About two and a half years ago, my sister and I were presented with special bracelets from our parents. My dad was sending us on a trip to Hawaii with our mom! Mom had been to Hawaii many times, but she wanted to be able to share it with us as well, and this was to be our first mother/daughters get-away ever!
Of course, at the time, two and half years seemed like a long way off, but we had a lot of things to arrange. Rob and I were still in PA at the time and had no idea where we would find ourselves in two and a half years. My sister had to plan for the time off work. Not to mention both husbands would have to be able to take over home and kid duties for a while. Somehow, all the pieces fell into place, and before we knew it, we were on a plane bound for Maui!
We spent eight days and seven nights there, and we did something different every day! The first full day we were there, we went to Lahaina for some shopping and sight-seeing. While there, we found a shop that had every name you could possibly imagine on a bracelet! For those who can easily find their names, this may not seem like a big deal, but for those of us who can rarely find our names spelled correctly, it was really exciting! We not only found Caryn and Mariah, but they also had Catheryn and Trinity! Lahaina is a cute little town, full of attractive shops, good restaurants, and the oldest banyan tree in the United States!
Next up was zip-lining, which was a blast! I must admit that it was slightly scary at times, as I am not normally one to throw myself off a perfectly good platform in order to zip my way over canyons and such, but what an experience! There were five zips total, with the last one being the mort terrifying. It was so much fun that we did not even care that it was raining! Since we were already headed in that direction, we ventured up to Haleakala National Park next. You climb from sea level to 10,032 feet in 37 miles! It is one of the fastest elevation gains in the shortest distance in the world! And also very twisty, so you might want to watch the road if you are prone to motion sickness. 🙂
Let’s see, what next? The Luau! The Old Lahaina Luau is one of the most traditional Luaus. I had never eaten pork cooked underground before! The feast was amazing, the dancing even more so. An experience that will never be forgotten!
We got up bright and early the next morning to catch our flight to Oahu. Once we arrived, our tour guide picked us up and took us to Pearl Harbor. This was a surprise from our parents, something that was not part of the original trip. Pearl Harbor is a must see, and I am so glad we were able to go. All the pictures and videos you ever see will never prepare you for what it feels like to be there in person. I cannot even begin to explain how it felt to stand out on that memorial, knowing what lay beneath…
We spent most of the day at Pearl Harbor, but we still had time for a tour of Honolulu before heading back to the airport to catch our flight. We had about an hour to get off the bus at Waikiki Beach. We were all so hungry that most of our time was spent in Burger King, but we still had time to walk down to the beach. I was so amazed at how many people were there! Our beach in Kihei was so quiet, especially compared to the famous Waikiki.
I think this is a good place to end Part One of ‘Hawaii!!’ Stay tuned for Part Two! Mahalo!