oahu, hawaii!

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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!

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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!)

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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!

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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. ;)

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we tried our very first malasadas at leonard’s our first day.  they were delicious! my favorite were the mango filled ones.

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we were able to stop by the polynesian cultural center one evening as well where we went to our very first luau!

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our very first leis!

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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.

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coconut water! i’m always a little unsure about that stuff but i sure love everything else that has coconut!

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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.

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see what i mean about the beautiful sunsets? they were just so good, night after night.

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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!

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GBMM90-ag9ag;ssgtre Xa9b89h21-9ub999smy 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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. :)

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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!

  1. monica

    Ahhh, how much i miss Hawaii. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time. Where next? :D

  2. Tammy

    Welcome back gang! What a gorgeous trip! Hawaii is beautiful :D

    Conrad is adorable…all the littles are, but that smile just melts your heart.

  3. Mollie

    How beautiful! I have been reading your posts for years and I absolutely adore your family.Such a great example of love & joy! Many blessings for you all :)

  4. ooh my Acai bowls. We had them for the first time in California, and were addicted… but we live in Oklahoma… so the chance of finding an acai bowl vendor was SLIM. ( we are just now slowly getting boba tea around here…. not kidding!)
    But I found acai popsicles at walmart and added all the other ingredients myself! IT wasn’t perfect, but got me through the craving!! ; ) Good luck!!

  5. Melissa

    Beautiful pictures! I can’t wait for the day that we get to visit Hawaii. E is turning into such a little lady, it’s so cute and she’s so photogenic. Hope you guys had a great time!

    Melissa – http://www.melismcgrath.com

  6. Katie

    How fun!!! Mr. Conrad just looks so happy and jolly! I love his little (huge) smile :) and so many new great family photos of you all. My sisters and I are always victims of bug bites, so I symapthize with Eleanor! Glad you had a safe flight!! Now I need to go find some pineapple asap!

  7. Jessica

    AHH
    this post is making me want to go to Hawaii so bad – I’m moving to BC pretty soon, so maybe planning a trip is in order

  8. Bailee

    Juice Generation, Feel Food in Greenwhich Village and Two Hands in Nolita all have great Acai Bowls in the city!

  9. Lovely adorable pictures! And poor Eleanor! I was the mosquitos’ favorite child and almost all my childhood pictures are dotted with bug bites. I wonder why some of us attract mosquitos so much! Eleanor, i feel you!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  10. We loved Hawaii with our minis too. It is such a relaxing and surprisingly kid friendly vacation! Although our flight from LA was much shorter than yours. What troopers! The acai bowls are to die for! We had an amazing breakfast in Waikiki at the restaurant Heavenly. We now buy the frozen acai packs from Costco for a little Hawaiian treat at home.

  11. Rose J.

    So glad y’all had a good time, and that y’all went to the Dole plantation! My friends told me that wouldn’t disappoint! Did y’all eat some of the pineapple there? That yellow train is perfect for the kiddos!

    I like Samson’s hat too. Where did you find that gem??

    • TAZA

      thank you! should have included up top. it’s from zara but from last season (used to be eleanors!)

  12. Looks like such a great vacation! I was looking forward to seeing your post! :D

  13. D

    Juice Generation has acai bowls!

  14. Annadee

    I am obsessed with acai bowls too! I’m not sure where to find restaurants that serve them in New York, but Sambazon sells really yummy smoothie packs in stores and you can make the bowls at home. If you go to their website, you can search where they sell them near you and they also have lots of great recipes you can try at home. :)

  15. Sammie Ellwood

    Awesome pictures, and the trip looks like it was amazing! 1) Conrad is a little Josh clone in that airplane picture: too cute! 2) Samson’s face with the lei on is priceless. 3) I can relate to Eleanor: I’m usually the only one is a group that gets bug bites. They really do love some people! :/ and 4) I feel the exact same way about coconut water. But hey, give me a Samoa or a Mounds bar and I’m all over it! :)

  16. Katie

    Love Conrad’s little striped rashguard onesie – where is it from?

    • TAZA

      thanks! it’s from baby gap. forgot to include in the bottom of the post! just added a link now.

