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Manoa Valley, Oahu

We had a great hike through the rainforest and Valley. At every turn you could wonder if that particular tree or mountain had featured in Jurassic Park or Lost.  I’ve taken it as a bit of a mission to find as many Lost locations as I can on this trip…

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Kahekili Beach, Maui

Kahekili Beach Park is just accross the freeway from where we’re staying in Maui. A lovely beach- although the sand is super hot! We’ve done some great snorkelling over the last few days, in pristine clear water. Great for the kids, so long as you keep them under the shade…


Jaws Beach and the Road To Hana (almost)

After our excellent lunch in Paia, we decided to continue west to see Jaws Beach. It’s a pretty amazing break to look at- absolutely massive. I’m not a surfer, but can totally appreciate how much a big deal this beach is. We stayed up on the lookout for a while…


Paia, Maui

Today we started with no plan at all. We had a bit of a late start due to last night’s luau in Lahaina, and so just decided to jump in the car and drive until we found somewhere to stop. Some of our party had been to Paia in the…


Drums of the Pacific Lu’au – Maui

The Drums of the Pacific Lu’au is at the , right on Kāʻanapali Beach. After seeing the venue I’d be very tempted to try and stay at the Hyatt on our next visit. Budget allowing….. It was about a 20-minute walk from our house in Lahaina, which was pretty good…


Old Lahaina Town

Lahaina is beautiful town and a wonderful place to wander the streets with a pram. Seriously- it’s pretty nice. Architecturally, Lahaina reminded us a lot of New Orleans, which we found surprising considering how close they aren’t. It has a great history and was the capital of The Kingdom of…


The Outlets of Maui

The Outlets of Maui is an enormous shopping centre full of outlet stores. We really had no idea what we were doing when we set out, only to vaguely make our way to Lahaina to check it out. We’d heard of the outlets, and so decided to check them out…


Kāʻanapali Beach, Maui

Kāʻanapali Beach, like so many in Hawaii, has to be seen to be believed. The expanses of crystal clear water and bright white sand couldn’t be a better sight to a family escaping a drizzly Melbourne winter. There are a number of resorts nearby and it’s a very short drive…


Maui Fish and Pasta

We stumbled on Maui Fish and Pasta after having a wander through Whalers Village. The restaurant is reasonably priced, with mains being around $15. The sashimi in particular is excellent. The staff were extremely friendly and accomodating of our pram, and there’s a spectacular view of Kaanapali Beach as well….


Honakahuna Bay, Maui

After arriving in Maui yesterday, our first away mission was to head north from our lodgings in Lahaina. Some of our crew were heading to Kaanapali, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a parking spot, so we kept heading north. We ended up walking through the Ritz Carlton to get to…


Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber

After much too-ing and fro-ing about where to stay on our first night in Waikiki, we settled on the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. As we were departing the next day for Maui, we needed somewhere that offered single night stays, as well as being close enough to the action…


Hotel St. Marie, New Orleans

We had originally booked the Place De Arms Hotel on Saint Ann St. Upon arrival, we were told that we were a month early, and that we were in fact due to stay there on July 6, not June 6. They were also full, so couldn’t give us another room….