I took a break from the projects last week, and we went off to Hawaii for a pretty awesome vacation. We split our time between the Big Island and Maui and I was a little wary of Maui, to be honest, imagining it to be pretty touristy and that everyone there would be couples on their honeymoon. There are touristy parts for sure, but it’s well-traveled for a reason — it’s gorgeous!

Maui coastline

We did stay a bit off the beaten path, and had a lovely time relaxing, as well as taking a great kayak/snorkel trip and driving up to the summit of Haleakala (at 10,000 ft.) for sunrise.

Sunrise clouds at Haleakala

On the Big Island, we really enjoyed our time in Hilo. It’s a chill little town that’s far from touristy, with great restaurants and some nice galleries & shops. Miyo’s — homestyle Japanese — and Suisan — a lovely little fish market with amazing (and inexpensive) poke — both stood out in the food department. We explored some waterfalls from here, and also went up to the visitor center at Mauna Kea (sadly, we were clouded out from seeing the stars, but it was fun nonetheless). On our last day there, we splurged (on Rif’s recommendation) and took a helicopter ride around the island, with spectacular views:

Kilauea lava flow

Helicopter view of Hilo waterfalls

All in all, a fabulous trip!

Dave and Dina

The rest of the photos (we took quite a few!) are up here.

posted January 18, 2012 – 10:05 pm
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