Let’s see, as of the last update, we were supposed to go sailing on the 16th, which we did. We were a little bit worried we wouldn't be able to go because it was extremely windy when we got up, and there was a small-craft advisory too, but we went to meat the guy who owns the yacht anyway and he was more than excited to go out, so we went sailing anyway, despite our best use of logic. It was really fun, we kinda just sat there and let the guy get us out into open water, and then we ate lunch and went snorkeling. It was really cool, and got some underwater pictures. We also saw a couple sea turtles. One sea turtle saw us and didn't look thrilled, it actually looked like it just messed in its shell, and it was pretty funny.
We also helped with two confirmation classes again, singing songs and playing games. Everything is really running together for me, so I don’t remember details and exact dates. We also helped out at the Angel Network food pantry, and a car wash a local youth group was doing. They were raising money to go to a church camp in Wisconsin, so we are pretty excited for them. We had a free afternoon one day, so we went to see “Blades of Glory” and it was really funny. Emily and I have wanted to see it for a while, because we need a new movie to quote from. We had two services on Sunday that we helped lead, and we hung out with two kids of a pastor we’re working a lot with while he and his wife went to some function. We did a whole Saturday Night worship service at one church and they treated us to dinner afterwards at a really nice local place. Like a true Lutheran group they asked us “out for beers” with them, we said ok, as long as they had food too, because we were starving. I had some really hot chicken wings, and they were amazing. Josh rented a moped one day, and he has a funny story from it. I think Josh and I might go next week and rent some for the day; it’s a great way to see the coastal areas.
Today we had some free time, so Emily, Liz, Tara, and I went for a hike up to Makapu point. It’s supposed to be a great place to watch whales because you can look out from high above the water level over a whale sanctuary. We didn’t see any whales, but we did see a sea turtle and some great views of the Oahu coast, as well as the Makapu Point Lighthouse. It was really windy too, so that made some of the walking and leaning-over-the-edges interesting. We took some neat pictures which are now online; I also included a 3-D satellite image of Makapu Point from Google Earth, which provides an interesting perspective on where we were walking.
It was weird to think today that we have exactly two weeks left in Hawaii. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were in the shivering cold in Minneapolis, waiting to get on a plane and go someplace with natural heat. Then I look at pictures of our team from that time, with our pale white skin, excess body fat, and my hairless face. Time has definitely passed, just very quickly. We have come a long way; we have been on a long journey. To know that we only have two weeks left in this portion is rather refreshing. We have been greatly enjoying our time in Hawaii, but there comes a time when not even the daily presence of an ocean breeze can make you feel quite as rested and renewed like a bed in your own home. Until next time…
Life is good, God is great!-Kyle