Breath of Life."
Complete with amazing fire-dancers.
It was stunning and and the perfect way to end our wonderful day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Just a tease of vacation 'slide show'. You know you can't wait!

Departing San Diego

 A couple of weeks ago my husband and I hopped on a plane
and flew to the beautiful Island of Oahu.

This is the view I awoke to the morning after our arrival.
The backyard of our little beach house on Hukilau Beach.

Sunrise at 5:30 AM.
Who on earth would sleep through this?!

A beach to ourselves.
An introvert's paradise.

(Disclaimer: You will probably be sitting through the longest vacation slide show of your life if you stick with this blog. *My computer is dying a slow death, and it is actually my daughter's computer which she gave to us when she moved away because our former computer was doing the same thing. Time to buy a new one I know. But I will slowly but surely get these pictures downloaded. As much as we have deleted files and tried to clean up space on the hard-drive it is not allowing many downloads. So, I may have only a few photos to share a day.
And I do have many.
It was such a lovely Hawaiian holiday,
and I realize I am spoiled and fortunate to have gone 
and I'm ready to jump back on the plane and do it again.)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Check this Blog with Updates on New Provo City Center Temple

I have added a new blog to my left sidebar that you should visit.
This blogger has been keeping a photographic journal of 
the progress of our new temple here in Provo.
Click on it and enjoy.
(And soon I will have uploaded my photos from my recent trip to paradise for a new post.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LA...LA...LA. Whatever.

 A couple of weeks ago we packed the car
 and headed to Los Angeles
to visit Caitlyn and celebrate her 24th birthday.
Here is a pictorial tour of some of the places we hung out.

But first let me say that THIS is how I felt
after spending a week on the LA freeways:

 (My photo of 'The Vexed Man' seen at The Getty Museum of Art.)

 After we arrived we picked up Cait and headed to Old Town Pasadena for a bite to eat
at the popular Blaze Pizza. It was yummy and after the long road trip made everything all better.
 Pasadena City Hall
 The beautiful courtyard
 Inside clock tower
 I sneaked this quick photo of Cait taking her own photo of the ceiling.
 Cool sculptures of hometown boys and star athletes Jackie and Mack Robinson.
 And of course a visit to Crate and Barrel so Cammy could pose on the cool staircase.
 It was nice to visit Caitlyn's charming neighborhood and check out her digs.
 And seriously, how cool to have an orange tree in the front yard.
 This is always one of my favorite sights to see in Southern California.
Such vibrant colors in the blooms.
 The following day, Cait's boyfriend joined us and we took a trip on a tram up the hillside
to the amazing art museum known as The Getty.

 It was fabulous to see originals by Renoir, Monet, Degas and Van Gogh among others.
 The panoramic view of LA was spectacular.
 We had lunch at a fun roadside greasy spoon called 'Fat Sals' with delicious sandwich wraps.
We then visited this popular spot that Caitlyn informed us is a favorite stop for the
Young Single Adults when they visit the LA Temple.
There was a line down the street.
Custom orders of ice cream sandwiches with cookies baked on the spot
 and filled with your choice of ice cream.
Nothing was over 4 dollars on the menu.
 Threatening skies showed that rain would soon be coming down
and we headed for the beautiful Los Angeles LDS Temple.
We hadn't been there since the girls were little.
It was wonderful to visit again.
 We were greeted by the missionaries as we entered the lovely visitor's center.
Two wonderful sister missionaries gave us an hour tour.
The center had recently been remodeled with some new exhibits.

 Walking by a large wall of many faces we all noticed at the same time the handsome
young man in the middle of this grouping and almost spontaneously said "It's Sean!"
(He attended BYU's London Study Abroad the same year as our daughter Coryn and they
became great friends as did our family. Sean is actually a special education teacher at our
Cammy's high school and he is so magnetic that it seems everyone knows him.
Even the Sisters said they know him because he drops by the center whenever he visits LA.)
 The following day we visited the famous Griffith Observatory up near the Hollywood Hills.
 Great views of the city.
 The weather was pleasant and not too hot.
You could certainly see the effects of the drought everywhere we went.
 Some of those smart astronomer dudes hanging out at the spot.
 In the afternoon we visited the Santa Monica Pier.
 It was a cool and breezy day to be by the ocean.

 It was a touristy and fun spot to spend an afternoon.
 We took a drive to Hollywood.
(Not one of my favorite places, and though I've visited a few times throughout my life 
it has never won me over. No offence intended to you Hollywood lovers.)
While in Hollywood, however, it is a good idea for music lovers to visit one of the 
largest and coolest record stores: Amoeba Records. 
I have never seen so many records of all genres in my entire life in one spot!
It was fun checking out all the old vinyls from back in the day.
We celebrated Caitlyn's birthday at a really fun spot in LA of her choosing.
A classic 1949 diner called 'Brite Spot."
The food was out of this world delicious!
I had some macaroni and cheese to die for (and probably would if I ate it everyday).
The pie was heaven.
The trip was a terrific time and especially because we got to spend it with Caitlyn.