Natalia was given free standby tickets anywhere Westjet flies from a parent of one of her
students. While I thought Yellowknife would have been fun, Maui won out. Here are our
photos from the second part of our honeymoon.


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Look at the smile on Natalia's face. You'd almost think she was going to Hawaii!


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This is the view from our hotel, the Westin Kaanapaali Beach Resort, looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.
Not terrible at all I'd say. It definitely earned the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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These are the 5 pools in the middle of the complex. There was even an adult pool that was kid-free
which I think Natalia appreciated.


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Here is Natalia having breakfast. We ate a lot of pineapple since it was SOOO sweet!


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Here we find some flamingos living on the resort property. I just think they're entertaining to watch.


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Here's one up close and personal.


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There were a couple of very colourful parrots at the resort as well. Here's Natalia enjoying the birds.


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The smile on Natalia's face throughout this entire trip was really difficult to remove. She clearly
enjoys the sun and liked the beach here.


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The resort had ample opportunities to spend money on staying cool and keeping fed. Here Natalia
demonstrates some of the shaved ice she demolished while we were there.


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This is Natalia in the Pacific Ocean within about 2 weeks of having been to the North Sea in Belgium.
Not too bad.

Luau


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One of the things that we both wanted to do was attend a luau. Thankfully, the Sheraton next door to us
had a big outdoor luau so we wandered over for it. Here's Natalia in a cute sundress looking down on
Black Rock, one of the better snorkeling spots (more on that later).


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Natalia got her braces put back on shortly before we left for this trip. You'd never know that her
mouth hurt the whole time we were in Maui.


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The luau was a big outdoor event with 10 person tables and loads of food.


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The luau site was just off the beach. Not a terrible location. You can see the guys lighting up the
torches to get ready for the fire dancing to come.


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Here's the pig being carted in from being cooked underground.


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My beautiful wife and I at sunset at the luau. One of the things that surprised me (and shouldn't have)
was both how early and how quickly the sun set in Hawaii. Every night around 7pm, the big fire ball just drops.


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The luau organizers also convinced us to buy photos as we entered the luau.


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Some of the evening entertainment. It was tough to really get good photos, but these are hula girls.


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Most of these evening photos are pretty dark, but you can see some of the fire dancers here.


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Another guy with fire.


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This guy was running two fire sticks. It was pretty impressive actually.

Making leis with orchids


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We start with a bunch of orchids. They have to be pinched off first.


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Then, you use a needle to attach the flowers to your string.


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Apparently the orchids are not edible, even though they smelled terrific!


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This sort of brought me back to cub scouts when we'd do crafts and stuff.


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Natalia and I with our pimpin' new leis!


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Another photo of us and our leis.

Snorkeling


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Natalia and I decided to try out our new snorkeling gear (Best $10 I spent on this trip!).


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Here are Natalia and I looking extra dorky.


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Nati gives snorkeling two thumbs up! It gets the Natalia Perrault stamp of approval.


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Some of the first fish we saw underwater. How cool is that? I didn't realize what else we were
going to see in the water though.


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Natalia and I trolling around.


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A cool fish along with brain-looking coral. The BRAINNNN!!!


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I think this is a moorish idol, according to this CHART

Parasailing


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Natalia saw these guys running up and down the ocean in their parachutes and thought it'd be something
fun to do that neither of us had done before. Here we are looking up at the parachute.


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Here is an idea of how far out the parachute goes behind the boat.


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I took my camera with us onto the parasail. They let Natalia and I go together, which was cool.


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Nati and I on the parasail.


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Our feet, looking down at the ocean. You can totally see our Chaco tans!


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Me and our parachute.


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Natalia enjoyed this a lot.


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Looking back at the boat.


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Natalia looking back to shore.


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Looking back up at the sky through the chute.


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From the air we had a pretty sweet view of the west side of the island of Maui. Here is Kaanapaali beach
and some of the resorts.

Here is a video from the air looking down from the parachute and getting dunked:


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We had some of the other parasailers take photos for us as we were up in the air. Here we are though
before we actually got strapped in.


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On the way up. The boat uses a winch system to move people around on the chute.


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Getting reeled out into the air.


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This gives an idea of the rigging involved for harnesses and the chute.

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