Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Red, White & Blue with Cowboys, Hippies & Freaks!

(I tried to add the video of the Hippies and Freaks and a little cowboy hula action and the bagpipes - but the stupid videos didn't post! So sorry you have to miss that.)
Who doesn't love the 4th of July? Ok, besides the rest of the world outside the United States! It's just one of those holidays that's full of fun, friends and family. And don't forget a parade!

(cue music) "I . . . luvaparaaaaade" . . .

Soooooo, we wake up on the 4th of July and hurry to eat breakfast and wake "sleeping beauty" to get out the door because they're going to close the street and we need to get close enough so the walk won't kill us and to find a good enough "seat" (though we stood the whole time). I think we did OK!

The parade took place in our neighboring town of Makawao (isn't that fun to say?) And Makawao is known as the cowboy town. WHAT?, you didn't know there were cowboys in Hawaii? Well, there are! And so our parade made me feel right at home with all the horses and cowboys. You'll see!

Enjoy the photos!

Some of the shops that were decked out for the 4th.

Now some, or maybe most parades start with a police car or fire engine . . . Not us! We started with a WOODY! I thought it was very fitting in Hawaii.

The beginning of the parade was a big processional of classic cars. I just added a few of my faves. Such as the one below was a fave because of how cute it is and I love the color!

Scott's dad used to have a corvette like this only I think it was blue. And a sailboat to boot! . . . Then he had a family - need I say more?

"General Lee", the Dolorian from "Back to the Future", "Herbie"

This is our neighbor/landlord in his classic truck pulling his restored Criss Craft boat!

Our little neighbor "Buddy"!

A park ranger riding a "Nene" goose.

I love how this horse was painted, very sparkly stars!
These are horses of a different color!
Miss Rodeo Hawaii! Yup, we got one of those too!

Sombreros! y caballeros . . .Aye chihuahua!

We even had the Shriners in their cute little cars!

Check out the pedi on that bull!
And to cap off the parade . . .
a gecko!It didn't take us too long to get out of the town away from the chaos. We decided to watch Transformers! It was awesome!!! Optimus Prime is on MY team.

Then we had lunch in the mall food court . . . sorry, but we were starving!

Then we watched some waves crash at Ma'alaea Harbor. We needed to kill some time until the drawing for the surfboard that Scott really wanted! But alas, it wasn't in the stars for poor Scott. No surfboard! Sorry honey!

So we headed home to follow the unwritten rule that's been around since 1776! That rule is that something must be grilled on the 4th of July! So we did what most red-blooded, true-blue Americans do and threw some burgers on the grill along with some corn on the cob! It doesn't get much better than that!

Back on New Year's Eve at midnight, we just had to step out our front door for a pretty good fireworks display. The air was so thick with smoke you could hardly breathe. As they might say here, it was "choke with smoke". EVERYBODY was shootin' off fireworks! So we figured we'd have a great show for the 4th as well. I mean, c'mon! The 4th of July is THE fireworks holiday! And we didn't want to drive all the way over to Lahaina for an actual fireworks show - it would be way too crowded, and with one road in and out - fugeddaboutit!

So we started watching a movie to pass some time . . . oh sure there were firecrackers here and there. We even paused the movie to go outside and look for some fireworks . . . .



(note to self: Next year when you see the big boxes of fireworks . . . buy several boxes so you can put on your own stinkin' fireworks display!)