We left for a fabulous Hawaiian vacation in the morning on August 19th and arrived in Kauaii in the afternoon! It was a wonderful adventure, all of the flights went smoothly and the kids did well. Sam was a wiggle worm but did well overall!
As soon as we got to the resort Layla was chomping at the bit to go in the pool, so… off we went! Sam went swimming too!
Layla was so happy! She loves a hotel and a hotel pool! Little mermaid girl!
For Hawaii, matching pink pedis!
More fun pool time with my babies!
Happy to be hanging out in the time share with Nonna and Papa!
Of to the local Koaloa Farmer’s market to gather up some amazing Hawaiian produce! We were so looking forward to apple bananas and sugar loaf pineapples! Delicious!!
Layla wanted a drink in a coconut! She ended up not loving it but it definitely made for a cute picture!
Kisses in live outside of the Koaloa Fish Market!
Cute little beach buns on her way up to from the beach!
A little beach time for the boys!
More pool fun with Nonna and our new friends Logan and Riley.
I LOVE this picture of my boys lounging by the pool, all smiles!
Layla and Daddy having a little hang time in the hammock!
Sam and Papa! Papa is workin so crazy after pool side lounging hair!
Breakfast on the Lanai
Sammy enjoying some local Hawaiian fruit for breakfast! Mango! Juice all down the front of his belly!
Just kickin’ back, enjoying breakfast on Hawaiian time on the Lanai!
Breakfast on the Lanai, apple bananas, Sugar loaf pineapple, mango, papaya, star fruit, toast, Hawaiian coffee! Perfection!
Some fun in the pool with daddy!
Trying out her new pink snorkel from Uncle Dave T. in the pool!
Hawaii is my dad’s nirvana! He is always so relaxed and peaceful here!
Sam is pretty peaceful too! Passed out poolside!
Layla running through the grounds! She got really comfortable really fast!
Checking out some Kauai chickens!
Photo Shoot & Boys Barbequing!
Sweet Little Dude!
Nonna with her grandbabies!
These two are trouble when they are together! They went out to go grocery shopping for stuff for the bbq and stopped for beers more than once!
Wine, Hawaii and smiles = so much fun!
Early Morning Walk
Sam and I went on a walk and were checking out the Koi fish wile Daddy sleeps in a little.
We also stopped to watch the surfers and the beautiful morning sky above Poipu!
This little mermaid just couldn’t get enough of the pool!
Sweet sleeping boy poolside!
With Layla in the pool making new friends and Sam asleep, Mommy got some reading done!! I love my new Kindle Guy got me for the trip!
Layla and her new friends off to take a hula lesson!
The hotel offered activities and one of the ones Layla was interested in was Hula Lessons. It was adorable and was the inspiration for her to become a hula girl someday. When we got home from this trip I looked into hula in North County San Diego and found Kehulili O Kailani Polynesian Dance school and for that I am grateful!
Our beautiful little girl learning some Hula!
While Layla danced, Sam slept!
Such a cute picture with all of the sandals in the foreground of the girls learning hula.
Layla with her first hula teacher!
After Hula treats!
Another little photo shoot before we headed off to a beautiful dinner to celebrate Donna’s Birthday at Red Salt.
Layla and Nonna with her crazy cotton candy birthday cake desert!
Vacation really wears a girl out!
Our first cruise down the Kanapalii Beach boardwalk for dinner! I believe we ate at The Hula Grill that night! Layla ordered a plate of sashimi for dinner and would have powered the entire thing if we didn’t fight for a bite!
Here comes trouble!
Out in front of one of the hotels on our walk down to Whaler’s Village was a super cool Tiki so I had to stop and take some pictures of Layla!
A great picture of me my babies and my parents!
Sam just chillin’ enjoying the sights of the walk!
Layla enjoying her her big girl drink complete with umbrella and a pineapple wedge!
Sam didn’t mind gnawing on some pineapple from the edge of the cocktails!
Aww! Little dude passed out on his Nonna’s shoulder!
Me with 2 of my favorite boys! My dad and
The Banyan Tree
The afternoon of our Luau we went into Lahaina early to enjoy the cute shops and art galleries! We also made a stop at the famous Banyan tree! This Banyan tree is one of the largest in the world! It basically takes up one city block! It is amazing!
