My mom and I have this tradition of traveling to Hawaii and we recently picked it back up in 2016 when I graduated college. Back in the day, my grandma was a travel agent for AAA and specialized in Hawaii packages. Being the third best in the county, she picked up free airfare, discounted hotel rooms, and a number of other perks that we took full advantage of. Hawaii is my second home and I absolutely love returning to the island.
This year’s trip wasn’t supposed to happen but due to favorable unforeseen circumstances, we were able to travel yet again. We stayed at an unfamiliar hotel called the Hyatt Place and had nothing but great experiences with the staff and service.
Day 1 – Catching Up On Much Needed Sleep
This trip was much more laid back than our previous trips. We were so exhausted that we slept for 12+ hours our first day! But that’s what vacations are for, right?
Day 2 – Designated Shopping Day
Our original plan was to spend the day in the Diamond Head area but we ended up on the main strip of Waikiki. Since we were in town, we decided to make day 2 our dedicated shopping day. My favorite purchase was the cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company. They were just getting their start when I visited Hawaii when I was younger but I noticed a heavy marketing presence when I visited the year prior. When I saw their billboard advertisement at the airport I knew that I had to give it a try and it didn’t disappoint.
Day 3 – A Trip Down Memory Lane
We first went to the zoo and it was awesome. They had a lot of African animals and plenty of birds. It was great visiting in October when all the kids are still in school so it wasn’t as crowded as it would have been during the summer.
The aquarium was right down the street so we walked over afterward. Surprisingly, it was exactly as I remember and I saw many of the same things I did when I was a kid but it was still a cool experience, especially for my mom.
Our driver from the airport mentioned that any restaurant that is named after a person is most likely a good place to eat. And since I was craving a burger, I found a place called Teddy’s Bigger Burgers along our way back to the hotel and it didn’t disappoint. Although it seemed to be a Japanese tourist trap, once the food arrived it didn’t disappoint. I’m definitely looking forward to eating there again on my next trip.
Day 4 – Hanauma Bay
Day 4 was the day that my mom and I were most looking forward to because this was the day when we got to visit Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay is a really popular island destination so we made sure we arrived there early to avoid the crowds.
Our package included transportation and our snorkeling gear. When we arrived we had to purchase our admission tickets and sit through a presentation about preserving the wildlife. Once the spiel was over we were able to enter the bay.
Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay was one of the most surreal experiences. With our first trip in we came across a sea turtle which was incredible. I went back in two more times and had the best time.
Later that evening we went to one of our favorite spots over at the Moana Surfrider for dinner and entertainment.
Day 5 & 6 – Sick as a Dog
I was sick leading up to this trip and started feeling unwell again the morning of day 4. Unfortunately, this illness came back with a vengeance and I had to be in bed for the next two days. Kinda sad considering that day 5 was supposed to be my last day but I had to push back my flight because I was too ill to travel. The view from my bed, however, I couldn’t complain about.
Although I was sick towards the end of this trip we still had the opportunity to vacation again in Hawaii so I have no complaints. I truly love Hawaii and am looking forward to when I get to travel there again.