Aloha Friday, everyone!!! Even though Justin is gone more these days, we still are able to sneak in some good ol' island fun. I still can't believe we live in Hawaii!!! So, as usual, here we go with mainly unedited photos and minimal commentary. I'm sure Justin wishes he could ask for minimal commentary from me in real life. :)
1. Honolulu Zoo - Military Appreciation Day. Being from San Diego, I'm a bit of a zoo snob. But the Honolulu Zoo is cheap and toddler friendly. Recently, the zoo even offered free admission and a free lunch for all military members and their families. It truly was such a nice event and the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family.
Here's Benjamin trying some watermelon during our free lunch.
They had some acrobats performing on the lawn along with a bunch of vendor tents.
And since it was the zoo, there were some animals. :) Charlotte loves the giraffes!
3. Makapu'u Lighthouse Hike. I love this hike because you can push a jogging stroller the entire way up.
And now it's my dad's turn to push. :)
And here I am with my mum.
4. Paradise Cove Luau. We decided to try a different luau with my parents (we went to Germaine's with Justin's dad).
Paradise Cove was more expensive and a more crowded. However, there were so many activities to do before the dinner and actual show began. There was an arts and crafts table where Charlotte made a hat and flower bracelet.
There were different games like spear throwing or bowling. And after completing east game, Charlotte collected a little shell lei.
There were also a bunch of demonstrations like fish net throwing...
...coconut tree climbing...
...a short sunset hula show...
...and seeing them remove the kahlua pig from the oven.
Charlotte just goes crazy over the luaus and is completely memorized watching the hula dances. Good thing we have time for a few more luaus before we leave.
5. Bellows Air Force Beach. I've heard so many people talk about Bellows and we finally made it out there over Memorial Day Weekend. Um...wow. I think it might be my favorite beach on the island now.
7. Hawaii State Fair. So if I can be brutally honest, there isn't much going on at the Hawaii State Fair. Charlotte loves the over priced food but it's small. However...admission to the circus show that is included in your $3 ticket is worth EVERY.SINGLE.PENNY. Who knew there was so much talent in a tiny little traveling circus?! Really spectacular.
8. Manoa Falls. You have to pay $5 to park right at the trail head and the hike itself has some amazingly muddy spots. Beware. Seriously. Like, I fell on my butt and twisted my wrist pretty badly muddy. But it's beautiful.
9. Teddy Bear World. And finally, I took the kids to Teddy Bear World the other day. Can someone say, AWESOME!!! This place is hilarious. Just check out the photos. Charlotte's favorite part of the museum was the Elvis Bear show at the end!
And on that note, I think this post has gotten long enough. For those of you that made it to the end, BRAVO!!! As always, mahalo for stopping by!!!