8/1/12

Hawaii: Sunset Beach & Polynesian Cultural Center

Sunset Beach, Hawaii
The kids loved the beach
I was pretty dang proud of my "sand turtle" and that is sand on my chin (not a beard)

My little family at the Polynesian Cultural Center

Learning about Polynesians, Good lookin', Fishing, Showing off tattoos, Getting Tattoo
Cheese, Canoe ride, Watching pageant
My fish, Kids fishing, Tree climber
The Laie Hawaii LDS Temple
Here are some pictures from our first day in Hawaii.  We stayed on the North Shore of Oahu and I was in love...I truly want to live there some day!  It was such a great family vacation and I know our kids had a blast.  Sorry about the picture overload, but I just couldn't cut any more photos out!

Our first day was spent splashing around in the warm ocean and experiencing the activities at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  One tip for those planning on visiting the PCC...pay the extra money for the Luau.  We are I am cheap, so we just opted for the basic buffet dinner.  Not great.  It was edible, but not tasty by any means.

There are seven different villages to visit: Tonga, Tahiti, Marquesas, Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa and Samoa.  I love that the employees in each village are actually from the islands they are working in and they were all so friendly!  They had some fun activities for the kids, like weaving fish with leaves and making music with bamboo instruments.  To be completely honest, I think it was kind of spendy for what you got...however, the money does help put BYU Hawaii students through college, so at least the money is going to a good cause.

More pics to come...

P.S. I didn't wear any makeup all day, so I'm sorry if I scare anyone :)
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23 comments:

  1. Not at all, you look gorgeous! It looks like you guys are having a blast! I have always wanted to go to the PCC, so I'm crazy-jealous. :o)

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    1. Thank you! Hawaii really was a blast and I can't wait to go back!

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  2. Love these pictures! So pretty.

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  4. Loving this post and your blog! Where did you get your super cute swimming suit?! Xo
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    1. Thanks! It's from a couple years ago actually and I think it was either Sears or Kohls :)

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  5. Girl you look SOOO pretty!!!!!!! Talk about a beautiful place!!!!!! I can't wait to see the rest of the photos!!! :)

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  6. How fun!! This wasn't your husband climbing a tree, right? :) Looks like both kids and parents are having a blast!!

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    1. Haha, no it was not my hubby climbing the tree! I wish it was, cause that would be more fun :)

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  7. Look at you, Hot Momma! This looks like it was a blast! Love the pic in front of the temple!!!!
    -Kristen

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    1. Yeah, that is probably my favorite pic from the trip :)

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  8. Love that swim suit! The hubs and I stayed across the street from Sunset Beach in April! Love that place..please tell me you hit up Ted's Bakery...I dream about that place at night!
    Ashley:)

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    1. Where did you stay?! We stayed right across the street too! And yes...Ted's Bakery was delicious!!!

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  9. Your kids look so happy! My hubby and I are going to Hawaii in a few weeks and your pictures have me all excited!

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    1. How exciting! You are going to have such a good time!!

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  10. wow!! how fun! I'm jealous! beautiful pictures :)


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  11. It looks like a FUN vacation so far! The Hawaii temple is beautiful!!!

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    1. It's my favorite...well, that and Mesa, but they kind of look alike :)

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  12. Great sand turtle!! Looks like your family had fun.

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    1. Thank you! I think I had more fun in the sand than my kids, haha.

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  13. Love your swimsuit! and girl, you don't need make up, you're gorgeous!

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