After having been to Maui twice (totally worth your adventure money!), the Vacation Planners (aka parents) decided we would take our island hopping travels to Oahu this time. As members of the DVC, we knew almost a year in advance that the Aulani resort would be open and in business by Fall 2011. Perfect timing!
This trip has been in the works for almost a year; the countdown was finally over, we landed on the island and had a lot of exploring on the agenda.
Saturday: D & I arrived much earlier than the rest of the crew (thanks, Red Eye!). We were lucky to get into the room hours before “check in”, take showers and try to stay awake to avoid the inevitable jet-lag from 14 hours of travel, very little sleep & a six hour time change.
His treat: massages & an afternoon at the spa! Spoiled? Yes. I’ll take it.
The rest of the Fam finally landed on the island and we got our night started.
Sunday: Relax! Soak in the beach, grab groceries for the condo, tackle the slides at the pool, float on the lazy river & go back to the beach. Grab a drink, relax some more.
When in Hawaii, 85* feels warm – 75* feels slightly chilly (see: pull-overs).
Monday: Put on the comfy shoes! We’re circling this entire island (the Hawaiian equivalent of a ROAD TRIP – one in which just a few hours of driving will take you around an island loop, seeing it all).
We had a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call, a 6:30 a.m. pick-up, and didn’t hit the pause button once. We were on the road, the beach, the tour guide bus or a show-watching seat until 10 p.m.. The stops: Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, the Dole Plantation (pineapples for all), a live-shrimp farm (Eat up!), a famous rock that saw the likes of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall crew, and the Polynesian culture center.
The USS Arizona is still in the water. A memorial has been built over the boat; a shrine and a tomb to the thousands of lives that changed that day.
Oil still leaks from the ship (and is expected to for at least another 100 years), parts of the Arizona still peak out, and the feeling of life is still in the air.
Next, we saw pineapples, island mountains & the famous beach on the North side:
It’s safe (we’re all still alive); this is as fresh as it gets!
When in Hawaii, trust the local (aka tour-guide) when that will take you up a random neighborhood street that dead ends. That end can only mean there’s a view:
And from here, we’ll surf, hike, eat, drink & be merry. It’s a good life, on the island. Part II (only so many photos can squeeze on this page) to come…