Day 1: Our flight landed around 5:20-5:30am. We collected our baggage and called the cab we had reserved. The driver was already waiting for us (our fare was a flat rate) and got us to our hotel with no hassle. He was very polite and friendly and gave us lots of advice and tips for our stay. We dropped our luggage off at the hotel which kindly let us eat breakfast even though it was 6:30am and check in wasn’t until 3pm. The breakfast was very good with tons of food to choose from. eggs, bacon, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cottage cheese, waffles, cereal and so on. It was hands down the biggest and best free breakfast I have ever seen at a hotel. The lobby and dining area are both outdoors which I thought was super cool and interesting.

We headed out to Waikiki Beach which was just a short walk away and let Tru play in the water and enjoy the ocean for the first time ever. He LOVED it to say the least. He never ever wanted to stop playing in the water again. The area of ocean we were in is blocked off from the rest so there were plenty of fish but no large waves and the water was 100% clear. It was just like standing in the bath tub for how clear it was. Perfect for kids.
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We had to come back to the hotel as we were exhausted to the point that we seriously couldn’t hold our eyes open. I was getting dizzy I was so tired. We decided to sit in the lobby and thankfully the hotel texted us to inform us that our room was ready and we could check in early at around 10. We all collapsed in the beds after getting quick showers and slept for a few hours. We headed out to walk around the beach area after a lunch of broccoli soup cooked in our room on the hot plate. We explored a park area and walked until it got dark.

First opinions: This is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty of the blue water and striking mountains. I love it! I am also surprised, although saddened, that there seems to be a very large homeless population around Honolulu/Waikiki. I don’t know if all areas of the island are this way but there are homeless people everywhere! It makes me feel terrible. 😦

Day 2: Everyone has been telling us, “If you want to enjoy Hawaii, get out of Waikiki!” So today, we did. We got on T.heBus and very unsuccessfully pretended we knew what we were doing. Yes, we missed our stop. Yes, we got 2 free rides and 1 discounted rate probably because the drivers felt sorry for us. But we made our way to Kailua Beach and it was worth it!! It was positively gorgeous! Blue water, and the whitest sand I have ever seen on a beach. Fine and powdery compared to Florida beaches. It was marvelous. We also saw a purple/blue jellyfish up on the sand. I put him back in the water using a bucket because i was afraid Tru would step on it. Tru wanted to play in the water but the waves were too big and crashing on him. We had to take turns holding him in the water. I haven’t had a chance to actually get in swimwear yet and get in there myself but I have gotten 2 outfits quite wet out there holding on to Tru. 😉 Levi took a nap in the carrier while I held him and we just sat out there for hours enjoying the beach. We had another crazy ride back to the hotel and made another meal on the hotplate and off to bed.
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Notes of the day: It’s crazy because there are sooooo many people on this island but I almost feel like it’s lonely here. It’s so cut off from everywhere else. But I could still totally make a home here amongst the mountains. The flora and fauna are amazing and gorgeous. God has blessed me so much to get to enjoy this beautiful place that so many people desire to see.

