Day 8 Hawaii: Last Day in Paradise

Our last day in Hawaii was unlike the usual last day of vacation.  We had a really late flight…really really late.  But that meant we could spend the day finishing up any things that we missed or still wanted to do.

Of course I had to get my calorie burn on.

Take that delicious pina coladas:)Image

Have I mentioned yet how sweaty I was in Hawaii?  I think I did early on in my trip report, but I’ll tell ya again, SWEATY!!  You see those sweat marks?!  Oh man.Image

After my lovely sweat fest it was time to pack up:(.  Getting everything ready to go took most of the morning.  But as soon as we were loaded up, it was off to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet!  This was a double take for us.  The first time we just didn’t buy as much as we wanted since it was so early in our trip.  But as we shopped other gift places it was crystal clear that we had to go back.  Same stuff at a fraction of the cost.

Val loaded up on key chains, jewelry, and other trinkets.  I was just there for the candy:)Image

Shopping worked up an appetite, so afterward we tried out a ramen shop.  This was actually my first time in a noodle place and I couldn’t believe how huge the ramen bowls were.  One bowl could feed Val, Cam, and myself! Image

When we were done with our last minute shopping and lunching we headed back to Aulani to hang out for the rest of the day.  The resort allows guests to still use all the amenities on check out day.  They even have a specific lounge for guest checking out to shower, print boarding passes, and just chill.  I love Disney hospitality.

One thing we had to do before we left was the Menehune Hunt.  They give you an iPad with the game on it.  It starts automatically and tells you places to go all over the resort while also setting off a bit of magic at every stop.  Image

Our first stop was in the lobby.  I never noticed this little guy before playing the game!  He was right above our heads.  Once you find him and press the screen on the iPad, a fun surprise happens! All of the little surprises were adorable.Image

One of my favorite magical items on the hunt was this little statue.  It makes a bunch of noise and then pops out a kukui nut.  So fun.Image

Here is Val inside the volcano, you know, just saving the world:)Image

K. While Val was still Menehune hunting, I was stalking Chip and Dale.  I just refuse to act my age 🙂ImageThese little boys were totally mesmerized when Valie set off the magic by the splash pad.  They had no idea that she made it happen.  I miss that age of truly believing in magic.  It was so cute to witness.

ImageTime was starting to run low by now, but Val had to get one last swim in.  I just soaked up a bit more sun and checked out the lounge.  I even signed the guest book:)Image

When it was time to say goodbye to our beloved Hawaii, Aulani, and vacation, we saw the giant group of Japanese tourists that had been at the luau with us the night before.  They were hilarious to watch.  Look at all those matching outfits!  There were seriously like 500 of them.  The ladies even had look-a-like haircuts.  ImageAh, and I didn’t take anymore pics after that, because going home is seriously not exciting.  It was an amazing trip though and I have so many wonderful memories from it.  Thanks for reliving it with me on my blog!

Feel free to shoot me any questions you have about Turtle Bay, Aulani, the activities we did, or just Oahu stuff!

Have a fabulous Thursday!!

 

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Day 7 Hawaii: Pool Day & Paradise Cove Luau

Day 7 in Hawaii was one of my favorite days.  We didn’t have any big plans during the day and we were able to just relax and enjoy Aulani.  I was up early though, I just couldn’t shake my mainland clock.  So I was in the gym burning calories because I knew I was going to enjoy some awesome luau food later:).  I even had a personal best 5 mile run!  I don’t know if it was the lower altitude, the warm weather, the excitement of travel, or just all the shave ice, but my running was better than it ever had been.

I knocked out 5 miles in under 40 minutes!  I was giddy:).  Oh yeah, totally skipped around the gym like an idiot after that run.

I also did more strength training and went back out to boot camp right after.  I was determined to leave Hawaii with the same bod that I came with.  Not an easy task with all the delicious island food just screaming your name at every corner.

