Tuesday, July 29, 2014

6th and final day in Oahu

We have come to the end of #barrettsinHawaii2014 and honestly I'm ready to go home. I love being on vacation with my family but let's just say the key word for the week was "sanctification."  I love being more like Jesus through the different situations He gives us but after 6 days of straight rebukes and sanctifying moments I need a break. I also miss vbs which started today. It's funny because this year I didn't know if I wanted to serve on vbs staff and here I am missing being there and serving. God is awesome, He knows what we need and if He gave me what I wanted "not to serve" He knew I truly didn't want that. Anyway back to our last day, which we thought would be restful and in eventful, turned out to be still restful but eventful. 

First we tried Hanauma Bay once again since the girls woke up earlier than normal but as we arrived at 9am the parking lot was full so we drove passed it and ended up at a scenic lookout. And if you know my husband he's a bit adventurous and hates signs that say "no adventure." So him and the girls explored. 









Then we headed to Makapu'u Beach Park. Before we went to the beach we wanted to explore the rocks a bit. 





Then we played at the beach. 


The girls started to get hangry so we headed to Cinnamon's Restuarant which was super yummy. They have this Guava Chiffon Pancake that's killer. After lunch we decided to give Hanauma Bay another shot since it was on the way home and Praise Jesus the parking lot was open. So we finally explored, played, and snorkeled at the one place we tried three times to go to. 



That's the girls near a sleeping sea lion. 


It was a beautiful day and we ended the day with dinner at the one place I fell in love with when we came two years ago, thanks Tibayan 3 for showing us this place. 


At Uncle's Market and Grill. 

So this concludes our trip in Hawaii the girls are sleeping now, hubby is showering and I need to finish packing for our flight tomorrow. It's amazing how undeserving ppl like us get to enjoy so much of God and His blessings. Living in LA we don't get to see too much of God's creation but when we do...it blows my mind to know that He created this and yet He is mindful of me. We get home late Tuesday then VBS for the week then repack for our last mini vacation with our community family then school. Wow where did summer go. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

5th...our vacation is coming to an end.

We wanted to surprise our girls by going to Aulani Disney Resort and have the Character buffet, so last night I reserved out spot for dinner told the girls we had a surprise and went to bed. At about 4:30am I realized that the character buffet was only for the breakfast buffet so I had to cancel our reservation but sadly all the breakfast spots were taken. I didn't know what to do and I didn't want to tell the girls we didn't have a surprise. 

7:00am comes around and my baby girl jumps on our bed and tells me how she woke up early because she couldn't wait to see their surprise from us. Oh my heart melted...what can I say to her. How can I disappoint her? So I turned to hubby who was still sleeping and asked "let's just go to Dole Plantation and ride on the train?"  My girls love the train. So we decided to drive over there even though that wasn't on out agenda and guess what...the girls loved it. 


We came here two years ago but the girls were only 3 years old and 20 months so they didn't really remember anything. So to them it was their first visit. 

We decided to team up and compete against each other to see who can get all stamps and finish the maze. Of course hubby and K won, I got a bit lost. 



Then we went on the Pineapple Express. 



Of course we had to end the day at the beach. This is Kohola Lagoon, right outside of Aulani. It was a nice and calm beach but a bit crowded. 

For Frances, playing whale (I think). 




So far God has been blessing us above and beyond. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

4th day...sea animals and overrated luau.

Another day of exploring the island. We wanted to go to Hanauma Bay again but unfortunately it was full (maybe it was unfortunate after all) because we decided to head Turtle Bay instead. 

Here's a view near Hanauma Bay. 

Turtle Bay was a time of looking for shells and animals and not so much for playing in the water. Right when we got to the beach S spotted a big turtle chilling near the shore. He blended with the rocks but we spotted him but sadly I wasn't fast enough to take a picture. Hubby headed out to snorkel while us girls stayed on shore. 


Shells, small but not in pieces. 

The little dot in the water is hubby seeing turtles and cool fishes. 

Us girls saw a lot of little fishes near the shore and crabs. 


We got over the beach quickly because it was a hot day and both me and hubby are red. Praise God that the girls didn't get burned. So we headed to the famous Place which honestly is overrated and over priced. 


The little shows were cool and entertaining. Our girls enjoyed the dancing and the hula. Here is the canoe presentation that show cases all the islands. 

 






Getting a fresh coconut to drink and eat is always a plus. 


The different island activities were ok. I do think those activities are not worth the expensive entrance fee. 




(Yes he can be Derek's Reyes twin brother)

But the island buffet and the luau (which didn't feel like a luau but a big production show) was not worth the $260 we dropped to spend a 4-5 hour day here. We couldn't even take pictures during the show and honestly it was boring and long. They did have a story line which was ok but it was way too long and it ended around 9:30 and if you have a hotel in Waikiki then it's like a 1.5 hour drive back. 

More importantly it's a Mormon facility. So the $$ that we spent goes to the Mormon community and to their mission. I wasn't too happy about that, if we knew beforehand this fact that they leave out then we wouldn't have given money to them to be able to further their cause. So spread the word to those who plan on going so they know where their money is going too. 

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