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Date:7/25/2014 10:10:13 AM
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The Hawaiian Islands ...
Palm trees swaying in tropical breezes, waterfalls dropping from breathtaking heights, flowers that look like birds and birds that look like flowers. No wonder they call it paradise. But where did they originate?

The Hawaiian Islands are volcanic in origin. Each island is made up of at least one primary volcano, although many islands are composites of more than one. The Big Island, for instance, is constructed of 5 major volcanoes: Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Hualalai and Kohala. Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on Earth. Kilauea is presently one of the most productive volcanoes on Earth (in terms of how much lava it erupts each year). And this is how Hawaii came to be.

Islands mean lots and lots of water … and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. The Round the World Cruise Ship is just a day away from port, and the beginning of yet another amazing adventure. We have gear reserved for those who wish to explore the waters around Hawaii, Jeeps standing by for land tours, and helicopters ready to lift us high above the volcanoes for a safe view.

We will visit each of the main islands for a stay of at least five days – we will arrive soon.

BUT FIRST … Our ship’s Captain has given purrmission to redo the Cat/Buttered Toast event. Deck C … for Cat? … has loooooong interior passageways where the stewards have helpfully stretched what seem like acres and acres of heavy plastic for us. The ship’s main chef has come to watch the event … he has kindly provided gallons of melted and slightly cooled butter, and piles of toast. There is a ladder from which we will drop onto the plastic sheeting. Once down, be sure to roll quickly onto your toast and enjoy the ride.

King Steve has gallantly stepped aside to allow Queens to precede him in this endeavor. As there are several of us aboard, we climb the ladder, ready ourselves, then …

… we grab King Steve, strap on his toast and … heave ho … there he goes. He drops … onto his paws of course, rolls onto his toast, and sliiiiiides the length of the passageway … laughing all the way. I knew he’d enjoy this.

The rest of us scamper to the pool deck and stretch out on lounge chairs while we await his arrival. It will be awhile; that was a LOT of butter.

Yes, we are headed for Hawaii and No, none of the volcanoes is erupting. See a pic of the islands on my page. A true-color satellite view of Hawaii shows that most of the vegetation on the islands grows on the north-east sides which face the wind. The silver glow around the south-west of the islands is the result of calmer waters.
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