Hawaii Day 6

We spent a lot of time in the car today! The drive from the resort to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year!) is ~2 hours away by car. Ouch! But it was definitely worth it–very cool, and I highly recommend it! On the way there we stopped in Hilo for a quick walkabout, and ran into someone from NH, what a small world! We also stopped at Volcano Winery and did the wine tasting, also highly recommended!


Hawaii Day 5

Light day picture-wise! After hanging out at the resort in the morning, we drove to Kailua-Kona and did an all afternoon snorkeling adventure! The reef at Kealakekua Bay was awesome and on the way back we saw dolphins. A+!

Hawaii Day 3

Day Three’s adventures included:  walking through the Waimea Valley Nature Park and seeing the waterfall, exploring Haleiwa, sitting on the beach at Sunset Beach, and learning how to surf (!!!), and looking out over Hawaii from Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. Let me say, surfing is REALLY HARD, but Nick and I had a great time.

Hawaii Day 2

We spent the day exploring O’ahu, driving around almost the entire island! We visited Halona Blowhole Lookout, Kailua, Kahana Bay Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, and the Dole Plantation. Here are some highlights!

p.s. Dole Whip is AMAZING.

Hawaii Day 1

Here are some of my highlights from day one of our Hawaii trip! We started early (hellllllllo jet lag!) and walked along Waikiki Beach, then walked (more like slogged) our way to and up Diamond Head State Park. Other highlights include delicious maitais, shave ice, and ramen.

Saturday Round-Up 4/23

Happy Saturday! We’re on our way to the airport for our Hawaii vacation! Expect next week to be lighter, but I’ll try and share some photos from the trip!



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