Aloha! I’ve just returned from my “Dream of a lifetime” vacation in Hawaii! Seriously, I have wanted to go since I was a young girl. Thanks to both uncles on my mother’s side working in the airline industry, I had well-traveled cousins. My uncle Wayne was a pilot and my uncle Buck worked the ticket counter at United. I especially envied my girl cousins, Vickie & Bonnie, and their Hawaiian adventures with my grandmother DeEtte. My family once went to see them off at the airport and I fondly remember getting to board the plane before take-off to see the plane and meet the pilot. Obviously, this was back in the day before all the TSA regulations and security.
Suffice it to say, I have anticipated this homage to Hawaii for a very long time. I was slightly worried it may not live up to all I had dreamed of, but that was not to be the case! On August 1st, eight of us boarded the plane in Charlotte for our very early flight to Dallas and then on to Oahu. Aren’t we cute in our family vacation T-shirts? Thank you Keela for such a thoughtful gift! We gained 6 hours on the flight and arrived at our hotel around lunch. We didn’t waste any time and started day #1 with a hike to a waterfall. Pearl Harbor was our mission the next day and then our adventure carried us to Maui the day after, where we would spend the rest of our time. The water and scenery were breathtaking and we crammed absolutely everything we could into our stay there. Tim and I were given an amazing early 30th anniversary gift by my youngest daughter, Morgan, and her boyfriend, Deep, to go on a helicopter tour. Road to Hana, mai-tais, snorkeling, mai-tais, sunrise at the Haleakala Crater, watching a minimum of 13 sea turtles sun themselves and did I say mai-tais? What fun!
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I hope if you have a dream of a lifetime vacation on your bucket list, like I did, that you enjoy it half as much as I did! Thank you Gale Adouli with Great Getaways for booking a magical vacation for us!