(Edit: It took me a LONG time to complete this post as a lot happened in between and I also had to edit hundreds of pictures that were taken which is why I’m posting it few months late :|.)
Summer vacation was upon us and we were looking for some place fun and relaxing to go for vacation. Or rather my dad was looking for places as my mom and I were in Las Vegas during this time. (Click for more on our trip to Vegas)
So basically what happens is my dad calls my mom while we’re in Vegas and tells her that we were going to Hawaii. My mom excitedly asks when. That’s when my dad replies “Oh, in two days”.
Yup, planning two days in advance for a two week trip to Hawaii. Fortunately this wasn’t the first time we’ve gone into a trip with proper planning (refer to Spring Break Trip), so we kind of made the plans along the way. If you know me, then you know I’m not a very spontaneous person, so this was an adventure indeed.
(Warning: this is going to be a very long post (hence divided into two parts) as a lot happened, so excuse me as I take a deep breath *takes deep breath*)
Okay, so let’s start off with Week 1, Day 1:
To catch our plane in time, we had to wake up at three in the morning and this was the day after we came back from Las Vegas, so I was pretty tired and grouchy. Nevertheless, we woke up and drove to the Oakland airport. I did get less tired after I had my coconut milk latte.
We got on to our plane to Phoenix, Arizona, where our connecting flight was.
My brother and his adorable little cube shaped orange juice that I was obsessing over ;).
And then we got onto our flight headed to Maui, Hawaii. We would be staying in Maui for two weeks.
After 6 1/2 hours, we arrived at the Maui airport. This was our first time in Hawaii, and everything looked so different.
From the airport, we went to pick up our car that we were renting for 2 weeks. And from there, we headed to our hotel that was in a cute little coastal town called Kihei. (By the way, do you know how hard it is to pronounce some of these names? Asking for directions was a pain ): )
Oooh fancy water…
Here’s our hotel room (ft. my parents photobombing ;))
It was around lunch time, so we went to this restaurant called Cafe O’Lei which had amazing food.
After, we had the very popular shave ice (why isn’t it “shaved ice”?). I had the Blue Hawaii with vanilla ice cream which was SO good.
And that ended Day 1. Moving on.
We had to wake up a bit early to go to a free orientation the hotel was giving.
We had a bit time before the orientation, so we walked to the beach that was conveniently located across the street.
At the orientation, we got breakfast and learned about things we could do during our stay.
After that was over, we drove to this really cool plantation where just about everything grew.
Before we went on the plantation tour, we grabbed a quick lunch at this cute little place at the plantation itself.
Ft. a chicken.
There was also this organic plantation store where my dad stocked up on tons of fresh fruit.
We got to sit in a train for our tour of the plantation. As most of you know, my dad is obsessed with fruits and he’s also a holistic nutrition coach so he went kind of crazy with all of the tropical fruit trees and plants. It was kind of funny actually cause he would point out the different fruit trees before the tour guide would.
Our tour guide also gave us this really cool coconut husking tutorial.
Rain also randomly poured so by the end of the tour, I was soaked. I don’t even know how I got wet considering the train was covered. (?)
My mom and I went to this little soap shop at the plantation after the tour. There were a bunch of lovely smelling soaps there.
The tour guide had also mentioned that there was a really good ice cream place inside the gift shop, so my brother and I got the Kona Mud Pie ice cream which just might be my favorite ice cream flavor of all time. The ice cream is basically a coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup and cookie pieces. It was REALLY good.
On the way back we stopped at a coconut water stand which had delicious fresh coconut water inside of the coconut.
We also stopped at a small craft fair where we saw a bunch of cute little trinkets and other things.
That night, we ordered room service for dinner while we watched Full House ;). My mom’s birthday happened to be that day, and while I couldn’t make a cake, we did order this delicious one.
The next morning, we went to the Kihei Caffe for breakfast.
My mom and I shared this delicious Almond Joy Latte. 🙂
After, we got some coconut water (we had a lot of coconut water on this trip) and we headed to the adorable town of Paia.
After some roaming around, we went to the beach located near by. This beach was particularly rocky, but very beautiful. Apparently, the beach that we were on was where many professional wind surfers do windsurfing.
