Our final full day in Hawaii was another busy one.
We began with another lovely breakfast on the balcony of our rental. More sea turtles and rays were spotted playing in the waters.
After we finished up breakfast, we headed back inland to head to Hawaii’s Plantation Village, a former sugar cane plantation, now converted into a museum to help preserve the history of the plantations.
We caught the first tour of the day, heading out with our guide, a man who was actually born in the area and had relatives who worked on the plantation. He showed us around the plantation to buildings that had been built to show what typical living quarters of the day might have looked like. The museum wanted to display the variety of different cultures that were represented in the plantation life, so they had houses meant to represent the Japanese, Koreans, Portuguese, Okinawans, Puerto Ricans, Chinese, and so on.
We spent a couple of hours letting our guide show us from house to house, explaining more about the history of the place as well as the melting pot of cultures that formed on the grounds.
After the tour was finished, we decided to go get some food. Feeling in the mood for something a little different, we decided to try a Mexican food place called Cholo’s.
I ordered a piña colada (one of my favorite cocktails) and my mother and brother both had martinis, though my brothers was a tropical one.
For food we had a variety, but I decided some chicken fajitas sounded nice. One of the favorites we tried though were the spinach enchiladas that were very tasty.
After we finished eating, I changed into my suit and we headed off to try to find another snorkeling location. We enjoyed driving around the north shore, seeing the famous waves and the beauty of the ocean.
We looked around a bit and then tried stopping at Kawela Bay Beach Park, but another group was leaving with snorkeling gear and said the water was too choppy to see much. We took a quick look, and had to agree. Not the best for seeing ocean wildlife.
So we headed over to Turtle Bay, which was quite busy in comparison but did seem to have better conditions for snorkeling.
We snorkeled for a little while, though it was a little more choppy than I preferred, but I still saw a couple of interesting fish and such. Sadly no turtles in spite of the name of the beach!
After a time we washed up and headed back towards our apartment. We enjoyed driving along the shore all the way back around to Honolulu and then off towards our place.
By the time we arrived at our vacation rental, I wanted to see if conditions were good enough on our beach to snorkel. Sadly, the last couple mornings it had been too choppy, so we hadn’t had a chance to go again.
I ran to the beach and plunged into the water, but sadly it was again too choppy and also getting close enough to sunset that it was just impossible to really see. Apparently I wouldn’t be doing anymore snorkeling.
Back up at the apartment, we readied ourselves for dinner, deciding again to do a homecooked meal instead of going out. We had some pasta and vegetables, and sat on the deck to watch the sunset.
After dinner, it was time to head down and take another dip in the pool. We had the place to ourselves, which was lovely. Worn out from a busy day, we had a goodnight’s sleep, ready to say goodbye to Hawaii the next day.
I’ll finish off by talking just briefly about the next morning, since most of the day was spent traveling I don’t want to dedicate a whole post to it.
We had our usual balcony breakfast before deciding to go climb Mauna Lahilahi, a small rocky outcrop close to our place.
I didn’t get all the way to the top, as it was pretty steep. However, we did get some pictures to enjoy the view!
Once we were finished climbing, we headed back to pack up and then head to the airport. And with that it was goodbye Hawaii and back to normal life!
It was definitely a really fun trip, especially after a year of holing up in my apartment. For the moment, I have no immediate travel plans until more of the world opens up again since many of my destinations in mind are in other countries, but hopefully in the near future I’ll have more to share with all of you here!