We’re the Hexie Turtles!
I’m Lexie. I’m the oldest because Sue made me first.
Lanie is second oldest. She’s my bestest friend forever.
And Rexie is my other bff.
We’re on a really fun Christmas adventure and we wanted to tell you all about it.
It started when we had to have our pictures taken for our passports.
I got a passport.
Lanie got a passport.
And Rexie got one too.
We also got brand new suitcases to pack our stockings, Santa hats and nightcaps.
Sue said we wouldn’t need our hats, scarves and mitts or our winter boots.
Here we are all ready to go.
Dave and Sue and us three turtles flew on a humongous airplane from Toronto to LA and then from LA to Maui. Those were really looooonnnnggg flights.
We thought we’d never get there!
But when we did, there was no snow on the ground and the grass was green.
There was also a pretty lady waiting at the Kahului airport to give us flower necklaces.
She told us they were called leis and that people in Hawaii give leis on all kinds of occasions. These ones were to welcome us to the Islands.
We thought flying was the biggest adventure ever but that was only the start of our Maui adventures.
Dave and Sue have been visiting all the places they used to go when they lived here and they’ve been taking us with them.
We’ve been to Ho’okipa. Dave told us that the waves get wayyyy bigger than this.
There was a sign that said no swimming but someone was going surfing.
He stayed up a long time.
When we saw that we wanted to learn how to surf too!
Sue said that Ho’okipa was not a good place for young turtles to learn to surf but she promised us that we could learn at Kam III. That’s short for Kamaole III. It’s across the street from our condo.
First we had to have surf lessons!
We had to take turns because there were only 2 surfs boards that were turtle size.
Lanie and Rexie are both my BFF so I let them go first.
And then it was my turn.
Once we got good at staying on our boards on the beach, it was time to go out and see if we could catch a wave.
This time I got to go first.
I think I need more practice before I’m ready for Sue to let go of the surf board!
After our surf lessons, we made sand castles.
When we were leaving Kam III we saw a pretty rainbow.
We’ve seen lots and lots and lots of rainbows. Way more rainbows than we’ve ever seen in our entire lives.
After all that beach fun, we were all really thirsty so we bought fresh coconuts and drank the coconut water right from the coconut!
On another day, we got to see some sea turtles!
Dave took this photo with the zoom on his camera. That’s why it looks so close.
Turtles are called Honu in Hawaiian.
Some people were getting too close and bothering the Honu, so this man was putting up a sign telling them to let the Honu rest.
And guess what… if you think our adventures were over you’d be wrong!
Yesterday we went to the Shops at Wailea because Sue said she had a special surprise.
Did you know that Santa doesn’t wear his regular Santa suit in Maui?
Nope… he wears a red Aloha shirt and red shorts!
We were even more surprised to see that Holly was with him. We met Holly last year when she came to visit us.
It’s a good thing we remembered to pack our Santa hats to wear.
Now, it’s Christmas Eve and we’ve hung up our stockings.
Sue let us unwrap our first gift.
It was a story called Limu the Blue Turtle and his Hawaiian Garden
And Dave read it to us at bedtime.
We’ve washed our faces, brushed our teeth and put on our nightcaps.
But before we got to bed and try really hard to go to sleep so Santa can come, we want to wish everyone: That’s Hawaiian for Merry Christmas!