Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Completing the Polynesian Triangle

First off, it bears mentioning that I loved reading Sarah's previous entry. Because, while I haven't been the most regular contributor here these days; generally speaking, I'm present at all the occasions that Sarah has chronicled here since Stella's birth. But, getting to experience those photos of Stella (as well as watch the video of her swinging) for the first time on this blog gives me an idea what it must be like for those Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Friends who check in here regularly, and it makes me glad that Sarah's done a such a good job keeping Strange and Benevolent up to date.

But, that's not the only reason I am posting here today. In addition, I figured it was time to dust off my typing skills and do a quick entry to talk about our upcoming vacation: On Friday, Sarah, Stella and I depart for a weeklong trip to O'ahu, Hawai'i. And, in doing such, Sarah and I will have been to all three corners of the Polynesian Triangle.

"What's the Polynesian Triangle?" you ask. Good question! Let's consult Deep Thought shall we!

The Polynesian Triangle is a region of the Pacific Ocean anchored by three island groups: Hawai‘i, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and New Zealand, often used as a simple way to define what constitutes Polynesia.

Now, admittedly, when we chose to go to Hawai'i for our summer vacation this year, the "completion of the three points of the Polynesian Triangle" wasn't the deciding factor. I mean, that doesn't have quite the same ring as, say, "Travel Around the World." Instead it was a combination of factors ranging from Alaska Airlines having a timely ticket sale and ease of travel with an infant, to our desire to sit on a beach and relax after what has been a busy, tiring and occasionally challenging last half year (between juggling her career, Stella and a husband who is intent on filling the house with comic books; Sarah especially deserves a drink served in a coconut husk overlooking a nice sunset). But, still (and to bring this cumbersome paragraph to a suitably cumbersome close), when we step off the plane on Friday we will undoubtably be thinking about our adventures on Easter Island and New Zealand.

"So, what's the plan?"

Well, truthfully, there isn't much of one. We've got a car rented, a 1 Bedroom Villa reserved in Haleiwa and a little over a week to explore the island. And, with any luck, relax. Aloha!

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