From the parking lot to the point we encountered views that included humpback whales breaching and splashing, gorgeous coastline and intermittent breezes to help cool us off.
I am grateful for them and I am grateful for our safety. For 20 minutes I thought we were about to die and then we didn't.
Here's a less than comprehensive list of things to avoid or ways to stand out if that's your jam. Next to wearing an "I'm on vacation!" t-shirt, these 5 ideas will help you scream your vacation status to the world. I promise. We've got you covered. In fact, just to make sure these are all doable and actually work as obvious giveaways we went ahead and tried them out over the years. You're welcome. Sometimes a good travel blogger and her family just have to take one for the team.
Recently a couple of friends and I ate our way through Kailua-Kona and found the best spot to watch a sunset.
An awesome fun, free activity on Oahu is the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail and I highly recommend doing it between late November and the end of the February. To be more specific, we've had the best luck seeing whales in the month of February.
...between that, the beautiful views, great exercise and fabulous company I am calling our hike up Diamond Head a big win.
I turned to my trusty friend Google to locate a florist on the island from whom I could procure loose flowers the kids could string to make leis.