Monday, May 23, 2016

Aloha, Aloha

Daniel and I went to Hawaii last week, and I wanted to make sure I documented it. The timing wasn't the greatest with having JUST moved in to our new house, and financially it probably wasn't the best thing for us either (oops), but it was an unforgettable trip and much needed vacation! We booked it back in January right after we found out about my last miscarriage. We needed a break from everything and after looking at flights, the 2nd week of May was the cheapest time to go! We had enough credit card points to pay for our flights, and the first 3 nights we stayed with Beau & Alexis in Waikiki on Oahu. So we were actually able to do it pretty cheap. Then we went to Maui and stayed at the Grand Wailea because we found a really sweet deal there through Costco! That resort is UNREAL. I stayed there with my sisters and grandparents when I was younger, but it's even better now with tons of water slides (Daniel and I spent our last half day there snorkeling early in the morning, then hanging at all the pools, lazy river, and hitting all the slides!), amazing views, and beach with soft white sand. 

Now, ready for picture overload?

The first 3 days of our trip were spent in Oahu hanging out with Beau & Alexis, and this little guy! Beau & Alexis were so sweet, and the best hosts! When we got in late Friday night, we got to their little apartment and they insisted on us staying in their room with their king bed. They said they had just changed the sheets for us, and that they were going to sleep in their tiny little living room on an air mattress. We were totally expecting to be crashing on their couch or floor or wherever, but they wouldn't let us. Just the nicest. 

The next morning we went on a cool hike up to this lighthouse that had a gorgeous view!

Then we went to this beach called Sandy's where there are some pretty crazy waves and people body surfing and just getting demolished by the waves. It was fun (and scary!) to watch. 

Beau & Alexis showed us all the best spots, and places to eat. Actually, one of the places we went to eat was Cheesecake factory (not mad, lol). The one in Waikiki is the busiest in the world! Kind of crazy. But they have a bunch of stuff on the menu that most Cheesecake Factory's don't have. Beau got the chicken katsu, which is a famous Hawaiian dish and it was SO GOOD. 

We also ate lots of shaved ice. Like at least once a day. Whoops!

On Sunday we went to church with Beau & Alexis (and got to witness Beau in his "lava lava"), then went and explored the North Shore and Laie. It's so pretty on that side of the island, and so much different and more relaxed than Waikiki!

Alexis took me to her favorite place to get acas bowls. SO GOOD. I have to say though, Ivie here in Utah does a pretty good job of making theirs taste authentic! 

We also checked out the Hawaii LDS temple. So pretty!

On our last day there Beau had to take a couple of finals, so he let us take his car (he lives seconds from the U of H campus so he just walks) and we did a little exploring on our own. We woke up early and toured Pearl Harbor, which was actually really cool. Daniel loved it.

 Then we actually went back to Sandy's and Daniel did some body surfing (kind of - it was a little sketchy out there). We went and got malasadas at Leonard's (a must - we got them twice when we were there, haha). Then met back up with Beau & Alexis and headed to Ko'Olina. Our good family friend who we grew up with works at the Marriott resort there and hooked us up with a couple of cabanas, free shave ice, whatever we wanted! The resort was beautiful. 

We left late that night and headed for Maui. we loved Maui! Oahu was really fun, and we loved hanging with Beau & Alexis, but Maui was just a whole other experience and we LOVED the relaxed, less-touristy, romantic feels in Maui. 

Our resort was A-MAZING. I talked about it earlier, but to show you what I mean, here's a picture of the ocean view from our room, and then our breakfast view our first morning there (heart eyes heart eyes). 

We checked out Big Beach, which is a beach Daniel remembered going to when he went to Maui with his football team. He spent a good hour or longer body surfing and just loving life, haha. I enjoyed laying on the beach ;)

Then it rained on us, so we thought it would be a good day to do the road to Hana, since we had a rental car. We quickly regretted it, but we will admit the drive was pretty. Just longgg. 

One thing we did that we LOVED was rented scooters. We drove along Wailea where we were staying, and through Makenna, along the ocean stopping at a couple gorgeous little coves.

We spent one day exploring Lahaina. 

(Daniel & his love for trees ;)

We went to Kimo's there which was delish! I stepped out of my comfort zone and ordered fish! I figured if I'm going to eat fish, Hawaii is the place to do it. And I liked it! I got parmesan crusted mahi mahi at Kimo's and we shared the hula pie - a must! The sunset at Kimo's and the view from our table was perfection. 

Okay...speaking of good food....we ate at some UNREAL places on Maui. 

Breakfast at the Four Seasons. Honestly the best pancakes I've ever had!!

 Lappet's ice cream - right by our hotel. We went two nights in a row. So bad yet so freaking good.

lemonade & Acai Bowls at Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade. Cutest place and so yum.

 Duke's for breakfast.

 And Mama's Fish House!!! Now, I had heard about this place, and knew I wanted to go there. When we got there we realized it was priceyyyy. Like my plate was $56. I ordered fish again, and Daniel said I better pray I love it after spending that much to go there. haha. We both agreed that it was one of the top 5 meals we've ever had. Not exaggerating. I got the stuffed mahi mahi, stuffed with crab and lobster, and Daniel got steak but he wished he had gotten what I had! 

We went to Ho'Okipa beach after Mama's, which was right by there and saw a ton of sea turtles hanging out on the beach. Coolest thing. 

Our last day was spent snorkeling and hanging at the resort hitting all the slides and drinking lava flows. 

We were sad to leave. But will hopefully be back soon! 

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