Enjoy a trip down memory lane as we get pumped for our own trip!
This trip was a year in the making. Condos were booked, countdowns were made, bags were packed, and two couples hopped on a 9 hour flight to start an adventure of a lifetime. Our adventure started EARLY (like 3:30am early) with a trek up Haleakala for sunrise. In hindsight [+ a bottle of prosecco later], this was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. The cotton candy clouds as a burst of color crept over the mountains was unlike any sunrise I've ever experienced. However, it was COLD. And not just a southerner's definition of cold. We thawed over breakfast and enjoyed a slow day at the condo, which consisted mostly of keeping tabs on Crush (what we named our resident sea turtle that hung out by our lounge chairs) and the Super Bowl. That evening, we got all dolled up and headed to Mama's Fish House. Before dinner we took a few pictures on the beach in front of the restaurant and watched the sunset. It was absolutely stunning! With full bellies (and livers, heyyyy Mai Tai), we got ready for the next day's adventure.
Morgan and I were fortunate enough to be able to find an amazing photographer that was also super sweet to take our pictures. We haven't had a true portrait session since we got engaged and let's face it, the walls in our house need a little updating. Plus, IT'S HAWAII! We had a sunrise session with Jana Dillon Photography and had an absolute BLAST. I honestly can't remember when I have laughed so hard. We raced back to the condo to dry off (yep, you'll see soon enough) and hit the Road to Hana. I've ever seen so many waterfalls in my life! We put our Jeep Wrangler (and our lives) through the ringer on the journey back home but it was an incredible ride!
The following day may have been my favorite. We boarded a catamaran headed to two stops: Molokini and Turtle Town. It was absolutely incredible. The blue waters, whales jumping out of the water, and snorkeling underneath to see what life looks like unda da sea!!! If you don't get the Little Mermaid joke, we can't be friends. It was so cool to see so many vibrantly colored fish swimming about as if we weren't even there. The crew on the boat made us a delicious lunch... and several delicious Mai Tais. That evening we got to experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau and as we walked into the venue, we were greeted with Mai Tais and stunning orchid leis. The dancers were so talented and the food was incredible! We were absolutely stuffed to the gills. Thankfully the next day Leilah and I planned a girls day filled with nothing but beach lounging and a trip to the farmers market while the boys went spearfishing. Have I mentioned it's amazing to travel with another couple?
We somewhat reluctantly headed to Kauai on Thursday and I only say reluctantly because we were all pretty tired from our adventure-ing and LOVED Maui. However, we got in our car and headed to our condo it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL... and HOT. We had plans to go hiking that day but there was a unanimous consensus that we needed a beach day. A beach day with drinks and burritos from Da Crack. We watched the sun go down in the ocean and headed back for dinner. On our last full day in Hawaii we explored the Waimea Canyon which was absolutely incredible! It was truly a religious experience to stand looking out into this incredible canyon filled with waterfalls and lush foliage. It also got REAL religious when we went hiking. Not a huge fan of heights and I 100% chose the wrong sneakers to wear (bring something with good treads!). Thankfully, we made it back safely with me only getting frozen in fear twice... followed by a 60 year old woman in flip flops offered to push me up the cliff. Yep. SHAME.
We planned our flights back home to give us time to visit Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately we were not able to visit the actual memorial due to high winds, but we still explored the entire site. It was truly an incredible place without even visiting the memorial.
If you are looking for a honeymoon destination, a family vacation, a couples' getaway or just need to step away from the routine of a busy lifestyle... Hawaii is your place. In fact, we may head back this year. Fingers crossed!!