These two weeks in Oahu were much needed. We really packed our time tight to see people in SLC and it was time for a break. As much as I LOVE this lifestyle we are living, we often say the same thing when people ask about it. So staying with David and Cristyann was a breath of fresh air. This is such a beautiful place, I can’t believe we are going to be here for 2 weeks!
Packing for this trip was interesting… We needed to pack warm enough for the cold weather in Utah, but bring warm weather clothes and bathing suits for Hawaii. We actually shipped stuff back to our Airbnb in Atlanta from SLC, and I ended up going to Platos closet and getting some other things to wear. Oh well!
We were actually able to overlap some time with Bens parents who were also visiting. It was December 31st which is New Year’s Eve so you know what that means?
Nothing, because we are in our 30s!
Just kidding. Their apartment was near the Disney resort and they were doing fireworks. Everyone went down to watch except for me. I was way too tired to go and knew I would be grumpy if I went. So I slept!
It was really nice to spend time with Bens Folks. Our trips only overlapped for a few days but we always have fun together. They borrowed a car from a cousin who is going to BYU – Hawaii and let us borrow it after they were done. It wasn’t in the best shape, but it helped us get to a waterfall hike on the east side of the island. Other than that we really didn’t use it much.
Polynesian Cultural Center
As a family, we drove up to the PCC which stands for the Polynesian Cultural Center. This is owned by the church and represents all the islands in the pacific. It has a lot of college students working here but it’s a really exciting environment. I remember going here as a kid but MAN it has changed. Everything was really fun and informative!
The park is laid out in sections for each individual island and culture. There is a presentation than activities you can do.
This is a river show where they had rafts from each culture do a dance. Worth seeing even though it gets crowded.
That night, we went to the Hawaiian Luau, and even the fire festival. The food was pretty good, but the pinapples were the bomb!
If you have to choose between the Luau, and the Fire performance at night, go to the fire performance. So many talented dancers!
One of our favorite beaches was Hanauma Bay. We left super early in the morning so we could get into the park for free, and watch the sunrise. As the morning went on, we played with the kids and eventually went snorkeling. The fish were friendly and I even saw an octopus!
The Disney resort was worth just walking around in. The beaches there are public property so you can walk along all the lagoons and see watch the sun set. They even had some performances from other hotels on the beach that you could watch from a distance.
Diamond Head Hike
This is the highest point on the island and gives an amazing lookout. It’s a fairly easy hike and we were able to do it with kids.
Funny story, as we got down to the bottom, a group of Asian ladies were taking a picture together around the Diamond Head sign. Tyson, our little nephew, decided he needed to be in the picture with them. So he just ran in and posed. The ladies loved it, and so did Tyson.
You might remember from our post back in November, we met a family who owned a zip lining company here in Oahu and offered to give us some passes. We asked if we could also include our Brother and Sister in law to come along. It was his birthday so worked out perfectly. We dropped the kids off and headed to the north part of the island.
This was a 3 hour zip-lining tour through the jungles of Hawaii. Our guides helped us every step of the way so we never felt unsafe. If you are in the area DO THIS! It was such a blast. I even bought a T-shirt which I never do.
We worked a lot and during the day, and when David got home from work, we would usually walk down to secret beach. This was a “Secret” beach that the locals knew about. It wasn’t very big, but perfect for a small family to go hang out on and watch the waves. Sometimes all you need in a day is a good sunset.
One of our last activities was going to Turtle Bay!
Sometimes turtles come to this bay and warm up in the sun. It was a cold day and the beaches were closed as the waves were really high. Because of these circumstances, we weren’t sure we would see anything BUT! We had Olivia Dawn the turtle come and hang out with us.
We had to stay far enough away and there were actually locals that were roping things off.
Hawaii was blissful… We had so much fun with the family, and especially these little boys. Thank you David and Cristyanne for having us! See you soon!