Our vacation starts with 3 days in Oahu (Waikiki)!
Jet lagThe perfect excuse to relax on the beach or under a tree!
Macadamia coconut honey peanut butterWe ate this locally-made
peanut butter almost every morning of our honeymoon for breakfast (on pancakes with fresh, local bananas)! Peanut butter was hilariously one of our biggest expenses food-wise during our honeymoon - but totally worth it! We also brought several jars back home with us because it was that good.
Sunsets on the beachSounds corny, but just wait until you've seen a Hawaiian sunset!
Farmer's MarketThai food from the corner farmer's market with fresh fruit for dessert (rambutan, longans, star fruit, ice cream bananas, pineapple)
SushiWe had two excellent sushi restaurant recommendations! Spicy edamame and lomi lomi roll were our favourites, along with the ubiquitous ahi. Alex even ate nigiri and liked it!
Pearl HarbourExcellent museum explaining the conflict, and memorial
How good the food truck was after getting soaked while doing the Diamond Head hike (good job we wore our swimsuits underneath)
Diamond Head from our plane:
North ShoreWatching pro surfers tackle the waves on the North Shore
Paddleboarding and snorkeling with turtles
Hawaiian AirportsGate 54
Fun FactA pineapple plant takes 20 months to bear its first fruit, 16 months for the second, and the thrid pineapple is the last you will ever get from the plant. It's amazing they are so cheap!
Big Island Highlights:
The next leg of our vacation took us to the Big Island for 10 days.
RainforestThe rainforest was beautiful.
Akaka Falls420 ft waterfall in the rainforest!
Hawaiian FlowersAlex liked all the different flowers
The low areas by the ocean are no longer developed and just left as parks due to so many tsunamis destroying everything there.
StargazingStar gazing above the clouds at 2800m elevation on Mauna Kea, a world reknowned site for astronomy. Through the free telescopes at the visitor centre we saw: the moon, Jupiter and its 3 moons (4 by the time the night was done!), Orion Nebula (beautiful), Crab Nebula (supernova'd in the 11th century and was recorded by many independent civilizations around the whole world), Cigar galaxy, Beehive (a whole lot of equally tiny stars close together that looks like a whole bunch of dots), Mars, or any random star we wanted to point at!
Private cottage in the rainforest
Volcano National Park
Our balcony in Captain CookWith a beautiful view of the water.
National historical site
Old fashioned coffee plantation
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