Sunrise at Haleakala National Park

Sunrise at Haleakala National Park is breathtaking, amazing and a must see while visiting Maui
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Most people dream of the iconic Hawaiian vacation. Something about sitting on the beach soaking up the sun , feeling the warm breeze on your skin, hearing the palm trees sway back and fourth and just leaving all the everyday stress back at home that appeals to everyone. I enjoy these activities as much as the next person but the best experience on all of Maui is watching the sunrise at the summit of Haleakala National Park…. 

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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park also known as the City of Refuge

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In old Hawaii, if you broke the law, the penalty was death. Your only option for survival was to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest puuhonua, or city of refuge. As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki’i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved…. 

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10 Breweries well worth visiting! Kona Brewery, Moab Brewery, Red Frog Pub and more!

We have a hard time passing a brewery in our travels and have an extensive growler collection to prove it.  We have visited breweries from Glacier brewery in Alaska to Banks Brewery in Barbados! We love them for their atmosphere, good food and great beer.

Our top 10 list was hard to decide upon but definitely enjoyed each and every one. There are some really good breweries out there but these are our favorites. Kona brewery 1)    Kona Brewing Co., Big Island Hawaii This is the holy grail of breweries! Great beer, incredible food and hands down the best atmosphere you could ask for. This is one of my favorite tours also. By the end of this tour you will have had several samples of beer and meet people with whom you will odds on have several beers with while watching the mongoose and geckos running around…. 

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10 of our favorite places in the world! Iceland, Belize, Hawaii, Barbados and more

10 of our favorite places in the world! Iceland, Belize, Hawaii, Barbados and more

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Iceland is one of our top 10 places in the world. We had so much fun spending Thanksgiving in Iceland a few years ago. We can not wait until we have another chance to visit Iceland again…. 

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Hawaii Pictures to melt away the winter blues!

Are you feeling the winter blues? Do you need a bit of sunshine and warm weather. I wish I could transport all of us to a tropical island to soak up a bit of sun and enjoy a frothy fruity drink. Sadly that is not in my budget but I can share a few warm and sunny Hawaii pictures. These are some of my favorite photos from our travels to Hawaii.  Hawaii is one of our favorite places in the world.  The photos below are from the Big Island. Our favorite sunset spot on the Big Island is A-Bay on the Kona Coast.

Hawaiian Sunset A-Bay Sunset on the Big Island

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What not to do while camping in Maui

Last year John and I spent a lovely vacation in Maui. We enjoyed the sun, sand, beach and tropical life …..oh and we camped. Yes went camping in Maui or let me say we tried to camp in Maui. I am pretty sure we did everything you can possibly think of wrong for camping in Hawaii but we survived to talk about it. We had a reservation at a condo for the majority of the trip except for the first night. We looked at hotel prices and just couldn’t bring ourselves to pay for 1 night hotel and I think it was John’s secret dream to camp in Hawaii. Being a Park Ranger he is all about camping and being out in the wilderness. I don’t mind camping but I do like being able to take a shower and flushing toilets. So after flying to Maui a lovely quick 7 hour jaunt from Spokane plus layovers we were on a mission to get a few things and head to our camping spot. John had picked out a campground on the road to Hana by the Seven Sacred Pools.

We arrived in Maui and picked up our car and headed straight to Walmart. We picked up some food and cold drinks, fleece blankets (for some reason we thought we would freeze at night), and pool floaties. We did not pack an air mattress because it took up too much space so we figured we would pick up pool floaties for cheap in Maui. They were cheap and easy to pack around. Plus I figured we could use them later in the week at the beach. We picked up everything we needed and headed for Hana. The road to Hana is a twisty, winding road that is amazing. You get to see wonderful views of the island, water, and tropical foliage…. 

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Kona, Hawaii

Travel Photo Tuesday – Kona, Hawaii
This Puffer Fish was so curious. I had to move backwards because he kept trying to get closer to the camera. At one point he touched his mouth to my scuba mask. It was really odd to be that up close and personal with it. I was amazed at how much time it took swimming around us and looking at the camera.

Big Island of Hawaii

Travel Tuesday Photo- Big Island of Hawaii
I took this picture at our favorite bakery in South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. The bakery makes the most amazing Lilikoi pasties I have every tasted. Every time we are in Hawaii I stock up on the pastries and try to make them last as long as I can (which is not very long since they taste amazing). There are lizards running all over the grounds.