So the day was finally here, the lengthy hours of some well coordinated parents has made this Big Island Trip possible. Here we all are, one BIG group (over 50 of us) charged Honolulu Airport to take a brisk flight to the neighboring island, The Big Island. Here I sit amongst the most excited little girls all, as I would say, "with ants in their pants". Meanwhile.. those nasty flu-like symptoms that I've been battling with, are getting the best of me.
Okay I'm not gonna go on and on about how "sick" I was, how "tired" I was, or how the tissue combined with Dayquill, Alka Setlzer night-time meds, Emergen C, and tons of Zicam became a permanent part of my routine. I'm just gonna mention it right here, in this little tiny paragraph.. on how I feel I should win that "mother of the year" award for trying my best to make sure my kids and her troop had the best trip of their lives. (Despite losing my voice, and had to whisper to Jenna to tell the other girls what to do the last two days, and the parents who thought that I just preferred not to talk).
The girls stayed in their cabin, some parents stayed right next door, while the rest (like my sis & bro) stayed in our own cabin. (Below, Izzy making her bed and her helping her bunkmate to set their bed up).
Our Saturday was jam-packed with activities from the moment the girls woke up at 6am!
A quick pic before letting her go with her Troop Van and her Troop Leader.
The parents decided to let the kids and parents mingle by not having their child in the same van or same group during the trip. At first, I was a bit sad and worried that she wouldn't be right by side the entire time. But I really enjoyed being a Troop Leader for new girls and hanging out with new faces.
First stop was the Pacific Tsunami Museum, which I think was one of Izzy's favorite. She was very excited to see this exhibit. She has been learning about Tsunamis for a while in class and they had mentioned Big Island in many of their lessons.
A quick stop to the Farmer's Market.
Seeing how Macadamia Nuts are made...
Hiking to Thurston's Lava Tube.
Since Izzy and I were in different groups, she took her own photographs (which I'm really excited to scrapbook, because for this trip, she was in charge of photographing her own images) Below are my images from my iPhone. (I did not pack any cameras but my iPhone, I know... I know... but I have to say once again, the iPhone is so dependable!)
Here are some of Izzy's Images (hey cute photography name if you ask me, Izzy's Images, that just hit me).
*THIS, THIS... took my breath away after she showed it to me! She said "Mom! Mom! Look at this picture, I got the light coming thru the trees!"
I admit, I teared up a little there.. such a proud "mommy" moment! Not so much that she probably likes to take pictures cause mommy takes pictures, but more so because she took the time to look for the "light", she took the time to "compose" her shot, and she "stopped" and looked around and notice "beauty" all around her...
So yes, this photo will be enlarged, with her signature next to it, hung on my wall... for me to gaze upon for the years to come.
Ohia trees with Lehua blossoms were growing all over the lava.
The indigenous Hawaiian Ohia Tree is the first form of life to grow
directly out of the hardened black lava. Its beautiful red flowers are
called Lehua, which means "Flower sacred to the Gods" in the Hawaiian
language. The red Lehua flower is the official flower of the Big Island
of Hawaii. The Ohia Tree is vital to Hawaii's natural ecosystem. It
provides an essential food source for native birds and bugs.
The Lehua is also known as Pele’s Flower. In Hawaiian mythology, Ohia and Lehua were two lovers. The Volcano Goddess Pele desired Ohia. But Ohia only had eyes for Lehua. His rejection made Pele so furious that she turned him into a tree. Lehua was devastated by losing her lover. Out of pity, the gods turned her into a flower which they placed on Ohia's tree. Hawaiians believe that it rains when a Lehua flower is picked from the Ohia tree, signifying the tears of these eternal lovers.
And more fun shots of us on our trip with my neice, bro & sis :) We are Rebels Without a Cause :)
Stopping by the Steam Vents.
That was ONE day... I bet your exhausted just looking at the photos :)
Sunday January 20, 2013
Peeking over at the Rainbow Falls.
This is right outside our cabins..
The girls had free time.
Later that night we returned to the Jaggar Museum to view the Halema`uma`u crater. The view was spectacular. In fact, in this photo I see a profile of a face that is laying down with her nose up in the air? Can you see it? It could just be Pele, the Goddess of Fire saying Hello :)
Monday January 21, 2013
On the last day, we relaxed a little bit. The only outing we did (which I have no photos of was to visit the Big Island Candy store. The girls did visit a few Rangers to get their Ranger Badges.
To sum it up, this trip was an amazing experience for all girls. I am so proud to be a part of this Girl Scout Troop. Isabel came into this already well knitted troop that started when they were in Kindergarten without a sense of what it was all about. I think this trip taught her more than I could ever teach her. It taught her to be independent, how to work with others, planning, budgeting, being a part of a group, and most importantly life lessons about people and experiencing new adventures that she would've otherwise not known, if not for Troop 443 and a very rewarding trip.