This entire Hawaiian babymoon was such a spur of the moment trip! When Derek found out he had to go for work, we started to play around with the idea of making it a vacation. With it being so last minute, we weren’t sure if we would be able to book a hotel to extend the stay. Luckily, everything worked out! Derek worked for the first part of the trip, and then it was game on for the following days!
So what did I do while he worked? I relaxed, relaxed and relaxed some more. It was the first time in over a year where I could do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted without having to worry about a schedule! While it was so unbelievably hard to leave Audrey with my mom (she was in the BEST of hands!), it was much needed “me” time. I did spend most of the time thinking of her and missing her.. but it was exactly the recharge I (and Derek!) needed.
While Derek worked, we stayed at the Hilton in the Ali’i tower. Its gorgeous and has everything you could need/want right there on the grounds. I spent a lot of time lounging by the pool that overlooked the ocean (the one on the second floor), hitting their gym and shopping around.
I had a girlfriend there with me (a wife of Derek’s coworker), and we ventured out to Kalakua Ave. on a few occasions for lunch and shopping. The stores on that street range from Jimmy Choo to H&M, and the restaurant options are endless!
We then stayed at the Hale Koa for the remaining days that Derek didn’t have to work. It was an easy switch because those two hotels are right next to each other. It was just as nice as the Hilton (although the beds were HARD!), and we enjoyed our time there just as much!
We were lucky enough to have a good friend in Hawaii at the same time! He actually lived there for a couple of years, and he basically played tour guide! He took us all around the island, told us where to go and what to skip… Im so thankful he was there! It wouldn’t have been the same without him!
On one particular day, he took us to the North Shore to grab lunch and go snorkeling at Shark’s Cove. It was probably one of my favorite days on the Island. Even the drive was incredible, as he took us a different way there and back so we could see all of the sights. 🙂
Luau at the Hale Koa
We actually attended this Luau the evening that we arrived (so we had been awake for 20+ hours of traveling), and we were so incredibly tired. I definitely recommend going, but make sure you are well rested! It’s a long, but amazing, evening! There is a cocktail hour followed by dinner and lots of entertainment. They feed you SO MUCH that we were in a food coma after! haha
Hiking Diamond Head
Im not going to lie, I was a little nervous to hike Diamond Head pregnant! I am so glad I did though! I made it up and down with minimal dizziness, and the views were amazing. It’s a quick hike, and it’s considered to be fairly easy. Highly recommended! If you are staying at the Hale Koa or Hilton, you can jump in an Uber and be there in minutes.
There is also a smoothie/Hawaiian ice truck at the entrance.. the mango smoothie is the perfect post-hike treat!
We saw the most spectacular sunsets during our stay there. Every night people gather down by the water to sit and marvel at the breathtaking sky.
I could write a whole blog post dedicated to the food we ate. Seriously, it was so good. We did, however, have a few blah meals. Here are the places worth checking out if you ever find yourself in paradise.
Maui Brewing Company – Confession… I ate their nachos two days in a row. I would have ordered them the third time we ate there (yes, we ate there three times in a matter of days), but I had to try their veggie burger which was equally as amazing. The service is amazing and the food is to die for. Im told their drinks are incredible as well. 😉 Its about a 10 minute walk from the Hilton/Hale Koa.
Pint + Jigger – Again, amazing service and crazy good food. Our friend, Kyle, took us here for dinner. I ordered the Hulk BLT… sounds boring but omg it was amazing. It had a fried green tomato and was on the best sourdough bread. I have been craving one ever since. Be sure to upgrade your fries to the p+j ones (barbecue flavored).. you won’t be sorry. They have a huge selection of cocktails and beer (hence the name, right?), and the atmosphere is cool… almost hipster-ish! It isn’t within walking distance of the resorts, but its worth the quick Uber ride! (Not a touristy place at all!)
Cinnamons– This place was recommened to us by a friend who had recently visited Hawaii. Its a couple of hotels down from the Hilton, and its a nice little walk to take to enjoy brunch! I ordered the french toast, and Derek got the papaya pancakes. They give you SO MUCH food, and the prices are more than reasonable. It was a hit with us!
Lappert’s Coffee and Ice cream– For coffee and a sweet treat, I recommend Lappert’s. Its in the shops right by the Hilton. It is quick and easy to get coffee there in the morning (unlike the mile long line that’s outside of the starbucks), but there can be a wait for ice-cream in the evening. I loved grabbing coffee here with Derek in the AM and having it on the beach.
Other places we tried:
Rumfire- The food was mediocre for the pricing, but the views were outstanding. I would recommend this place for drinks!
Tikis Grill- The food was alright (not the best we had) but the atmosphere was fun!
Of course, we at ate other places, but these were the ones worth mentioning!
More pictures (and video!)
We just had the very best time in Hawaii. We decided that the next time we go will be when the kids are older and can join in on the fun activities. We saw so many cute families and missed our Audrey girl so much, but the adult time was needed! We def made the most of it!