Dale and I are extremely close with my parents and brother and we love taking vacations with them. We usually try to take some sort of trip together once a year. Last year, we skipped, because of the wedding/honeymoon. So we decided to save and take a big trip this summer. Hawaii is somewhere my parents have always dreamt of going to and I am so glad we got to experience it with them. We went to Maui where we spent a week at the Grand Wailea. The resort was beautiful and sat right on the beach. My favorite part was taking early morning walks along the beach. There was this cute little hut that had the best breakfast paninis and acai bowls. One of my favorite experiences occurred one morning while Dale and I were walking on the beach, we saw a huge sea turtle in the surf crashing in front of us, and it was beautiful. Below are some of the things we did and pictures from our trip.
On the first day of our vacation my dad asked a hotel employee named Tyler to take a family picture of us. After Tyler asked if we had been here before, we told him it was our first day. Tyler said he would like to do something special for us on our first day in Hawaii. He arranged dinner at the hotel’s nicest restaurant the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (try saying that 10 times fast). What we didn’t know when we arrived was that our bill was completely covered and we were given the most beautiful seat in the house. Our table was secluded from the restaurant suspended over the water surrounded by palm trees, with a breath-taking view of the sunset. We experienced the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen sitting there. As they brought out dish after dish we laughed and made jokes about our waiter Justin that was a Hawaiian expert on basically everything.
Each day one of us got to pick an activity for the day. On our second day Austin chose for us to drive to the top of a 10,000 ft volcano and watch the sunset. I’m not going to lie I get extremely motion sick in anything that moves, so you can only imagine how my stomach felt going up that curvy mountain. When we arrived the top it was so worth it though. The mountain was so tall that we were over the clouds. It was so peaceful and quiet up there too. At one point Dale said, “don’t say anything for minute” and we sat there and just took everything in in the silence. It’s hard to explain that type of quiet in such a big place. It was an experience I will never forget.
Besides time lounging by the pool and stopping at our favorite local shaved ice destination Lulani’s. We experienced an authentic Hawaiian Luau which exhibited local foods/music/culture from all the pacific islands. The Luau we attended was called “Feast at LeLe” which was located in Lahaina. On our way to Lahaina we saw countless locals camping out and surfing along the beach near Lahaina. When we arrived we were greeted with the spirit of Aloha and we got lei’d (I have always wanted to get a real flower Lei). About the food! All the individual dishes were so delicate and packed with intensely exotic flavorings. Dale and Austin loved it and were a little more adventurous in trying the different foods then the rest of us. Not all of us were into the unusual tastes, but what we did tried was fantastic. Overall, the Luau was the perfect way to close out our time in Hawaii. We had so much fun and I am so thankful for more memories made with my Ohana.