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.


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!


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.

ImageTomorrow will be a recap of just Aulani!

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.


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!




Not a soul  around!ImageImage

I love these pics!  Image

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:)


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!

Haha, love these two:)Image

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.


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



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.


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!!