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But let’s not talk about maintaining girlish figures!  Boring!

Let’s go snorkeling!  We definitely got our moneys worth out of rainbow reef.  Val just loved it.  She’s part fish, I just know it.  I took this pic from the viewing windows.

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I also took this video from the viewing window as well.  Valie and Cameron have a handshake that they do.  It’s pretty darn cute and funny and I hope she never gets too old to do it.  They add onto it a couple times a year so I can’t imagine how long it will be in a few years!

After snorkeling a cold treat was a requirement.  They have a self serve ice-cream machine in one of the shops by the pool.  I wanted to swirl and obscene amount into the cup, but I decide to stop just shy of embarrassing:).  You can’t really tell from the picture, but it was pretty tall.  Girly was happy.

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Beach time!

K. Feel free to laugh at my insane tan/burn lines.  Yeah, I had too much fun in the sun and yes, it was worth it.  Oh and did I mention that my hair was like crazy huge in Hawaii?  Well, it was.  Totally out of control.

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Look what we spotted on the wall by the beach!  Our state and last name!  Cause ya know, we totally donated $10,000 to have a tile at Aulani 😉

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Time for more character pics!!  The lines were so short to meet character, it was the best.  I just love Miss Minnie.  When I grow up I want to be just like her 🙂

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Awe I love this pic.  Um yeah, there’s no Val because she was busy swimming.  But Cam knows I love characters and humors my stalking.

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Ah I love Hawaiian Mickey!

Val was somewhere in that pool behind me.  Probably hiding from her embarrassing Mom:)

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Aloha!!

For real, the burn lines, I’m going to have to photo shop these.  Now if only I knew how to do that…

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Oh well, let’s just put on some clothes and quit looking at my terrible tan!

Ta-da!  Who’s ready for a luau????!!!

We walked over to Paradise Cove from Aulani.  It was only about 10 minutes.

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Right when you come through the gates, you take a pictures with two Hawaiian hotties and they hand you a beverage.  Right then I knew this was going to be a fabulous evening.

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There were lots of tables teaching guests how to make bracelets and head dresses.  It was so much fun!

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They give everyone 2 additional drink tickets to use at the bar.  The non-alcoholic pina colada was too die for!!  I could of just spent the whole night making crafts and drinking these and been happy as a clam.

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My cute sis-in-laws also enjoyed the pina coladas.  Oh man, I could really go for one of those right now!

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Sometime during the beverage/craft time a dude climbed a coconut tree and sprinkled flowers over the guests.  I was pretty impressed by his leg strength, maybe I should add climbing trees to my exercise regime:)

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This is the strawberry colada version of deliciousness!  I’m getting a sugar high just thinking about it.

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There must have been some spear throwing potion in that drink because Cam rocked at the spear throwing!

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I even got a video of his awesome skills!

Me with a spear…definitely not as graceful.  But I’m sure, very funny to watch.

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Even Miss Val got to throw the spear.  Yeah, she was better than me.

I know we are going to have to throw spears at the Spartan race…I’m in trouble.

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More games!  I just loved all the activities they had at Paradise Cove.  If I had to pick between Paradise Cove and the PCC luau, I’d have to go with Paradise Cove just because of the pre luau entertainment and drinks.

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Making flower bracelets on the beach.  Does it get any better??

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Oh wait it does.  Flower bracelet done and the hubby brought over a new tropical drink to try:)

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They even had people doing fun tattoos!  But you gotta be careful, they smear.

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Here we are waiting for a kayak.

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And then here we are in the kayak.  Isn’t Lesley cute?  She was happy to smile while my child is telling to put the camera down and paddle.

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K, I’ll paddle…just one more selfie with Cam:)

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Right before the show the sun was setting.  It was gorgeous!Image

Hello!!  One of the most lovely scenes I’ve ever witnessed.

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Happy happy happy

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I swear this is the last shot.

Let’s go eat!!

