Today was a rest day from the sun. It was also Toni and Thomas’ last day in Hawaii.
On our walk to the food court, we saw a Mama duck and her ducklings going for a walk too.
The kids love going up and down this escalator at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
At the food court, we got a special treat at Kokoro Cafe. It’s called a Shaka-Boom: waffle shaka filled with chocolate sauce and topped with Dole Whip and rainbow sprinkles. Yum!
We also spent the afternoon in our room. The kids had a fun time together.
For dinner, we went to another food court and got one last family photo together before Toni and Thomas left for the airport.
We all went out for a traditional Japanese dinner this evening. The kids came prepared with things to keep them busy while we waited for the food.
This is one of the places Mama and Dada used to go all the time before the kids were born. Happy to see they are still in business through the pandemic.
This is the nighttime view from our lanai. So pretty!
With Hawaii’s strict rules about having no more than 5 people at a table, we’ve been giving the kids their own table when we are all together. They did a great job staying entertained and also managed to eat most of their food.
The International Marketplace looks a lot different from before the swanky remodel but the kids enjoyed exploring it anyway.
Here is one of the original banyan trees that was kept at the property.
The boys also gave this crazy car a “test drive”.
We were out at the beach really early today and Peanut gave the turtle a test run.
This evening, we went out for shave ice at Island Vintage just outside our hotel. We also hung out in Toni and Thomas’ hotel room for a bit.
We were up early again and the kids watched the sun go up again. It really doesn’t get old.
We went down early to get a pool reservation and set up camp at our favorite umbrella/beach spot.
Toni and Thomas joined us early and they tried out the turtle floatie that was given to them at the other hotel.
We spent part of the time at the pool (during our 2-hour reservation) before heading back to the beach again.
Auntie Yoon and Uncle Kurt joined us again and brought poi donuts from Liliha. Yum!!
The rest of the day was spent at the beach and we all took turns in the lounge chair floatie.
Peanut had a little too much fun on the turtle floatie and was falling asleep on the water.
We pulled him out of the waves and put him under the umbrella where he took a 2-hour nap in the same position!
It later started to rain so we had to pack up and head back upstairs to the hotel room.
It’s Valentine’s Day and we were up early as expected on the first day in Hawaii. It was nice to be able to watch the sunrise from our lanai.
The kids wanted to go to the beach so we packed up and headed down.
We set up camp and pretty much stayed the whole day.
Toni and Thomas arrived a little later.
Auntie Yoon and Uncle Kurt showed up by lunchtime with Trevor and we spent the rest of the day with them.
The day ended with an ice cream delivery by Dada and Peanut.
We are finally on our way to Hawaii!! We missed going last December and were excited to go after going through COVID testing and a long flight with masks on.
As usual, we had our first meal at Ramen Nakamura. Yum!!
We were also excited to get into the pool! We were lucky enough to get a 2-hour slot at the last minute.
For dinner, we met up with Uncle Jason, Auntie, Jia, Thomas, and Toni.