What started as a 'hey, we should ..." ended with a rip roaring good time in Hawaii.
About a bazillion years ago my brother said "hey, we should go to Hawaii". He was in law school, I was in graduate school and we were foot loose and fancy free. The concept of bucket lists had not crossed our radar and endless lounging on the beach qualified as a destination because we had nothing but TIME. Mostly what I remember about that trip was the overwhelming delight of fragrance (summer flowers were in full bloom), island hopping, staying where they filmed Elvis' Blue Hawaii, and riding horses.
Careers, marriage, and growing families later, he again said, "hey, we should go to Hawaii". This time with spouses in tow we stayed at Disney's Aulani Resort and limited our trip to the island of Oahu.
With a better sense of ohana (family) and a better appreciation for the aloha way of life, we embarked on a trip where idle time would be filled with adventure,
and beach lounging reserved for photographing the sunset.
We surprised ourselves with our agility to maneuver narrow, rocky, muddy trails through the rainforest/bamboo forest where we witnessed possibly one of the most lackluster waterfalls I have ever seen. Still a fun journey.
We managed to hang with the hip and chic by shopping and dining late on a Sunday night in Honolulu. We set out thinking it would be like any other town that rolls up the streets on Sunday evenings making it a breeze to scoop up a table for a nice dinner. Nope, not even kinda. That place was hopping and we old farts went with the flow. Not bad for a group that earlier in the week could barely make it to 9:30 before falling asleep from jetlag.
We (and by we I mean me) tested the concept that you can outgrow or mentally will away motion sickness or at least discourage its symptoms with sea-bands and essential oils.
If we had turned the catamaran around after spotting the dolphin family of 6
I might have had a shot at it.
But my how blue that water was,
(I spent plenty of time looking over the side of the boat to vouch for this).
We traveled to the North Shore in hope of witnessing some serious surfing only to discover the quicksand nature of the beach and experience beach chickens.
(and not of the seagull variety but of the rooster crowing and hen egg laying variety).
We rounded up our trip on the east side of Oahu touring the Kualoa Farm where we thoroughly enjoyed the ATV tour of some of the most beautiful landscape you can image.
yea, we should!