There was a game I used to play as a child called MASH. It consisted of listing out future dreams such as how many kids you would have, where and what you would live in, and what kind of car you would drive. Through a process of counting a certain number and crossing out whatever you landed on, you could eventually get an idea of what your future held for you. Many times while playing that game I would choose Hawaii as one of my places I would one day like to live. The funny part about that is as I got older Hawaii became a place that I felt indifferent about. I looked at pictures and just couldn’t understand what was so great about it. I mean, I had been to Jamaica and Cancun and both of those places had beautiful scenery; Hawaii just seemed pale in comparison to that. Nevertheless, my grandmother had a lifelong wish to visit Hawaii so my husband and I decided to book a trip and take her along for the ride. I was happy to be going on vacation but thought that, while Hawaii was supposed to be awesome, it would just be okay for me. I was wrong.
We arrived in Hawaii at sunset after a long plane ride. After renting a car we headed to the place we would be staying, Honua Kai Resort. We rented a condo there through Kaanapali Beach Rentals. We stayed in Hokulani 919. It was too dark outside on the way to the resort to really see anything, so once we got settled in we ate dinner and went to bed. The next morning we were up bright and early, which is unusual for us. We opened the windows and saw a beautiful view…
That was when I got excited. It was so much prettier in person that any pictures I had found in my search. And the weather…it was in the 70’s in January. Perfection. After seeing that, we couldn’t stay inside so we ventured out to begin our vacation. We started with breakfast at Duke’s which was right on the property. I don’t remember what I had to eat, but my husband had the Banana and MacNut Pancakes and let me tell you, they were scrumptious. While we ate our breakfast we had some visitors that we shared with.
After breakfast we went to the beach and the pool where we spent most of the rest of our day. The views from the beach of the other islands was neat; almost like being somewhere exotic, not in the United States.
Stay tuned for Day Two which includes some sightseeing and purple burger buns! Until then, I’ll leave you with some more pictures of the grounds at Honua Kai!