The Kessler Family Adventure in Hawaii
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In April 2010 we took a family vacation to Hawaii.
We stayed 4 days on the Big Island and then flew to Maui for 7 more days.
This was our 4th family trip to Hawaii - in the past we've gone to Kauai,
Oahu and a different trip to Maui.
The Big Island
Punalu'u Beach is a fantastic black sand beach on the south shore of Hawaii.
Punalu'u Beach usually has turtles lying around. We loved to watch them
sun themselves and then crawl over the rocks into the ocean. If you touch
one there is a $25K fine and there are bounty hunters hanging out with
cell phones in the parking lot. Stay back 15 feet.
Here is a short video (10Mb mpeg) to go with the photos.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park had plenty of steam but no surface
lava flows that we could see this time.
The Place of Refuge (Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park) was an interesting spot:
Maui - The Valley Isle
In Maui, we stayed at the Papakea resort . It was a relaxing place that
allowed us to visit the sites around Lahaina such as the old prison and
the Banyan Tree park.
We took a guided tour on the Road to Hana . It was part cultural and
political history, part geology and botany lesson, plus a tour of the star's homes.
We saw where George Harrison, Sammy Hagar, Laird Hamilton, Jim Neighbors,
Oprah, Mike Love, Woody Harrelson, Pat Benatar and others have had homes.
back there. We were lucky to catch some fantastic rainbows.
The beaches near Kaanapali were disappointing. There was a shallow coral
reef right off shore - or the beach dropped right off and the waves broke on
shore. This made it very difficult for the kids to swim.
We ended up driving to Kihei and to Kapalua where we knew the beaches were
ideal for the family.
A Luau is always a place for good food and fun ...