October 24, 2010

Day 12: I love to see the Temple!

The Laie Temple, closed when we left in 2008 to be remodeled. And happen to open this weekend for its open house. So we took the family out to see one of the oldest modern day temples. It was truly gorgeous. After we came out, and got the cookies and water that they serve. G looks up at us and says "mmmmmmmmmm these cookies were totally worth the drive....and umm...the good feeling inside too." He later talked to us about how good he felt in side the temple. Truly an amazing spirit inside.

The view from the top of the temple down to temple beach.

 After the temple open house, we drove down the street to the Polynesian Cultural Center. A few days ago, back when we went to Dukes for dinner, we ran into a senior couple missionaries. We talked with her for awhile, and turns out she is from our neck of the woods. Anyway long story short, she gave us her cell and we were able to get her employee discount to get into the PCC. It saved us a ton of money! Thank YOU!! Sister Haugen!!  The first stop after calling the missionaries to meet us and get us in, was the airbrush tattoo lady.  She gave us a little family discount and all the kids got a tattoo. Which through out the day they added too with temporary ones, well more temporary ones, at all the villages.

To quote G "its a one in a thousand chance I got picked the first time a few years ago, but to get picked a second time is like a 1 in a million chance, and if the next time I come I get picked again...that would be like a one in a gagillion chance right?"  When we were here in 2008 our first visit to the PCC G was chosen to try the coconut juice, and once again  he was chosen. This time though he drank almost all of it.

We learn to weave fish.

learning or trying to start a fire by rubbing sticks together.

the fish! the girls kept feeding them and the fish just practically jumped out of the water.

trying to catch a fish.

watching the boat parade of islanders.

G caught a fish. And two said "all this is coming back into my mind"  I guess she remembered being at the PCC.

My caged babies!  Two actually commented remembering taking a picture here last time, which she is right. Hopefully this will stay in their minds for a long time, because I don't know when we will be back.

We ate dinner at the buffet and then headed to the night show. I always love the night show, and they started a new one this year. Really well done and lots of fire knife show in it.


Lynnette said...

I've just been reading through all the posts from your trip... and so glad you guys got to go! Aside from the sun poisoning, I'm really happy for you :) All your pictures are just gorgeous! I hate to tell you this (but maybe it's better to have some warning so you can prepare?) but it's really cold and rainy here.

Melissa said...

Is there any temple as beautiful as the Hawaii Temple? My great-great grandfather was the 1st and 3rd temple president there.

Shannon said...

Wow, beautiful pictures at the temple. I am so jealous of your Hawaii getaway! Keep having a blast.

Yvonne said...

I love the Hawaii temple. And yes there is such a special spirit when you go.

And the Polynesian Cultural Center is such a great place to visit.

Nancy Face said...

Your pictures are great! I especially love the one of your family in front of the temple! So beautiful! :)

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