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Hawaii 2009

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S: Hawaii August 11th - 19th, 2009

FC: Hawaii | August 11th - 19th, 2009

1: Hawaii Oahu and Maui 2009 Our 8 day vacation to Hawaiian Islands consisted of 2 days in Oahu to visit the Pearl Harbor memorial and 7 days in Maui for some fun and relaxation. The weather was perfect and Hawaii was very much the paradise we had envisioned it to be. | ITINERARY 11 AUG - Tuesday DEP 1115AM DFW FLT AA123 ARR 0220PM HNL Accommodation 2 nights Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel 12 AUG - Wednesday Visit Pearl Harbor Memorial Waikiki Beach 13 AUG - Thursday 0235PM HNL FLT HA 346 0314PM OGG (Maui) Accommodation 6 nights Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas 14 AUG - Friday Day of Leisure at Resort 15 AUG - Saturday Early morning start on the Road to Hana 16 AUG - Sunday Leisure day visiting Maui Beaches 17 AUG - Monday Parasailing in the morning Luau at " Feast of LeLe" for dinner 18AUG - Tuesday 3am Early morning start for Sunrise on on Mount Haleakala and later explore the Crater. Day of Leisure at Kaanapali Beach 19AUG - Wednesday Morning at Leisure DEP 0455PM OGG (Maui) FLT AA6 ARR 0510AM DFW

2: We arrived in Honolulu that afternoon and after our Lei greeting we caught a taxi into Waikiki to our accommodation.The Ohana Beachcomber was across the road from Waikiki Beach. Our room had a great view of Diamond Head and was conveniently located to shops and restaurants. We were also close to the night markets which we strolled through one night after dinner. | Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber | 2

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4: Waikiki Beach | 4

5: After getting to our hotel and changing we headed off to see the famous Waikiki beach. The kids took a dip in the Pacific Ocean and we walked along the crowded beach admiring the sight of Diamond Head in the distance. | 5

6: Pearl Harbor U.S.S. Arizona Memorial | The next day we visited the Pearl harbor Memorial, our tour for the USS Arizona was at noon, so this gave us time to visit the USS Bowfin and the USS Missouri, where General Douglas McArthur accepted the Japanese surrender marking the end of WWII. | 6

7: U.S.S. Bowfin | Submarine | 7

8: U.S.S. Missouri Battleship | 8

9: Waikiki Beach | 9

10: Waikiki | Beach | 10

11: Since our flight to Maui wasn't till the afternoon we decided to head to Waikiki beach for some swimming. The kids were given a boogie board by a generous family who's vacation was ending. They had a great time in the surf catching a wave or two, sometimes taking a nearby swimmer with them. | 20 | 11

12: Our flight from Honolulu to Maui was at 2:35pm so we ordered a taxi to the airport and to our surprise a Limo Taxi was sent to pick us up. The kids were pretty excited not to mention the adults. This was shaping up to be a great start to the next stage of our vacation. Upon arrival in Maui we received a Lei greeting before heading off to pick up our car rental. We surprised the kids by upgrading to a convertible 4WD Jeep. | 13 August 2009 | MAUI, HI | 12

13: Westin Ka'anapali | Ocean Resort Villas | This was our accommodation in Maui and it was fantastic. The resort had amazing grounds, with numerous pools,tons of facilities, a daily activities schedule, BBQ's (which we took advantage of one night), Restaurants (we even found Chicken Little on the menu) and best of all it was situated right on the beach with great snorkeling. We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa equipped with a full kitchen and laundry facilities. | Villa # 4320 | 13

14: Resort | around the | 14

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16: Snorkeling | At Ka'anapali Beach | We got to see a giant sea turtle, and snorkeled up close to it. Liam got to touch it's back. | After breakfast we headed down to the beach and went snorkeling. | 16

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18: Boogie Boarding | After lunch we went back to the beach and the kids had a blast Boogie boarding. | 18

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20: Fun at the | 20

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22: The Road to Hana | We headed out early that morning with our packed picnic cooler to drive the Road to Hana. The weather was perfect and we were excited to see if all we had read and heard was true. The road zig zags through lush forests, breathtaking views of the ocean, hidden waterfalls and coloured Sand beaches. Our aim was to experience as much as we could while taking our time enjoying this beautiful island. | 22

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24: The amazing views on the road to Hana | 24

25: Ke'anae peninsula | 25

26: Trying out some Fresh Coconut from a Roadside Fruit Stand | In Ke'anae Peninsula tasting Aunty Sandy's delicious Banana Bread. | We chanced upon the Laulima Fruit Stand, that has a bicycle powered smoothie blender. We had previously heard about it on The Samantha Brown Travel show and the kids were happy to peddle for their Tropical fruit smoothie. | Tasty Treats | On the Road to Hana | 26

27: Waterfalls | The kids and Darren cooling off under a waterfall. | There are numerous waterfalls along the road and there's nothing better than cooling off with a swim in one of them. | 27

28: Pa'iloa Beach | Black sand Beach at Wai'anapanapa State Park | 28

29: After our picnic lunch we headed off to do some body surfing at the Black Sand beach. This was by far the kids favourite beach, they loved getting slammed by the waves and couldn't stop laughing the whole time. | 29

30: Body Surfing at Black Sand Beach | 30

31: the Lava tube Cave | After about an hour of body surfing and getting tossed around by the waves we headed off to the nearby Lava tube cave to explore inside. | 31