  17. Alexa

    I love acai bowls, too, and the ones at Juice Generation in the city are good! I live on the UWS, too, and there is one at 86th and Broadway.

    Also, stunning sunsets!! Nothing like a beach sunset :)

  18. WAHOO! I’m going to Oahu the first week of April and this makes my heart swoon! I can’t wait.

    Looks like you guys had so so much fun!

    XO, from Utah!

    Erika

  19. Michelle

    Hey! Did you guys also go to Maui? We are going in a few months and was hoping to get some insight from your blog!

    • TAZA

      we did! working on that post right now hoping to post it tomorrow if i get it all done tonight! maui is beautiful, you will love it!

  20. Jenn

    I went to Oahu on our honeymoon and it was so fast paced that I had no time to relax. Although Leonard’s and the polynesian culture center were fun! I would recommend the island of Kauai… that is an island that is full of relaxing and is just a beautiful island to visit!

    Now I am craving some malasadas!
    http://pepperexpress.blogspot.com/

  21. Nanette

    wonderful photos! i have always wanted to visit hawaii. these photos make me want to take the plunge!

  22. Kelsey

    I think my dream of going to Hawaii needs to happen sooner rather than later. Your family trip looks amazing, and it seems everyone had such an amazing time!

  23. Looks like you had a beautiful time! Thank you for sharing all of those helpful guides – and love your leis xo

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  24. Sinead

    Beautiful pictures! Those sunsets are incredible! Looks like you had a great trip :-)

  25. So fun!!! you guys did a lot. thanks for sharing all of those cool moments. It must be tricky to be back to NYC after such a vacation, sending you good vibes!!
    xxx

  26. Maca

    That looks like a dream trip! I also went to the dole plantation, they give you some really good pineapples to try with a special dust I don’t remember what is it, but its great!

    I loved Hawaii when i went, looks like you did too with your family!

    Maca

  27. Chelsey

    what a fun trip!! I love Hawaii so much and even better that you got to experience it with your whole little fam together:) And that picture of Leonard’s malasadas is making me drool, seriously the best ever! Did you make it to Kahuku Grill on the north shore? it’s right next to Giovanni’s truck . . . so good!
    xoChelsey

    http://westcoastcapri.com

  28. Alex

    JUICE GENERATION in NYC has the BEST acai bowls! I am obsessed with them. the PB acai bowl is the best, but they are all delicious. highly recommend them! they make them fresh to order.

  29. Hannah

    Where are Eleanor’s striped dress and straw hat from?? Too too cute!

    • TAZA

      sorry, should have mentioned those in the PS! her striped dress is a towel dress from crewcuts and the hat is from the boys section at zara! just added links to both items in the post!

  30. Yaling

    Thank you for sharing your trip! We are planning a family trip to Hawaii, but not sure which island to go. I think we will choose OAHU after seeing your beautiful pictures!

  31. Looks like you had a great time!I agree that watching kids play in the sand and water to their heart’s content is such a great feeling. Also, love the “happy baby” photo. Too cute.

    -Tara

  32. vicky

    great pictures. everyone looks so happy! sorry about E’s bites :( hope she’s doing better since.

    did you have trouble with sizing on your sandals? I’ve read the reviews and a good number of people say they have to send theirs back for a size smaller. was just wondering if you had any difficulties?

    love how happy you all look!

    • TAZA

      hey! i don’t think so, just checked my size. but i’m kind of in-between sizes so 8’s and 9’s often work for me depending on the model of the shoe, and my birks are an 8, so perhaps that is the case. sorry that answer probably didn’t help much, good luck!

  33. Elizabeth n.

    If you have access to a Cotsco, you might be able to find frozen acai in the frozen fruit section. Then you can just whip up your own. That’s how we do it.

    • TAZA

      wow! that looks easy enough for me to try! thanks for sharing, off to find me some frozen acai then.

  34. Ashley

    What a dreamy trip! And I love you hair and nails!!