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Yummmm!  Oh yes that is pork, fried chicken, fish, salad, and pineapple!  And did I have 2 plates plus 2 desserts, yes sir I did.  I didn’t workout for 3 hours for nothing!

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Oh yeah there was a show too.  Honestly though the food was way good so I was distracted.  But what I remember, the fire dancers were amazing.

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But the Tahitian hotties were my favorite.

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Moral of the story, if you want lots of beverages, pre show entertainment, lots of yummy food, and really cute island dancers…go to Paradise Cove;)

Oh I’m sad day 7 is over!  That leaves only one day left and a red eye flight.

See ya tomorrow to finish up the great Hawaiian adventure!!

Hawaii Day 6: Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Shave Ice, & Starlit Hui!

Day 6 of our Hawaiian adventure was very busy.  We were all up pretty bright and early, ready to take on another day in paradise.  I headed to the gym, while the family spent a little more time poolside.

I ran a bunch on the treadmill and then decided to give some of the weight equipment a try.  Um, I couldn’t find a taller box jump to stand on, so I improvised:).  Several dudes watched me like I was a crazy person.  But I had to get my pull ups done! #shortgirlproblems

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After the gym I headed out to the beach for a little bit of boot camp.  Working out in the sand is hard!  I got my booty handed to me every class because the sand was just such a challenge for me.  Of course that is a good thing.  I had to burn off all those treats!

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So after a nice morning, we all got cleaned up and headed over to Pearl Harbor.  Did you know that you can reserve tickets to the USS Arizona online?  There is a $1.50 processing fee, but then you don’t have to get there super early and stand in a giant line.  Totally worth the buck fifty.

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Valie got a nice history lesson.

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It was crazy to think that I had been here 12 years ago.

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So cool to visit the memorial again.Image

After Pearl Harbor, we grabbed some lunch to fuel up for our next activity.

A little afternoon hike up Diamond Head!

I was pretty stoked about this activity.  It’s not everyday you get to hike a giant volcanic crater!

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We hiked up up up, and then through some dark tunnel, and up up up some more.Image

And then, Woohoo!  We made it to the top!  It wasn’t that far, a little steep at times, and dark, but a nice quick hike with an amazing view.

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We took a bunch of pictures!

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It was so cool to look out over the city and the beach and the actual crater.  I highly recommend adding this to a Hawaiian itinerary!

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Alright, now that we are all sweaty…again, time for a refreshment.Image

SHAVE ICE!!  What did people do before iPhones and urbanspoon?  I’m guessing they didn’t eat as much shave ice and drove around in circles a lot:)

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After shave ice and a long traffic filled drive back to Aulani, we were all pretty tired, but we couldn’t miss the Starlit Hui!  Aulani does a fun show a couple nights a week for guests.  We could see the stage and hear the music from our balcony!

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We didn’t really care if we were close to the stage, but if you had little kids I would get there early so they can see better.  Our party was there more for the experience and atmosphere.

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They lay out mats for your family to sit on and everything, so fun.

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Singers and dancers come out and entertain the crowd.Image

The ukulele guys were pretty awesome!

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After the show a big dance party started.  Characters came out and a DJ, it was lots of fun.  We danced for a bit before heading out for a late dinner.  It was a great way to end another action packed day.

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Hope everyone is having a great week!!  See ya soon with Day 7 of our trip!!

Hawaii Day 5! Hanging out at Disney’s Aulani!

Ok it’s official, I am the worst blogger ever!  I blog blog blog about the Hawaii trip and then…drop off the face of the Earth!  My apologies for being a spaz.  I am finishing up this trip report this week!  Pinky promise!

Let’s see I left off when we checked into Disney’s Aulani Resort.  K, I know I said it was beautiful, but let me say it one more time…BEAUTIFUL!  The rooms were comfortable and clean and the decor was lovely.  I slept so good!

