Hawaii things to do

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…


Pearl Harbor

Beautiful weather for a lovely day at Pearl Harbor. Although sobering at times, the high amounts of “‘MURICA” can wear a little thin- although I will say it was a lot less predominant than we were expecting. The whole Pearl Harbor Memorial site is very well done, and entry is…


Waimea Valley, Oahu

Waimea Valley had been on my to-do list ever since we booked this trip.  Not only is it pretty, it was also featured in three different episodes of Lost, and I want to see as many Lost Locations as I can while I’m here.   Entry was $16 per adult,…


Byodo-In Temple, Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is located about 20 minutes north of Kailua, on your way up the north shore of Oahu.  It features a 1968 replica of the 11th-century Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In Buddhist temple complex in Kyoto, Japan. On our departure from Kailua, we decided…


The best lookout you’ve ever been to

The Pali lookout is an incredible view- just doing the drive up and over the Pali Highway is amazing. Parking is a ticketing system, that only costs a few dollars. We accidentally parked in the bus parking area, and didn’t realise until we got back to the car a few…


Swap Meet at Aloha Stadium

Well, this was certainly an interesting way to spend a Saturday in Honolulu! After getting settled in Kailua, we decided to make the short trek back to Honolulu to check out the Swap Meet. It was about 25 minutes from Kailua, and would be about the same if you were…


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…


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…