Day 3: After breakfast, we moved from our first hotel to our second hotel of the week. It was just about a half mile away so we walked rather than call a cab since large baggage is not allowed on the bus. Our room wasn’t ready yet as it was still several hours until check-in time, so we left our bags there went to see Diamond Head Crater. We weren’t able to get the babies up the walkway as it is stairs and there was no way we could carry them that far. So we walked for awhile down some streets and ate a picnic lunch at Diamond Head then took the bus to Sandy Beach which we had seen the day before driving by on our way back to the hotel. There is a very cool attraction there in a rock the blows water out of the top when the waves hit it. It was so awesome to see. The waves were quite big and I stationed myself and the babies way far back from the water. As Tru and I were digging in the sand for small shells, out of nowhere a huge wave came up and grabbed at us. Tru screamed and I grabbed his arm. Levi, who was sitting in the stroller was hit by the wave as well. It was crazy. We moved even farther back after that and I learned to keep my eyes open for crazy rouge waves. After that, we grabbed some pre-made meals from a convenience store and took them back to our hotel as it was getting late. I threw in some laundry and we konked out for the night.
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Day 4: We were pretty worn out so we kept it low key today. I really didn’t want to go on the bus today because it’s so hard to load the babies on and off with all their baby gear and double stroller. So we walked to Ala Moana shopping district which is only about 1.6 miles from our hotel. That mall….. there are no words to describe it. It is enormous!!! Mac.y’s alone is 4 stories tall! I didn’t even bother to take pictures because they just couldn’t capture the enormity of that mall. We went there so we could go out to eat at B.ubba Gu.mps. It was good. After that we walked to the grocery store and bought the supplies we needed for the next few days. Everyone tells you that it’s expensive here. That’s such an understatement. Even cooking at our hotels, we spent almost $70 for hotdogs, the makings for penne pasta with chicken and broccoli, and the makings for tacos. We bought a few snack items that were “cheap” and walked back to the hotel. We relaxed for a bit and then took the babies swimming in the pool and for a soak in the spa.
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Day 5: We decided to rent a car for the day so we could see more of the Island on our own time without the hassle of getting the babies on and off the bus. DH took the bus to pick up the car and then drove back to the hotel to get us. We moved our baggage to the third hotel and then set out on our adventure. We drove to the North shore which was 39 miles from our hotel. It’s the top of the Island. This Island is so small that you can easily drive from one end to another in about an hour. We stopped at a beach there for a bit and then drove through a Historic town and ate at an overpriced (by Mainland standards) Mc.Donald’s. Then we drove to the Blow Hole so we could take pictures and stopped at Sandy Beach again to look for shells. Shells are hard to find around here aside from the billions of itty bitty shells. So I collected a lot of pretty pieces of Pumice. We drove back to the hotel as it was almost dusk after that and dropped the car off at the rental place beside the hotel. DH walked back after the kids and I. A man came up and asked me for money for a sandwich. I felt intimidated because I had the babies with me so I gave him some change. Later DH said the same man stopped him and asked for money. When DH told him he had no cash, the man asked him if he had any pot. 😦 I cooked super in the full kitchen in our room and we chilled for a couple hours until bedtime.
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Day 6: We kept it super low key on our last day. We got up the latest yet around 9 I think and headed down to the beach for a few hours. We just hung out in the water where it’s kind of blocked off a bit from the rest of the ocean by a rock barrier so that Tru and Levi could stay in the water with us but not get knocked around by big waves. It was really relaxing and fun to just sit in the water and walk the babies around and watch the little fish that seem to be everywhere around our feet. I kept religiously applying sunblock just like I had all week but at some point it got in my eye on the way back to the hotel and tears were just streaming down my face. As soon as we got back to the hotel, we all got in the shower together. Levi seemed to have some sunblock in his eyes too as they looked pretty red. After we got all cleaned up, we had some turkey sandwiches and the boys took a nap while DH and I sat on the balcony for awhile and then sat in bed watching videos online and I washed our laundry. It was one of the few times DH and I actually got to relax ALONE the whole time since we kept falling asleep every night from getting worn out with all the running around to different parts of the Island etc without getting to watch TV or eat the popcorn I packed. So that was nice. When the boys woke up we made tacos for supper and headed down to the beach to get a family picture which was a FAIL!! BUT, we found out the were going to set off fireworks so we stuck around for that and they were really nice. 🙂 It was a nice little send off for our last evening. We went back to our hotel and.. crazy thing… we watched more sitcoms online after the boys went to sleep and ate popcorn and everything.  So our last day was really quiet but good rest for our huge, looooong trip home.

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The flights: we traveled for 19+ hours going to Hawaii and 24+ going home. I envisioned a nightmare with 2 babies but praise God, they were sooooo good. They cried very minimally on only a couple flights and Tru even slept through 2 flights and 1 layover, waking only for a few minutes. We hung out in the kid play areas at the airports and ate lots of protein bars so all sugar was balanced. Really, I just prayed they would be good and I was not disappointed. The flights (3 going there and 3 coming home) and layovers were hard in me as an adult so I was shocked at how well the babies handled it. They worn comfy clothes and we packed toys and coloring books etc.
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