Today’s affirmation is:
(click the affirmation to get great mp3 affirmations at The Affirmation Spot) “I allow the beauty, spirit, and power of these islands to infuse every cell of my being!”
Thought I would post some of the photographs from our recent trip to Hawaii. For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you saw me posting during the trip. Here are some visuals to go along with the words. Truly, this beautiful paradise sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is beyond words.
Travel is a huge motivator for many people. We absolutely love traveling and our favorite place of all favorite places is Hawaii. I went through many struggles in my teens and 20’s. There was a time in my life when I would have thought vacations like this one or many other goals were impossible for me.
If you’re feeling down today or going through a rough time in your life, I want you to look at these images and let them awaken you. Everything is possible. Today you don’t have to do anything except believe that. Believe that your today is not all you are or all you are capable of being. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE WITHIN YOU!
People who know my story of how I was on my deathbed at 25 often ask me how I got it turned around. That’s it! That’s the secret. I believed. Even in the toughest moments, it is absolutely possible. I knew more was possible for me. I knew I was destined to do something.
Whatever your goal or dream and where ever you are along the path to achieving it. Believe…just for today!
Stay inspired and enjoy the photos.
@larryczerwonka showed us around Hilo
Rainbow Falls was dry, but still beautiful!
We kayaked the mile across Hilo Bay and back.
We kayaked across Hilo Bay and up a river.
Paused for pictures under a Banyan Tree
Looking Back at the Banyan Tree
A couple of teams actually flpped over under waterfall
We held onto the rocks while waiting our turn with the falls.
Pretty big waves! Pride of America in background.
A couple of other teams kayaking with us.
We went snorkeling along the Kona Coast.
April used a waterproof camera to photo while snorkeling.
The Zodiac boat was powerful enough to take us right up to formations along Kona Coast. Beautiful!
Another photo of the breathtaking Kona Coast.
Photo of us before our first zipline run.
Our zipline guide Pono checks my equipment before the first run.
Photo of me coming across the longest run on the course.
Me waiting for a run with our guide Azure – yes that was her name.
A running start and then too late to turn back.
Pausing to smile while April takes my photo.
Photo of waves crashing ashore on Oahu just south of Honolulu.
April photographed this green sea turtle at Sea Life Park.
Dolphin balances ball during show at Sea Life Park.
Beautiful photo of Kaneohe Bay from a mountaintop outside Honolulu.
Ray Tweeting from the balcony of our stateroom aboard Pride of America.
April photographed Pride of America while we waited for our beach day bus on Maui.
Our waiter takes a photo of April and I having lunch at Bubba Gump’s in Lahaina.
April loves to photograph flowers and Hawaii has tons of them in all colors.
Here I am posing for a photograph during our day in Lahaina and sporting my new Life Is Good baseball cap.
Pride of America always has good entertainment. This show featured traditional dances from various Polynesian islands.
Polynesian warrior demonstrating his prowess.
More Polynesian dancing.
Hula Dancing Demonstration
More Polynesian cultural displays.
Ray lounging on Wailea Beach during our “Beach Day” excursion on Maui.
Photograph looking down beautiful Wailea Beach. This beach sits in front of two of the world’s most exclusive resorts. All beaches are public and free in Hawaii.
We went horseback riding along the beautiful Kauai coastline. Here is a shot of me from behind aboard my mount Popcorn.
Shot of me aboard Popcorn with the beautiful Kauai coastline in the distance.
There were a few steep hills along the trail on the way to the coast. This one was a little hairy for a novice rider.
Popcorn and I taking a break. He drank my mango juice!
April and I pose for a picture aboard our horses.
Another photo of us aboard our horses with the beautiful blue water behind us.
Surveying the course as I rode. Popcorn knew the way!
Popcorn was one of the slower horses and one of the big eaters along the trail.
Beautiful shot of the Kauai coastline by April from aboard her horse.
April’s horse was named Cowboy. He had Popcorn had a kicking match before we went for the ride.
Another shot of April and Cowboy.
Photo of a light house on Kauai.
One of the highlights of the NCL cruise is the trip up the incomparable Na Pali coast. As regulars, we found a good spot for photos early.
The Yellow Hibiscus in the state flower of Hawaii.
April caught a shot of this Honolulu fire truck with a huge rescue surf board on the side.
Shot of the famous Diamond Head crater from Waikiki.
We were treated to a parade on Waikiki for the Pan-Pacific Festival. This Chinese dragon was one of the atractions.
Hawaii is famous for the Hang Loose gesture (Shaka as the Hawaiians call it). The gesture is a reminder for people to slow down and relax – a mantra in the islands.
Here is a shot of Mokolii Island more famously called Chinaman’s Hat in Kaneohe Bay.
A catamaran ride in Kaneohe Bay was one of the excursions during our day at Kualoa Ranch.
Wasn’t sure we got a good shot of Hang Loose the first time.
View of the coastline while we were riding ATVs at Kualoa Ranch.
April and I rode ATVs through the hills and valleys of beautiful Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.
Many movies – including Jurassic Park – have been shot a Kualoa Ranch. April and I pose in front of the Jurassic Park sign.
During our pause on the ATVs, April took a photograph of me videotaping her.
We visited the beautiful Byodo-In Buddhist Temple. The temple is a replica of a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. It was built in the 1960s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese laborers in the islands.
Another shot of the exterior of the Byodo-In Temple.
Stone Buddha seated in the classic lotus position on the grounds of the Byodo-In Temple.
This gold-plated wooden Buddha inside the Byodo-In temple is thought to be the largest wood Buddha carved in the past 900 years.
Another shot of the Giant Buddha with flowers and incense offerings burning before him.
Ray lights an incense stick before the Giant Buddha. Incense delights the sense of smell and heightens concentration, as it clears negativity.
This beautiful flower was on the grounds of the Byodo-In Buddhist Temple.