While we were checking out the Banyan tree and the art exhibit set up around it, Layla and Papa cruised over to see another cool historic monument/memorial!
A beautiful Maui rainbow!
The Old Lahaina Luau
Donna arranged for us to go to the Old Lahaina Luau which is the best Luau in Hawaii! We took some photos before hand and had some wonderful pictures taken by the photographers on sight as well! We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed an awesome dinner and a spectacular show! Yet another inspiration for Layla to become a hula dancer!
The whole family before entering the Luau!
Layla enjoying her Lei greeting at the Luau!
Sam any I with our beautiful orchid leis!
Our awesome little family ready to enjoy a fabulous night!
Layla enjoying learning how to use and play the Puili, bamboo sticks!
The luau began with a dance using the puili!
Layla was also able to learn how to make a wrist sized Lei with the beautiful and fragrant plumeria flower!
Such a happy boy!
I am so lucky to call these beautiful Keiki mine!
Another performance using the uli uli!
Sam enjoyed the festivities of the luau and passed out!
We were able to meet and greet some of the performers after the show!
Layla absolutely loved it! We all did, it was a wonderful night!
Our professional pictures from the Luau!
That night after we got back to the resort Layla dressed herself in her Grass skirt and coconuts! It was adorable and hilarious rolled into one! She is awesome!
The view from our Lanai! Not bad eh!
Feeding the Koi Fish
The Maui Marriott in Kananpali had some fun activities for kids, one morning Layla was able to participate in the Koi fish feeding!
Our little beauty!
Me and my little wahine!
Later that same day Layla went to the kids club to make a candy lei!
Layla wearing her candy lei after she finished making it!
Our to keiki and a tiki!
Donna waving to us at the pool from the Lanai!
Layla the mermaid swimming laps!
Layla and papa hanging out in the pool together!
Reading my Kindle and nursing my baby! Poolside multitasking at its best!
The girls ready for a night of delicious food at Star Noodle!
Guy with his pineapple princess!
and his pineapple prince!
Papa with his pineapple princess!
Dinner at Star Noodle was EPIC!! So good we went back a couple of nights later!
Maui Brewing Company Tasting Room
Donna was able to set up a tasting at the Maui Brewing tasting room. We stopped there on our way out to the aquarium!
Maui Ocean Center Aquarium
We had a wonderful day at the Maui Ocean center enjoying all sorts of amazing sea creatures!
The octopus was movin’ and groovin’ all over his aquarium and was such an amazingly beautiful sight to see!
After a fun and educational afternoon at the Maui Ocean Center we headed off toward the other side of the island for dinner at Mama’s Fish House!
We stopped to check surf and watch the surfers catch a few waves at a beautiful look out spot!
Mama’s Fish House
An amazing dinner at at amazing location!
No pictures of dinner but one of desert! Needless to say it was phenomenal!
More pool fun!
Hawaiian Shave Ice
Pool side Hawaiian shave ice!
So the Marriott Kananpalii has an amazing water slide and Layla wanted to go down it of course! She climbed the stairs to the top and the life guard said in order to be able to continut to go down she had to swim from the bottom of the slide to the side of the pool to prove she was a competent swimmer! Layla of course took this very seriously! So, she went down the slide and swam epic free style, using perfect stroke/form to prove she was a good swimmer! The life guard then told Guy that she was the best swimmer of any kid her size they had ever seen! The swim lessons have paid off!!
Mmm… poolside pineapple out of daddy’s cocktail!
We went down to the torch lighting ceremony at the last hotel on the Kanapalii strip to see what we were told was a super cool sight to see!
Layla was beat after a full day at the pool and fell asleep in my lap in the sand and Sam fell asleep in the ergo on Guy!
The torch lighting ceremony begins.
and ends with the torch lighter diving from the cliffs into the ocean!
Football season started at the end of our trip to Hawaii so Sam and Guy had a little football and beer bonding time!
Layla showing off her traditional temporary Hawaiian tattoo the last night of our trip!
It weas an amazing family vacation! One none of us will ever forget! We had so much fun making memories with my dad and Donna, eating amazing food, hanging out at the beach and the pool, seeing amazing sights and just enjoying the spirit of Aloha! Mahalo and aloha until Hawaii 2014!