Happy Tuesday, friends!
Well, please be patient with us, but today, we do not have a new episode of The Bestie Breakdown available. We have ordered some new equipment and have one episode ready to go already for you guys next week. In the meantime, no podcast today, but I do have another day in Hawaii to share 🙂 .
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.
Today…I’m sharing pics from our time spent at Sea Life Park where they rescue and rehabilitate sea life along with educate and acquaint visitors with many God’s friends from the ocean. We had a dolphin experience lined up that three of the kiddos were very excited about 😉 .
That morning, I chuckled at Ashby and Smith…
…who both started their day with some mind work. Ashby worked on her puzzle…Smith studied God’s word and the US Constitution. Bahahaha! Who brings that book on a beach vacation? Smith Shull does.
I started my morning…
…with a beautiful run!
After breakfast, we rented a car right there at Aulani and were off for a little family adventure…
…do you see Mades’ face waaaaaay back there?! The drive from Aulani to Sea Life Park was about 45 minutes. The second half of the drive was particularly beautiful.
I took five pictures. This was the best of the bunch. #winning
I’m not going to bore you with a bazillion pictures…but I took a ton. They had birds, they had sea lions, they had fish, dolphins, turtles and more. This place sat right on the edge of the beach with gorgeous ocean views to one side and mountain views to the other. It was a great stop for my family to explore, learn and touch many of the exhibits.
Andrew and our kids are totally into swimming with the dolphins.
I give you exhibit A:
…when Kensington was 2.5 and Andrew took her to swim with them in Bermuda. She loved every minute of it (one year old Smith did not do it, so neither did I).
Fast forward 11 years later…
…and Miss Madeley showed up and was like “I mean…do I have to do this? Can we just watch, Mommy?”. I’m not going to lie, I “make” my kids do plenty of things they don’t necessarily want to do to make them better human beings, but if Madeley not getting in meant I didn’t have to get in that dirty water with two dolphins, I happily allowed this to be an opportunity she could skip. #thankyoumades #notmything
So, the two of us sat out and watched as the other peeps all hopped in…
…they were all really excited!
On our trip to Sea Life Park, we learned that dolphins can catch COVID, so we were provided these masks specifically for the water. Each person could remove their mask when it was time for their photo.
I totally dig being a spectator. Hearing about these dolphins’ stories and how/why they’re at Sea Life Park was all so interesting to me. I also loved watching how excited my older three kids were about the experience.
Time for Ashby’s pic 🙂 .
When you don’t have to swim with dolphins.
After our fun morning, we drove back through Oahu towards Aulani and found this cute town and restaurant to stop for lunch…
…Kona Brewing Company, you were delish!
We were back at Aulani and beachside by about 3:00. We caught some sun and sand until it was time for dinner.
Not a bad way to spend the day 🙂 .
…we were hungry and excited to be heading back to…
…Mina’s 🙂 . You really cannot be the location, the view, the food and the gluten-free options.
Aloha from Hawaii!
I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! xx