After the guys returned home and we had a big brunch together, Mom, Dad, Jean and baby Ev and I drove over to Lahiana for some beach time. Ev was too excited to be on the sand to pose for a photo with the snowman:
Puunoa Beach is a perfect "baby beach" and was full of families celebrating the holiday together. A coral reef offshore blocks any kind of wave and leaves a warm shallow lagoon of water perfect for little ones:
Lahaina Jodo Mission was founded in 1912 by Japanese immigrants who had come to Hawaii to work on sugar and pineapple plantations. A 12-foot bronze Buddha was added in 1968 and is the largest of its kind outside of Japan according to the display.
Back in Kihei at 5:00, just in time to see all the hotel maids who had to work today arriving home by bus. Poor maids, I hope they were tipped generously for having to work on Christmas.
All day in the car, we listened to the local KPOA radio station playing Hawaiian versions Christmas songs. It's pretty hilarious if you want to listen online. Our favorite was 12 Days of Christmas complete with eight ukuleles, five big fat pigs and a mynah bird in a papaya tree. Mele Kalikimaka to you and yours!