So good, I was up at the crack of dawn once again.

I went to the gym, ran a 5k and then headed down to sunrise yoga!  Ah yoga, so peaceful, so calming…so NOT my thing:)  But I try to do it occasionally anyway.  And hey, when the view was as gorgeous as the one at Aulani, how can you not give yoga a shot?Image

After yoga I grabbed some breakfast and then headed back to the beach for a circuit training session.  The classes were all included with your stay!  It was seriously heaven for an exercise addict!

Once I had completely sweated myself into an oblivion it was time to swim!  Or snorkel, since that’s what baby girl wanted to do.Image

Aulani has an artificial reef called Rainbow Reef.  You can buy a day pass or a length of stay pass.  We bought the length of stay pass since we wanted to use it throughout our trip.Image

Warning, the water is COLD!  It definitely takes some getting used to.  I had to hang out for quite a while just to make sure that I wouldn’t hyperventilate once I was actually out there snorkeling.

Rainbow reef reminded of the set up they have at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, minus the sharks.  I actually think the whole experience would have been more fun with the addition of sharks, but I know that’s not as family friendly.Image

Time for some character spotting!

Well hello there Goofy!  Smoooooooches!

I just love tall, dark and big footed dudes:)Image

I definitely had more fun spotting characters than my kid.  I had to fish her out of the pools to take pics and then she was back in asap.Image

The week we were in Hawaii must have been a low time.  I had heard that Aulani gets so crowded you can find a chair anywhere and that there would be lines for everything.  Well, we lucked out then, because there were minimal guests.  It was totally serene.Image

I mean, hello!  I’m the only one in the infinity pool!  It was perfect.Image

So after an insanely lovely day and waaaaaay too much sun.  We got all cleaned up and headed out to find sustenance.  But not before taking a pic with the Aulani sign:)Image

We ended up grabbing dinner at a deli and then indulging in a little ice cream.  Oh did I say little, I meant large…large ice cream.  Oh my gosh it was so good.  We got all tropical flavors with lots of sauce and whipped cream, eeeeee!Image

And how do you end a perfectly perfect day at Aulani?  While stories by the fire pit of course!  Sorry my phone pics are terrible.

This charming older gentleman sang, told stories, and entertained us around the fire. Image

The night was so still and quiet.  It didn’t even feel real.  I guess that’s why they call it paradise.Image

At the end of the story time, they even had all the kids come up and “blow out” the fire.Image

Poof!  Oh I just love Disney magic!  Seriously, love it!Image

Ok time for bed!  But one more pic in the lobby first!!

K K, now we can go to bed:)

See ya in the morning for more Hawaii fun!!Image

Hawaii Day 4! Kualoa Ranch, Treats, and Aulani!

Day 4 of vay-cay starts out like the previous days.  Running through lovely Turtle Bay.  I went out solo that morning and took twice as long because I was so distracted looking at everything and following paths that led me way way far away:).  I have no sense of direction. It was ridiculous, but at least it was beautiful.Image

The ocean was gorgeous!  I am not a fan of running on sand trails but I made an exception on this fine morning.

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Oh, I just love this site!Image

So after running on sand for way too long, I finally turned around and decided I had no idea where I was going and I saw this funny rock.  Wait!  The rock moved!  OMG it’s a seal!  Giddy, giddy, giddy, a seal!  Oh it’s the little things that really amuse me:).Image

After I hauled my sweaty mess back to the room, I showered, packed up for a venue change and we headed out on our next adventure.  Hello Kualoa Ranch!!

I stumbled across this place on a travel site and as soon as my baby girl saw that Jurassic Park was filmed here, she just had to go.

Here we are on a bus, going to tour the movie sites!

