Welcome to the Joan and Brian Visited Hawaii Page
Joan and Brian arrive at Honolulu Airport
We were also greeted by our first Hawaiian Rainbow
After a long flight we checked in to the Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach for a much needed rest. The hotel was fantastic and our suite was great as well, check out the hotel pictures here.
The next morning we awoke "early" and headed to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Click on the picture to see more pictures of the memorial or click here.
After a day of sightseeing we boarded the NCL Pride of America cruise ship. Click the picture for more cruise ship pictures or click here.
Day one of the cruise we arrived at the island of Maui in the port of Kahului, our first stop... Molokini Crater to go snorkeling for about an hour, then the snorkeling moved to Turtle bay before heading back to shore and then back to the cruise ship check out the snorkeling pictures here. Since we had not spent enough time on boats already we headed out for a sunset Whale Watch and cocktail cruise, then back to the cruise ship, for yet another needed sleep break check out the Whale Watching pictures here.
Day two of the cruise...What to do? Well when in paradise RENT A CONVERTIBLE!! So we did and we decided to drive the road to Hana. What is the road to Hana you ask? Well, we are glad you did, the road to Hana is 54 miles of twisting and turning roads through the rainforest of Maui it is a beautiful ride, how beautiful you ask... Well check it out here.
Day three of the cruise, Welcome to Hilo on the big island of Hawaii, today we have a helicopter ride around the Kilauea volcano, but it is raining and very cloudy...Well, the helicopter ride has been cancelled, but we are able to schedule a different tour through a different company for tomorrow in Kona, but what to do in the mean time? So off we go exploring Hilo in search of vanilla bean. I know what you are thinking, yes vanilla bean, our driver to/from the airport for the cancelled helicopter ride gave the group some information about making your own vanilla extract, check that out here along with all the exciting details of the great vanilla hunt. Later on day three we scheduled a tour of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, the gardens are beautiful and we were able to get up-close to the native plants and get some nice pictures, check them out here. Time to set sail for Kona and along the way we passed by Kilauea at night check it out here.
Day four of the cruise, Kona on the big island of Hawaii, today the helicopter ride to the volcano and tropical valley, the sites were breathtaking, rather than tell you click here to see them.
Day five of the cruise, now in the port of Nawiliwili on the island of Kauai. We have a bi-plane tour of the island scheduled, but guess what it's raining the pilot asked if we could push the flight off until this afternoon, no problem, we start to head off the ship and just do some exploring, shortly after leaving the ship, we run across a scooter rental place, so let's get two, check out Evel KaJoan and Brian here, along with some pictures from the ride. Time to get to the bi-plane, well just check out the pictures here. Back from the bi-plane time for a luau, come on what trip to Hawaii would be complete with out a luau? Wow what a show...well just check out the pictures here.
Day six of the cruise....What DAY SIX??? the cruise is almost over OK time to do something that involves speed and height and hanging from a strap, yep you guessed it ZIP LINE!!! Well just check it out here.
Day seven of the cruise... Time to get off the ship, OH SHIP!!! ... well we knew it had to end soon, but wait it's 8:00 am and our flight is not until 9:00 pm, let's get on a Hawaiian shirt and get some pineapple, Dole Pineapple at the Dole plantation, yep you know what to do, here. OK so what else have we not seen Diamond Head, OK right here. Now what ... darn time to get to the airport and the flight home, well we had a whole lot of fun and hope to get back soon.
A hui hou and Mahalo nui loa!