Cruising the Na Pali Coastline

The second day in Kauai is a short one, and the cruise line requires all guests to be back on board by the early afternoon. It is for a good reason though. Before leaving Kauai to head back to Oahu, the ship does a scenic cruise past the Na Pali Coastline. The cliffs are one…

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There is Such a Thing as a Bad Day in Hawaii

On our last day in Hawaii, we had a few hours to spend before catching our red eye flight back to LA, so we decided to venture out of the Waikiki/Honolulu area and check out the other side of the island. Honestly, everything about this day turned out to be a complete disaster. With my…

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Journey to Waimea Canyon

I first heard about Waimea Canyon a few years back, when reading an issue of National Geographic about the most beautiful places in the world. So when I saw that a round-trip excursion to Waimea Canyon was offered through the cruiseline, my family and I immediately signed up! And even better, it was  offered on…

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Luau Kalamaku

No Hawaiian vacation is complete without attending a luau. Roasted pigs, hula dancers, leis…we’ve all been to luau themed parties, I’m sure, but getting to attend a real luau is a whole different experience! When searching for a luau in Kauai, all sources direct you to the same one: Luau Kalamaku. So we bought our…

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Kalapaki Beach and Shopping in Nawiliwili

No more than maybe 10-15 minutes on foot from the port of Nawiliwili you can find lots of fun shops, bars, and restaurants. They aren’t all cute and touristy like some of the other port cities, but look more like where the locals would go to spend an evening or run their errands. So is…

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Kayaking to Hidden Valley Falls!

When booking this cruise and hearing it would be stopping in Kauai, I had one objective: kayak through the rainforest. There are many different ways to make this happen, but for the ease of not having to worry about anything, we decided to book an excursion through the cruise ship. There are several excursions that…

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Snorkeling in Kona

Our second day on the big island brought us to the port of Kona. We didn’t have any specific plans for this day; all we knew was that we needed Kona coffee, shave ice, and snorkeling time, in no particular order. And our parents had booked a tour for Kona, so we were going to…

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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory!

We didn’t mean to come here. My family and I aren’t really “factory tour” kind of people. We didn’t even know this place was in Hilo. But when we finished in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park earlier than planned, and drove past a sign advertising Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory tours and gift shop, well, we…

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Standing only a short drive away from the port of Hilo on the big island of Hawai’i are Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world’s most active volcanoes, oozing lava from deep within the Earth’s core. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was established to protect these awesome volcanoes, and provide a safe way for visitors to…

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Beach Time in Maui!

It would be wrong to visit a place known for having some of the best beaches in the world and not step foot on even one of them, so when we had a little extra time after our day in Haleakala National Park, we knew exactly how to spend it. Since Maui is an island…

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