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Home time – Day 13, Hawaii Five-O

As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end’ and after a simply marvellous, magical and certainly, memorable time on Maui and O’ahu, it is time to say ‘Mahalo and Aloha, Hawai’i’.

We are about to head out to the airport, so my favourite photo today is of my jam-packed backpack – at least five kilos heavier for my return trip!

Thanks to all of you who’ve tuned in and followed my adventures! I’ve loved sharing my holiday with you!

See you on the other side…

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Pearl Harbor – Day 12, Hawaii Five-O

We awoke today to a terrifying Emergency Alert stating: ‘Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.’

Chaos and panic ensued as we attempted to work out what to do and where to go and finally after about 45 agonising minutes, the all clear came through and apparently it was all a big ‘error’.

After this shaky start to our day, it seems the universe has a sense of schadenfreude, and the irony was not lost on us, as we set off for our scheduled visit to Pearl Harbor.

We visited the historic sites, museum, and the Arizona Memorial and avoided the missiles and torpedoes, before heading back into Waikiki to watch the sunset and drink some hard liquor!

My favourite photo from today is this shot of the Arizona memorial …

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Diana Ross – Day 11, Hawaii Five-O

Yes, you read that title correctly.

Hawaii and Diana Ross folks.

I saw the great lady perform this evening at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, near downtown Honolulu.

I am at a loss for words to describe the vibe in the concert hall, and the genuine love and kindness emanating from her. What a fabulous show and generous performer – giving TWO ‘hana hou’ (encores).

We only decided to go to the concert last minute after randomly seeing an ad on TV. I am so glad we did.

My favourite picture is a somewhat blurry (but still awesome, given our seats!) photo of Diana Ross…

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Circle Island Tour – Day 10, Hawaii Five-O

Today we went on the ‘Circle Island Tour’ to see the highlights of O’ahu.

The tour included stops at Diamond Head, Kahala, Hanauma Bay and blowhole, Waimanalo village, Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, Byodo-In Temple, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaiin Farms Macadamia Farm, North Shore, including Sunset Beach and Haleiwa, before finishing up with a stop at the Dole plantation and partaking in a refreshing Dole whip. Delish!

My favourite photo today is a stunning panorama of Hanauma Bay…

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Ala Moana Shopping Centre – Day 9, Hawaii Five-O

Since our hotel offered a free shuttle bus to and from this world renowned shopping centre, we spent most of the day engaging in more retail therapy. Luckily we were just in time for a free hula show at 1pm!

After a quick power nap we headed down to watch the sunset over Waikiki.

My favourite photo today is this time lapse photo of it…

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Goodbye Maui, Hello O’ahu – Day 8, Hawaii Five-O

We left Maui this morning, and made our way to O’ahu. Although a complete contrast to Kihei where we’ve been staying, I do enjoy the busy-ness and bustling tourist feel of Waikiki – which also provides some great people watching opportunities!

We settled into our hotel, located in the heart of Waikiki. I had a relaxing swim and wander along the promenade before watching yet another a beautiful sunset…only to be greeted soon thereafter with torrential rain!

My favourite picture from today is a wet Waikiki at night…

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Pa’ia – Day 7, Hawaii Five-O

What a little treasure! After driving through this historic plantation town Pa’ia the other day on our Hana tour, we decided it was worth going back for another look.

We went a little crazy shopping in all the great boutiques and had a yummy fresh seafood lunch at the Pa’ia Fishmarket.

We finished off the day with $3 Mai Tai cocktails and fresh Vietnamese pho. We are both feeling a little sad, as it’s our last night on Maui. We head to Waikiki tomorrow.

My favourite photo from today is a snap of the main intersection of Pa’ia…

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Corner of Hana Hwy and Baldwin St, Pa’ia, Maui HI
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Lahaina – Day 6, Hawaii Five-O

Another special day today! Up bright and early, we made our way to Lahaina (which means ‘cruel sun’ for a good reason – given my sunburn!)

We went on a whale watching tour and not only did we get to see numerous whales and calves breaching, slapping, and diving into the water, but we were at one point, surrounded by a pod of around 60 Pantropical Spotted Dolphins. Simply magical.

Afterwards, we sampled one of the ‘best burgers on Maui’ at the Cool Cat Cafe – the Don Ho, and then headed over for happy hour at Fleetwood’s On Front (owned by Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac). With $7.50 cocktails and $1 oysters, I was in Hawaiian heaven.

My favourite pic of the day (although not as clear as I would have liked)…

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Beach and Booze – Day 5, Hawaii Five-O

This title should actually read: “Australian Girls Terrorised By Turtle”.

After speaking to a Maui local, we were recommended a swim at Po’olenalena Beach. We got the fright of our lives from a giant sea turtle who popped up to say hello! (Because everything in nature in Australia is basically trying to kill us, our first instinct was to scream and run for the sand dunes! Quite a sight!)

We ended up seeing five of these majestic creatures up close and personal, which was an amazing experience.

To calm our nerves after such adventures. we headed over to the Maui Brewing Co to sample their cold frothies and take advantage of happy hour and the food truck specials.

No photos of the turtles swum with today, however, here is one of Po’olenalena Beach Park…

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Po’olenalena Beach Park with Molokini and Kahoolawe in the distance
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Road to Hana – Day 4, Hawaii Five-O

This 43 mile road is literally carved into the side of the island and offers some of the most breathtaking scenery. With 617 curves, 56 one lane bridges and taking in a 10 hour round trip of the east coast and ‘upcountry’ of Maui, today has truly been a delight! It was super challenging to choose my favourite picture, but here it is…

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Pools of O’heo, lower section
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Wailea – Day 3, Hawaii Five-O

After exploring Kihei, we ventured into Wailea for beautiful tropical gardens, beach action, retail therapy, food-gasms and alcohol.

My impression of Maui so far, is that if Big Island and O’ahu had a love child, then Maui would be it.

Oh, and our lesson for the day: “Turn left and your whole world opens up!”

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Red Ti plant
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Arrival – Day 2, Hawaii Five-O

We have arrived in Maui safe and sound! After being awake for 36 hours straight now I apologise for the brevity (and possible incoherence) of this post. But here is a picture of a pretty sunset as we walked into Kihei for dinner this evening…January 3rd is maxed out!

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Sunset, Kalama Beach, Kihei
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Departure – Day 1, Hawaii Five-O

The time has come! Kate and I are off to Hawaii. We depart Melbourne airport at 6pm and arrive in Honolulu at 8am (their time) before continuing onto Maui. May the flights be smooth and uneventful (surprise, surprise I am an anxious flier, lol!)

See you on the flip side…

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This summer break, I am heading back to Hawaii for a holiday. Only six more sleeps and I will be setting off on a twelve day adventure to Maui and Oahu, with a dear friend!

During this time, I anticipate I will have limited wifi availability, as well as time, to participate in my regular challenges and will not be posting as often.

So, I am setting myself a mini writing challenge for each day while I am away: “To write 50 words about the day’s activities and upload my favourite photo, capturing this”.

I look forward to sharing my holiday with you in the coming weeks…stay tuned.