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Carol Perkins: Visit to Polynesian Village highpoint of trip
Reflections from trip to Hawaii with granddaughter Eme. Remembering the five best times on the trip. (And the reasons why, despite falling in love with Hawaii, Edmonton, Metcalfe County, KY, must remain paradise for now.
Next earlier column: CAROL PERKINS: New Family Tradition, Part 2
By Carol Perkins
In reflecting on our week in Hawaii and the highlights for all of us, visiting the Polynesian Village was a high point for me, Pearl Harbor for Guy, and boogie boarding for Eme. We were also mezmerized by the Friday night fireworks from our hotel over Waikiki Beach and agreed that this was among our top five "best things."
By the end of the week, Guy suggested I go home, pack, and come back while he found us a place to live. Of course, that was a pipe dream, but he truly hated to leave. However, living there would bring too many obstacles. The average home is $600,000. I can't imagine! Milk is $6 a gallon. Renting an apartment would be around $2,000 a month. Eme said she would never want to live so isolated. "You have to fly to get to people you know."
Being with Eme for a week without her siblings was so much fun, and I felt we grew in our relationship. I learned her habits, her likes and dislikes, and her "style." She was an easy traveler who wanted to explore but was also contented to sit on the balcony and break off pieces of bread for the birds, which soon filled our deck with unwanted remains. She loved the ABC grocery store in the complex, shaved ice from the pool area, and sliding into the deep water. She wasn't picky about her food, surrounding herself with snacks whether in the car or on the plane and as she ate, she texted her friends while we drove for miles to "show her" the sights. "Look, Eme," I said more times than I can count. She learned not to eat Doritos or Beef Jerky in my presence. "The smell makes me gag." She found that amusing!
On our last day, we had hours to kill time waiting for our 9:40 PM flight. What do we do? Shop. We found the one and only outlet mall on the island (which was no different than any of the others), and Guy waited in the car. No matter what I tried to buy, she said, "That's just not my style." Her favorite things to touch and feel were wallets, shoes, and notebooks. "We have no room for shoes," I explained. She found room. Then we chose a movie. Guy loved watching "Cars 3" as one might imagine! "Next time we'll take an early flight." The only other choice without hours of layover time was at dawn.
The absolute worst part of the trip was the flight. There is no way to ease the pain of the cramped space and long hours in the air. My feet swelled and none of us slept. By the time we got to LAX, passed a couple of more hours, and then flew to Austin, we needed showers, toothbrushes, and sleep. Eme was ready to see her family and we were ready to see a bed.
Next summer will be Joseph's turn. He is third in line. Like Eme, he will be twelve and like Eme, has already made his choice. "Legoland" in Orlando. Guy had rather eat bark on a tree than to go to Legoland, but that is where we will go. He has decided to invite the next in line, Noah, to go with him. However, that does not count for Noah's trip. Suddenly, they are making the rules and the plans and inviting us along! I hope we can keep up with them.
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