First, the cake. She wanted a volcano cake, and I had hoped to make it erupt using dry ice, but the only dry ice on Oahu turns out to be a 2-hour drive away (without traffic), which wasn't the best use of her birthday. So I "erupted" it using Jell-O.
Next, presents. I know other people got her good gifts - there was a tessellations coloring book and some marvelous art supplies - but I was mainly waiting until she opened the gift from us. It didn't look fancy; it was just a few pieces of paper in an envelope.
She and I had a marvelous time. We stayed with friends of friends, who were amazingly wonderful people and gave us great advice about what to see. And the volcano satisfied abundantly! P12 is a good hiker, so we were able to scramble all over and see all sorts of things that we wouldn't have been able to with the little guys in tow. I'll leave you with a sampling of photos.
On our first day, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The crater with the main eruption is behind us. It's a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night:
When we got back, the guys had managed fine without us, and we enjoyed being back with them - a good break helps you appreciate people more! I'm still amused that P12 asked for a volcano cake when she had no clue that the next day, she would get to see an erupting volcano.