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Ah, the famous piece of wood that Dr. Grant and the two kids hide behind when the T-Rex attacks the gallimimus.  Image

Ok, now if Val and I were in Jurassic Park together, I’m sure this picture is how our story would go…minus the smiles.  I would have twisted my ankle running away and she would of had to carry me.Image

Or maybe she would have just said “sorry mom” and taken off without me:).Image

We drove past a bunch of spots where movies scenes were filmed.  It was pretty cool.

A fun little surprise for my girly was getting to see props from one of her favorite movies, Journey 2.  We went inside a WWII bunker and they had lots of movie props just hanging out in there.  Image

On our way back we had a great view of the China Man’s Hat.

We had another excursion booked at Kualoa Ranch the day.  A little trip to their “Secret Beach”.  We boarded another bus that took us to a boat, that took us to the beach.  Image

The beach had a bunch of fun equipment to use and a glass bottom boat.  I had never been on a glass bottom boat, so we hopped on.  We saw a few turtles, but really not as much sea life as I thought we would.  My suggestion would be to skip the boat and grab a snorkel if you want to see fish.

What do you think of my sparkly sunglasses??  $5 at the Aloha Swap Meet!Image

Time to play!!  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pics of us paddle boarding, kayaking, or snorkeling!  Well, I guess we were in the water and taking my phone on the paddle board would have been a bad plan.

I love paddle boarding!  I tried it in Mexico a couple years ago and it’s so fun.  You must give it a try if ever get the chance.Image

Chickie loves snorkeling and all water activities.  I think she’s part mermaid.Image

After we had lots of fun in the sun we headed out in search of food and of course shave ice.  I saw this little place called Sweet Fanatic and was so excited.  I thought it was going to be a candy shop!  It turns out that it was more of an Asian casino:).  I thought that there were arcade games in the store, but realized only adults were playing them.  I guess you can play and shoot target and win money, or lose money, probably mostly lose money:).

Anyway, their shave ice was really good!  Super fluffy ice, flavorful syrup, beautiful bright colors, perfect!  I think we all came to love sweetened condensed milk on our shave ice.IMG_2009

I tried a poi doughnut.  Much tastier than just plan poi.  Plus they were all purple and cute, I had to have one.

Once we were all fed and sugared up, it was time to head to Disney’s Aulani Resort!!  Image

Despite a long exhausting day, my crazy kid still had to get in the pool!  I was just the picture taker.  Thank goodness for Dad’s and Aunties.

Aulani at night was quite the site.  I was just stunned by the gorgeous lighting and amazing architecture.  I couldn’t wait to go to bed so I could soak it all in the next day.

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Hope you are all having a great week!! xoxo

 

Hawaii Day 3! Beach Park, Pancakes, PCC, Poi, & Pork!

Welcome to Day 3 of our Hawaiian Adventure!

The day started off with a beautiful run all around the trails and beaches of Turtle Bay.Image

Sweaty Sweaty good times.  We were so not used to the humidity!  It looked like we went swimming instead of running.

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Chilling on top of a WWII bunker that we found out on one of the trails.Image

We also found a giant banyan tree.  So cool!

Alright, enough running, I’m starving!!Image

Time for breakfast!!  We went to this little place called Papa Ole’s that is near the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Thank you friends for suggesting it!  They give you like 10 pieces of bacon!Image

And HELLO!  Look at this delicious pancake stack!  We got chocolate chip macadamia nut and the were insane.  So fluffy, perfect, and doused in a creamy custard like sauce.  The pancakes of my dreams!Image

After a tasty carb fest we dropped Val and her Aunties off at Kokololio Beach Park while Cam and I went back to the resort to get the PCC tickets…because I forgot them:)

But I’m so glad I was an airhead, look at this beautiful beach the girls were able to explore!

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Ok, moving on to the Polynesian Cultural Center!  It is so pretty in there.Image

We went around to all the villages and watched the presentations.Image

I quite enjoyed the ones that gave you sticks to play with:)

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This dude here, totally inspired me to want to process coconuts at home!  He drained the water, shaved the meat, squeezed the milk out, and then started the process of making coconut oil. Amazing!  I have to try this out.Image

Body paint tattoos!  These are so cool…and so staining.  Beware not to get it on your clothing!Image

I should have opted for a face tattoo!  It would have saved my dress!

