Here’s a summary of our trip:

What we left:
Our view from one of our balconies – Sunrise and Diamond Head
Diamond Head
A much better view than that rainy plane window! The view from our other balcony.
View from the beach to our hotelErika and I dipping our toes in the water the first day
The plumeria – my favorite flower
Our first excursion: Hanauma Bay, Dole Plantation and the Polynesian Cultural center
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Rico’s favorite place to snorkel
Diamond Head from Hanauma Bay
Just a little windblown!Dole Plantation: they had the best pineapple ice cream ever! I wanted to bring a pineapple home to everyone but we went to Dole too early in our vacation (it would have been bad by the time we made it home).
A pink pineapple
Rico being himself lol
How Kahlua Pork is made…delicious!
I give full credit to Rico for these fire shots… he is awesome with the camera at nightWe also went on a Haunted Lagoon Ride at the Polynesian Cultural Center (we weren’t allowed to take pictures, sorry!) and it was awesome! By far, the best Haunted anything we’ve been to. They actually had people coming out of the water and grabbing our legs!Our second excursion: Circle Island Tour, a full day of driving around the island with a tour guide.
Makapu’u Lighthouse
Halona Blow Hole
We tried Star Fruit right off the plant at one of the locations where they film Lost.
Ringing the bell for good luck and prosperity at Byodo-In Temple

Chinaman’s HatPali Lookout – overlooking the windward side of the islandOur 3rd excursion: Turtle Safari… kind of misleading since we didn’t see any sea turtles. We got to go snorkeling again though. Poor Rico – I didn’t apply the sunscreen well enough and he ended up with red stripes!
I know it’s sad…we went all the way to Hawaii and ate Mexican food at La Cucaracha (the food is awesome despite the name!). What can I say… my husband is 1/2 Mexican, you can’t deny the blood! Our last sunset
Overall, we walked until we had blisters on our feet and our wallets were empty. A successful trip by our measure!

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