Man of War, Jellyfish………….Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming!!!

Remember the Jellyfish in Nemo!

We were all having a wonderful afternoon at Waimanalo Beach. Christopher was relaxing on his beach chair talking to some folks. Alex was playing in the sand with a friend. Jordan was having the time of his life body surfing. I was taking pictures of my Baby Boy.  He was just riding the waves like an expert…..lol. All of a sudden….

I felt a sharp pain around my left ankle. I cried out. I grabbed my ankle and I removed what looked like a blue bracelet. I threw it back in the ocean. I quickly got out of the ocean. I ran to Christopher. My ankle was still stinging & throbbing. It brought me to my knees. I was still screaming. Being that I was such a scary individual, Christopher did not take me seriously. I was scared of my own shadow. My children took pleasure in yelling “Boo” all the time so that I could jump with fright. This time I had a legitimate reason for screaming. The couple standing and talking with Christopher said that I was probably bitten by MAN OF WAR jellyfish. Seriously!!! The wife knew because her husband was bitten a few days prior. Now Christopher believed me! I now had a ring mark around my ankle. I came all the way  to Honolulu, Hawaii to get bitten by a JELLYFISH. That jellyfish couldn’t find anyone else to bite!!!! Well…….he did!

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Deadly Beauty: Portuguese Man-of-War | National Geographic

I couldn’t believe it. How did you treat a jellyfish sting? While I was crying a bit, Jordan came over to see what was all of the commotion. I told him I got bitten by a jellyfish. Guess what he said! “Oh maybe that’s what happened to me.” He pulled up his shirt. OH MY GOD!!!! The boy’s belly and chest area were completely covered with welps, blotches and scratches. He never said a word until that moment. He was not crying or anything. Jellyfish tore him up while he was body surfing. He did not even took noticed. At some point, I remembered him asking me for his swim shirt. He said when he was on his stomach in the water, he felt sharp stings. He had no clue that the stings came from the MAN OF WAR jellyfish.

Guess how you treat jellyfish stings?

 

Waimanalo Beach Park, Oahu – To-Hawaii.com

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Waikiki Beach

Jordan had two desires for Hawaii. He wanted to come face to face with an active Volcano Hawaii Volcanoes | GoHawaii.com and he had to be at the Beach every single day. Well, we didn’t make the beach everyday, but just about. In Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is not only the most famous beach, but also one of the most recognized Oahu beaches and spots in the world.  I did not  know that Waikiki actually had 8 different sections. We were staying in a condo literally one block away. So our first visit on the island was Waikiki Beach per Jordan’s request.

Waikiki Beach – All 8 Sections of Waikiki Beach – Best of Oahu

 

Pictures to come…….

Last Lasting Moments of Big Island

  •  Our flight was at 2:30 pm. It was only a 40 mins flight to Oahu. The process of flying, checking in & out is still tedious and requires work. We were ready by 9:30 am to walk out of the door. You know I spent most of the night, cleaning,  doing laundry, packing and organizing.  I couldn’t leave the rental messy. What would the owners think? As usual, I was tired when it was time to walk out the door. That did not matter! New adventures awaits! We said our goodbyes to our gracious neighbors, Joann and Rigley. They lived upstairs above us. They were very kind and generous. They answers any & all of our questions. They were never too busy. They even welcomed us with a fruit basket. They thought our children were just adorable. I agreed with them…..lol.
    We sat on the lanai with the gorgeous views for the last time. We took our last stroll around the neighborhood, along with some amazing pictures. We then packed the car and headed for the road never looking back……too sad.
    Next stop was breakfast: I told you we had time to kill. I had issues when it came to time to fly out anywhere.  I liked to get to the airport extra early because I did not like to feel pressured or rushed. The thought of missing our flight because we didn’t get to the airport on time is unacceptable for me. So I always had plenty of time to get there. After breakfast, we made our way to the airport. Christopher dropped us off before heading to Budget to return our rental car.
    I have to say that we enjoyed sitting at Kona International Airport at Keahole. You were on ground level and could see and take pictures of all the flights taking off and coming in.
    Pictures to come…….