Aloha Vacation!

My trip to Hawaii was full of activities and rejuvenating beach time. I love staying busy and getting the most out of my trip and that’s just what we did. (I count laying out on the beach for a few hours a form of staying busy.) 😉

Hawaii bound!

Hawaii bound!


The goods for the 9 hour flight

Lee and I made sure to plan activities (you know, like mad libs, music time, eating time) for every hour of the plane ride. Nine hours seems scary but with our chocolates and treats, it went by pretty fast!


Are we there yet?

When we arrived, my cousin Joey and his fiance Alexis greeted us at the Honolulu airport with fresh lays.


We wasted no time getting into the Hawaiian spirit.


Mai Tai time!

We stopped by their lovely apartment to drop off our things and get comfortable with our home for the week before heading to Mai Tai Bar for drinks and appetizers. We ordered shrimp, edamame, and a large salad for the table.

jet lag who?

Afterwards, we headed back to the apartment to chill out in the hot tub and enjoy the night before heading out to explore the bars at Lewers Street. (Jet lag who?)

View of the courtyard

View of the courtyard

The city view of Honolulu from the porch

The city view from the porch

Getting to Lewers Street where the night life is was about a mile walk. Since we burned so many calories, we had to reward ourselves with a few drinks 😉

crazy tree along the route

crazy tree along the route

The next morning, we awoke at 7 AM Hawaii time and were surpsingly ready to rock and roll. Lee and I went for an hour walk to get some light cardio in since he’s not supposed to run after his ACL surgery just yet. Then, we went to Walmart to load up on snacks and drinks. (Waikiki is a pricey place- thank goodness for Wally World.)


We lived off these delicious snacks along with chex mix and cereal. Super healthy, huh?


I also picked up some of this just because it looked cool.

When we got back to the apartment, we enjoyed the porch views and then got ready to head to the beach with Joey.

my lay still holding strong the next day

my lay still holding strong the next day

being lazy after swimming and laying by the beach

being lazy after swimming and laying by the beach

We watched volleyball and played botchi ball.

We watched volleyball and played botchi ball.

I snapped this picture on our walk home from the beach and volleyball

I snapped this picture on our walk home from the beach and volleyball

That evening we went to a sushi go-round for dinner and followed it up with crepes for dessert.

So tasty

So tasty

Monday morning, we woke up at 7 AM again ready to start our day. We went for a 2 hour walk around the city and came back to do a little porch hanging and pool relaxing.

I snuck in this picture of Lee

I snuck in this picture of Lee

Then it was off to snorkel but not before making a slight detour.

The Bounty Huntah'!!

The Bounty Huntah’!!

Yep, we drove by Dog’s house. Success. Joey also gave us a tour of the south eastern tip of Oahu.

pretty views

pretty views

Then it was time for lunch. We needed to fuel up before snorkeling of course.



We went to Hanauma Bay to snorkel. No sea turtle sightings but we saw some cool fish.




We got back to the apartment and brought in Joey and Alexis’ favorite nearby sushi restaurant for dinner.


My sashimi bowl

Then the four of us we went out to party rock at LuLu’s.


Joey and Alexis – our fab hosts

On Tuesday morning, we had a relaxing start at the pool and hot tub and then headed over to Duke’s for a breakfast buffet.

Plate 1

Plate 1

Plate 2

Plate 2

Then it was beach time. That night, we got to attend a luau.

switching beaches

switching beaches

a rainbow at the luau!

a rainbow at the luau!



Lee got chosen to do a lil' dance

Lee got chosen to do a lil’ dance

learning to hula

learning to hula



Dinner at the luau

Dinner at the luau

And my favorite, the dessert

And my favorite, the dessert

Dancers at the luau

Dancers at the luau

I snuck a picture of our picture

I snuck a picture of our picture

After the luau, we walked down the beach to conclude our evening. The next morning, we were ready to get a real workout at the gym. We did the elliptical and some free weight workouts and finished up with a little yoga outside. Next it was on to the popular local market to look for some souvenirs for our friends and family.

We tried some "shave ice"

We tried some “shave ice”

Then we got lunch plates, a popular item in Hawaii

Then we got lunch plates, a popular meal in Hawaii

That evening, we went on a sunset cruise.


A rainbow sighting while at sea

On Thursday, we went for an early morning walk on the beach and then hiked Diamond Head.

The view

The view

Afterwards, Lee and I headed to the beach but first stopped to get some Teriyaki chicken and a salad to split.



A little sunburnt

We hung out on the beach for the majority of the day and even found Santa!


Violin-playing Santa Claus!

That night, we grilled out at the apartment with friends.

Chicken, salad, and grilled pineapple

Chicken, salad, and grilled pineapple

We went out that evening to a little bar with live music and walkd to some other cool bars as well.

Friday was our last day and we were determined to pack more fun activities in for the day. Lee and I went for a shorter walk that morning and then went to breakfast with Joey before going to the beach for the remainder of the day.



