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December 18th 2012
Big and small

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Sorry, another post full of scuba pictures. But maybe this is fun for some…

red stripe pipefish - as close to finding a seahorse as I couldFirst let’s start small. K2 loves seahorses. I haven’t managed to find any of those on any of my recent trips, but at least I found some pipefish today, which are closely related to seahorses and are also really cool. These two are about 7cm / 3in long…

Type of nudibranch that I haven't seen beforeAnother entry in the ‘small’ category is this nudibranch. A little shorter but much thicker – and just cool looking.

And then lets talk about bigger animals – equally cool. Swimming / diving with manta rays has been high on my list for a while. And as we arrived at a dive site today the captain suddenly yells from above – Ray! Ray! We got in the water quite quickly and had a chance to be around this relatively small one for a while. Wing span was about 1.5m / 5ft.

manta ray right above mewhat a beautiful animal

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December 17th 2012
A real luau

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K2 has been to Hawaii when she was a kid – and still remembers fondly the traditional luaus she used to see back then. And with some research, she found one for us that is about as close to traditional as you can get. The Old Lahaina Luau did live up to its reputation. The girls loved it. The grownups really enjoyed it. What a wonderful evening…

I was lucky to get a great shot of the girls and (with the help of a friendly stranger) one of the rare family pictures I so enjoy on the beach just prior to the start of the luau.

H2 and S2 with their traditional Hawaiian wood artfamily picture

It’s really hart to take pictures of the Luau – especially since I didn’t bring the big camera. Here are a few attempts to capture the pork roasted in an earthen berm and some of the dancers.

delicious pork (sorry, vegetarians)beautiful Hawaiian dance performancemore from the luauthe girls loved the hula

Highly recommended.

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December 17th 2012
More scuba pictures

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I’ll backdate this post so that the one everyone wants to see (with pictures of the girls) comes first…

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this weeks diving (I’m diving comparably little trying to spend more time with the family… so far just three boat trips this week with the fourth and last one coming tomorrow).

The only thing I want to post are my frogfish pictures plus a really cool shot of a huge turtle.

big green sea turtle - about 5 ft longTWO frogfish

third frogfishfourth frogfish

Can you find the four frogfish? They are really good a camouflage and I am quite proud that I found all of them without a dive guide pointing them out…

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December 14th 2012
Snorkeling

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the girls are good at snorkelingdiving, too

The girls really enjoy snorkeling. H2 in the pool, S2 both in the pool and in the ocean. I can’t quite understand what H2 pretends to be scared of (something about the fish?) but that’s her current story. I simply ignore it as the more I recognize things like this, the more interesting they become to her…

Maui is fun with the family. It’s strange to be here just before the winter holidays – but it’s a nice break from the weather in Portland.

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