Travel: Hawaii

I’m excited to bring you a post on Hawaii from my dear friend, Megan who was recently married in Newport, RI. On the day of her wedding she looked like one hundred million bucks. Meg grew up in Long Island, summered in Rhode Island and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, Jack, and cutest dog in the world. I’d also like to add that she’s the only blonde in my life that doesn’t require highlights. Thank you Megan for sharing your amazing vacation! Aloha! 

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When my husband suggested going to Hawaii for our Honeymoon my initial thought was, “so cliché!”. However after spending two weeks there, I now understand why so many people pick Hawaii as a Honeymoon destination. It’s the perfect combination of a relaxing and active vacation. Jack planned the entire trip and did such an amazing job. Hawaii is made up of eight islands. The popular ones are Hawaii (The Big Island), Maui, Oahu and Kauai. Jack decided on Maui and Oahu. On Maui, we stayed near the town of Lahaina. Maui is beautiful and every morning I woke up, I really felt like I was in paradise. While we sipped many lava flows from our beach cabana, we enjoyed several activities.

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Beach Cabana

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One of my favorite activities was the sunrise bike down the volcano. The group picked us up from our hotel at 2am and brought us to the top of Mount Haleakala. We watched the sun rise and then made the descent down the mountain; it was a gorgeous ride. While I thought it would be a good way to get some exercise, I soon learned that my hands got the best workout from pumping the brakes!

Bike Helmets

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The drive along the Road to Hana is another popular activity. It’s a beautiful, lush road with a windy path and many waterfalls. While this was a ten-hour day, it was worth the trip to see the beautiful island of Maui.

Road to Hana

As one would expect, the fish on Hawaii is amazing. So fresh and delicious! We ate lots of tuna and really enjoyed the local cuisine. I recommend three places to dine on Maui. Lahaina Grill is a spectacular restaurant. The wagyu beef ravioli and fried oysters were unbelievable appetizers. The real treat was the main course. Jack and I split the stuffed lobster special. While we were hesitant to get lobster since we can have it easily on the East Coast, the dish was well worth it. The lobster was stuffed with pancetta, gorgonzola cheese and topped with foie gras and finished off with truffle butter. The meal was to die for. Sushi lovers staying on Maui should eat at Sansei. It’s right up there with any sushi place on the mainland (including Nobu!). The rolls were delicious and if you are an adventurous eater, you must try the oyster shooters with a quail egg. Merriman’s is another great spot. The food is a bit pricey but the location is worth it.

Oyster Shot

The sunsets in Hawaii are amazing. We enjoyed many from our hotel room, restaurants and sunset cocktail cruise. While on Maui we also went snorkeling and it was amazing how many fish we saw. If you go, don’t forget your underwater camera!

Sunset Sail

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Sunset

Sunrise Bike

Sunset from Hotel Rm

Snorkel

After Maui, we headed to the island of Oahu. While most people stay in the main city, Waikiki, we opted to stay in Ko Olina, a more relaxed location. A luau is a must while visiting Hawaii. We attended the Paradise Cove luau in Ko Olina. The roasted pig was delicious and dancers were amazing–I still can’t process how they are able to shake their hips like that!

Luau

When visiting Waikiki, we hiked Diamond Head, seeing the beautiful view of the city from the top. We also took a step back in time and visited some of the oldest hotels, the Moana Surfrider and The Royal Hawaiian. These old, luxurious hotels are impressive to see and a must-do if you have the time. A trip to Oahu would not be complete without spending a day at Pearl Harbor. It’s a very moving experience that makes you appreciate the sacrifice all our service men and women make on a daily basis. Make sure you book a reservation weeks in advance as it’s tough to get tickets to Arizona Memorial day of.

Diamond Head

Pearl Harbor

For food in Waikiki, we had a fun lunch at Dukes. The fish tacos were delicious. Our dinners in Ko Olina were lower key than the meals we had on Maui. Hawaii is a wonderful vacation spot. We can’t wait to go back and explore some of the other islands. First year anniversary, right Jack?

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