Tag: Hawaii

Last Day in Maui

Thursday, August 24, 2006 – We slept late today just because we could! Dad and I went to the pool one last time before we checked out of our hotel in Lahaina. We went shopping and had lunch at Whaler’s Village, before we stopped to buy some unique postcards to […]

Surfing School in Lahaina

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 – Today was our last full day in Hawaii. This morning, I had a reservations to learn something I have always wanted to try: surfing! And what better place to learn than Hawaii? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I took lessons at the […]

Beach Day in Maui

Monday, August 21, 2006 – After the long trip from eastern Maui on Sunday, we decided to have a relaxing day at the ResortQuest Papakea. Dad and I enjoyed the beach in the morning and snorkeled for a while. We came back to the condo for sandwiches. That […]

Last Day on the Big Island

Friday, August 18, 2006 – Today was our last full day on the Big Island. We enjoyed another low-key day by heading to the Kings Shops in Waikoloa to look around. We ate the food court where I had some unusual Hawaiian pork barbecue sandwich at Subway. For […]

Beach Day in Kona

Thursday, August 17, 2006 – Today we decided to have a free day. I went out to our beach on the Kona Coast to lay in a hammock between two coconut trees for a while. Then, I lounged on the beach for a little tan. Afterwards, Jeff and […]

Back to the Aloha State!

Monday, August 14, 2006 – Sometimes there is nothing like a vacation to celebrate a key milestone and close out a transitional period in life. The previous Friday I finished my final exams and Dad came to the University of Alabama to help me move the big things […]

A Visit to Pearl Harbor

Friday, September 19 – Today was our last day in Hawaii, so we got up early to head to Pearl Harbor. We took a morning boat to the USS Arizona memorial. Before boarding the boat, we watched a powerful documentary about that day that explained both the American […]

Off to Oahu and Honolulu

Thursday, September 18 – In the morning, we had breakfast before leaving for the Kona Airport, which is completely open air! I bought me a 2003 Ironman World Championship T-shirt at the airport before our Aloha flight left around 11:30 a.m. We arrived in the state capital of […]

Cattle Ranches in Maui

Wednesday, September 17 – Today we ate breakfast before heading north to explore the Kohala Coast. We stopped for some snorkeling at Mauna Kea Beach at Kaunaoa Bay. Then we headed around the north tip and enjoyed the dramatic Pacific views. Later we stopped by the Tex Drive […]

Touring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Tuesday, September 16 – This morning we ate breakfast before driving back to the Park. We took the Crater Rim Drive, 10-and-a-half-mile drive that circles Kilauea Caldera. The loop will took us to the park’s main attractions: the Kilauea overlook, the Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, the Devastation Trail, the […]

On to the Big Island

Monday, September 15 – Today we had to wake up early for our flight to the Big Island of Hawaii – so named because it is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 4,028 square miles, the Big Island is larger than all of the […]

First Luau in Maui!

Saturday, September 13 – This morning we went out and enjoyed perhaps the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, with white sand, swing hammocks under palm trees and crystal-blue waters. We could see Molokini crater out in the waters in front of us, Kaho’Olawe further ahead and […]

Horseback in Maui

Friday, September 12 – The next morning we woke up and went to breakfast. Jeff, Dad and I decided to go on horse rides along the beaches from a nearby ranch. My horse, Josh, was a beautiful stallion who really wanted to hit the ocean a couple of […]

On to Maui

Thursday, September 11 – Today was the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, but flying in Hawaii on this day didn’t have the same feeling it did on the mainland. We left from Lihue airport at 9:30 on our flight to Kahului, the largest town on Maui, with […]

A Trip to Kauai’s Fern Grotto

Wednesday, September 10 – Today we decided to go check out the Wailua River Park with its Fern Grotto. We weren’t sure about this decision to visit because some people said they thought it was a little hokey. The whole tour lasted about an hour and half. The family […]

Sailing the Na’ Pali Coast

Tuesday, September 9 –  The next mid-morning, Jeff, Mom and I decided to take a sailing/motorized catamaran boat to see the Na’ Pali Coast. Our Blue Dolphin Charters left from Port Allen, west of Poipu. The four-hour tour included snorkeling or snuba (a form of scuba without needing […]

Kauai, the Garden Island

Monday, September 8 – Monday morning we woke up wondering how we could possibly top Sunday. We drove east on Highway 50, the Kaumualii Highway, before passing through Lihue on Highway 56, the Kuhio Highway. We crossed the Wailua River in the Kapaa Community (largest town) to the […]

Kauai by Helicopter

Sunday, September 7 – Today we woke up excited about our helicopter tour of the island of Kauai. When I was a kid, we toured the Grand Canyon via helicopter, but that was the only time I had ever previously traveled in one. We arrived at the private […]

First Trip to Hawaii

Saturday, September 6 – I had never ventured into the Pacific region, nor had I been to America’s 50th state. My brother, Dad, Mom and I decided to visit Hawaii to get a first taste of the Aloha spirit. From Atlanta, we took a Delta flight at around […]