Entries in Hawaii (7)


Maui Wowie {Grand finale 7/7}

If you've read the first 6 installments then yay you! Thanks for hanging in there :)
For the last post, I'd like to share 3 new experiences that the kids LOVED.. 2 of which we actually did on our last day in Maui (since our plane didn't take off until 10pm).

D and I had done a helicopter ride in Kauaii years ago and while it was pretty expensive, I knew the kids would love it and I really wanted them to experience it. Turns out we were right. It was magical and so fun to see their faces light up with our amazing views.
at the airport getting ready...
One of my favorite pics of all times of this boy. Anyone with teens knows that genuine smiles can be hard to come by. He was in HEAVEN and couldn't contain himself.

Next up: Surfing! The kids and Dad took lessons and did great.. they all got the hang of it and I hope they'll do it again on future trips.

SNUBA: we went on a snorkeling trip to the Moloniki Crater and SNUBA was an option I knew my crew would love.. and i was right. C came out of the water and said it had "changed her life!" :) If money and time were no option, I think they'd love to all get scuba certified but that will have to come later in life... too many other vacations we'd like to take, activities taking our time, etc.. But it sure hooked them and I'm glad they got a taste of what it would be like.

Wow! So that concludes our Maui adventures! I enjoyed reliving them for sure.  What I love about Hawaii is you can totally tailor it to your vacation needs. You could choose a posh resort or quirky apartment. You can park at a beach and SUP all day or hit several adventures within a few miles. You can spend a LOT of money (quite easily) on over-the-top adventures and experiences or take a more budget, low-key approach. We did a little of everything and it was always fabulous all the time. We'd go back in a heartbeat and after traveling back from SE Asia last week, the flight seems relatively short now! :) One thing Maui is known for is it's whale season in the winter, so the kids and I would love to visit again one Jan/Feb. Wish us luck on that.. haha..

Happy travels to you and yours! thanks for looking.



Maui Wowie {Hana take two 6/7}

Hana again.
Hope you don't mind. :)
And remember, we used the Maui Bible (Maui Revealed) and it was SO good at telling us exactly all the great spots to go. The perfect guide book for those who like to explore and get off the beaten path. There were many times that we were the only people at a waterfall or swimming hole. Since our travels have included LOTS of sights that are crazy crowded (Versailles!?, Times Square.. even a few spots in Maui that were more popular) it's always such a treat to find a little slice of paradise to enjoy on your own.

Have you booked your flight yet?? :)
Thanks for peeking.. just one more post to wrap up Maui! See you tomorrow!




Maui Wowie {heavenly Hana 5/7}

Hana, it turns out, is our happy place. Our family love language is waterfalls, streams, hikes and fruit smoothies :) And Hana has all of the above in spades! haha.. We left early to "beat the crowds" and had plenty of stops planned along the way. Turns out it was a bit rainy so we had to adjust our agenda some and quickly decided we wanted to come back on day 2 and hit what all we didn't the first day. That ended up being a great idea..
So here's some of my favorite memories from Day 1 to share:
Hope you loved Hana as much as we did! :)
Tomorrow, we'll do it again!