Tyler had such a good time in Hawaii last December with Alison and Matt that he managed to talk Bernie's parents into going this year for Thanksgiving. We talked his brother and sister-in-law into coming too. Normally, I would choose to vacation somewhere new before going back to the same place again, but it is hard to argue with Tyler who LOVES the beach there! It was actually quite a different trip this time because we stayed in a condo away from Waikiki but with its own beautiful lagoon beach (no sharks!) and we got to do several things we hadn't done last time.
Here is the sunset on our lagoon the first night we were there.
The next day we went into Waikiki to introduce everyone to the yummy udon place from last time per Tyler's request.
Followed by dessert of shave ice at the best shave ice place on the island.
One day it was quite rainy, so we went to the only indoor activity we could find, the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor. While it was interesting and everyone enjoyed it, I found it way over priced.
Bernie was so sad we hadn't had time for the Dole Pineapple Plantation last year so we had to make sure we made it this year. Tyler loved the train ride around the plantation,
and of course eating the famous Dole Whip! While it was yummy, I don't think it is worth the crazy long lines people wait in at Disneyland for it.
We took a drive all the way up the west side of the island to where the road ends at Ka'ena State Park, an absolutely gorgeous beach!
Although it was kind of a rainy trip, we did enjoy as much beach time as possible in our lagoon. It was perfect. Tyler could swim out and see fish without worrying about the big waves and go right back to building his sand castles.
We are in trouble because Tyler is already asking when we can go back again. Maybe I will try to at least talk him into a different island next time!