Hawaii adventures;

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View from the top of Diamond Head

Back in July, I booked flights to Hawaii on the whim. It’s been a place on my bucket list FOREVER but it wasn’t until a certain bearded man moved to Canada that Hawaii looked like an attractive half way point for us. We both wanted to go hiking & explore so chose O’ahu & Maui for our two week adventure.

First three days were spent exploring Waikiki by foot, then onto Maui where we drove around the whole island in five and a half days and then back to O’ahu for four days where we drove up to the North Shore & back along the eastern part of the island.

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Sunset over Waikiki Beach

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View of Waikiki & Diamond Head as we fly to Maui

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First night camping in Maui – Papalaua Beach

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Waking up to our very own beach – bliss!

 

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The waterfall at the end of the Pipiwai Trail, Kipahulu

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Walks around Haleakala National Park

 

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Driving around West Maui

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View from the bottom of Koko Head

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And the view from the top! Over 1,000 steps – we made it!

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Our hale in the North Shore, O’ahu

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Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. So good!

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Our Wrangler for O’ahu adventures

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Bucket list moment!

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Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic World was filmed 🙂

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Hanauma Bay

Camping in Maui was somewhat easy. Haleakala National Park made it a total breeze whereas other state/county parks required permits to be picked up in town or printed out before arrival which didn’t work for us as we did not plan anything, we just had our car & drove where ever and whenever we pleased.

But camping in O’ahu was down right impossible! Most state/county parks are closed weeknights, which makes planning essential. We were lucky to find one camping ground in the North Shore that was open on a weeknight. They proclaimed to be the best camping site in O’ahu and we couldn’t help but laugh.

Camping memories aside, both islands were incredible and far exceeded my expectations (I didn’t really have any).

I can totally see how everyone gushes about the Islands though, I cannot wait to explore Kauai & the big Island next!

 

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