Monday of our Vacation was our relax day around the resort. We also finished up our souvenir shopping on Monday. Abby spent most of the day in either the pools or the kids club and even made another batch of space goo. We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Marriott a resort down the street and a walk along the lagoons on the way back to our resort.
Sunday was our trip to the windward (east) coast of the island. We decided to stop and get breakfast on the way, but ended up just eating at McDonalds since everywhere had really long waits.
Our first stop was sea life park. It’s definitely not an Orlando park, but there was enough to keep us busy for a few ours before our dolphin encounter. We got to see a see lion show and several other marine animals in their enclosures before going to the dolphin area. Getting to touch and interact with a dolphin was definitely the highlight. Abby also liked it.
After sea life park we stopped a couple lookout spots. Makapu’u was on the extreme southeast portion of the island and Nu’uanu Pali lookout was higher up in the mountain. Both spots were great for photos.
We had a late lunch at Kona Brewing in Hawaii also before heading back to the resort. Michelle and I had a good sized beer sampler to go with our meal. We thought the food was delicious and the beer selection was also really good. The lavaman red ale was both of our favorites.
Happy birthday Abby!
June 10 was Abby’s birthday. We spent the morning relaxing in our room watching TVs and such waiting for our Catamaran adventure.
Our catamaran boat ride was so much fun. We saw lots of dolphins while we were out including a pod of bottlenose dolphins and a pod of spinner dolphins. One of the dolphins hooked himself on the front of the boat and just rode there for a while. Very cool. Later we went snorkeling. Michelle got to see more because she had contacts, but I was able to stay in the water longer. There were lots of fish and we saw a green sea turtle. After we got back on the boat, one of the guys came up with a live octopus!
After we got back to the resort, we were able to celebrate Abby’s birthday with a cupcake.
Friday was our trip to North Shore. We started off at the Dole Pineapple plantation for the train ride and dole whips. We were happy to see actual pineapples on the train ride this time. And the dole whips were of course delicious.
After leaving the plantation, we drove to the Waimea Valley. All I can say is that I think this is my favorite place on Oahu. The scenery is so beautiful. We walked up the valley to the waterfall at the end. Abby really enjoyed getting to swim in the lagoon. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Abby. She had actual water shoes, but I had to go in barefoot. Walking on the rocky bottom was a bit uncomfortable. Regardless, we had a great time and definitely got our excercise in.
After the valley, we stopped at Kono’s barbecue. Soooo Good!!! They serve Hawaiian Kailua BBQ Pork, and probably the best Kailua Pork on the island. Michelle got a t-shirt since she liked it so much.
We got back to the resort just in time for Abby to head back to the kids club to make space goo with stitch. She, of course, loved every minute of it.
Michelle and I had dinner the Monkeypod kitchen. It’s a nice little restaurant across the street from the resort. They serve mostly locally sourced ingredients in their dishes. Kono’ for lunch had been the best meal so far, but that was quickly changed at Monkeypod.
Today we stayed at the resort pretty much the whole day except for a quick trip to target. We started off with a character breakfast. It’s always fun to have Disney characters at your table for breakfast. The all-you-can eat buffet is nice too. Breakfast was at 7am, but we were all up at 3am since we had not yet adjusted to the 6 hour time difference. We spent the rest of the day enjoying resort amenities. We spent lots of time in the pool and the lazy river. Michelle and Abby both got a bit burned. I never knew it could be so tiring just sitting around doing nothing!
Got into Hawaii late last night. It’s always an adventure when you travel that long we got up at 5 am Eastern time and didn’t get to the hotel until about 6:30 pm Hawaii time. For those doing the math 6:30 pm in Hawaii is 12:30 am back on the east coast! Even as exhausting as the travel time is, we are so looking forward to the rest of the trip!! Here’s a few photos of our arrival.
Abby has 2 days left of Kindergarten! What a quick year it has been! It’s exciting to see her growing up so fast, I just wish she would slow down. I am very proud that she has done so well this year. She also has been part of an amazing class with a phenomenal teacher. Mrs. VanWinkle is one of the best Kindergarten teachers out there.
We are looking forward to our summer getting started with a trip to Hawaii and what next year will bring us in first grade.
We went to Fantasmic at Disney Hollywood Studios tonight. Abby was super excited about it. It was so cool to see her reaction to all the special effects. I liked the pyrotechnics and Michelle enjoyed the three of us getting in some good family time. Abby was so tired when we were done and she missed Lucky while we were gone.
I was supposed to report for Jury duty this Tuesday. Just checked the status to see if I had to report and sure enough, my services are not required! So that makes for one less thing to worry about.