Hawaii #2: 5 Islands x 7 Days on 'The Pride of America'
Maui x2 | Hilo | Kona | Kauai x2 | Honolulu
Day 1 +2 : Honolulu en route to Maui! My favourite island. Maybe it was because it's the island I've spent the most time on earlier this year in Jan... or maybe because it's Maui. Considering the land mass of this island compared to other's, there is so many great things to do and eat on the Island. On my first day I showed my family to the great little historic town Lahaina, it's packed with art galleries, fun shops, restaurants, beaches down the path and many artsy festivals are held there.
For Day 2, I went down to Kehei with the familia and enjoyed some musubi on the beach under the sun!
Day 3: Hello Hilo
With the limited amount of time in Hilo, my family and I thought it was a good idea to do some "local shopping" at Hilo Hattie (If you're into touristy shopping go for it. I definitely wasn't.) Afterwards being rather disappointed with the large over priced Hawaiian gift shop, we ventured off to visit the Mauna Loa Factory. It spanned many acres, was surrounded by many fruit trees such as papaya and pineapple bushes. (I never knew they grew from a bush!) If you're a big fan of Mauna Loa Macadamias, be sure to stop by the free tour of the factory and pick up some fresh macadamias. I love the honey roasted and dark chocolate flavours!
ps: If you're a kukui nut oil lover, the factory also sells them at a lower price!
Day 4: Kona Kona Kona
First time on tinder boats today!
- Thai cuisine and beach day. Yep that's what Kona was for me. I didn't have much time to explore around since my brother begged for us to stay at the beach for majority of the day... which I won't complain about! (I am in Hawaii after all!)
Day 5 + 6: Kauai x 2
Art market and more beaches.
Day 7-13: Honolulu, Oahu --> Waikiki
My highlights of Waikiki consisted of lots of shopping down at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza and the abundant amount of ABC stores. I enjoyed a delicious meal at Marukume Udon house and visited one of the oldest chinatown on the island. I wasn't fond of the smells of the area, however it definitely had a lot of character in what's left of the buildings and streets. Some parts of Chinatown took me back into history and inspired me to wonder how life would have been hundreds of years ago when groups of individuals from China/Vietnam/Japan decided to settle on this beautiful island.