Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sooo I'm back

Alohaaaaaaaaa Mama's back!!!
Wow-za, what an amazing holiday we had, Hawaii is beautiful!! It's not my first time there, but I was younger on my last trip and def. didn't appreciate it like I did this time.  We stayed in Honolulu at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach...totally gorgeous!

{Koi pond at the hotel}

Hawaii is seriously a little gem that barely feels like it's part of the U.S..  It has all the benefits of being part of the states, but definitely has it's own Hawaiian culture that is a big mix of native Hawaiians, Japanese, Filipinos, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Hawaiians are totally laid back and friendly...not really moving any faster than they need to, but it's a hot climate right?  But not too hot, perfect actually. Why the freak do I live in a place with snow? I absolutely LURVE the sun...let's just say that Mama's Vitamin D levels are allll topped up.
And of course we lurved the food, Poke (raw Ahi Tuna marinated in soya sauce), Kalua Pork (like BBQ pulled pork) and Lomilomi salmon (raw chopped salmon mixed with tomatoes, onions and seasoning) mixed with Poi (boiled taro root). Honestly it's all way more yummy then it sounds. We chowed down at a Luau...Hawaiian stylezzz!

Waikiki is a great beach,  you can swim safely (sans sharks and killa waves) and you can still look for Nemo while you snorkel along the reefs.

We did a dive in a submarine off shore from Waikiki...saw tonnes of underwater sea-life. Sea turtles, white tipped sharks, rays, Nemo.

 We rented a car and drove around the island, stopping at the Dole Pineapple Plantation, and of course headed to the North Shore and Sunset beach to check out the massive waves.  Can't actually swim there...the thrill is in letting the waves reach you while you're standing on the beach.  They'll knock u down!!

{Ser-i-ously, no swimming allowed. But surfing is ok?!}

Just got home but I'm wanting to go back...home is where the heart is, yeah, blah blah blah. Hawaii is where the fun in the sun is!  If it weren't for the painful 7 hour flight to get there (traveling with young kids blows, FYI), I'd probably go every winter. It's also tres expensive. Obviously b/c it's an island in the middle of the South Pacific. Everything has to be flown in... $5 for a quart of milk?!!  Yeah, it's basically a Volcano-made-chunk-of-earth in the middle of nowhere. But it has palm trees...and I LURVE palm trees!! And the sunsets are krazy!

{Hawaiian sunsets are A-mazing}

{Mama VS. the Volcano}

We swam, we ate amazing food (I even had some Pineapple my least fave food in the world, strange, I know), we drank (soooo many Mai Tai's, Daiquiri's and Blue Hawaiians), we tanned, we luau-ed, we explored, we dove, we relaxed. Fabulous! 
Oh, and I shopped. But's that's a whole other post....


lovelyviolet5 said...

Sooo nice to have you back!!!Your earrings in the last pictures are amazing!Ohhh and Im so jealous!!!!

Anonymous said...

yay im so happy you're back! beautiful pics and you look so good and happy in them! only thing that would make them better is if you take me to hawaii with you next time. ohio sucks right now! LOL. glad you're back in blogging world!


Honey B. said...

I am SO jealous! But I am SO glad you're back! The blogosphere isn't the same without you... :-)

lovelyviolet5 said...

Ohh!I ve got an award for you!!check it out !cheers!!!

bananas. said...

oh lady...i LOVE hawaii! and this coming from a city girl at heart.

the boy and i plan to go this summer....and every summer because we love it so much!

Tracie said...

I loved Hawaii! I can't wait to go back there someday.

I hope you had a great Valentine's Day!

elledee said...

how much fun! I love your pictures!

OceanDreams said...

I'm so happy that you had such an amazing time, it looks beautiful and I have to agree that Hawaii is just heaven on earth. Beautiful sunset pictures and you look great in all of your pics. I would love to hear what you bought there - please do tell! Thanks for the V-day wishes, I hope yours was great too!

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

Welcome back! Looks like a marvelous time!
I love your bathing suit..super cute!

Connie K said...

Great pic's from your trip !! I wanna go so bad :( some day if the hubby ever takes a vacation !!! lol

Ela said...

Welcome back!!!
What a trip! I've yet to go so I am eating this post up.
That submarine looks crazy! I'm not sure I could ever get in one though...
Glad you had a fabulous time my dear! How could you not right?

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm so happy your trip was so awesome! I'm so envious. I need a vacation. Lol.

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