Posted by: monsonmadness | January 19, 2013

North Shore, Waimea Valley, Dole Plantation and Chili’s!

Hawaii – Day 4

Everyone was really sad that this was our last day in Hawaii. We voted 7-1 that we should stay here instead of going back to the snow, but the 1 person happens to be the head of the home so he trumped us all!

After we checked out of our awesome beach house, we drove along the north shore and enjoyed fantastic views and huge crashing waves. It was fun to see surfers having a great time.

Our first activity of the day was visiting Waimea Valley which had beautiful plants and flowers and a nice waterfall. The kids loved running around and laughing, and were really happy when they got a shaved ice there too.

After that, we drove around trying to get flu shots for everyone, because that’s what you do when you’re on vacation in Hawaii right? After trying 4 different pharmacies, we gave up and decided to enjoy the rest of the day.

Next stop…the Dole Pineapple Plantation. We rode on the Pineapple Express and learned loads of interesting things about pineapples! We tasted free samples and then tried the famous Dole Whip ice cream which was delicious.

We still had a couple of hours to kill before we needed to take our cars back and check in, so we went to a shopping center. We were hoping to take the kids to a movie, but the times didn’t work out. We ended up in “Fun factory” where we spent about an hour playing basketball shooting games, ski ball, air hockey etc. Then, we went to Chili’s for dinner. YUM.

The airport wasn’t very much fun at all. Getting all the baggage through the agricultural inspection was a hassle, we had to pay for each checked bag (rip off), and our kids were tired from not napping and being up so late. Emma had several tantrums and we got quite a lot of stares. My friend Amy had sent us stickers and coloring books etc so the other kids were entertained while we waited for our flight. It left at 10pm, so fortunately, everyone except for me was out in a matter of minutes and slept the whole way.

We feel so blessed that we were able to have this break in Hawaii. When does anyone ever get a free vacation to Hawaii? It would have cost a fortune to fly our family here, not likely to ever happen again…we had so many wonderful experiences and made some great memories. It was a nice transition period for us.

Now we are “home”. Driving here it felt so weird, like we’d never even been in American Samoa at all. I am completely exhausted and am going to nap as soon as I post this. It is freezing cold and we have a long list of things to do, but the laundry is going, Michael is out getting a hair cut for his job interview next week, and it looks like life will be a boring kind of normal from here on out. Is this the end of my blogging career? Can’t imagine that I’ll have too much to write about any more…


  1. Glad you enjoyed your time in Hawaii. Maybe you’ll return here one day again.

  2. When it is 40 degrees here my kids think it is freezing! I hope your kids find that playing in the snow makes it worth something!
    I hope you won’t stop blogging! I can’t imagine that your house will ever be boring!

  3. Keep blogging!

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