32: Kaihalulu | Red Sand Beach | We took a short stop to visit the Red Sand beach, the sea was rough and our time was running short so no swimming for us. | 32

33: The road beyond Hana is amazing and lush, with very narrow roads, hairpin turns and one lane-bridges. We decided that since we had our trusty Red Jeep we were going to continue on and go behind Mount Haleakala despite the unpaved road that would soon greet us.... | Beyond Hana | In Kipahulu, we found the Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church where Charles Lindbergh was buried in a simple grave surrounded by lava rocks under a Plum tree just as he had designed it. | On the road | 33

34: The Back Side of Haleakala | Pokowai Sea Arch | Driving on past Hana and not turning back ( like most tourists do) meant that we got to see a different side of Maui. We went form the lush tropics to the harsh barren land of volcanic rocks and wind. At one point the road was unpaved and there was no form of civilization except for the odd car that was doing what we were doing. We even stopped to help a car who had a flat tire and needed a jack. We loved seeing this side of Maui and all it's diverse beauty. | 34

35: Sunset and Fish n Chips | We finished our big day on the Road to Hanna with a beautiful Sunset along the road, and then Fish n Chips for dinner. Perfect day all round! | 35

36: Honolua Bay | Napili Beach | We decided to spend the day at some of the beautiful beaches of West Maui. Our first stop was Honolua Bay with it's clear turquoise waters, then onto Slaughterhouse Beach for some boogie boarding, but the waves weren't up to standard, so off we head to nearby Napili beach. The kids loved playing in the surf with their boogie boards and swimming. | And l enjoyed sitting back watching them, reading my book and going in for the occasional swim. Overall a very relaxing day indeed. | Maui beaches | 36

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40: Parasailing | 40

41: We had wanted to go Zip lining but it was all booked out so we opted to go Parasailing, a first for Maddy and Liam. While out on the water we saw a pod of dolphins swimming near our boat. It was an unforgettable experience getting to soar hundreds of feet high above the aqua blue waters and seeing the dolphins jumping up below us. Darren and Liam even got dunked into the water a few times. This was definitely one excursion we will always remember. | 41

42: Feast at LeLE | We wanted to experience a Luau and chose Feast at Lele in Old Lahaina. Situated outside on the beach. We were greeted with a Lei welcome and were treated to an amazing sunset while dinning. The meal included a 5 course dinner from the Pacific Islands nations of Aotearoa, Tahiti, Samoa and Hawaii with music and dance to accompany each course. Not to mention an open bar with exotic cocktails and mocktails that the kids got to enjoy as well. | 42

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44: Kalua Pork Pohole Fern Shoots and Hearts of Palm salad Seared Island Fish with mango sauce and tropical fruit salsa | Fafa, steamed chicken and taro leaf in coconut milk E'iota, poisson cru, or marinated fish Scallops on the Shell | Sea Bean Duck Salad with Poha Berry dressing Kuku Patties, Fishcake with Salmon, mussels and scallops with Manuka Honey corn relish Harore Kumara -roasted mushrooms, orange sweet potato, onions and garlic | Pulusami, breadfruit cooked with young taro leaf in coconut cream Supasui, grilled steak served with a soy ginger and guava glaze Fresh Shrimp with avocado and papaya in a passion fruit dressing | Hawaii | Aotearoa | Tahiti | Samoa | First Course | Second Course | Third Course | Fourth Course | Feast at Lele Menu | 44

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46: Sunrise on | Mount Haleakala | 46

47: We wanted to see the Sunrise on Mt Haleakala, and this meant wrapping up in tons of layers grabbing blankets and towels from our villa and leaving at 3am. Along with slowly driving up a very winding road in the dark. Once at the summit, we joined the crowds of others that were there like us to experience the beauty | that was to come . As the sun began to peek through the clouds, the colours were amazing and the N.P. Ranger chanted the Mele Oli. Before we knew it the Sun was up and a new day had begun. And we were there to welcome it. | Mele Oli Awaken/Arise The sun in the East From the Ocean The Ocean deep Climbing to the Heaven The Heaven highest In the East There is the Sun Awaken | 47

48: Mount | Standing on top of the World | 48

49: Haleakala | Cinder cone up close | After the sunrise we decided to go on a hike into the crater. We took the Sliding Sands Trail that lead us to the closest cinder cone. It was amazing to see such divers landscape that resembled a lunar surface. We soon headed off as the clouds were fast approaching us and changing what was a sunny early morning into a rainy decent down the Mountain. Once back in Kaanapali the weather was perfect. | The many cinder cones we saw on our hike | 49

50: Maui Flora | 50

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52: Aloha Maui | This was one vacation we will always remember. None of us wanted to leave this Island Paradise, and we will definitely be back again! | 52

53: Top Vacation Moments * Making Smoothies by pedal power and the yummy banana bread. * Having some locals yell at us for driving down a closed road in Hana. * Daniela screaming "I'm being eaten alive" as she was bitten by mosquitoes on our walk to find a waterfall. * Darren being thanked in Hawaiian by some tourists "Mahalo" after taking their picture for them. * Experiencing a great Luau feast * Swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters. * Snorkeling up close to a giant sea turtle. * Watching the sunrise on top of Mt Haleakala and then hiking into the crater. * Driving the road to Hana in a convertible Jeep * Parasailing above a pod of Dolphins * Body surfing at Black Sand Beach | in no particular order | 53 | 20

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