My mom took my sisters, myself and our family's on the trip of a lifetime . . . to Hawaii. It was absolute bliss. It was such an amazing trip, full of beautiful weather, tropical breezes, breathtaking views, great memories and treasured family time.
It was a 9 hour nonstop flight from Minneapolis to Honolulu, and surprisingly the kids did very well. Thanks to the age of electronics, their tablets kept them well entertained as did the in-flight movies, some games and coloring projects they had along for the flight.
The worst part of the airport and flight was passing through TSA with all of Olivia's medical equipment, but having a previous airport trip now under our belts, all in all it went much smoother this time. However, the line was so long and slow as it just so happened our plane took off the day after the attacks on Paris, thus slowing things down. No worries however, we made it to our gate, with about 10 minutes to spare until boarding!
|Warmer weather awaits just outside our window!|
We began our adventure in Honolulu. Not quite like it's depicted on television, as we didn't get lei's when we landed so Daddy bought his two girls each one - made our day!
We spent 3 nights at the Hilton, Waikiki. It was a gorgeous hotel and the onsite pools and ocean views were amazing. We enjoyed much of their time swimming in the ocean and walking along the ocean shores.
Jeff and I wanted to try our luck at surfing. We headed over to Waikiki Beach on our second day, rented a few surfboards and headed out. Unfortunately, we only had an hour to do so and the waves didn't cooperate so we didn't have much luck. It was still super fun to try and be out there in the ocean and we were grateful we didn't come across any sharks along the way.
We toured Pearl Harbor on our last day in Honolulu, and had a great history lesson in doing so. This was more for us adults but the kids did well and were very respectful. My sister Amber and her husband Ryan did the land and sea tour and were able to view much of the island by helicopter, capturing some amazing photos.
After 3 days in Honolulu, we jetted off to Maui for the remainder of our stay.
|View from our condo - Kahana Outrigger|
On our first full day in Maui, Landen, Jeff and Ryan got up early and went on a bottom fishing trip. This fishing trip is what Landen was most excited to experience while in Hawaii. The trip sounded incredible; they saw a whale, sharks, caught some fish, spotted Jon Jon out fishing from the Discovery television show "Pacific Warriors", absolutely amazing! I wish I could have been along to experience in Landen's joy, but I knew Olivia wouldn't tolerate the trip so it was a "boys only" morning while us girls headed to Front Street in Maui for some shopping.
|The whale they spotted from the boat.|
While shopping us girls found some great souvenirs and enjoyed lunch dining on seafood along the ocean shore.
Jeff rented another surf board while in Maui but there were no waves to surf on, maybe next time . . . if there is a next time.
The kids loved the body boards that our condo had for use. They spent a lot of time on these.
Landen's body board doubled as a collection site for all his rocks and shells.
My sisters and I decided to go parasailing on one of our mornings in Maui. We went to Kaanapali Beach. Darci and Amber were legitimately scared, I had a blast!
Since we were all dressed up in our Hawaiian gear for the Luau, which was canceled, we braved the rain and headed over to the Sea House restaurant and enjoyed a huge seafood meal with lava flow drinks. It was delicious!
Landen and Jeff took a stroll along the beach in the rain on our second to last morning in Maui and Landen found a coconut. He was pretty pumped about this and later asked if Jeff would open it up. Man oh man, the sight of Jeff and Ryan fighting with that silly coconut was absolutely hilarious. Jeff finally did get the thing open, by smashing it on the ground and from what I hear, it wasn't worth it as this particular coconut had no taste.
On our last evening, Amber and I headed over to Soular tattoo shop in Maui to finish off our trip with some fresh ink.
It was definitely a trip I'll never forget, such a beautiful place, such awesome memories. Thanks mom we had an absolute blast!