Back in September 2016, Haley and I travelled to Hawai’i for the first time. We started on Oahu for a few days, hopped over to Kaua’i for five days, then wrapped up on Maui for a few more days.
On Oahu, we started off enjoying sunset from Waikiki beach. The next day we visited Pearl Harbor, including the awesome collection of airplanes at the World War II Aviation Museum, then climbed up Diamond Head. There we saw a paramedic fall out of a helicopter rescue basket in high winds while taking someone down who needed medical assistance (thankfully he was ok). On our final day in Honolulu, we hiked up Koko Head, which has an abandoned cog railroad trail that is the hardest stair climbing exercise I have ever done.
Over on Kaua’i, we started off hiking into the Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Most afternoons were filled with different beautiful beaches. We went chasing waterfalls on the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali coast. We later took a boat tour along the Na Pali coast. On the opposite side of Kaua’i, we ventured down an old irrigation ditch in a tube. Other awesome areas we visited were dipping into the Pacific Ocean at the Queen’s Bath, biking along the coast, visiting adult beverage places like Koloa rum and Kaua’i Coffee .
Once we landed on Maui, we immediately did the infamous Road to Hana trip, which involved driving along the eastern side of Maui along windy roads, over single-land bridges, and around a bunch of incredible waterfalls. We had the best sunset from a place that looked like another planet over at the summit of Mount Haleakala. Our last day in paradise ended on a high note, as I finally saw my first sea turtle while snorkeling at Ka’anapali Beach