we are home after a beautiful beautiful week spent in hawaii and i’m excited to share a few photos with you! this really was a trip of a lifetime for us, and we feel really lucky that we got to go! the photos from this post are from our time on the island of oahu. thank you to everyone who gave us so many great ideas and recommendations of things to do and explore there! we only got to a few of them, but we really enjoyed so many of your recommendations. thank you again!
we debated taking a direct flight from new york city (11 hours straight) or breaking up the flight into two legs and having a connection somewhere. eleanor and samson have flown before and have done pretty well with long flights in the past, but this was conrad’s first time flying so we weren’t entirely sure how he’d do. we ended up choosing to fly direct both ways, and i really have to say a huge thank you to the people around us on the plane and also to the flight attendants on hawaiian airlines for being so kind and making the trip so comfortable for us and baby conrad. everyone could not have been nicer and that always makes a huge difference when you’re already a little bit stressed about how your baby might do and not wanting to end up being a bother.
on the flight out, conrad had a few moments where he insisted on being held and bounced in someone’s arms that was standing, not sitting. we bounced him a lot in the galley and also standing at our seats, but other than that, he did a great job! we took a red eye home and lucked out having the three kiddos sleep almost the entire way, which was kind of dreamy for josh and me! haha, date night on a plane! ;) we watched maybe 3 movies in a row and i ate my weight in peanut m&m’s so i’ll chalk that up to a good time.
(ps- if you’re interested, a blog post on flying with little ones and also traveling abroad with littles. i’d like to update them with a few new things i’ve learned since, but in case you’d like to check them out now!)
like i mentioned in this post, we were able to stay at the beautiful moana surfrider, thanks to starwood hotels. the property is on waikiki beach which produces some of the most epic sunsets i have ever seen. our room had a balcony which overlooked the ocean and on our first night, there was a huge fireworks show for the honolulu festival right outside our balcony over the water! between the food and service and atmosphere, our time there felt really special. i hope we’re able to make it back again someday. thank you again for having us!
on one of our days on oahu, we rented a car and drove around the island. we stopped by the lds hawaii temple which you can kind of see in the back of this family selfie. the grounds were under construction, so this was as close as we could get while still seeing the temple in our pic. and this is as good as it gets trying to fit all 5 of us into the frame. my arm is only so long. i kept seeing all these selfie sticks around us while in hawaii and now i’m realizing they aren’t that silly. they serve a really good purpose. and now i have no shame in thinking maybe i should get one. ;)
we tried our very first malasadas at leonard’s our first day. they were delicious! my favorite were the mango filled ones.
we were able to stop by the polynesian cultural center one evening as well where we went to our very first luau!
our very first leis!
we loved giovanni’s shrimp truck on the north shore so much, we tracked down another one later on in the day and went again.
coconut water! i’m always a little unsure about that stuff but i sure love everything else that has coconut!
these pictures are from our first night in hawaii. eleanor and samson were so obsessed with the beach and water, they didn’t want to come back inside! we stayed and watched the sunset, and they were in complete heaven throwing sand and getting their feet wet and just feeling free after a long day of travel. it made me really happy.
see what i mean about the beautiful sunsets? they were just so good, night after night.
so we went back and forth about if we should check out the dole plantation or not. we kept hearing mixed things and that it is a big tourist trap! but truth be told, we loved it! they have an old train that takes you around the plantation where we were able to see lots of things growing (the kids went crazy seeing banana trees!) and when you ask samson what he liked most about hawaii, he’ll tell you it was the choo choo train at the pineapple farm! so maybe it’s because we have little ones who eat this kind of stuff up, but we had a great time learning about the history of pineapples and dole and seeing a bit of the plantation!
my sweet littles on their train ride! and poor E, no one else in our family got any bug bites but it looks like some sort of bug (probably a mosquito one night) really favored eleanor at some point during our trip since we noticed several bites on her body one day. she was a great sport about it, but we felt terrible they went after her face so badly.
and pineapple ice cream! that was a really good treat. josh and i could not get enough acai bowls during our trip either! we had a few, and the best one we had was at the beachhouse at the moana. does anyone know any place in the city that makes them? wishful thinking? i could eat one every day if i had the chance. so so good.
this sweet baby boy really hates car seats and has perfected the loudest scream of all our babes letting me know every time just how mad he is to be in one (unless i’m sitting next to him making his arms and legs dance!), but this smile! he is pure joy and i don’t know how we were getting by without him before his arrival!
we liked to spend our mornings at the hotel on their rocking chairs outside! samson has no fear on those things which makes me really really nervous. i’m not sure i’m ready for the next several years with that kid’s adventurous side!
conrad’s first time putting his sweet baby toes in the sand! i think he liked it. i hope he liked it. cause we all know i wouldn’t mind living in a beach town someday. :)
such a fun filled week! i’d love to share a few photos next from our time in maui! josh and i took a little bit of video while we were there too, so if we can get the kiddos back onto their proper sleep schedules here soon, i hope to put that together this week with our complete list of what we did!
ps. for those who have asked on instagram, my dress is by lauren moffatt. my overalls from this photo are from topshop. sunglasses are by karen walker. fedora hat found here. and sandals found here. the kiddos popsicle swimsuits are from polarn o pyret and their little fedora hats are from zara. conrad’s baby striped swim onesie is from here. eleanor’s striped towel dress from here and her rash guard from here as well (which i couldn’t help but get so we could be twinners!) the kids puddle jumpers you can get on amazon!