One year ago today, we arrived in Honolulu for 10 glorious days of blissful, kid-free paradise. I want to go back. I want to go back very badly. Like tomorrow would be nice.

I know you've all probably noticed my Hawaii slideshow over there to the right, but I've never really shared what exactly is in those pictures, so in honor of the one-year anniversary of our first (but definitely not last) trip to Hawaii, I'll give you all some details.

The day we got there I had the stomach flu. I'd battled it at home the whole day before, and I still wasn't quite over it once we got there. The humidity didn't help at all. So we only left our room once for Dave to get something to eat. I felt really bad, but Dave kept telling me it was okay and I'd be better in the morning. And sure enough, I woke up perfectly fine at 4:00 AM and was raring to go! (Time change people :)

Day 2: Pearl Harbor and a trip to the Aloha Bowl flea market
These are the names of people who lost their lives when the USS Arizona went down.

Day 3: We hiked to Diamond Head...and then we hiked to the TOP of Diamond Head!
Okay. We waited for the bus to take us to Diamond Head, but the bus was full. So an old man next to us says, "I know how to get there, do you just want to walk?" And my hubby says, "Sure!" Little did we know it was going to be a five mile uphill hike to the base of Diamond Head, then we had to hike to the top! And I was NOT happy. In fact, I remember throwing a fit or two. I also had to stop and eat some of the old man's trail mix because I thought I was going to hurl.

Once we got to the top and took in the gorgeous view, my mood changed a little...

Day 4: Polynesian Cultural Center
The bus picked us up around 10:30 AM and we spent the entire day there. It was very fun and included a luau and a cool show. We rolled back into our hotel at about midnight. It was a long, HOT day, but definitely one of the most enjoyable experiences of the trip.

Days 5, 6, 7: Lying on the beach, driving straight through the middle of the island and thinking we were driving around it - ha! , and connecting with an old friend (who took pity on us and drove us around the island the right way)!

Days 8, 9, 10: Submarine, dinner cruise, and lots of other stuff!
Yeah, that's a sea turtle!
We spent most of our time out on the deck taking in the stunning view of the Waikiki Beach skyline
There was a sign that said not to jump, but Dave normally doesn't follow the rules.
These guys are up on the sand just chillin' and sun-bathing.
Okay, sorry for the extremely long post, but it's been fun remembering our amazing time together in Hawaii. I hope it's not TOO long before we go back. It truly was a wonderful 10th anniversary present...thanks, honey!


Lolli said...

Wow...that must have been an amazing trip! I'm slightly envious;-) I won't mind if you re-post that every year. That way at least I might feel like I've left the mainland. Isn't that the trip when some quick babysitting arrangements had to be made because Tyler got so sick? I hope you get to go back soon!

Em said...

I miss Hawaii too!! Hopefully Chad and I get to go back before too long. It's so worth the cost! Looks like you guys did a ton of stuff! The submarine dinner cruise looks awesome!

Colleen said...

Looks so fun!!! I like how you had to "eat some of the old mans trail mix" LOL Too funny! Ummm....when can I go do all that fun stuff? I want to go like right now too! Wait Neil and I just celebrated our 15th, doesn't that warrant a trip? Shouldn't my close friends pitch in and buy us one? Geesh.

Katy said...

Wow, makes me want to go back too! Great pictures! I think I could live there!