Hawaii for Twenty Years, Part One

It has been two months since we went to Hawaii. TWO MONTHS! But I’m sort of glad it’s taken me this long to share the pictures. It brings it all back, which is good and bad. I am remembering it fondly but it makes me wish we were there now.

It was the kids’ first plane ride. I was worried about how they would do, well, specifically Nathan. I wasn’t worried about Isabelle. She had been talking about the plane ride for weeks. Sitting on the runway she whispered to Alan that she was scared. But she was also sooo excited at the same time.
Isabelle all excited on the plane

In preparing for kids, bouncing off the sides of the plane bored, I overpacked fun things to do: books, games, cards. The kids ended up not playing with any of those. They happily used our gadgets instead. Well, mostly happily. Nathan didn’t want to be in his car seat. He wanted to be with me so he was a bit fussy. The only way he was happy was not in his seat. That did mean I was worried though. With every bump we held onto him for dear life.

Nathan not using his seat

So, did I mention why this trip to Hawaii? We were there to celebrate our twenty year wedding anniversary! Though I’ve been to Hawaii, once, when I was small, I don’t really remember much of it. So, it was a new experience for everyone. Before our trip, I emailed a reader, Wendy, who met us out there and recommended things for us to see and places to eat. Thank you, Wendy!!

We landed in Honolulu a little after noon. After a long wait for our rental car and a short drive to our resort, we checked into our room. After unpacking we walked around downstairs and immediately Isabelle announced she wanted to go swimming. Of course. So, that is exactly what we did.
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Lazy river

The next day, we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center with a stop at Giovanni’s shrimp truck. You may remember me sharing these instagram pictures. So yummy!
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The Polynesian Cultural Center was the bit I remembered loving from when I was little. I remembered hands on things to do. But all the kids wanted to do was: feed the fish, chase chickens around, and paddle in a canoe. Well, Isabelle paddled. Nathan tried to paddle but his kind of paddling just slowed us down. We mostly wandered around aimlessly. We had fun but we didn’t do much.

Canoeing Canoeing

As we were walking we overheard an elderly couple talking about their first time there. They didn’t do much either. This time, though, they had taken a guided tour and were saying how much more they got to see and do with a guide. So, if you ever go and chasing chickens isn’t your thing, maybe it’s best to go with a guide. :)

One of the sweet moments that stuck out from that day was when it started to rain. It was hot and sunny and then all of a sudden it was hot and rainy. Isabelle confusedly said, “why am I getting wet?” Ha ha ha! We’re not used to rain and heat here.

At the Polynesian Cultural Center

After our wandering, we went to the luau. Nathan didn’t actually make it to the food part. He fell asleep with all the music and emcee talking. He even stayed asleep when all the couples celebrating anniversaries and honeymoons, that included us, were asked to stand up. One of the couples was there on their 50 year anniversary. Awwww! We all had to look into each others eyes, which me and Alan did across the table, and repeat some loving phrases (can’t remember what it was, it’s been two months too long for my memory).

After that, the couples went up onto the stage for a dance. I think Alan was very happy Nathan was asleep at that point. :) A young man working there said he could take Nathan so we could go up for the dance. Isabelle really wanted us to but I could just imagine Nathan waking up in some stranger’s arms. Not good. I much prefer our moment, surrounded by our little family watching Alan holding Nathan.

Luau at the Polynesian Cultural CenterNathan didn't make it to the food

We ended the night there with the show, Hā: the Breath of Life. On hindsight it may not have been the best idea. Isabelle loved it but it was too long of a day for a two year old. We had great seats right up front, so close we could poke a performer but even that didn’t distract Nathan. Alan might have ended up taking him out before the fire part. I can’t remember…two months ago.

And I think I’ll end this post here. More next time.

2 thoughts on “Hawaii for Twenty Years, Part One

  1. Wow, that is one special celebration. Happy Anniversary to both you and Alan. May God Bless you and your beautiful family.

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