5.13.2015

Hawaii Travel Guide



So as you may know we started a new section on this blog: Travel! We hope these posts give you tips about different travel destinations and inspire you to take a trip of your own. We’ll be letting you know good places to stay, fun things to do, cool things to see, amazing things to eat and so much more! Anyways..... Today’s destination is HAWAII!!!


Ok so first a little background on my vacation. We stayed in Hawaii for about a week which I thought was the perfect amount of time to stay. We stayed on 3 islands, Maui, Kauai, and Honolulu. There’s a 5 hour time change back from the east coast to Hawaii. We took 2 planes, one to California and then to Maui (about 10 or 12 hours). We stayed 3 days in Maui and took another plane (like 20 minutes) to Kauai where we stayed another 3 days, and finally a third plane (again like 20 minutes) to Honolulu where we stayed 2 days, and then took 2 planes home. We went in April and the weather was sooo nice.


What to pack -
  • Cute bathing suits - just duh
  • A cover-up to wear on top of your bathing suit - One with sleeves is good so you don’t get a bad sunburn
  • Sneakers - I loved running on the beaches and hiking
  • Workout clothes - I loved running and doing yoga on the beach
  • Sunglasses + Sunscreen - duh (again)


Places to stay -
  • In Maui we stayed at the Grand Wailea Resort and it was honestly the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. This was very upscale with a huge garden in the middle. They had the nicest beach in Maui (according to almost all the people we met), the water was bright blue with white sand. They had 9 pools with slides, rope swings, and water elevators. You could take scuba lessons or go to the fitness center. They also had a ton of inhouse dining and a little shopping town like a 5 minute walk away. They also have different luaus throughout the week. The bread they had here, it was like a little roll, was the best bread I’ve ever had in my entire life!!! And, just one more thing, the service here was amazing!
  • In Kauai we stayed at the Grand Hyatt. This was also an amazing hotel but I think I liked the other one a little better. This was a little more rustic almost but still very nice. They had a super nice beach with fairly big waves. The pools here were so nice! They had a ton of water slides and a saltwater lagoon. Basically a mini beach! The fitness center was also super nice! This hotel also had a ton of luaus. This hotel was also near a ton of shops and very nice restaurants. Again, this hotel had super amazing service so that was awesome.
  • In Honolulu we stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. I was not a fan of this hotel but I’m going to tell you about it because it might be what some of you guys are looking for in a hotel. Basically it was 2 super tall towers with like a million people in them. There were pools with waterslides. And again this place had a saltwater lagoon but what was cool is that you could go kayaking or paddleboarding in the lagoon. The beach here was very crowded and not so nice to run on. This is more for the people who want to stay in a more urban area. There were a ton of stores and shops nearby. There were also a ton of restaurants so that was nice. The service at this hotel wasn’t as good as the others probably because there were soo many people.


Things to do -  
  • Surf - We went surfing in Kauai at a beach right near our hotel. The instructors were all super helpful and we all got up a ton of times.
  • Go to a Luau - This is a great way to embrace Hawaiian culture. We went to one at our hotel in Maui and it was so much fun. There was singing, dancing, vendors, silks, and delicious food.
  • Hike - In Maui we went on an amazing guided hike! We hiked through the woods for a little bit ate lunch near a waterfall and continued hiking until we got to a gorgeous waterfall that we could jump off of. It was so much fun. The guide was super knowledgeable and could just pick off fruit from a tree for us to eat!
  • Visit a National Park - There were a ton of gorgeous gardens and beautiful national parks that are def worth a visit.
  • Shop - I love to shop and in Maui there was an adorable little shopping town thing. They had adorable little shops that were so much fun to go in.
  • Scuba Dive - Although I didn’t actually do this due to my irrational fear of sharks everyone we talked to loved it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an adventure side.


What to eat -
  • THE BREAD -  Find this at the hotel and Maui and it will change your life. It was the best bread I’ve ever had in my entire life.
  • French Toast Cinnamon Buns - We found this at a super cute place in Maui after we went for a walk. They serve yesterday’s cinnamon buns made into french toast! I thought they were a little greasy but they were still amazing!
  • Tropical Fruits - You’re in Hawaii so come on eat some tropical fruits. Most of the ones they have at the breakfasts are amazing and super fresh.
  • Pork - At the luau we went to in Maui, they like cooked a pig in the ground or something. If you’re a meat eater, I definitely recommend trying the meat that they have at luaus or any other place.  
  • Shaved Ice/Snow Cones - Typical Hawaiian treat and let me tell you, it’s delicious.


Ok So these are my thoughts and tips for a trip to Hawaii!! Let me know if you visit any of these places or what your experience in Hawaii was! 

XOXO, 



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