Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hawaii

Arriving in Hawaii.


View from our room.

Day 2 driving towards the North Shore and La'ie.

Dole Whip

Canoe ride

Day 3 Beautiful Chapel.

Somewhere along the North Shore.

Hawaii Temple

Mike and I at the Temple.

Beautiful Flower at the Temple.

Somewhere between the North Shore and La'ie.

Sunset

Last year Mike and I were driving around listening to the radio, when I heard that a local station was giving away trips to Hawaii to promote the new Hawaii 5-0. I jokingly told Mike we should call in, and the next day, we did. I won the very last trip they were giving away, which consisted of a 4 day 3 night stay in Waikiki, and airfare to Oahu, plus some spending money. We finally used our trip on September 2.

We arrived in Hawaii Friday afternoon, went to the beach, and then to eat. On Saturday, we woke up early, and headed out to do some shopping. I brought 3 pairs of shoes with me, and managed to break 2 of them on the first day, so shopping was a must. Plus, we had to get some souvenirs.

After that we drove up to the Dole plantation, to do a maze, and get some Dole whip. Honestly, there wasn't much to do there, and I wouldn't recommend it. We spent the rest of the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I wish we had more time there. It was beautiful and entertaining! We went to some demonstrations, took a canoe ride, and watched their show.

On Sunday, we went to the local ward, but completely missed sacrament. Even with a GPS, we drove right past the ward building. I have never seen a church like that! It was so beautiful and unique. After church, we drove back up to La'ie, but this time to visit the Temple. Hawaii has the most beautiful temple grounds. We made a quick stop at BYU, just so we could see it, then headed back to the beach. Since it was Sunday, we didn't get to swim, but we took lots of pictures, and sat and relaxed till it became to dark to see.

Monday we only had a few hours to spend till we had to leave, so we swam at Waikiki. I couldn't get over the beauty of Hawaii, especially the color of the water. The whole trip was so quick, but we were thankful for it. I don't think Mike and I would have ever spent the money to do this, so we are grateful for the chance we had.