Penny's Passion: 2023 Hawaii Trip - Day 1

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

2023 Hawaii Trip - Day 1

Aloha!  We are just back from a week in Hawaii and what a trip it was!  Last fall, our son and daughter-in-law gifted us with this adventure.  The best part was they went with us and planned our entire stay.  It was one of our best trips EVER!  Today I'm thinking out loud about Day 1.

The trip started bright and early on Saturday morning.  Our Southwest flight left St. Louis at 5:50 am, went through Phoenix, and landed in Honolulu at 1:45 pm.  When we left St. Louis, the temperature was 33 degrees.  When we arrived in Hawaii, the temperature was a perfect 73 degrees.  Ahhh, it was so wonderful to be in warmer temperatures!  

After picking up our rental car, we headed straight to our resort.  Our home away from home for the week was Aulani, the Disney resort.  

Aulani was a magical place to stay!  Disney just knows how to do everything right.  From the moment was stepped into the gorgeous lobby, I could feel my body and soul start to relax.  Check-in was a breeze and we were soon on our way to our room.  

I really can't say enough good things about the resort.  If anyone has specific questions you would like me to answer, please feel free to direct message me and I'll share my honest feedback.  It was fun and  impressive when we walked into the room and saw our name on the television.

The room has a small frig, microwave, and dishwasher. It also has a toaster and coffee maker.  It would be possible if you wanted to do some simple meal prep in the room.  And the site from the ocean view rooms is breathtaking!

We decided to head to one of the restaurants right away to celebrate our arrival with a cocktail.  Off the Hook has outdoor seating and a fun environment.  Oh, and they have awesome cocktails!

There were plenty of things to explore around the resort so we took some time to walk around and soak it in.  

For dinner, we had reservations at Makahiki.  Makahiki is one of the restaurants at the resort so it was easy to leave our rooms and walk to dinner.  We sat outside under string lights and enjoyed the live music while eating a fabulous meal.  I could really get used to this Hawaii life!

After dinner, we called it an early night.  The four-hour time difference was starting to catch up to us and we were going hiking the next day.  

Next up will be our Day 2. Hopefully, I'll get to it soon!

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