In February of 2017, our family spent 8 days in Hawaii. Before embarking on the adventure, our children researched the trip. They did this by reading encyclopedias and making power point presentation.
The first part of the trip was spent on the Big Island. With our bodies still on central time zone, we woke early and drove to Volcano National Park. There we watched the sun rise over Halemaumau Crater, explored lava tubes and steam vents, and learned about Nene (don't mess with Nene). On the way back we stopped by Punaluʻu Beach to play in black sand. Before the sun set, we snorkeled at Two Step.
The next morning we swam with dolphins by Captain Cook's monument. After lunch we flew to Oahu for the second part of the trip.
While on the island of Oahu, we stayed at the Disney resort Aulani. During our first day, we played on Waikiki beach then climbed Diamond Head. The waves were low so only the tourist were surfing. After exploring, to say we were hungry was an understatement. At lunch we devoured one of Kimo's Hula Pies from Duke's Waikiki.
The highlight of the trip occurred while visiting Pearl Harbor. The kids had been studying World War II prior to the trip. Visiting the museum and monument really brought home the lessons they had learned in school and at home.
The next day, we braved the Honolulu traffic to snorkel at Hanauma Bay. Unfortunately it was rainy and cold. We did not last long there. Once the rain stopped, we were able to witness a beautiful waterfall at Manoa Falls. On the way back, we grabbed some malasadas at Leonard's.
Day 7 we surfed the winds at Nu'uanu Pali Lookout before heading to the North Shore. Along the way we ran through the world's largest outdoor maze at the Dole Plantation. At the North Shore, we saw sea turtles and ate shaved ice. Despite being winter, the waves were low and no one was surfing.
Our last day was spent at Aulani. The kids explored the resort and road water slides at the pool. Mom and dad rested as we watched the kids run by. That night we flew back completing a vacation for the history books.