'The Man' and I were discussing our options for how we wanted to celebrate and for some reason the both of us had Hawaii on the brain. So we went. Random!
So here's how it all went down:
We stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort. I was surprised by how awesome our view was. Then noticed that every hotel room has a great room. Obviously they planned it that way. It was a great plan. Waking up to beautiful views and the sound of the ocean? Priceless.
Disclaimer: We used an old point-and-shoot and our phone camera's. Not the greatest quality. Spellings probably off too, sorry.
There's a father-son pair in the water here. The son is surfing on his own. He looked to be about 5 or 6 years old. He is officially really cool.
The first thing we did after getting off the plane (and getting a rental car) was drive down to Lae'i for some grub. Apparently Giovanni's is the place to be. Long line, but good grub. And they use A LOT of garlic. I was tasting that one for days.
Giovanni's specialty: Shrimp Scampi
|I tried the garlic hot dog (background). It was big.|
We visited Kualoa Ranch on our last full day on the island. That was fun. We took the 'Movie Set Locations' tour. On a bus. Off-road. It was a little scary. But we made it out okay.
|The wheels on the bus go round and round...|
|'China Man's Hat' It's got a Hawaiian name too but every body just calls it that.|
This is the log that the two kids hide behind in the movie Jurassic Park. It's seen better days. But I love that show!
|Another view of the log|
|Where the cast 'played golf' on the show LOST. Man I love that show!!!|
|The submarine used in LOST. Apparently this isn't the one Locke blew up. Phew.|
|Outside one of the bunkers that is featured in an episode of LOST. Kate vs. Juliet...epic.|
|Two gorilla's kissing. I think there's a view of it in the movie 'George of the Jungle'. Can you see it?|
I think the second day on the island we went to Waimea Valley Falls. (And according to my brother is the only botanical garden that you actually have to pay to get into, which he thought was ridiculous). But we didn't know that. And we still probably would've gone. A very pretty walk/hike. Not quite a mile. And then the falls. It looked VERY familiar. Later we found out it's Kate and Sawyers Falls. Well, not really. But that's what I'm calling it. In the LOST episodes this is where Kate and Sawyer find the Halliburton case. You have to watch it!
|I totally smoked Evangeline Lily in this shot. Hands down!|
I really wasn't in the shutter-bug mood while on vacation. And I have this tourist-complex. I feel really self-concious about taking pictures/having my picture taken. Especially as a tourist. So we don't have pictures of everything/everywhere we did/went. Lucky you!
We went to the Hukilou Cafe. I had some seriously large blueberry pancakes that weren't bad. I guess this place was made famous because of the movie 50 First Dates, though nothing from the interior was looking all that familiar. Oh well. It's the experience that counts.
We went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. I'm SO SO glad we opted for the shorter day trip. By the time we got to Tonga I was pretty much done. It was a lot of fun. I know the jokes have been going around there for years, but hey, they were new to me! So I thought it was pretty great. And that place was huge!
The day of departure we had some time to kill and I was told we HAD to go to Hilo Hatti's. So we went. It was pretty much like seeing all the other gift shops we've been in...only bigger. I don't really get into gift shops. We found a car for 'The Kid'. 'The Man' bought a map of Oahu when we went to Kualoa Ranch so he was set. I found some earrings and some chocolate for 'The Parentals'.
|He likes it.|
We did some swimming. (And snorkeling). I was surprised the water was as cold as it was. I have this weird notion that when you go to a tropical island the water will be warm. I'm such a wimp. But it was really great to relax on the beach some. Swim some. And eat some. 'The Man' did all the driving. He's so good to me. I think he's done driving for awhile.
All in all, not a bad way to spend an anniversary. We've decided though that next time we visit the island we're taking the kids. It seems like a great place for families to vacation.