We scheduled early morning flights so when we landed in Hawaii it would still be in the AM. The flights are long from the east coast so we opted for first class. Now don't get me wrong, if I'm taking a quick flight I'm all about coach however when the flights are over 4 hours (which is my max coach time) I always opt for the upgrade. Quick tip for getting the cheapest fare: fly on the off days like Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. There will be less people on your flight, cheaper fares, and better seat options. The first class seats were clutch especially for my husband who is 6'2" 260. He had been to Hawaii before so he knew that coach for him was definitely not an option. The flight was about 9 hours and we slept almost the entire time.
Once we landed in Hawaii it was like another world. Ok that's a slight exaggeration however it was completely different from North Carolina. It was cold in Charlotte (it was February) and we were desperate for some warm weather. It was absolutely perfect conditions. The welcome committee is fantastic and instantly make you feel right at home. We rested our heads at the Moana Surfrider a Westin Resort on Waikiki Beach. The hotel was fantastic and had direct access to the beach.
Our trip was full of adventure, well adventure for me. From ATV rides to a traditional luau it was full of the Hawaiian spirit. The ATV rides definitely had me living on the edge literally. I had been on an ATV tour before while I was in Cabo, Mexico however I had never driven one myself. I'm not as comfortable driving because I'm not the most coordinated person but I didn't have a choice this time. The trail was beautiful but a little risky. We spent two hours dodging the local greenery, livestock and wild animals. At one point we were on the cliff of a mountain that I was certain that I would topple off. Although it is was a little scary, it was well worth it. A memory that I will never forget.
The traditional luau is a must do if it is your first time in Hawaii. The food and entertainment are amazing. There are several different options so research the most appealing one for you.
The best thing about Hawaii was the pace. There is a no pressure, slow down and enjoy the moment type of energy that you simply can't get away from. The majority of our time was spent just enjoying the island life. We tried local restaurants and even ventured to try a little beach volleyball.
During your stay you must try the Hawaiian pineapple and the beef ribs! The pineapple is the best pineapple that I have ever had. As for the beef ribs you can taste the freshness. Most of the food is grown and raised on the island which is why I'm still dreaming about the food. Oh and don't forget about the real Hawaiian bread that is purple and the pancake the size of your head from Mac 24-7.
Although there was no engagement I still had one of the best times of my life. I love Hawaii and I can't wait to go back!
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