Another day, another Aulani post. 🙂
If you don’t enjoy travel posts, I apologize! You should check out today’s Meal Plan instead. If you love a travel post, well, then this one is for you!
Don’t forget, if you missed PART ONE, make sure you go back and check that one out too because I share the details about our flight over and our resort accommodations. In PART TWO, I shared days 2 and 3 of our trip where we enjoyed the beautiful beach, pool and amenities at the Aulani resort. In PART THREE, I shared our dolphin encounter adventure, so make sure you catch that one too!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend, friends! From my family to yours, aloha on this Monday! xx
Early morning pics of the waterpark below our room. This area here is just for younger kiddos (I would say kids my kids’ ages and younger). There is a separate baby splash pad area as well, but this spot here was super fun!
The area in the middle? Two amazing water slides! One where you sit in a tube and one where you sat on your bum. The green water on the bottom is where you can daily either feed the rainbow fish or actually snorkel with them.
And here is a portion of the lazy river 🙂 .
Good morning! Another yummy breakfast date with my favorite guy!
Avocado toast is always a win for me.
After the breakfast…
..the fam loaded up in our rental car and drove to the North Shore. We had heard that the towns there was oh so cute and the waves oh so BIG! We were anxious to check it out!
We drove about 40 minutes from Aulani to the North Shore, and it was beautiful! This drive cut through the heart of Oahu (instead of hugging the coast), so we saw all the agriculture, hills and beauty of the middle of the island. When we got to the beach, there was a lot to take in. I’ve never seen waves so big or so many surfers in one spot. We pulled out our towels and settled in for some fun in the surf and lots of people watching.
Here’s the problem, I really need a person to just go with us on vacation to take pictures. I don’t want to take my phone into the ocean, so I have days like this and get three photos (none with me). Sigh. On our next trip, I’m going to bring a seventh person just to hold my phone and snap pictures. 😉
After a lovely morning at the beach, we knew just where to eat in town…
…and it was so delish! There are so many fun food trucks and places to stop in the North Shore area, but we had done our research in advance and knew that Stonefish Grill was very gluten-free friendly, so we stopped there and enjoyed lunch. After we ate, we headed back to…
…the fun at Aulani 🙂 .
For dinner on this night, we walked right down the path to the Marriott Beach Club and had a delicious dinner outside…
…at Longhi’s! (Remember this is the resort where we stayed two years ago before our Hawaiian cruise.)
You can find my romper (another Amazon find!) HERE. It’s such a great price and comes in so many other colors too!
Lots of time spent in the ocean and a good meal is the best way to spend the day.
The next day…
…we had a food tour planned, but the kids asked us to cancel that and instead, stay at the resort. My personality wants to go/do/see as much as I can when I’m on vacation, but often, my sweet hubby tells me to stop being the cruise director and just let the kids enjoy and relax. Sooooo…I cancelled the food tour, we turned in our rental car early and spent the next two days beachside at Aulani.
Andrew and I were ROLLING when we looked out and saw Ashby paddling Smith all around the cove. Bahahahaha!
Our go go go family enjoyed all the chill out time.
Aulani has an amazing app that tells you about all the things going on that day so you can stay up to date on the activities they provide on property (character sightings, crafts, activities, special events, food features, and so much more!) and then you can plan what you want to do and seek out fun. We enjoyed the app so much that both of us had it downloaded and the kids would often check it out to catch the fun. One of the things they have are their poolside stories where native Hawaiians share the history and culture of Hawaii in a very creative and fun way for kids of all ages. We had so much fun listening poolside before dinner…
…where we walked next door to the Four Seasons to eat at Noe.
This Italian restaurant wasn’t beachfront…it is tucked away in a garden with twinkle lights. I know this sounds crazy, but I’m going to just say it…the Italian food here was the best I’ve ever had. Yes. In Hawaii. Even better than Italy. I don’t know? It was fresh and homemade and insanely delicious! Bonus, they had g-free pasta boiled in its own water (no cross-contamination) for our g-free girl 🙂 .
You guys, I have one last Aulani post to share later this week or next. Per your requests, I did all all of my outfits from Aulani (so many Amazon finds that are under $30!) to my #OOTD page. You can see everything in one easy spot right HERE.
In the meantime, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your week! I’ll see you tomorrow! xx