I even got to paddle surf at the beach. It was really enjoyable. We came back to the apartment later in the afternoon to pack up and clean up before heading out to our last dinner. And boy, was it quite the lavish meal!

Shabu Shabu (Japanese hot pot)

Shabu Shabu (Japanese hot pot)

Acai bowl

Acai bowl

Taiwan shave ice

Taiwan shave ice


This stuff was awesome!

The Taiwan shave ice was so tasty and very light too. (The English major in me would like to point out that the Hawaiians use the verb ‘shave’ as an adjective but whatevs it’s island life!)

One of my favorite parts about this trip was how active Lee and I were the entire time. Waikiki is a walkable city so we literally walked just about everywhere we could. If you get the chance, definitely visit this fun city!

Mahola Hana Hou Hawaii, Joey and Alexis! (Thanks again Hawaii, Joey and Alexis!) 😀

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27 thoughts on “Aloha Vacation!

  1. Wow, looks like such a fun vacation, Alex! I would’ve been totally sunburned by the end of the trip, lol.

  2. Ummmm so jealz. This looks like an awesome time.

    Is it just me, or is everyone in the bloggerverse going to Hawaii lately?!

  3. I am beyond jealous. also that popcorn is awesome, I used to get it at the world market when they sold it there. I haven’t seen it there in a while.

  4. Francene Katzen says:

    I am super excited about finally getting to see pics and read all about your fabulous trip-it really looked like a wonderful time-so much fun!!! Really great day for you to do this blog-put a big old smile on my face-thanks!!! So happy you & Lee got to enjoy such a wonderful trip!!!

  5. pickyrunner says:

    Wow this trip looks INCREDIBLE! You definitely are making me want to go to Hawaii. I love all the walking, beaching, eating, and relaxing you did while you were there! I have the same longchamp bag as you. It comes with me everywhere 🙂

  6. erikaE says:

    Omg!!! Your trip looks amazing! This is def one of the best recaps of a vacation that I’ve seen on a blog since all I really care about is what you did and what you ate and you took great photos of everything! That taiwanese shave ice looks SO GOOD. As does pretty much everything you ate! Looks like you were able to eat pretty healthily for the most part–you’re so good!

  7. Great photos! Lime tostitos are the best!

  8. katiemoves says:

    Omg what an awesome vacation. I love your pictures. This would be such a dream of mine to go! I’m thinking somewhere tropical for my honeymoon yes please! That shave ice looks so cool!

  9. Beth says:

    Looks like you all had quite an AWESOME trip! 🙂
    welcome back!!

  10. I have decided that I am going to vicariously live through you. Your photos are stunning. And isn’t the best part about any vacation the food and beach time? Glad you had fun!!

  11. jumpeatrun says:

    wow! that was a serious recap and so full of amazing looking fun and food! totally makes me want to go on vacation!

  12. Carol says:

    Great pictures Alex. Looks like you and Lee had a fantastic time. All the food pictuers are making me hungry!

  13. Cindy says:

    I love Hawaii. How could you not have a good trip, it’s so beautiful there 😀

  14. Looks like you had an amazing time!

  15. Jealous!!! I hope I can afford a trip like that someday, you look like you had a blast and no time getting into the groove of things…

  16. So jealous of your trip!! I want to be somewhere warm again!

  17. Francene Katzen says:

    You got Lee to split a meal with you-wow-am impressed! Loved how you went thru the entire trip from beginning to end-felt like I was there, well almost!

  18. awww yea, how else could you start your vaca besides having a mai tai??

  19. deniliese says:

    I don’t see any spam! What’s hawai’i with out some grilled spam?! Lol jk everything looks right out of a vacation magazine…amazing!

  20. IRENA & dots says:

    Looks like you too really had a good time! That’s great!!!

  21. This all looks so incredibly amazing! I love all your pictures! The desserts looked particularly splendid. Oh, who am I kidding? Desserts always look great. So glad that you were able to have this experience!!

  22. bezzymates says:

    What a fun filled trip. Looks like you had a great time.

  23. Abby says:

    Oh my gosh, it looks like such a blast!!! SO glad you had a good time, and oh my.. that food is making me hunnnngrry! Yay for such a fun trip! 🙂

  24. Kaitlin says:

    This simply looks WONDERFUL! I’m so glad you guys went to the Kona Brewery 🙂 It’s always fun to taste it at its home. I really want to try that shaved ice! I think it’s like shaved snow in LA or something. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed yourselves!

  25. bentodays says:

    Looks like you had a great trip! Lovely!

  26. Aloha! Ever since I saw the Disney Original movie Rip Girls, I’ve been itching to go to Hawaii! It sounds like you had a taste of everything from all of the different foods to activities! The luau looks especially fun!

  27. I’m so jealous! This looks like a really awesome trip 😀

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