Polynesian Cultural Center (Laie)


So how crazy is this?  When I was about 10 years old (I am dating myself here by telling you that was in 1975) my parents splurged big time and took my brothers and I on a trip to Hawaii.  One of our more memorable stops was The Polynesian Cultural Center which will forever remain memorialized in my dad's vintage super 8 footage which my mom recently had converted to a dvd.  If you can believe it, the entire … [Read more...]

Dole Pineapple Plantation (Wahiawa)

Dole Pineapple Plantation (Wahiawa)

Heading out of Honolulu on our way to the North Shore we stopped at the Dole Pineapple Plantation to learn about one of Hawaii's signature crops. A word of warning, this "plantation" is a massive tourist trap. There are some free activities like a pineapple cutting demonstration but some of the other activities will cost you, like the enormous pineapple maze and the train ride and garden tour. We opted not to do … [Read more...]

Itinerary #12: Hawaii


Our 50th state, Hawaii is comprised of a group of islands all different and uniquely beautiful. On this amazing trip we had the opportunity to visit Kauai, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu. We learned about natural wonders like black sand beaches, volcanoes and the abundant sea life that inhabit the water surrounding the islands. We learned about Hawaiian history and culture, how the Polynesian peoples … [Read more...]