Honolulu, Hawaii – April 2015

(NOTE: if you just want to see the trip pictures, you can view all of them here)

This April, the hubs was unfortunately forced to go Hawaii for a work conference, so, of course we had to make a trip out of it! It was both of our first times visiting and we didn’t really know what to expect. We didn’t have as much time as we would have wished for, so we decided just to stay in Honolulu. Here was our itinerary, and what did and did not happen on the adventure:


Arrival:  @4pm   5:30pm


(After waiting in line to take off, the flight attendant and pilot decided the seat right next to me was too broken to take off, so we had to go back and get it fixed.)

5- 7:30pm: Beach time

7:30 6:30: Dinner @ Tropics

(We were completely starving upon arrival, so we went to the hotel beach bar, which may I add, was not terribly good, The band was fun- but don’t recommend the food or drinks)

11:00 8:30pm: Sleep (That time change does something special to you!)


8:00 5:45am: wake up

10:00 8:00am – 2:00pm: Field trip to The Arizona Memorial & USS Missouri

(This was very high on my husbands bucket list, so I am really happy we could cross that off together! I was always terrible/ not that interested in History during school, but re-learning everything in person was an experience – I definitely learned a lot, and opened my heart with pride and tears.)

2:30pm: Lunch @ Dukes

(This place was pretty good for a beach bar, especially the drinks!)

5:00pm: Luau

(After the Luau we finally got to touch the beach as we relaxed and did some yoga under the moonlight)


RELAX on the beach by the private pool with extra soft cushions till our friends arrive!

7:00 pm: Dinner @Uncle Bob’s or Billys? Whatever it was the food was pretty good. We pretty much sampled everything.


10am- 3pm: Hike Diamond Head while the husbands are at the conference

10am: workout at the gym

11:30am: Relax by the pool while the husbands are at the conference for 30 minutes 7 hours

(Yep, they fooled us, turns out we could have gone to Diamond Head. :P… there is always next time?)

8:00pm: Dinner at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

(This dinner made up for the big fat slight lie about how long they would be gone. BY FAR the best steakhouse I have ever eaten at. I love me a really good steak, but they always give me bad heartburn – this dry-aged steak , for once, did not!)


6:00am: Bye bye Honolulu

AND NOW… what you are probably really here for.. the pictures! 🙂


Taken from land of the USS Arizona Memorial. The Memorial floats over the sunken ship and what you see here (the brown rusted looking part) is the only piece that resides above water.


Taken inside the Arizona Memorial. The names inscribed on the wall are all the men that went down with their ship. The names on the lower part were the men that survived the Pearl Harbor attack. As they pass they can be buried with their brothers inside the Arizona.

Entrance of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. “They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation – the obligation to insure that their sacrifice will help to make this a better and safer world in which to live.” – Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Apparently my husband chose the right profession. He was not built to be a sailor. 😉

Taken on the USS Missouri. My grandfather was on this very ship watching this event take place.

Luau pre-show

Jerry was a hoot. He was one of the hosts of the Luau. Here, he is praying that he doesn’t slice his hand off while teaching us how they traditionally would open a coconut (with a machete).

Luau pre-show

Jerry teaching us how to climb a tree to get coconuts.

Luau Selfies

Luau selfies 😉


Taken during the Luau. During the main show they took us through the different traditions of the islands near by and had a wardrobe of each.

Click here to see more pretty pictures of my Hawaii trip. 

All in all, it was very relaxing, but Austin sunsets are way prettier! 😉

Austin, Texas sunset

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