Our last day in Hawaii was bitter sweet, luckily though we didn't leave until 10:30 that night so we were able to enjoy a full day before we left.
We had to be out of our room by 10 in the morning so we packed up the car and headed out to Kapolei to visit the Disney Resort and the three lagoons surrounding it, and it was beautiful. The Disney Resort was something that I really wanted to see, and it did not disappoint. The pool area was something else..I have always been in the mindset that if you have an ocean right there why would you choose to sit by a pool instead but I would definitely have hung out by this one. They have a lazy river, infinity pools, water slides and because it is so large there were lots of beach chairs surrounding the pool. The lagoons around the resort were also really cool, because they are more sheltered the water is really calm.It is definitely not as touristy in this area and I really enjoyed that.
After exploring Kapolei, we headed back into Honolulu to do some last minute shopping at Ala Moana and then went back to Waikiki to watch the sunset for the last time.
There is nothing like seeing the sunset over the beach in my opinion.. it is stunning and it really makes you stop and appreciate life. It also made me thankful for the opportunities that I have been given. A lot of people mention how lucky it is that I get to go to Hawaii often and while I absolutely agree, I don't take advantage or take any of it for granted. It is an amazing feeling to get to spend 10 days in Hawaii and it was such a fantastic trip.
I hope that you all enjoyed my Hawaii blogs, I enjoyed writing and sharing my holiday with you and thank you again for all the support!!
On Day 8 in Hawaii we had another relaxing day, we rented chairs with umbrellas on Waikiki and chilled on the beach. We rented paddle boards which is something that I had never tried and it was a lot of fun..I even saw another sea turtle which was VERY exciting. After the beach we decided to go to the Royal Hawaiian to take some pictures. The Royal Hawaiian is probably my favorite hotel on Waikiki and hope that I can stay there one day..the pool is awesome and the way the hotel is set up is as well. For dinner we went to a restaurant across from our condo called The Yard House and I had a salad and edamame to eat. After dinner we went to have a drink at a bar called Tiki's and listened to some local music;I had a gingersnap cocktail which was similar to a ginger ale and it was really good. We called it a night after that and went back to the condo to sleep.
I hope that you are all enjoying these travel blogs and appreciate the support with my blog in general. My final Hawaii blog will be up in the next few days!
On Day 5 in Hawaii we celebrated Mom and Dad's 29th wedding anniversary, quite an achievement!
We started off the day with the Aloha Stadium Market. It was not my cup of tea, as it was all very touristy and most all the booths were selling Hawaii themed souvenirs, but everyone enjoyed themselves. I did get to eat fresh coconut which was really good!
After the market we went to Byodo-In Temple which is a Buddhist temple in the middle of a cemetery. It was a beautiful location with lots of photo opportunities. The temple itself was gorgeous and there was lots of animals to look at; I saw my first black swan which was really cool.
After spending some time at the temple, we headed back to Waikiki. Mom and Dad went to House Without a Key for dinner to celebrate their anniversary while us kids went to P.F Changs for dinner. I LOVE P.F Changs and even though it is pretty generic Asian cuisine, if I am in the States and there is one near, I will indulge.
After dinner I did some shopping and then went back to the condo.
It was a fun day and it was neat to see the contrast between the crazy busy market and the peaceful temple outside of Waikiki, I noticed a lot this trip that I prefer to stay away from the really touristy Waikiki and focus on the beaches and activities that were on other parts of the island.
I didn't take a bunch of pictures on day 6 or 7 as they were really chill days.
Day 6: The boys left in the morning to go on a sea turtle/snorkel and underwater scootering adventure so we hung out at the condo for the morning. I went and hung out on the beach for a while during the morning and then got ready for lunch.
One of the things on my moms bucket list was to have high tea at the Moana Surfrider, so us girls went and did that! I of course could not eat anything that they were serving with the tea, so I opted to have lunch instead. I had a delicious piece of salmon and braised kale. Going for tea was a lot of fun and the hotel is beautiful.
After lunch we went shopping at Ala Moana and the Ward Center.
Day 7 was mainly a shopping day (is anyone surprised at this point?!) but we did stop in at Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha for the BEST shave ice. All his syrups are natural and organic; I had mango and pineapple and it was amazing. We hit up Kahala Mall, The Counter Burger for lunch, Whole Foods and Target.
It was nice to have a couple days where we did not have a lot to do, as all the days leading up to this were very busy.
I apologize for the length of this post, but it just made sense to put all of these days together as there were not too many pictures from day 6 or 7 and it seemed pointless to make a separate post for a couple pictures.
I hope you are all enjoying my travel posts; day 8 and 9 are on their way in the next few days!
Day 4 in Hawaii was Dana's Birthday! We started off the day at Dukes for brunch which is tradition. It was very good there was gf options so I left full which was a bonus! We then headed to a local farmers market where there was lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and macadamia nuts to choose from. In the afternoon we headed to Kaliua and went to Lanikai Beach which has been rated one of the best beaches in the world on numerous occasions. It is a remote beach that is quite small but the sand and warm waters are worth seeing. Once we spent a couple hours at the beach we went to a local bloc party that was held outside the Whole Foods in Kaliua. There were craft and food stalls and they even had snow made so the Hawaiian kids could play in it which to us was pretty funny considering, but they looked like they were having a great time! There was a band playing called Streetlight Cadence while we were there and they were really good!
It was a great day to celebrate Dana's birthday, hard to believe she is already 18. (I feel old!)
Day 3 in Hawaii has been my favorite so far. We went to the North Shore which I love going to when we come, but I have never seen waves like this. I am a surfing fan so this was one of the coolest things to see; we went to the three separate beaches that hold the Triple Crown of Surfing every year. To actually see people surfing these waves in person and not behind a computer was really amazing. We also went to Sharks Cove which is one of our favorite spots where the snorkeling is really good but because the waves were so big it was just not a possibility. My family had shrimp at Giovanni's which looked awesome..I was a bit sad that I could not have any but they enjoyed it! The North Shore is beautiful and if you are coming to Oahu, it is definitely worth seeing.
Here are some pictures from our second day in Hawaii. We went to Hanauma Bay first thing so the boys could snorkel,then to Sandy Beach and to a lookout to take some pictures. It was a beautiful day and probably the warmest day we have had. After we went to the mall to do some shopping (of course) and for dinner we went to the Tiki Bar. It was a fun day!
Hello Everyone! I am currently on vacation in Hawaii and thought I would share some photos from my trip so far.If you follow my instagram or facebook, then you have probably seen most of the pictures that I have posted, but there are some that were also taken from the family camera that I have not posted anywhere. I took a lot of pictures the first three days and will post each day separately.
The first day I was up bright and early because of the 4 hour time difference so we went to the beach for the sunrise. We then did some shopping at Whole Foods and Walmart for groceries. I love Whole Foods for the gluten free options and picked up some really good stuff for my breakfasts and dinners. We then came back to Waikiki to watch the sunset and do a it more shopping.
I hope that you enjoy these pictures and be on the lookout for more holiday posts!