During Spring Break of my senior year in high school, my parents decided to take us on a family vacation to Hawaii, which also turned into a graduation trip as well. We went to two islands on our trip, Maui (the first stop on mine and Chris’ trip) and the Big Island. We had quite an adventure on our trip and I thought that I’d do a quick recap to help get me into the Hawaii set of mind for our trip (like I really need the help). Plus I’m linking up with Bonnie from A Compass Rose and Christine from A Keane Sense of Adventure for the Travel Tuesday link up.

The Wandering Weekenders- Five Things Friday

The first island we visited was Maui, and we were blown away by the island and everything we did. We stayed at the Westin, which is where Chris and I will be staying, and I remember being blown away with how beautiful the resort was. You literally walk in the doors to the hotel, and you’re back outside because the lobby is an open air lobby complete with a lagoon with flamingos.

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Hawaii Trip

Our first full day on Maui we woke up bright and early, like 2 AM early, and had a tour guide pick us up from the hotel. The tour guide then drove us to the top of Haleakala, a huge crater on Maui, where we watched the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, and the pictures we took don’t do it justice at all!

After we watched the sunrise, we hopped on some bikes and literally rode down Haleakala with our tour guides to a town below. Now I’m not known for being very hand eye coordinated or for having the best balance (I’m not very graceful and have been known to run into walls in my own house for crying out loud!), so I was a little worried about biking down a volcano. But I actually had no issues riding down Haleakala. The mountain is so steep that you really don’t need to peddle at all. It’s literally a piece of cake compared to the bike ride we did in San Francisco. Plus we got to stop along the way and take some pretty awesome pictures.

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Hawaii Trip

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Hawaii Trip

One of the other big activities we did on Maui was a guided tour of the Road to Hana. The highlights for me on our Road to Hana trip included swimming in a waterfall and trying some amazing Hawaiian fruit, right off the tree. We only managed to have one car sick incident during the trip, and luckily that wasn’t me, sorry Courtney!

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Hawaii Trip

During our last few days on Maui, we mainly relaxed on the beach, and enjoyed time with the family. We also did some whale watching from the shore while we there, since March is the perfect time of the year to watch the Humpback Whales.

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Hawaii Trip

The Wandering Weekenders- My First Hawaii Trip

Check back later for my recap of our time on the Big Island.

  • Christina Sotherden

    Hawaii was so beautiful and definitely my favorite part of Hawaii – Looks like a great trip!

    • I really loved Maui, which is why I made sure that it was included on this trip too 🙂

  • Haha love those bike pictures! I have yet to visit Hawaii and really want to! I recently saw an awesome deal from Houston to Hawaii but it was smack dab in the middle of the school year, boo

    • Why is it that they always put the best deals during the school year? You should definitely plan a trip sometime soon though because it’s just so beautiful!

  • LilDesiqua

    I did the bike tour down the volcano too, but I was SO bummed because we had fog during the sunrise, and there was only like, a 1% chance of that happening! I also did the Road to Hana, but through a guidebook, and it was gorgeous. Love the family pics!

    • Oh no, I can’t believe that there was fog during the sunrise! I guess that means you have to go back, right? I loved Haleakala so much that I knew that I wanted to include Maui on our upcoming trip.

  • So, so pretty! I’ve been to Hawaii (Maui) twice and have such good memories.

    • During my first trip we visited Maui and the Big Island, and Maui was definitely my favorite! I can’t wait to go back!

  • LydiaCLee

    We just spent a month in Hawaii – but only Oahu, Big Island and Kauai…I look forward to reading your Big island adventure! I loved it!

    • My parents visited Kauai last year, and they said that it was their favorite island! We’ve heard such great things about the island which is why we’re going there and Maui for our next trip.

  • Those sunset photos are breathtaking wow! And I have to say that waking up at 2am to watch a sunrise is pure commitment haha not sure I would have had the guts to do it!

    • The early wake-up call was definitely difficult, but because of the time change it actually wasn’t too bad. We’ll see if I can do it again on our next trip!

  • That looks like so much fun! I would love to visit someday!