  35. hanna

    The trip looks magical –Hanna Lei

  36. Cheryl

    Love Hawaii!! You can also find the pineapple softserve cones in Disneyland too. Of course there’s a long line for them. They’re delicious – perfectly sweet and tart. Also, try the acai bowls @ juice generation :)

  37. Kerrin

    I loved Oahu & The Moana is my favorite hotel of like, all time! i sat in those same rocking chairs!!! It’s so peaceful with the wind blowing :) Glad to see you had a great time. Did you try the famous shaved ice? haha

    …and oh my goodness, Conrad is the spitting image of Josh!!! You have a beautiful family!!

    xoxo, kerri

    • TAZA

      isn’t it great! i really was so impressed every day there. and yes! we did! i forget the name of the place we went, i need to look it up. i like me a whole lotta condensed milk on top of my shaved ice though, haha, and no one in hawaii puts enough of that yummy stuff on top! but still delicious!

  38. Julia

    Ahhh, these are so so so adorable! I loved Hawaii when I went, and tried that shrimp truck too. Still dreaming about it from a gloomy Paris!!

    ExploresMore.com

  39. Rachel

    Liquiteria on 17th does acia bowls!

    • TAZA

      great news! thank you!!

  40. Sarah

    YES! You did all of my favorite things about Oahu! My sister lived there for a few years and I visited as much as I could while she was there. Just thinking about Giovanni’s makes me want to go back right now! So salty and SO garlicky..yum!

  41. Emily

    #Swoon wow, what an amazing trip! Looks like a perfect first vacation as a family of 5! Cannot wait to hear more. :)

  42. Emilye

    #Swoon wow, what an amazing trip! Looks like a perfect first vacation as a family of 5! Cannot wait to hear more. :)

    Emily
    simplyemilyl.blogspot.com

  43. That sunset! What an amazing adventure!

  44. Oh, how gorgeous. I am off to the beach next week – so, so excited. This makes me want to go to Hawaii!

  45. Pamela

    I recently found your blog and I’m already in love! You have the sweetest looking little family and I have come to adore you so fast!
    Looks like you guys had an awesome time in Hawaii :) xx

    With love,
    PamelaYaquelin

  46. marie

    beautiful photos!!! Hawaii looks great for a family holiday… I love spending my holidays with my hubby and kids too, they’re so adventurous and makes travelling more fun too :) we’ve just returned from our trip at Hongkong!

    http://smittenbyangels.blogspot.com

  47. Rachel Bakken

    If you have a vitamix you should totally make acai bowls at home, so EASY!
    I would love if you could write a post on the transition from one to two kids or two to three, specifically tips on how to help the toddlers adapt to a new baby in the family, etc.

    • TAZA

      great post idea and i will look into making acai bowls with a vitamix! craving one so bad!

  48. Jessi S

    Acai bowls at Two Hands in Nolita are amazing!

  49. Alex

    JUICE GENERATION for Acai Bowls! :)

  50. Alex

    and as another read commented, the peanut butter one is the best! :D

  51. Wow!! Fantastic Trip! Thank you so much for sharing this Hawaiian Vacation With us! Beautiful Pics!

  52. tilly

    i’m so pleased you and your family all had a lovely getaway! oahu looks stunning! i have always dreamed of a holiday in hawaii. something about the clear blue skies and waters just make me feel so happy…even if it is just through google images! ha!

    that acai bowl does look amazing :) if you were interested in trying to master one in your own kitchen, this is a yummy recipe that i have devoured on numerous occasions! http://www.theroastedroot.net/fruit-and-nut-acai-bowls/

    the roasted root website might also interest you for its other delicious and healthy recipes. i know i sure love every post! maybe you would like to try this too…http://www.theroastedroot.net/raw-root-vegetable-bowls-with-zesty-orange-dressing/. i always make it with some avo on top as an extra. it is fantastic and in some ways reminds me of an acai bowl… i guess it is presented in a similar way ;)

    anyway, thats enough blabbering on from me. thanks for this lovely post as always! i look forward to the maui post and video. your videos are always so good!

    enjoy being back home in nyc! xx

  53. Wow! Stunning photos.

    I’ve been to Hawaii once, to the big island which was great but there are really no sandy beaches there so it looks like you chose perfectly, especially for the kids! Eleanor is such a little girl now, eh? I remember when she was born, and seeing her grow into such a beautiful child is awesome. You and your kids always look so happy and I’m sure it’s not only on the blog, but off the blog too! What an inspiration to all families, with children, without children, and otherwise.