For dinner that night, we went to this delicious Italian restaurant.
And that wraps up day three!
Day 4 was really fun and full of new experiences. We drove to this place where we went on boat (along with other about 20 other people) into the ocean to snorkel. My dad and I were the only ones that tried snorkelling, while my mom and brother hung out on the boat and took pictures.
Hawaii was filled with gorgeous sunsets!
Snorkeling was really interesting. There were beautiful fishes of all different colors underneath the surface and the water was the brightest shade of blue I’ve ever seen. I saw the underwater sea life that was breathtaking to say the least. It was a whole new world under the water with beautiful corals and reefs all around us. I wish I could’ve taken pictures of what I saw, it was truly an amazing experience. After that, we had lunch on the boat courtesy of the staff on the boat.
Day 5 was really busy. We drove to a well known town called Lahaina where we saw the famous (3000 year old) Banyan tree. Tourists from all over the world come to see this amazing tree.
After looking at the amazing marvel of nature we went to the famous burger joint called “Cool Cat Cafe”. We had one of the most delicious meals ever. Especially this vanilla ice cream, peanut butter cup, and Nutella shake. Mmmm. Definitely a drool worthy treat!
After lunch, my mom and I went to a bunch of cute little stores around.
Towards the evening time, we got some freshly squeezed juice from Jamba Juice. My dad was thrilled to see the juice bar as he was finally able to grab something to drink.
By then, it was time to see a Hawaiian show called “Ulalena” that we had tickets for. It was a really amazing live show that narrated the history of Hawaii. I wish I had taken some pictures, but I unfortunately I couldn’t as it was not allowed.
On our way home we spotted a DOUBLE RAINBOW! I was so excited about this that I immediately jumped out of the car to take about 50 pictures of it before it faded away.
ISN’T IT PRETTY!?
Anyways….we drove back to Kihei, but we didn’t go back to our hotel as we had only booked the hotel for a 5 nights. Our family had rented a two bedroom apartment close to the beach for the rest of our stay. Here’s a little tour:
I finished that night off with a bit of light reading ;).
On this day we had attempted to take the road to Hana. The road to Hana is this practically never ending road that takes you to the city of Hana. It takes a few hours one way to get there, but that’s the whole point of the trip. This is because along the road, there are many stops and tourist attractions.
I say we attempted to take the road to Hana because we never actually completed it. We only got about 1 1/2 – 2 hours of driving time before my mom got really car sick and we had to head back. Although it ended shortly, we did get to stop at a few really cool places.
My favorite being the Twin Falls. While my mom wasn’t feeling too good, the rest of us went ahead. There was a farm stand, where my dad bought fresh sugarcane juice.
My brother and I headed on to the Twin Falls which is a beautiful waterfall. My dad having MD (Muscular Dystrophy) couldn’t come unfortunately as the hike to Twin Falls was a bit steep and was hard for him to climb.
Can I just tell you how tiring it was to walk to the waterfall? My brother and I weren’t prepared for a mile and a half long walk (and that was only one way). When we finally started to hear water, we excitedly made our way past this river-like obstacle course.
It was a bit tricky to get past it because of how slippery the rocks were, especially for my seven year old brother. Once we made it, we climbed over some more rocks and we finally arrived.
The lake surrounding the waterfall was a bit too deep for my brother who doesn’t know how to swim. Lucky him got to be my camera man :). I must say, he took pretty good pictures for a 7 year old.
Can you find me?
There I am. 🙂
After a swim under the waterfall, we headed back to our car….
The hike back wasn’t very fun and when we got back our dad was there waiting with an empty cup with no sugarcane juice in it. My dad didn’t leave any juice for me, but that was okay considering how long my brother and I were gone for.
Shortly after this stop was when we decided to head back. We did however stopped at this lookout where I took pictures of this beautiful view.
Day 6- finished. NEXT DAY.
This was a pretty lazy day, so my brother and I headed to the beach…
…where we built this SUPER AWESOME sandcastle….
Pretty waves. Also my head.
That was pretty much all for that day, but the next day was a lot more exciting! We went to a LUAU! Check it out in my Hawaii adventure part two :).