Wednesday, September 14, 2011


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.


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.


jeanine said...

That is awesome! And even nicer that it was free! Beautiful pictures.

Kimi said...

That is totally the awesomest thing ever. That's so cool that you won it! You took some great pictures!

Stephanie said...

So fun! So beautiful! I bet you were in landscaping-picture-taking heaven. :)

Edling's said...

How fun! I always wanted to win a radio contest!...a trip to Hawaii is one GREAT prize!! What a beautiful place!

Tami said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful and well deserved vacation. Your pictures are beautiful (as usual). Somehow I missed the memo that you were going. And...that church in Waikiki/Honolulu is hard to find, we were late too when we looked for it, but it was worth finding. So beautiful and historic.

Cookies and Crumbs said...

So jealous!! I never win anything! Too bad you didn't have more time there. We went once many moons ago and would love to go back one day.
Your pics are beautiful.

Amy F. P. said...

How fun that you got to go to Hawaii and even better that you got to go for free. How exciting to win a vacation. I'm so glad you had such a fun time. It's good to get away every once in a while.

Brian and Lisa said...

I'm so glad you shared your trip with us! And your pictures are spectacular, especially the last picture of the beach at night. You should copywrite that picture or enter it in some sort of photography contest! It looks like one you'd find on one of those paid picture websites!
Glad you guys had fun!


Aloha! That means hello and good bye. So have a good trip and welcome back... I guess I could've just left it at Aloha!

The Yorgason Family said...

Are you serious?!! You won the tickets from a radio station call in.. That's Sooo Awesome!! It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Beautiful pictures!! Hawaii definitely is a place of Paradise and relaxation isn't it?! I'm Soo glad you guys were able to go!! Love the post!

Leannita said...

That is AMAZING that you scored free tickets! Those pics are beautifimus! So fun!!!

Pitt-Meisingers said...

Ah! Those pictures bring back lots of memories from my Hawaiian days! BEAUTIFUL!

Lesley said...

looks like a great vacation! ps you won the giveaway for the glasses so if you'll please email me, i'll get you in touch with bonlook. thanks and congrats!