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Awe, precious.  I think they cued the dudes to tell their lady how lovely they are:)Image

Valie got a passport at the beginning of our day and she got a stamp at every village.  It was fun for her and she got cute little pins at the end.Image

This dude climbed a coconut tree, very impressive.Image

We also learned how they greet each other in Aotearoa.  I think I like the whole nose/forehead smushy thing.Image

The water pageant was lots of fun!  It was like a little preview of the show we would see that night.  My fave is of course the Tahitian girlies.Image

They had a poi tasting station as well.  I’m not a fan :).  Reminds me of starchy baby food. As an ingredient in something else it’s great.  Alone…not so much.

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Oooooo we also saw a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony.  So cool to see the different traditions.

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The day went by way too fast!  We barely had time to squeeze in the movie and a canoe ride at the end of our day.  My suggestion would be to skip the movie and do something else like hula or spear throwing.  The theater itself is super cool, but he movie is a snoozefest.Image

After a day of touring it was luau time!!  We did the dining and show with our entrance ticket.  I highly recommend it.  The food was good, the dinner entertainment was fun, and it was the perfect break before the big show.

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Ha Breath of Life is the main attraction at night.  The dancing was wonderful.  I wasn’t a fan of the story, but was still completely entertained.  My family liked it as well.  We all had way too much pork though and the last 20 minutes none of us could stay awake.  I think this was the latest we stayed up the whole trip!

When we got back to the resort, I hardly remember anything.  Zzzzzzzzz.ImageAnd that is the end of day 3!!  Hope you are enjoying our crazy antics!  Tomorrow is Kuloa Ranch, and Asian casino, and Disney’s Aulani!!

 

 

Hawaii Day 2!

Day 2 in Hawaii!  I was so excited for our first real day on vacation I could hardly stand it!  I wanted to wake up early and run and I was up before my alarm even got close to 4:30am!  This pattern of waking up at insanely early times would continue for the majority of the trip.  Island time was a rough adjustment for me.  But it sure made for some beautiful running conditions.  Cam joined me on my first run and I’m so glad he did.  It was pitch black and they don’t exactly have modern lighting on the North Shore.

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Nothing like running into the sunrise to start the day!  There is also nothing like the giant snails waiting by our condo 🙂

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Everyone was up and ready to go by 7am! That seriously never happens back home.  But we had big plans for some souvenir shopping and lots of fun activities just waiting for us.

This is the face I make when I have a delicious breakfast in my hands and I’m about to shop shop shop!! 🙂

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If you go to Honolulu you must go to the swap meet at Aloha Stadium!  It’s open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday.  They have the best prices on souvenirs and tons of little booths with everything you would ever want to buy in Hawaii.

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While the girls shopped for jewelry, clothing, keychains, fans, etc.  Cam shopped for coconuts.  Getting a fresh coconut hacked open with a machete is a must at least once in Hawaii.

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As much as I adore coconut, the pineapple is #1 in my heart.  Check out this beauty!!  I wanted to buy this pineapple soooooo bad.  But considering I had just purchased a whole case, I thought it might be excessive.

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My favorite booth at the swap meet!!  Rows and rows and rows of colorful, hawaiian, unique, gorgeous candies!  A bag or two…or 15 may have come home in my suitcase:)

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Ok, so after we were done shopping up a storm, it was time for a surfing lesson.  I purchased vouchers off of livingsocial before our trip and scheduled with Blue Rush surfing school.  Our lesson was in Haleiwa on the North Shore.  We had a short instruction on the beach.

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Basically they told us to push up, scoot our knees up, stand up, bend your knees, keep your arms out for balance, and try to look as cool as possible without falling off the board.  Sure…no prob.

