Day 11 – Wednesday, September 23, 2015
We began our day at the stunning Kualoa Ranch. I was in awe of its 4,000 acres of beauty as soon as we arrived. See photo evidence:
Kualoa Ranch is a working cattle ranch 22 miles from Honolulu in the O’ahu countryside. It played a part in WWII after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and was the filming location for many hit movies and TV shows, such as Lost, 50 First Dates, Hawaii 5-0, Godzilla, Jurassic Park, etc. We played tourist and took the ranch & movie site tour. Let’s just say we were not disappointed! Here’s an extra photo for today, because it might be my favorite photo of us ever.
After Kualoa, we drove around the island back through the North Shore and stopped at Dole Plantation for a ride on the famed Pineapple Express!
Day 12 – Thursday, September 24, 2015
When you are in Hawaii this long, it’s okay to do a little bit of nothing. Today was that day. I did laundry and got a massage while Kevin went around and bought souvenirs at non-gift shop stores. I watched the sun go down from our balcony.
Day 13 – Friday, September 25, 2015
Woke up early and headed to Waikiki Beach for some SUP! For those who don’t know, SUP stands for “Stand-up paddle boarding.” I had done it once before in the Potomac River and it was tons of fun!! Moving to the ocean is definitely for more advanced SUPers, and I am not included in that group. It was pretty difficult to battle the waves and I fell quite a few times, more often just staying on my knees to keep balanced. It was still amazing to be out in the beautiful water with views of gorgeous Diamond Head and the hotels on the beach, surrounded by a few friendly green sea turtles, or honus!
This is the first and only GoPro photo I have shared from our trip. I finally got them onto my computer. I thought this was a better photo to show for the day rather than our ocean view lunch at Duke’s (still good), even though Kevin technically captured it. I think I may make a post when I’m back home featuring some of our GoPro shots, because we’ve had a lot of fun with it!
Day 14 – Saturday, September 26, 2015
We finally made it to Hanauma Bay! The weather wasn’t perfect for it today, with very strong wind and ocean currents, but I’m so glad we got to go. With separate recommendations from both my mom and my dad, I knew it was a must-see. We snorkeled and saw some amazing fish, my favorite being the parrotfish with its beautiful rainbow palette. Apparently it feeds on the coral and poops out sand! “The more you know,” right?
Due to all the recent rains, all the craters and mountain sides have turned very lush and green, Hanauma being no exception!
After 14 days, we are winding down our trip. I’ll miss taking photos of all the beautiful scenery here but look forward to finding other versions of beautiful wherever I may be. Hope everyone had a great weekend!