A few weeks ago we took a trip back to Oahu. Brown Sugar had an important meeting on the island, and we decided to make a trip of it. It didn’t hurt that our family had three birthdays this month, so we were able to make it a birthday trip. We usually try to give birthday trips instead of birthday gifts because kids will play with a new toy or game for a few hours but they will always remember a special trip, even if they’re young at least you’ll have the photographic evidence that it happened.
This particular trip was very special to us because right smack in the middle of it was Vayda’s birthday and not just any birthday it was her 5th birthday, and we tend to take 5th birthdays pretty serious around these parts. For Zion’s 5th birthday we surprised him with a trip to Disney World, and it’s a trip he still talks about to this day. This trip was also special because both Vayda and Zaniel were born in Hawaii (just a year and nine days apart) and I thought it would be a great time to bring them back to the island- and it didn’t hurt that Vayda had been asking to visit Hawaii for the past year or so.
The trip was fantastic it was the perfect way to celebrate the three birthdays and reconnect as a family there is nothing like Hawaiian living and our short time there reminded us just how much we missed it but mostly how great a place it is to raise children. One of the things we enjoyed the most as a family was a hike to on Ehukai Pillboxes on the North Shore. This was Vayda’s idea -her two goals were to go to the beach and to take a hike. Per the birthday girls request we did both. The Pillbox hike was soooo cool I’ve taken hikes before and absolutely dreaded every single moment of it, but this was an awesome family hike it was easy with slight challenges especially when climbing rocks, I told the kids it was real life Temple Run and they loved that lol. We also had a chance to pick and eat strawberry guava for the first time, Vayda was not feeling it -she was not at all feeling the texture, me and the boys loved it and my husband flat out refused to even try it, he was also slightly disgusted that I would let the kids pick random fruit off the trail and eat it but I’m about that adventure life so…
If you’re ever on Oahu and want to take a family hike here is a list of 11 family-friendly hikes on Oahu.
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