A trip to Hawaii – back on board after a hiccup

Day 9 – back on board

So there’s been a gap in my blogging.  Sam started to really miss home, familiar foods, his computer and routine and basically had a three day meltdown.   There were occasions when he could come up for air, but suffice to say, the last few days have been quite a struggle for all of us.    A 7 night holiday may have been OK for him, but the 10 days we booked were just far too long for him.   I think that any future holidays with Sam will have to be brief and in Australia.

Today started out in a more positive way.  He was talking about how he’d miss his friends from the support unit at school and I suggested we host a Halloween party and invite them.   He picked up the idea and ran with it.  For the rest of the day he has been mostly positive.   I have no idea if this party will happen, but he’s certainly enjoying planning it.

I won’t be doing a travel blog about the past few days because it’s all been far too fraught.   Instead, I will just post some photos taken during the good patches.

moonlight cruise sunset

A couple of shots taken on our moonlight catamaran cruise

daytime view

daytime view of the city and mountains from our hotel

local bird

A local bird.  I took this shot for Alice the bird lady

tree IMG_5099

A couple of shots taken in Waikiki Zoo.

wakikii view

View from Waikiki beach.   I can’t get over how blue the waters are – and the incredible view

Alice and birds alice and robynrobyn and alice 2

Alice and I had so much fun in our obligatory Hawaii bird photos!

IMG_5181

Alice in new bikini at dusk

 
Sam in what we call “the magical garden”.   He loves it  

 Sandy beach.   Sam, Mick and I headed over here for a much needed bodysurf.  But the life savers warned us off going in.  Very disappointed.

A trip to Hawaii. Days 4 and 5/10

Day 4 – On the move

We’re up with lots of time to spare so that we can make our flight from Kona to Honolulu.    Taking more photos of lava en route to the airport.   Can’t have to many pictures of lava, right?

lava outside beachclub lava along road to Kona

Everything running like clockwork: hire car returned, checked in and just 20 mins to kill until we board the plane.  Flight is smooth and we find a shuttle bus to our hotel without issue.

boarding plane hawaiian islands

We’re staying at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, one street back from the beach, but we can’t check in yet – so we buy lunch from the ABC shop and eat on the beach.   Sam is getting pretty tired by now, so we get back to the hotel as soon as we are able.   He has a nap and we are able to have a swim in the ocean later in the day.

Dinner is at Denny’s.    We don’t have Denny’s in Australia but it seems to fit the bill for a family friendly restaurant which caters for plain eaters.    After dinner we head out to the shopping precinct.   Everything is open and there are lots of fairy lights and tiki torches – it’s just lovely.    After having a look around we settle the kids in their room (Sam with TV and Alice chatting to her friends via Facebook) and Mick and I sneak out for a couple of cocktails.

cocktail

Day 5.   Beaching and shopping

Back to the beach after brunch – again at Denny’s – and we finally get Alice into the water!    She’s always been very dubious about ocean swimming so it’s excellent to have her in with us.

sam in ocean mick in ocean

Alice in ocean

After the beach we catch a one of the tourist trolleys to Ala Moana shopping centre which Alice has been dying to see.    Sam is getting a bit cranky so we feed him some McDonalds (familiarity is very soothing for him).    We discover that with the exception of a store which sells nice tea and American Apparel, the Ala Moana centre pretty much just has more of the same as the Waikiki shopping strip, so we probably only need to return once.

I’ve been told that shopping in Hawaii isn’t as cheap as it used to be.   They aren’t kidding!    With the exception of jeans, I haven’t found anything cheaper than Sydney prices.   There are a lot of exclusive labels too, so that will save me some money – can’t quite imagine myself in Chanel.    The other thing saving me money is the fact that the stores are full of autumn clothes and I was hoping for summer buys.   With luck I may find some cheap summer sale stock, but I’m not holding my breath.   I have asked Alice to make sure I don’t buy anything with a Hawaiian print on it (a sarong being an exception) and she’s asked me not to let her buy anything with a ruched top.

Kids are happy to eat fruit and sandwiches in the room for dinner, so Mick and I sneak out again for a couple of cocktails served with some really lovely appetisers at the bar of Roy’s restaurant.  It’s a lovely, balmy evening for it.

While I would have liked a room with a view of the ocean, I don’t at all mind our view of the city and the mountains behind.  It’s especially pretty at night.

hotel view