I’m finally getting a Hawaii post up – actually you guys, give me some props here because literally we got home two days ago 😉 I got all that laundry ish done yesterday…has it been put away yet? Nah. It’s sitting on our bed, baby steps, k? Baby steps. ANYWAYS, so I’m going to highlight the first hotel we stayed at on this post, share some details on outfits we wore there (because lots of y’all were asking for links) and then share our favorite spots we hit, ate, etc. So let’s dive in.
We stayed at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki for the first couple of nights when we got there and y’all HANDS DOWN, STAY THERE. I can’t recommend it enough, seriously. It was absolutely beautiful (AND PINK), the customer service was above and beyond and they actually cared which is so dang rare these days. You seriously feel spoiled there, the food is great, especially breakfast at Surf Lanai (which I recommend everyday you’re there). Get the guava juice and thank me later. They back up right to the beach and basically have their own little section of beach where you can rent a spot with chairs/an umbrella to sit, which again – worth and actually priced pretty well. The room was classic and timeless and well, again beautiful like everything else. They also have a little “park” in the center (AKA courtyard, but Blake says park) in the middle that was fun for Blake to run around in and play at. Long story short – stay there, I mean it. If we go back, we will for sure stay there again.
Now, outfits, I’m going to just link em’ all below for you. I figure that’s easiest! Scroll through to see everything, I’m just highlighting the main ones I was asked about! But I did break it down into suits + clothes to make it easy for you.
Now let’s talk activities and food. I’m just going to bullet point it because I feel like that’s easiest.
- Pearl Harbor – this was actually a spur of the moment thing and I’m really glad we did it. I will be honest, the video is pretty graphic that they show before you go on the boat, so with little ones, be aware. 😉 But overall it was incredible to see a piece of history and learn more about it, plus my history teaching husband was in heaven.
- Dole Plantation – HANDS DOWN, best pineapple I’ve ever had. Do I think the train ride was worth it? Eh Maybe. If your little one loves trains – yes, but Blake was basically trying to jump off the entire time. HA! Had she not been doing that, it would’ve been fun. The garden was beautiful though and for sure get ALL the pineapple to eat!
- Family Pictures – This isn’t really an activity, but I just have to tell you guys, it was probably the best thing we did while there, I am SO glad we have beautiful pictures to remember the trip. We used Cantu Capture You Photography and she was INCREDIBLE and totally affordable.
- Swap Meet – I’m going to be honest here about this one….not what I expected. It was nice to grab a couple of cute things for a pretty good price, but overall, we could’ve skipped this and we wouldn’t have missed much. Sorrrrryyyy, just my opinion.
- Polynesian Cultural Center – For sure my favorite activity of the trip, so worth the money and do the Luau package, I promise it’s worth it, with the night show! I didn’t think Blake would make it through the “Breathe of Life” show at night but you guys, she LOVED IT, they didn’t stop and it was so entertaining! Plus ALL THE FIRE DANCING, which was legit. Also hop on the canoes for a tour of the villages through the water!
- Beach – All the beaches we went to were beautiful, some more crowded than others, but all beautiful and well that teal water!
- Temple – Go see the temple, seriously beautiful!! Even if you aren’t a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, do it. It’s just incredible to see and breathtaking. Just don’t ask anyone to take your picture 😉 #stillbitter #kidding
- Seven Brothers – We ate here in the North shore and it was pretty dang good! They’re burgers and their fries are like large potato slices that are seasoned and SO GOOD. I want to figure out how to make those here!
- Killer Tacos – Again, in the north shore, but on the other end and SO good. There’s also a lot of things to do and watch in this part of the North shore, like surfing, etc.
- Surf Lanai’ – This is at The Royal Hawaiian that I mentioned earlier, but you guys their breakfast buffet is SOOOO good and the pink pancakes were delicious.
- Shave Ice – We didn’t get to the North Shore one that everyone talked about, but we did hit one in Waikiki and it was delicious! Just find yourself Shave Ice while there and eat it all.