I don't mind staying in three different hotels on one vacation because it makes the vacation seem that much longer. The Grand Waikikian is even better in person then it looks on the internet. The hardwood floors, the kitchen, the bathrooms, and tons of space. Everything about it was perfect. My parents stayed with us, and everyone else was in different hotels.
|Mom and Dad|
This is our fourth time to Hawaii and hiking was pretty much the only activity I wanted to do, so after the four of us checked in we went directly to Manoa Falls Trail. It was more muddy and slippery than it was challenging, but it was a good hike for the four of us.
|older sister and nephew|
|Baby M is not so sure about this whole beach day thing|
I haven't yet mastered swimming, and have this odd fear of fish. Learning how to breathe underwater and walk on the ocean floor with sharks was not on my wish list, so MJ took T's new hubby along and they had a fantastic time. The rest of us spent the day at the beach.
|the kids were done|
Oahu was our honeymoon six years ago, and it is great but my only complaint, is that you don't get that quiet tropical island feel you expect from Hawaii. We got that feel in North Shore, but Waikiki is very populated. There are freeways, tall buildings, and a lot of chain restaurants and shops. We still haven't made it to the big Island, but after hearing that the beaches are volcanic ash, I'm not so sure I want to. Honolulu is still a great vacation, and we enjoyed it, but the next time I go back, it will be Kauai or Maui. Kauai because it is so remote, and Maui which is not quite as remote, but has Road to Hana. They are by far my two favorite Islands.
I don't know how he survived, but MJ traveled from Germany half way across the world to San Diego just a day and a half before we left for Hawaii. He was tired, but he adapted pretty well during the trip. We did a red-eye out of Honolulu and arrived in San Diego on Saturday morning. I unpacked my suitcase so he could fill it back up. He was home for five hours before I was driving him back to the airport, and he had to be back at work bright and early on Monday. I'm so glad he was willing to do all that travel in such a short amount of time and that he was able to make it work with his schedule.
I cannot be without vacation in my future. You know what that means? Time to start planning the next one. It is not a honeymoon when your friends and family tag along so T and Tom are doing the same.