Hawaii birthday

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Mom’s 70th birthday party

The rest of Mom’s birthday week at Kealakekua Bay Bed and Breakfast party was fun.

Here I am walking on the grounds looking for a good place to paint.

Neil caught a Cane Spider in our bedroom.  This Cane spider must have been 5″ in diameter.  It moved super fast like a dog.  Yikes!!

Neil catching a Cane Spider.

My beautiful sweet sis.

Unfortunately we did not find any more artists 🙁  however, we did do a little schlolam canoing.

Mom renting our canoes

We also met some nice Hawaiians at mom’s party who days later took us on a very cool, but colorless submarine ride.

A photo of me looking out of the submarine window.

Grace and Katie in the submarine.

After a week of birthday celebration everyone went home except me, my kids Winston and Grace, my sister Stacie and her daughter Katie.  We rented a different house and I did a little painting by the pool.

A painting I started by the pool of our second house.

We also all went zip lining for the first time, it was off the charts fun!!

A real tree house! Line 7 leaves from here!

One of the last days just the kids and I visited and hiked The University of Hawaii’s Lyon Arboretum.

Winston at The University of Hawaii Lyon Arboretum.

Hawaii was spectacularly beautiful. There is so much to see and paint in Hawaii.  It was truly a paradise.  It was a great trip, but there is not enough art for a Traveling Artist on the Big Island!!


Shelli Alford is an artist and author, who enjoys learning from master oil painters from around the world and reviewing their classes, workshops and demonstrations.

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