do it: Hawaii edition

feast lele luauA Hawaiian luau was probably the one thing I was looking forward to the most and it truly didn't disappoint. We went to Feast at Lele in Lahaina, Maui because it featured different Polynesian food and dance. We were greeted at the front with a fresh lei and a Mai Tai and led to our seats where we overlooked the ocean just as the sun was setting. The luau's theme was based on four Polynesian cultures, Hawaiian, Maorian, Tahitian and Samoan. There were four courses, corresponding with the four cultures. Dances from each culture would be followed after every course. At the end, after the dessert was a fire dancer. This was the best thing I did in Hawaii and did I mention it was all you can drink? I lost count on how many Pina Coladas I had!505 Front Street, Lahaina surfingSurfing in Haleiwa, Oahu Uncle Bryan's Sunset Suratt Surf Academy made me want to move to a surf town, open up a little dessert store and turn into a surfer. I knew I wanted to surf while in Hawaii but was nervous because I would rate my swimming skills at "I can swim to save my life, maybe." But once I was out in the water on the surf board with the instructors, all my fears were gone. Being able to stand up on the surf board and ride the wave was pretty exhilarating. I chose to surf in Haleiwa because it was known for having gentler waves but on the day of the lesson, hurricane Flossie was just coming into Hawaii and made the water quite choppy. At least I can say I surfed during a hurricane! Don't forget to put a ton of sunscreen on your bum and the back of your legs, I just did a light coat and I burned all down my back side. I could barely sit for three days!

Afterward, go and explore Halawei, a very cute surf town and have an acai bowl which are blueberries, strawberries, and bananas with a deliciously creamy acai smoothie.

snorkelingSnorkeling in Kapalua Bay, Maui was beautiful, I think I could have spent all day under the water swimming with the fishies.

wailuku first fridayWe were lucky to be in Maui on the first Friday of August because every month, Wailuku has a Friday Town Party. There was live music, food stalls and people selling knickknacks. My favourite was the custard Malassadas.

black sand beachblack-sand-beach The road to Hana is a 68 mile long highway with 600 turns in between Paia and Hana. If you love driving, this is the drive for you. Along the way there are forests, waterfalls, coconut stalls and beaches until you get to Hana. My favourite was seeing the black sand beach, the sand was actually black from lava flowing into the ocean. This road to Hana has also been called the road to divorce because it will really test the patience of the passengers because they would have spent the whole day car sick! If you do go, be sure to stop by the Nihiku Market Place just before you reach Hana for some delicious home made coconut chips.