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flowerOne thing I love about Maui is that you can choose to fill your time there with very diverse and exciting activities or you can choose to do nothing at all and still have a great time.  Having done quite a bit of sightseeing on the other islands, we had decided in advance that we would spend most of our time in Maui enjoying the beach and pools and we were looking forward to doing just that when we arrived midday at Kahului airport.  Arriving at this time of day is ideal because you usually won’t have to worry about traffic, which can be somewhat heavy around Lahaina in the morning and evening hours.  It only took us about 45 minutes in our rental car to get to the Ka’anapali resort area, where we were staying.  (more…)

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Grand Hyatt KauaiWe arrived in Lihu’e, Kauai in the early afternoon and quickly picked up our rental car.   We were excited to get to our resort, located on the south side of the island, which I knew would be one of the highlights of our trip.  From the second we arrived at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, we were never disappointed.  It is definitely one of the most beautiful resorts I have stayed in, from the amazing open air lobby with a postcard picture “window” towards the ocean, to the large and beautifully appointed rooms, to the amazing and extensive grounds full of colorful tropical flowers, waterfalls, palms, lagoons and waterfalls, to the spectacular pools, slide, hot tubs and more.  There was no question we were staying in paradise. (more…)

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Waikiki rainbowOn our way to breakfast this morning we walked along Waikiki beach and after a quick rain shower, we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow, our fist one of the trip!  We then left for the airport and got on an early flight of about 50 minutes to Hilo, on the eastern coast of Hawaii (better known as the Big Island).  Most people that visit the Big Island fly into Kona airport, on the West, or sunny coast, where most hotels are located.  But we had decided to enjoy the beach on the islands of Kauai and Maui later on in the trip, so we took advantage of Hilo’s proximity to Volcanoes National Park and flew here instead.  There are only a couple of modest hotels in the town of Hilo and a few bed and breakfasts near the National Park.  We chose to stay at the Hilo Hawaiian hotel, which though it offers simple accommodations, it had comfortable and spacious rooms with balconies and beautiful views of Hilo Bay.  (more…)

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plumeriaI recently returned from our family summer vacation in Hawaii.  I traveled with my husband and my 6 & 9 year old daughters. I have been to Hawaii several times before, but never with the kids.  So I knew this trip would be different, but I knew that overall, we wanted to show them what Hawaii is all about and give the whole family a mix of sightseeing, adventure, fun and relaxation.   I won’t argue that Hawaii is far from Virginia, and that’s part of the reason we waited til the kids were old enough to handle the flying time.  But providing them with enough entertainment to keep them busy, they did really well and if you ask them, they would go back to Hawaii in a heartbeat and it’s currently their favorite destination!

We arrived Honolulu around 5pm (11pm east coast time) and checked into the Hyatt, right across the street from Waikiki beach. We had a wonderful view of the ocean and beach and the Hyatt had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. (more…)

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