There comes the time of goodbye. Leaving Hawaii has never been easy for me. I start to melt a little bit inside my heart on the last evening, knowing that the next day means leaving these beautiful islands.
There are so many wonderful memories. Days of driving around the island to Hanalei and Princeville; to Koloa and Hanapepe. An afternoon taxi ride to the mall down the road with a barefoot taxi driver. Mornings on the lanai watching the early stand up paddle people, and those incredible mountain peaks shrouded in fog and mist, slowly being taken over by the sun. Dinners at Duke’s, and strolls down the beach walk on the way back to our room.
We get to the airport Sunday afternoon to take our leave. It’s been a smooth week. My husband steps up to the TSA guy and hands him his baggage claim check by mistake instead of his boarding pass. Uh oh! Mr. TSA was not amused; made my husband take off his sun glasses and stared into his eyes….what was that about? My husband said he had thoughts going through his mind like saying “I’m all in”. Thank God Mr. M kept it to himself or we might be looking at Kauai from a different vantage point. In the meantime I was having my on little issue with TSA; they saw something in my purse as it went through the scanner that they wanted to inspect. I was pulled aside as the agent took my purse to a table, put on latex gloves, unzipped my purse, held up her hands, looked me in the eyes and said “is there anything in here that is going to stick me?” My mind was racing furiously through the things I had in my purse, but I didn’t want to hesitate answering too long for fear I would look suspicious. “NO” I almost shouted, breaking out in to a sweat. The agent started going through my purse and came up with a tiny silver key chain flashlight. Back it went through the scanner and then I was released. My husband and I laughed all through lunch at the thought of going to the slammer in paradise, and calling the kids to tell them we might be staying in Kauai a little bit longer than anticipated.
It was a grand week.
Photos by Angeline M