Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oahu Week 2

As we worked on getting settled into our house, we also made time to start exploring the island.  For our first beach day, our friends took us to Pililaau Army Recreation Center.  We got to enjoy a private beach area that is only for military ID card holders.  They also have an open air restaurant where we were able to enjoy lunch - as much as you can with 6 kids in tow!

Emma looks unhappy, but she was totally content just laying down on the sand.

So far the North Shore area is our favorite part of the island, but we still have A LOT left to explore.  We wanted to go to the town of Haleiwa for dinner one night and we ended up eating from Macky's shrimp truck.  After dinner, we drove a little further into town and decided to try to get some shave ice from Matsomoto.  It is very popular with tourists, but we were able to sneak in right before they closed. 

Dole Plantation is another very popular place for tourist and we are lucky enough to be just a few miles from it.  We visited it one weekday morning.  We got lunch from their cafe, rode the train through the plantation and finished the trip with some Dole whip.  I managed to get one little taste before the kids devoured it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Aloha Oahu!

We made the long flight from Atlanta to Honolulu on June 17th.  I had a bag full of tricks and treats to keep the girls occupied but luckily we didn't need most of them.  We flew Delta and they had a great electronic entertainment system for each seat. Emma got restless at times, but Marlie was totally into the movies and games at her disposal.
We had two families that we're friends with greet us at the airport.  It was so nice to see friendly, familiar faces as soon as we arrived.  We spent the first two nights here at the Embassy Suites in Waikiki.  We were too exhausted to do much else other than eat dinner on the first night, but it was awesome to walk along the beach to the restaurant, Duke's. 
On our second day we had to go pick up our car from the port.  After lunch and naps, the girls were able to enjoy the hotel pool for a few hours.  We walked to the Steak Shack to pick up some dinner and let the girls get their first real Hawaiian shave ice. 
Friday was move in day for us!  We checked out of the hotel early that morning to drive to post to get the keys for our house.  Both sets of movers also came that day so while it was busy, we were thankful to get our stuff right away.  Our house is in a neighborhood of historic craftsman style houses.  Ours was built in 1914 and has so much charm and character. 
The girls and I ventured out with our friends one morning after Bryan started work.  We went to the nearby town of Waialua and visited their old sugar mill which is now Island X Hawaii.  They produce coffee and chocolate and sell a huge variety of local items. They also make all natural shave ice so of course we had to try that.  

On the same property as Island X Hawaii is the North Shore Soap Factory.  We were able to buy some soaps that are made there and then the kids could stamp the soaps.  Even though it was a short and low key trip, we all had a great time on our first local adventure.