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My heart was palpitating as we started paddling out.  This whole surfing thing was completely new to me and I was pretty nervous.

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The first wave Cameron and I both crashed:).  But Valie did great!  Way better than her parents.  Luckily it only took a couple waves before we were all up and surfing!!  It was seriously one of the most amazing feelings ever!

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My sis-in-laws chilled on the beach and watched turtles while we took our lesson.  It was the perfect day for surfing and sunning!Image

Val and Cam are waiting for me to catch a wave.  We had to paddle way out to catch good waves, so you can’t see me.  I’m behind that big white wave 🙂Image

Our instructors were great!  Total surfer dudes and lots of fun.  If you are ever in the market for a Hawaiian surf lesson give Blue Rush a try.Image

So after our lesson it was definitely time for a frozen treat.  SHAVE ICE!!!

Our surfing lesson also came with shave ice, how cool is that?  And to Masumotos!!!Image

This little place is famous and totally lives up to the hype.  The line was out the door, but it really wasn’t that bad.Image

I got sugar free strawberry, sugar free vanilla, and coconut cream, with sweeten condensed milk!!  So I was half good and half naughty :).  It was seriously the best snow cone ever!Image

After our afternoon cool down we decided it was time to track down some real food.  There are tons of fun food trucks and shrimp shacks just past Turtle Bay.  We went to one called Giovanni’s.  I had a few of Cam’s shrimps and they were unbelievably tasty.Image

Happy, happy, family!!Image

Val and I had been snacky all day so we were in the mood for more snacky items.  Eggrolls and froyo of course!  That yogurt had macadamia nuts, pineapple, and coconut….so good!

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After an early dinner we headed back to the resort to rest.  However, our darling daughter had other plans, like dragging us out to swim:).  Good thing Cam had a little energy left to play, I was about to fall asleep in the lounge chair.  That 4am run was catching up to me very quickly.  We were all in bed again by 8:30pm 🙂IMG_1934

 

That’s Day 2 of our Hawaiian adventure!!  Stay tuned tomorrow for good times at the Polynesian Cultural Center, a beach, giant pancakes, and a luau!!

Hawaii Finally!! Day 1

Hellllloooooo Blogosphere!!  K, I’ve been home from Hawaii for a week now and have not posted a thing!  Why?  Um, because I’ve been a crazy maniac over in this town I call Vickiedom.  But we won’t get into that.  Let’s just start this trip report!

Of course you cannot leave for vay-cay with out a fabulous set of nails!  I’m the sparkle yellow, Val is the white and pink.

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So we left SLC on a very early flight, 6am.  I only slept for about 2 hours the night before:)  But I was still super excited!

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We had a layover in San Francisco so I decided to make the hubs workout a bit in the mostly deserted terminal.  Yes, I realize that I was wearing wedges.  I know I’m nuts, and I’ve come to accept that:)

We ended up waiting forever for the plane, and then it got delayed, and the flight there felt like a million years, and I couldn’t wait to just get there already!

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When we arrived in Honolulu we headed to Costco first of course.  I got this tip from a travel board and since we were staying in a condo with a kitchen for the first few days it was the perfect place to stock up on some items.

Like pineapple of course!  We bought a case of large pineapples and ate one everyday, it was amazing.  The Costco pineapples are the Dole ones and they are fantastic.  Don’t pay $4 for the tiny bag they sell on the side of the road.

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When we finally arrived at our resort and settled in, it was time for a little exploring by moonlight.  Valie was not going to be happy unless her feet hit the ocean before she went to bed!  So we took a lovely walk around Turtle Bay and went down to the beach so she could splash around for a minute.

By 8pm, we were all toast.  Zzzzzzzzzzz.

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And that concludes the not very exciting first day of getting to Hawaii!  More posts will be coming soon, like tomorrow soon:).  Have a fab Monday everyone!!