    Also, I went back to check out the suggestions from others and people put so much effort and time into writing those…how wonderful! The comments on that post need to be saved somewhere important…like trip advisor! A great resource for anyone travelling to Hawaii.

    As always, thanks for sharing pieces of your life with us.

  54. Lisa

    Looks like you had a lovely time! Love reading your blog and seeing your family pictures and adventures, it makes me look forward to having a family of my own SO MUCH! Love kiddos, so I really hope Ill get the chance to have a few of my own. I would love to read a post about the kids a bit more, like, little quirks about them, what they love, what they don’t like, personality differences and similarities.. I have read couple of those on other blogs, I find them SO interesting not only with kids but also adults. Just a tip :)

  55. Kay

    Aw, it looks like you guys had an incredible trip!

  56. vicky

    it does! thanks, Naomi! :)

  57. Ashley

    Where did you get the white shirt dress that you are wearing on the beach over your swimsuit? I absolutely love it!!!

  58. Ariel

    Haha I totally bought a selfie stick at the swap meet in Honolulu after seeing so many people around the island using them! They really are super useful, however geeky you feel using it. ;)

  59. nathalia bordi

    wow, you guys are the best. I really aspire to be like you guys with my littles. I think it’s
    wonderful that they get to see the world at a young age. Naomi , Josh is so sexy. Lucky gal!

  60. Mariana

    Are you serious about your swimsuit? It’s amazing! You always choose the most perfect ones! And Conrad… he is so already so expressive! His faces are the best haha you must control yourself a lot not to squish him every time :3

  61. Looks like such an amazing time, you all look so happy!!

    Making your own acai bowl is actually super easy, all you need is some frozen acai pulp (I’m sure wholefoods and trader jo will have it), frozen bananas, honey, a splash of either coconut water or almond milk and a food processor or blender! Blend away! Then you top it with some granola, chopped bananas, strawberries, and more honey and boom! Yummy bowl of acai!

    X

  62. Vickie

    looks like an amazing adventure – what a gorgeous place!

    plus, your kids are adorable :)

  63. This is my ultimate dream! Hawaii is such a beautiful place and your trip looks amazing i’m so jealous!
    AllysDays.Blogspot.com

  64. Christine

    Hi Naomi!
    I appreciate that you try to answer all the questions!
    I’m sorry if I missed it but where is your white shirt dress from?
    (It’s the third pic from the bottom)

    Thank you!

    Christine

    • TAZA

      it is from topshop! sorry i neglected to mention!

  65. Adding Hawaii to our travel list! It looks wonderful! xxx

  66. Kelly

    this sounds like an amazing trip and your little family is just the cutest!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  67. yania

    Love your family so much!

    I have a question, how you handle different time zone with your kids? does your kids get jet lag? Any tips?

    Thank you

  68. phoebe

    i love this post SO MUCH :-) …it makes me so happy seeing you all LOVING hawaii :-) …excited to read more about the adventures ~ you guys have the cutest little crowd :-)

  69. Lauren

    When you visit utah, aubergineandcompany in Orem has the best acai bowls!!

  70. What a beautiful trip! I had to comment because I still remember going to Hawaii when I was 8 – we went to the dole plantation (that train was a highlight) and also stayed very near your hotel in Maui so this really took me back. As I was reading I keep remembering how badly I was bitting by mosquitoes while there and wondering how you all managed to escape unscathed… then I saw poor Eleanor! yep…that was me! haha

  71. Berry elk

    Where are your sweatpants in the porch photo from? I think they were also in Josh’s Insta of you traveling!

  72. Julia

    Hello Taza! Just wondering where you got your beach cover up from – white that looks like a button down? Thanks

  73. Elizabeth

    Juice Generation has amazing Acai bowls… and they’re located throughout the city! They have great favors including almond butter and banana, and peanut butter with cacao nibs.

  74. LQ

    Where are those comfy pants from?! Love them