S: Hawaii 2010
FC: Hawaii December 2010
1: Thank you so much for the fun trip to Hawaii! We had such a good time and we loved getting to spend time with you. We love you! -Matt & Betsy | Mahalo!
2: After a long night of flying it felt so good to finally be in Hawaii and take in all the beauty of the island. Our first day consisted of breakfast at Ken's, a quick stop at Hilo Hatties, a walk around the Hilo Bayfront & Coconut Island & Lili'uokalani Gardens, a drive up Banyan Drive, a much needed nap at our hotel Dolphin Bay, waterfalls, and dinner at Cafe Pesto. It was a perfect way to start our vacation.
4: We were amazed at the size of these waterfalls! We saw Rainbow Falls, Wai'ale Falls, and Akaka Falls. We had to hike to Akaka Falls, but it was worth it! It drops 420 feet! | Akaka Falls
5: We ran into a little bit of rain while hiking to the falls, but due to Marsha's excellent planning we were prepared! No one was going to get lost in the jungle while wearing these fashionable things.
6: Macadamia nuts were a must-have on this vacation. Luckily for us they were always available! Day 2 in Hilo.
7: On our second day in Hilo we geared up to get some exercise! We started off the day with a delicious breakfast at Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant in the town of Volcano. From there we went to Crater Rim Road. Along this road we were able to see so many interesting things!
8: Crater Rim Road is where we saw the steam vents and sulphur banks. It didn't smell pleasant, but it was so interesting to learn about the different rocks and how they were formed.
9: The walk to the sulphur bank was so creepy!
11: We then began the Kilauea Iki hike. This 4 mile hike took us to the Kilauea Iki Crater where we were able to walk across a frozen lava lake. By the time we crossed the crater we were sure we had gone 4 miles, but then realized we still had to hike back to our car. We still think they calculated that wrong...it felt much longer than 4 miles! It was a beautiful hike and something we will always remember!
13: Kilauea Iki Hike
14: That afternoon we went to Puna. We stopped in Pahoa for a scrumptious lunch at Luquin's. We had to be very careful here to avoid the fugitives and dreadlock enthusiasts.
15: We traveled along Pahoa-Pohoiki road ~very pretty:)~ to Ahalanui warm springs and New Kaimu Black Sand Beach (1990). | Pahoa-Pohoiki road was much prettier during the day. It became a little frightening at night.
17: New Kaimu Black Sand Beach
18: Before our flight back to Oahu we were able to go on a helicopter ride to see some waterfalls and lava! It was called Circle of Fire. Before our journey began we had a safety briefing and were given our survival packs.
19: Wave To JULIE!
20: Ready for flight!
23: We couldn't leave Hilo without going to the Mauna Loa macadamia nut factory. We went on a self-guided factory tour and then grabbed some snacks. Back to Oahu!
24: We stayed at the beautiful Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort. Our rooms were on the 25th floor (way out of reach of the firefighter ladders) and the views were breathtaking! | Jack was scared to look down from the balcony :)
25: On our first day on Oahu we went to Punchbowl cemetery. Since 1949 it has been used as a cemetery for those in the military that lost their lives in the Pacific. There are 45,000 graves of men and women as well as the names of over 28,000 military personnel carved into the walls.
27: While at Pearl Harbor we toured the USS Bowfin submarine. This submarine sunk 44 enemy ships! It was incredible to see how tight the living quarters were. | Jack fits right in!
29: Going to the USS Arizona Memorial was a great experience. It was inspiring to be there and actually see parts of the ship.
30: The next day we headed to Sunset Beach to boogie-board and enjoy the sunshine! It was so much fun to get in the water and get tossed around by the waves.
31: We had a blast going to the Polynesian Culture Center for the luau and HA. It was exciting and fun to see the different dances. We were pretty envious of the Tahitians and the way they move!
32: Hanauma Bay was absolutely gorgeous! We spent the day snorkeling and enjoying the warm weather. We were able to see lots of different fish and coral. We also learned to never snorkel without a buddy and that Marsha gets scared if she can't touch the ocean floor.
33: Matt looked just like a tourist from Utah with this nice get-up. He and Jack had matching hats.
34: We stopped at the Dole Plantation on our last day on Oahu. We took pictures, went on a train ride, fed the fish, ate some delicious dole whip, and bought some yummy treats to take home!
36: We couldn't leave Oahu without going to Matsumoto's for shave ice! We were so full from lunch, but we found room for this little treat. | It didn't smell like roses in the store....all of our faces looked like this at some point.
38: There was a lot of joking and laughing on this trip. A few memorable moments from the vacation are: -PEARL HARBOR! Take 15-A! -Oh look...Tripler Hospital..again. -This road isn't leading us ANYWHERE! -Hi Megan we'll pick you up in a few minutes see you in a bit talk to you later. -Next time we're getting a GPS! -I need some sugar... -Wave to Julie! -Guess who I just met?! Kai Lenny! Uhh, who is Kai Lenny? That was WAY longer than 4 miles! -This road was much prettier in the day...