Friday, September 14, 2012

Hawaii on the Horizon

A celebratory fall trip to Hawaii? Yes, please! While Stephen and I had originally talked about vacationing at Disney World or in Puerto Rico this year, his parents recently surprised us by announcing their decision to host a family trip to the Big Island in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary.

Not only am I incredibly excited to spend a full week exploring areas we only got to visit briefly during our honeymoon cruise a couple years ago, but I also love the fact that we’ll be traveling out during November – usually right around the time that colder weather starts to set in here in DC, leaving me itching for a little extra  sunshine and warmth.

Visiting Kauai during our honeymoon in June 2010. 
We haven’t officially lined up any activities as of yet, but a few things topping my wish list are to try my hand at stand-up paddle boarding, go hiking at Volcanoes National Park, and maybe even sneak in a bit of whale watching on the side, if it’s not too early in the season. Either way, I know we'll have no shortage of fun ways to pass the time! 

Have you ever been to Hawaii? If so, what’s your favorite island/activity? 

23 comments:

  1. i did the old luau thing, which i'm sure you did last time. and visiting the memorial, the usual tourist stuff. can't wait to see what you do this time.

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  2. I've been to Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, and I think the Big Island is my favorite. Be prepared for lots of lava rock and black sand - the bigger resorts bring in white sand for the tourists, but most of the island is wild, black volcanic ash, which is beautiful. Volcanoes Park is a "must," and if you are staying in Kona, try to make it to the farmers' market in Hilo. November will be a great time to travel - have an amazing time planning :)

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  3. I've been to Maui and Honolulu...both great. Def. do a luau, and relax by the ocean :)

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  4. I've never been to Hawaii but always wanted to go...enjoy all the big islands if you can!!

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  5. Never been to Hawaii but my husband lived there while stationed in Pearl Harbor during part of his service on the Navy.

    I am sure whatever you do would be great and will have a great time.

    I've always wanted to go so please take lots of photos and share!!!

    Have a great weekend :)

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  6. ohhh have so much fun! I've hear such wonderful things about Hawaii. What a nice family trip!

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  7. ah! that sounds so fun and exciting! can't wait til you go and take lots of pics :)

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  8. I want to travel! You are going to have the BEST time. Post lots of pictures!

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  9. This is so exciting!! What a trip!! And November is the perfect time to travel!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  10. what an awesome treat!! i've never been to hawaii but dream of a visit some time. i want to hula and surf.

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  11. It will be so much fun! i went to the volcano park and would have loved to do a helicopter ride too!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  12. How exciting!!! Can't wait to see the pictures!!

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  13. I've always wanted to go! I've never been to Hawaii and would love to do a hellicopter ride over the volcano!

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  14. oh my gosh, how exciting! I am totally GREEN with envy! I haven't ever been, but I want to go, and you have to take a billion gazillion photos!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  15. Have a blast in Hawaii!! We loved hiking in Volcanoes National Park!!! You will have an amazing time!

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  16. WOW! I would love to go to Hawaii! It is on my must travel too list. I would definitely want to see a volcano and whales are a must.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  17. So jealous of all your trips! I loved Hawaii when we went on our honeymoon. It's a magical place!

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  18. WOW! That sounds amazing! Enjoy your trip,
    Emily
    http://partymixtape.blogspot.ca

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  19. SUch fun!! We honeymooned on the Big Island. Kona is fabulous. Hilo was not (but the falls out there are great). Bring a sweatshirt when you go to Volcanoes Park, because when we were there it was cold and windy (and I was in shorts and a tank). If you rent a car, it should be a jeep or something the goes off-road so you can see more stuff. We used our jeep a lot.

    There is a book called Big Island Revealed that is kind of a bible of stuff to see and do there. I recommend buying it.

    *Erin

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  20. What?! So jelly! How funnnn! We loved Hawaii! We didn't go to the big island, so I don't have any recommendations there. You're going to have so much fun! I can't wait to hear all about it and see pics!

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  21. Sounds like such an exciting trip! That's really nice that your husbands parents invited you guys to go with them! So jealous. I'd love to go to Hawaii one day. It looks so beautiful! :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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