If you are looking for paradise,we have found it – Hawaii.
To Hawaii, I say, “Aloha”.
And, goodbye Texas!
Not really, but, I sure would like to. Just think, year-round temperatures of around 76F – 85F! I could definitely handle that.
We have been wanting to take a family vacation for a while and we finally did it! You might wonder why we chose Hawaii. Grab a cup of coffee and let me tell you!
Our fascination with Hawaii began a couple of years ago when we watched all the old “Hawaii Five-0” series with Jack Lord on Netflix. This was during the cold winter months when we were outside in the freezing windy weather pruning grape vines. As you can imagine, Hawaii looked pretty good!
It seems that a trip to Hawaii just kept coming up, especially as I began watching “Magnum PI” episodes while jogging on my mini-trampoline. The children, of course, would join me in watching the show while I jogged and that helped feed our fascination!
So, this year after grape harvest, plane tickets in hand, masks, snorkels and swimsuits in suitcases, off we went!
Everyone still living at home was able to make the trip along with a son, daughter-in-law and grandson for a total of 12 people! Let’s just say that we got a lot of looks and even a few polite comments.
We actually saw the Big Island (Hawaii) very economically. We got great deals on our direct flights from Phoenix to Honolulu. From Honolulu which is on Oahu, we flew to Hilo on the west side of the Big Island. There we rented two mini-vans and drove to the east side of the island (about 1 1/2 hours drive) where we rented two, three bedroom condos in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
We chose Hawaii because it is less touristy and agriculture is more prevalent on that island than any of the other Hawaiian islands. Yes, I will tell you now, we would all like to move to Hawaii!
Surfing and snorkeling were two things the children really wanted to do – that’s why we chose to stay on the east side of the island. There are quite a few beaches within a 30 min. drive of our condos and the waves are larger for surfing.
There was just something magical about it – whether it was no work and responsibility, gorgeous green lush foliage or the amazing temperatures, I don’t know. Maybe a combination?
I am sure it had nothing to do with the beaches: swimming, surfing, snorkeling and soaking up the sun’s rays!
I will save some of the specific sites we saw for later but, I do want to share one more sunset picture with you. The photo below was taken at the beach on our resort. I have been skeptical of the postcard pictures of Hawaiian sunsets and thought they must be photoshoped because they are always so vivid. Call me skeptic no more! I have changed my mind after seeing the sunsets for myself – they truly are just as picturesque as the postcards show!