Ever since I was 14 or 15 years old, my parents have gone to Hawaii every year. My mom used to tell us that she didn’t get to go to Hawaii until she was 40, so we would just have to do our waiting as well. But in the last few years, my parents had been discussing a family trip to Hawaii and then suddenly they decided to make it happen last fall. It was all pretty quick. One day my Dad was asking about dates, and the next he was booking flights and a house for our trip! We booked around October for our March trip, so it was a bit of a wait, but it went by really fast.
My trip started out a little rough. I woke up at 4:30am to make it to the airport. Boarded my completely full flight to Denver, the plane pushed back, and then nothing. Turns out the plane needed a new starter and we all got kicked off. It seems like everybody in the SLC airport was trying to get to Denver for connecting flights and the airline was understaffed. I ended up calling into customer service and they were able to get me rebooked on a flight to LAX. Between the later flight, and my 3 hour layover in LAX, I ended up arriving in Kona, Hawaii at 8:30pm, which is 11:30pm Utah time. I was tired!
Fortunately, my parents being the smart Hawaii travelers they are, scheduled us for sleeping in and a beach day for our first day. Oh, and funny thing about that time change, my body never really accepted it. So most nights I was in bed by 9pm, 10pm if I was pushing it, and I was getting up at 6am. I actually didn’t mind it and would almost consider it for a lifestyle change… actually nevermind, it didn’t stick.
Day two was a snorkeling trip to an underwater state park. I was a bit worried about this part of the trip because I’ve experienced some pretty terrible motion sickness on boats before. This time my mom wanted to make sure we were more prepared for that, so she bought me holistic patches that go behind your ears, and the pressure point wrist bands. I highly suggest these if you experience motion sickness. They got me through a cruise a few years back! Anyway, the snorkeling turned out amazing. The water was so clear and the fish were beautiful. I contemplated several times buying a waterproof camera and ultimately decided against it, a decision I now regret.
Another fun adventure we went on was a drive to the other side of the island to the Waipi’o Valley. The tour takes you deep into the valley on a road with a 25% grade. The drive was terrifying, but the view was amazing. And people actually live down in this valley without electricity and running and things like that. Call me basic, but I can’t even live without my cell phone, so it’s not my style of living. After the tour, we drove to some other beautiful sights on that side of the island, including Akaka Falls.
As per any amazing vacation, we also ate some great food. My favorites were the all you can eat ribeye and crab leg buffet, and Hawaiian shaved ice (be sure to get it with the ice cream inside). Of course the best part is just eating with family as that doesn’t happen to often. To cheesy, ok I’ll move on.
Hawaii was absolutely amazing. We were blessed with cloudy days the first half of the week which prevented sunburns, and sunshiny days the end of the week to really get the beach feel. The best part was just getting away from work completely for the first time in three years. It was definitely hard to come back, but I’ve fortunately settled back in real life ok and I’m already working on planning my next vacation.
Here are some highlights from the trip…
The whole fam enjoying prime rib and crab legs
Renting a house with a pool and hot tub was awesome. These shenanigans happened daily.
The mascot of our trip was the flamingo we found in a closet.
Hey look… a waterfall! Akaka Falls
We snuck into the Marriott’s pool, shhh don’t tell
And of course, being in my swim suit every day. This one is from DM Fashion.