Chasing Waterfalls

December 5, 2011 in Hawaii, Nature, Swimming, Vacations - 3 Comments

Our first and second attempts to hike to Waimea Falls were unsuccessful. Our original plan was to hike on Thanksgiving morning before letting our feast settle in. We checked online to make sure they were open, but once we got there, there was a small sign on the gate that…

Polynesian Cultural Center

December 3, 2011 in Hawaii, Tanner Family, Vacations - 3 Comments

If you ever wanted to be submerged in the island cultures of the Pacific, the Polynesian Cultural Center is the place to go. It’s set up with villages representing Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, Tahiti, Aotearoa, and Marquesas. Each village offers entertaining (and sometimes hilarious) shows that demonstrate the culture. You…

Pineapples Everywhere

December 1, 2011 in Hawaii, Nature, Photography, Vacations - 4 Comments

When Troy found out that the Dole Pineapple Plantation no longer serves homemade ice cream in fresh pineapples, he wanted to scrap the visit altogether. However, after a little convincing from his mom regarding how much the boys would love the train ride, he agreed to give the plantation a…

Hawaiian Thanksgiving

November 30, 2011 in Beach, Hawaii, Thanksgiving - 3 Comments

I don’t think I would mind repeating this Thanksgiving Day tradition one bit: First, wake up and go to the beach. Next, fill up all sorts of devices with sand. Find a “woof woof” that makes the one year old squeal to no end. Become a master hole digger (and…

Beach Hopping

November 28, 2011 in Beach, Hawaii, Tanner Family, Vacations - 6 Comments

Before I dive into the pictures from our tropical escape, I must first give a disclaimer. We don’t go on vacations anymore. Now that we have children, we go on trips. Even though our surroundings were warm and beautiful, the behind-the-scenes was a whole different story. We dealt with whining,…