Hawaii Adventure

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii with my husband, Eric. This was a special trip for us since our last vacation together, without kids, took place more than ten years ago.

We chose Hawaii as our destination because it’s been on our list of places to visit for years. We chose to go to Kona, the big island because it had a lot of the things we wanted to see and do in Hawaii in one place.

We chose the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort because we wanted to have the ability to do a lot of excursions and activities on-site. Eric and I tend to be “poor planners” and leave the planning for once we get to our destination. Needing planning help was something we wanted once we got to Hawaii, and the staff at the Hilton were fantastic with that each time we walked into their activities office.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

One day, we decided to rent a car (on site) for the day. My husband had a great time and as you can see, he was in charge of renting the car (men and their convertibles). We drove to a local breakfast spot called Hawaiian Style Cafe, where the side of pancakes is bigger than the actual menu item.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

With full bellies, we set out to explore Hilo and the waterfalls. If you like nature hikes and waterfalls, you will love visiting Hawaii.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

You know what else Hawaii has in abundance? Tropical fruit. I couldn’t get enough tropical fruit for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. The pineapple in Hawaii tastes like it’s an offering to the gods.

The Hilton Waikoloa has extensive grounds, and we walked them daily, especially at sunset. Sunsets in Hawaii are beautiful, with bright orange colors that light up the sky.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

We also had the ability to spend some time relaxing poolside and by the lagoon. A couple of the afternoons, Eric and I played checkers where he beat me more times than I’d like to admit.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

Another memorable experience was the Luau dinner offered at the Hilton Waikoloa. Neither of us had experienced a luau before, and it seemed like another incredible thing to do on-site. The hula dancers were as fun and mesmerizing as you’d expect them to be, their bodies dancing to the most beautiful music you can imagine. The food, of course, was incredible.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

One afternoon, Eric and I decided to partake in the dolphin encounter offered at the resort. Swimming with the dolphins was another bucket-list item, and it was as fun and incredible as I thought it would be. I had no idea that dolphins were are smart and playful as they were. All 13 dolphins that the Hilton has onsite were born there, and all the encounter proceeds go towards research.

Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!

Of course, no Hawaiian adventure would be complete without a visit to the volcanoes, so stay tuned for more on this adventure!

Have you traveled to Hawaii? What did you like most about your adventure?

December 16, 2015

175 thoughts on “Hawaii Adventure”

  1. Maria says:

    Was lucky enough to go to Hawaii on my honeymoon 13 years ago. Had the best time hiking Diamondhead. Still hoping to go back and would love to bring the kids so they could experience it.

  2. lisa franklin says:

    have been to HI only as a middle-schooler, with my parents and sister to visit our brother who lived there. going there (or anywhere) with my hubby is a dream – we have been having kids (5) for 12 years straight and haven’t had a vacation together since the kids started arriving.

  3. My dream vacay that I haven’t yet gotten to! I was supposed to meet my husband after a deployment there but he ended up being able to leave his ship early and he was so ready to come home that he just flew home instead. Maybe some day!

  4. Lisa Marz says:

    We have been to Hawaii a few times. (when we lived in Japan, and our company would cover the airfare to return to Japan we would stop in Hawaii on the way) So we have not been in long time and would love to return. We have been to Hawaii, Kaua’i, and Maui. Kaua’i is our favorite – we loved Poipu Beach.

  5. Laurie says:

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I’d love to go! I hear the hiking is beautiful!!!

  6. carin says:

    Definitely the sunrise on the mountain in Maui!

  7. Kristine says:

    I have never been but would love to go!

  8. Dana says:

    My husband and I are planning to go some time this year to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I got food poisoning from an IHOP a few days before my wedding, missed our rehearsal dinner, and was still recuperating during our “honeymoon”! I’m considering this a mini do-over:) I’m a little intimidated in trying to plan the trip because there is so much I’d love to do, but of course we have limited time and budget. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  9. My parents used to take my sister and I on family vacations when we were kids. I was in fourth grade when I went to Hawaii, and I still remember a lot of it. The beaches are gorgeous, the weather and the people there are beautiful. We went to do a lot of tourist things – I remember a bus tour through the island of O’ahu, some stuff on the history of Hawaii and some Polynesian culture demonstrations, hula shows on the beach. But my favorite things were definitely the small things like being able to wade in the Pacific Ocean or just sitting on a bench and people-watching while my mom was shopping (you didn’t really care much for that kind of stuff when you’re in fourth grade).

    It’s definitely a beautiful vacation destination, and I would love to be able to go back someday.

  10. Thuy N. says:

    We love whale watching.

  11. Karen Blowe says:

    i would love to go to Hawaii! It would be a once in a lifetime chance, that would be most memorable.

  12. Wendy says:

    I have not been to Hawaii, but that would be the perfect vacation. I have heard it is beautiful. A couple days on the beach, whale watching, hiking, volcanoes…..the list goes on, it would be great to do any/all of those things. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us!

  13. Johanna B. says:

    I would love to go! Never been.

  14. Whitney says:

    I’ve never been to Hawai’i, but I would love to go! Particularly would love to check out the volcanoes – some of my family once did a helicopter ride over one when they visited, and I have never been so jealous!

    Awesome photos and stories, thanks for sharing!

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